Articles tagged “meetings”

Potential Slowdown Raises Concerns for Meetings Sector

Potential Slowdown Raises Concerns for Meetings Sector

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The meetings business tells a story about itself of strength and resilience, but sustainability and increased pressure on planners pose as obstacles to sustained growth.

2 days ago

Cvent Hitches Up With Wedding Spot to Boost Venue Business

Cvent Hitches Up With Wedding Spot to Boost Venue Business

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent remains committed to bringing new products to its customers through acquisitions. By diving into the U.S. market for weddings, the event tech giant hopes to keep its platform relevant despite the friction it creates for hotels and planners alike.

3 days ago

Business Gets More Challenging for Planners

Business Gets More Challenging for Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Planners expect the uncertainty of an election year and difficulty working with venues to top the list of challenges they face in 2020. For now, business is good but becoming more complicated.

1 week ago

Meeting Planners Anticipate Rough Year in 2020

Meeting Planners Anticipate Rough Year in 2020

Chris Ryall, Skift

Tight budgets, competition, needy clients, last-minute requests, and unresponsive venues rise to the top of the list of challenges planners need to tackle in 2019. They anticipate tougher times next year.

1 week ago

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Present Challenge for Event Planners

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Present Challenge for Event Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Events offer a major opportunity to bring different kinds of people together. Planners need to do more to not just attract but also empower those who have been left out by the traditional paradigms of event design.

2 weeks ago

Cvent Research Points to Lasting Group Booking Slowdown

Cvent Research Points to Lasting Group Booking Slowdown

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent's group booking research shows that consolidation and increased costs have likely caused the hot meetings market in North America to cool down on its platform. It could signal something bad for the sector on the horizon.

2 weeks ago

Planners Need Better Education to Create Diverse and Inclusive Events

Planners Need Better Education to Create Diverse and Inclusive Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Meetings and events should reflect the wider world, not just the insular sphere of corporate executives. Planners, though, need better education to create experiences that welcome a more diverse set of attendees.

3 weeks ago

Destinations Promote Secondary Neighborhoods to Event Planners

Destinations Promote Secondary Neighborhoods to Event Planners

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Event attendees may find it convenient to remain downtown during their business trips, but convention and visitors bureaus increasingly want them to spread out.

3 weeks ago

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As event technology companies continue to grow, they’re attracting interest from investors who see promise in the sector. The jury is still out on who will be the eventual winners in a super-fragmented global marketplace.

1 month ago

How Event Planners Deal With Digital Distraction

How Event Planners Deal With Digital Distraction

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

You can’t really fight the contemporary addiction to smartphones. Instead, come up with creative ways to inject events with IRL engagement accompanied by digital tools that enhance the event experience.

1 month ago

How to Keep Meeting Attendees Off Their Smartphones

How to Keep Meeting Attendees Off Their Smartphones

Rayna Katz, Skift

In the era of smartphones, the traditional meeting format of a presenter with a slide deck is no longer acceptable. Meeting organizers are deploying various strategies to keep attendees focused.

1 month ago

The Psychology Behind Room-Block Bookings

The Psychology Behind Room-Block Bookings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event organizers need to do a better job educating attendees on the perks of booking a hotel stay in their room block. Otherwise, more people will simply book through the channels they prefer.

1 month ago