Meetings and Events Coverage

Forget Gimmicks, Relationships Matter to Event Planners

Forget Gimmicks, Relationships Matter to Event Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It may be old-fashioned, but all the technology and marketing in the world can't beat a strong personal relationship between a destination and meeting planners.

2 days ago

Destinations Still Rely on Relationships to Attract Events

Destinations Still Rely on Relationships to Attract Events

Chris Ryall, Skift

Some convention and visitor bureaus have turned to technology gimmicks and other new methods to highlight their destination’s finest attributes but personal relationships and experience remain vital. Relationships really do matter.

3 days ago

Eventbrite’s International Growth Hits Major Snag

Eventbrite’s International Growth Hits Major Snag

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Going global in the events sector is tough. Eventbrite has the added pressure of being a public company, and investors have soured on the company's potential despite its ambitious plans for a global event technology platform.

1 week ago

Eventbrite Off to Fragile Start as Public Company With Revenue Concerns

Eventbrite Off to Fragile Start as Public Company With Revenue Concerns

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Is the bottom falling out for Eventbrite? Not really, but it needs to turn a corner soon to make investors more confident in its future. It takes time and money to build a global platform, and it looks like Eventbrite could be running out of time.

2 weeks ago

Dealing With Increased Choice at Events

Dealing With Increased Choice at Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As conference programming becomes more complex, attendees need suggestions of how to pick the most rewarding path. Personalization through mobile apps is just one way to reduce friction going forward.

2 weeks ago

Overwhelmed Conference Attendees Crave Personalized Recommendations

Overwhelmed Conference Attendees Crave Personalized Recommendations

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Conference-goers feel overwhelmed by making choices about which sessions to attend and who to network with. Digital tools featuring personalization can help smooth over these pain points.

2 weeks ago

New Hilton Brand Invests in Flexible Spaces

New Hilton Brand Invests in Flexible Spaces

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It makes sense for Hilton to fix its marquee brand by appealing to event planners with upscale lodging and interesting spaces. It will take some time to see how its commitment to pleasing planners really goes.

3 weeks ago

Making Meetings and Events Healthier Goes Beyond Tight Budgets

Making Meetings and Events Healthier Goes Beyond Tight Budgets

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Reading between the lines, it seems many events are making modest tweaks to ensure attendees aren't sitting in their chairs feeling miserable all day. You don't need yoga and hikes to make an event slightly healthier.

3 weeks ago

In-Demand San Francisco Looks to the Future

In-Demand San Francisco Looks to the Future

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

While San Francisco is in the midst of a huge boom in travel demand, it also has several knotty issues to solve in order to remain a premier U.S. destination for events.

1 month ago

How San Francisco Deals With Skyrocketing Events Demand

How San Francisco Deals With Skyrocketing Events Demand

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

San Francisco remains a major draw for events despite high costs and other pervasive problems. Perhaps the Bay Area can turn to the creative thinking it's known for to solve some of these issues.

1 month ago

Planners Find Solutions for Commission Shortfalls

Planners Find Solutions for Commission Shortfalls

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

While many planners continue to feel the sting from commission cuts, the need for alternative revenue streams is leading some to get creative.

1 month ago

Independent Meeting Planners Fight Back Against Commission Cuts

Independent Meeting Planners Fight Back Against Commission Cuts

Rayna Katz, Skift

It’s been just over a year since Marriott made its move, the first in a wave of such measures. But instead of getting knocked down by the trend, independent meeting planners are finding ways to take control of their businesses.

1 month ago