Meetings and Events Coverage

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Merger Leaves Australia With Powerhouse Instant Booking Platform for Events

Merger Leaves Australia With Powerhouse Instant Booking Platform for Events

Isaac Carey, Skift

As Spare Workspace and Venuemob join together, Australia's events market is in for a big change. This has significant implications for instant booking throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

5 months ago

How Atlanta’s Massive Conference Center Became So Environmentally Friendly

How Atlanta’s Massive Conference Center Became So Environmentally Friendly

Isaac Carey, Skift

Even the biggest venues can be gentle on the climate. The Georgia World Conference Center went through a redesign about 10 years ago, and now is one of the most sustainable large venues in the world.

6 months ago

5 Key Lessons From the World’s Largest Green Events Venue

5 Key Lessons From the World’s Largest Green Events Venue

Isaac Carey, Skift

The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta is currently the biggest event space to be environmentally certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The center has spent the past 10 years investing heavily in sustainability — and now acts as a blueprint for other convention centers.

6 months ago

Advances in Cameras Offer Huge Promise for Tracking at Events

Advances in Cameras Offer Huge Promise for Tracking at Events

Isaac Carey, Skift

Cameras may be the best all-in-one tool for events that currently exists. Beyond facial recognition and reading emotions, they can also provide extremely accurate real-time images of how attendees are moving around a venue.

6 months ago

Providers of Trendy Meeting Venues Lure Planners Away from Boring Conference Halls

Providers of Trendy Meeting Venues Lure Planners Away from Boring Conference Halls

Isaac Carey, Skift

When it comes to meeting spaces, ambience is becoming almost as important as functionality. As event organizers move away from generic conference rooms, boutique event companies like Etc. Venues and Convene are starting to expand.

6 months ago

How to Make Reserving Room Blocks Less of a Gamble

How to Make Reserving Room Blocks Less of a Gamble

Isaac Carey, Skift

It's tough to provide event housing when the financial risks are so high. New platform Stayker aims to give planners a bit of security.

6 months ago

Booking Startup Stayker Makes Room Blocks Less Risky for Planners

Booking Startup Stayker Makes Room Blocks Less Risky for Planners

Isaac Carey, Skift

Event planners are putting their money on the line when signing a room block contract, and often the gamble is just not worth it. If Stayker catches on, the group booking rate may start to pick up again.

6 months ago

More Companies Are Putting Their Events on Planes

More Companies Are Putting Their Events on Planes

Isaac Carey, Skift

The trend is starting to gain traction, albeit very slowly. Attendees seem to like it because it shakes things up and makes the travel itself less tedious.

6 months ago

Mexico’s Events Industry Feels the Sting of Tourism Board Closure

Mexico’s Events Industry Feels the Sting of Tourism Board Closure

Isaac Carey, Skift

One destination — Los Cabos — is well-positioned to deal with the sudden closure. The resort city is showing other destinations a path forward after funding cuts.

7 months ago

Los Cabos Is a Model for Mexico’s Events Industry After Tourism Board Closure

Los Cabos Is a Model for Mexico’s Events Industry After Tourism Board Closure

Isaac Carey, Skift

Los Cabos' name recognition and infrastructure give it a huge advantage, so it makes sense that it emerged as a leader in the events space. Still, the city's reworked meetings strategy has important info for other destinations.

7 months ago

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities.

7 months ago

Events’ Use of Facial Recognition Raises Data Security Concerns

Events’ Use of Facial Recognition Raises Data Security Concerns

Isaac Carey, Skift

Despite improvements in data privacy, facial recognition is still sort of disturbing for many organizers and attendees.

7 months ago