Meetings and Events Coverage

Destinations Find Ways to Make Bleisure a Reality

Destinations Find Ways to Make Bleisure a Reality

Isaac Carey, Skift

The concept of bleisure has gained increasing popularity over the past few years, but time remains an issue for travelers. Attendees want to do more than pass through a destination, and event hosts can go a long way in making that happen.

4 days ago

Visitor Centers Are Bringing Leisure Experiences Directly to Biz Travelers

Visitor Centers Are Bringing Leisure Experiences Directly to Biz Travelers

Isaac Carey, Skift

Many business travelers simply don't have time to explore destinations on their own, no matter how much of a priority they say it is. This is where convention centers can play a key role, bringing the destination to time-strapped attendees.

5 days ago

A Better Venue Layout Makes for Greener Events

A Better Venue Layout Makes for Greener Events

Isaac Carey, Skift

Event attendees need places to work, decompress, and put their food down. As obvious as it sounds, these spaces can be hard to find at conferences due to poor venue design. Not only does this have a negative impact on guest mood, it can also lead to more food waste.

2 weeks ago

Meetings Sector Tries to Strike the Right Balance With Mobile Apps

Meetings Sector Tries to Strike the Right Balance With Mobile Apps

Isaac Carey, Skift

Apps are a great way to provide event attendees with information, but they can easily get overwhelming. When it comes to tech, event organizers need to weigh pluses and minuses between depth and simplicity.

2 weeks ago

Hilton Invests in Tech-Forward Future of Events

Hilton Invests in Tech-Forward Future of Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Hotel operators need to invest in new concepts to stand out as sites for meetings and business conferences. Hilton thinks its new ideas will resonate with franchisees, but time will tell if they are willing to make the investment.

3 weeks ago

Hilton to Build Tech-Driven Meeting and Event Spaces for Biz Travelers

Hilton to Build Tech-Driven Meeting and Event Spaces for Biz Travelers

Danni Santana, Skift

Hotel companies are always looking for the next big trend. It's pretty hard to ignore business travelers' desire to meet in refreshed spaces and get some work done outside the guest room.

3 weeks ago

Meeting Planners Struggle to Create Sustainable Events

Meeting Planners Struggle to Create Sustainable Events

Isaac Carey, Skift

Millennials are starting to step into management positions at event companies, easing the way toward more sustainable events. But the industry still has a long way to go.

4 weeks ago

Meeting Planners Make Slow Progress Toward Sustainability

Meeting Planners Make Slow Progress Toward Sustainability

Isaac Carey, Skift

Reducing food waste and environmental impacts are proving to be difficult for meeting planners. The sector's antiquated way of doing business is holding up progress at a moment when widespread change is necessary.

4 weeks ago

Cvent Adds Another App for Event Managers

Cvent Adds Another App for Event Managers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent will continue to leverage its scale and coffers to acquire smaller companies that add value to its platform. As more planners focus on event engagement, snapping up DoubleDutch seems like a wise move.

1 month ago

Cvent Acquires DoubleDutch to Fuel Event Engagement Growth

Cvent Acquires DoubleDutch to Fuel Event Engagement Growth

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent has spent the last few years gobbling up innovative companies to round out its gigantic platform for planners, hotels, and corporations. DoubleDutch is yet another example of Cvent's aggressive approach to building its platform through acquisitions.

1 month ago

Do Celeb Speakers Really Improve Events?

Do Celeb Speakers Really Improve Events?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Hiring big-name speakers to keynote your event can backfire if they aren't aligned with your brand and message. Sometimes, though, some star power can provide an escape from the usual tedium.

1 month ago

Are Big-Name Conference Speakers Like Oprah and Bill Clinton Worth the Fees?

Are Big-Name Conference Speakers Like Oprah and Bill Clinton Worth the Fees?

Chris Ryall, Skift

Booking a high-profile guest speaker like Oprah Winfrey or former President Bill Clinton will guarantee buzz and most likely a sold-out conference or corporate event. But will their presence reflect the client’s messaging and the objectives of the overall event?

1 month ago