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Meetings and Events Industry News

News, interviews, and coverage of the meetings and events industry, from in-person events to hybrid events to online events.

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Hotels

Hotel Room Keys That Double as Gift Cards Are the Next Big Meeting Trend

Other hotel brands should copy Sheraton's ideas as a way to attract meetings and conventions and build deeper marketing partnerships with local businesses.

Hotel Room Keys That Double as Gift Cards Are the Next Big Meeting Trend

Announcements

Montreal Builds a Blueprint for Modern Destination Marketing

Tourisme Montreal is inspiring other tourism boards throughout North America with its successful experiential marketing, special events and multi-prong transmedia communications.

Montreal Builds a Blueprint for Modern Destination Marketing

Announcements

Marriott Unveils Pinterest-Style Meeting Planner Portal

Marriott's new photo-based, searchable Inspiration Gallery provides a quick way for meeting planners to glean new ideas for their meetings and events, based on a specific business objective.

Marriott Unveils Pinterest-Style Meeting Planner Portal

Business Travel

U.S. Meetings Industry Moves Away from Traditional Convention Cities in 2013

This year's list of 100 top meeting hotels revealed a slight shift away from major hotel brands and traditional conventional cities, mirroring a larger trend towards independent hotels and emerging destinations in the hospitality industry.

U.S. Meetings Industry Moves Away from Traditional Convention Cities in 2013

Meetings

Qatar Has $20 Billion to Invest on the Global Conference Business

The MICE business is all about who has the flashiest, newest event space with fast air connections and a solid hotel stock. Welcome to Qatar.

Qatar Has $20 Billion to Invest on the Global Conference Business

Meetings

Small U.S. Towns Invest in Casinos and Meeting Centers for Economic Boost

Unfortunately, the risky investments don't always pay off and incoming leaders see small initiatives as a safer route to profitability.

Small U.S. Towns Invest in Casinos and  Meeting Centers for Economic Boost

Business Travel

The Top Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for in 2014

Companies that understand what the MICE industry needs most inside convention halls and hotel ballrooms are best positioned to bring the benefits of tech advances to specialized audiences.

The Top Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for in 2014

Business Travel

Attendance at International Meetings Grew in 2013, but Next Year Will Be Better

The frequency of and attendance at international business meetings will continue to grow thanks to companies' renewed confidence in an improving economy. But the meeting market is moving from Europe towards Asia meaning that the degree of growth for individual cities depends on their location.

Attendance at International Meetings Grew in 2013, but Next Year Will Be Better

Business Travel

The Top Meetings Destinations in U.S. Reveal Post-Recession Rebound

The list, even though one-company specific, shows the meetings and conventions industry is coming out of recession as the broader economy improves. Cities with airports near city centers are doing a lot better.

The Top Meetings Destinations in U.S. Reveal Post-Recession Rebound

Meetings

The Conference Industry is Booming, And It Is Only Getting Bigger

Even as everyone predicted the rise of digital would do away with face to face, precisely the opposite is happening, as the value of in-person meetings and conventions rises. And the need's only getting bigger, much to the delight of the travel industry and CVBs.

The Conference Industry is Booming, And It Is Only Getting Bigger