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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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Government Shutdown Caused Serious Pain for Meeting Planners

It’s nearly impossible to get a final tally of the shutdown’s impact but it’s safe to say the meeting industry was harmed. Now, experts advise planners to take caution.

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Airbnb’s Event Ambitions Won’t Disrupt Meetings Sector

Airbnb's acquisition of Gaest makes a ton of sense for the homeshare giant, but doesn't represent any major shift in the overall meetings and events space.

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Airbnb Gets Serious About Selling Venues

Airbnb won't revolutionize anything by integrating Gaest with its other travel offerings, but small organizations will be tempted to book a cool place for their meetings on a platform they already use.

Airbnb Gets Serious About Selling Venues

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Cvent Data Show Potential Group Booking Slowdown

Advance bookings on the Cvent platform seem to be lagging, which could indicate either a downturn in event bookings or simply the fact that event organizers are booking closer to the time of the actual event.

Cvent Data Show Potential Group Booking Slowdown

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Airbnb Buys Gaest to Push Further Into Meetings

Airbnb's move to offer more meetings spaces represents an example of one of Skift's 2019 Megatrends, as many giant online booking companies are looking for their next phases of growth by expanding into new areas.

Airbnb Buys Gaest to Push Further Into Meetings

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The Online-First Future of Events

A major shift is happening in not just how people engage online but how that spills over into their normal lives. Paying attention to what's happening now will help your organization stay relevant going forward.

The Online-First Future of Events

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Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Midsize cities are smart to focus on transformative placemaking projects that will not only allow them to bridge together different economic strata and cultural communities, but become in-demand destinations for travel, events, meetings, and conferences.

Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

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Esports Disrupt How Brands and Events Engage With Their Communities

How organizations and events build communities is shifting with new digital networks and the evolution of how people interact online. The culture and growth of esports represents a window into how these changes will affect associations, businesses, and the event sector at large.

Esports Disrupt How Brands and Events Engage With Their Communities

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Event Planners Quiet on Sexual Harassment Problem

Events can only do so much to mitigate sexual harassment if attendees aren't educated on inappropriate behavior and aware of the steps to help prevent misconduct and protect fellow attendees.

Event Planners Quiet on Sexual Harassment Problem

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Are Meetings the Perfect Place for Sexual Harassment?

The jury is still out on whether tweaking events can eliminate sexual harassment incidents — maybe that’s too easy of a fix. But if the better answer is communication and education, is the meeting industry providing that support?

Are Meetings the Perfect Place for Sexual Harassment?