Meetings & Events

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has formally entered the meetings and events sector with a simple widget and landing page. It will be much more interesting when Airbnb decides to use its platform to sell actual meeting space to organizers, since a global race is on among technology platforms to crack the online booking market for small and simple meetings.

2 days ago

Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The hubbub over commission cuts seems to have died down for now, although agents and planners are scrambling to figure out what to do. Booking away from Marriott and Hilton properties may not always be the best move for a client, so it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

3 days ago

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Robin Amster, Skift

Travel agents and meeting planners feel betrayed by Marriott’s – and now Hilton’s – move to cut commissions on group bookings. They’re grappling with ways to deal with the cuts, even as they fear more hotel companies may follow suit. It's not personal, though; it's strictly business.

4 days ago

Privacy and Data Security Come Into Focus for Events

Privacy and Data Security Come Into Focus for Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Data security is taking on a new importance, with new legislation and the public spotlight moving to shine on the dangers of mishandled personal information. Partner with the right technology providers to avoid making a costly mistake.

1 week ago

What Europe’s New Data Protection Law Means for Meetings and Events

What Europe’s New Data Protection Law Means for Meetings and Events

Robin Amster, Skift

U.S. meeting planners expect the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation to have a major effect on how they manage data. While the giant meetings firms are prepared to comply with it, smaller companies and related meetings vendors may lag behind.

2 weeks ago

Marriott and Hilton’s Group Commission Cuts Put Pressure on Industry

Marriott and Hilton’s Group Commission Cuts Put Pressure on Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As hotel chains have shifted their business models over the last decade, keeping owners happy has become the priority. Slashing group booking commissions for intermediaries saves owners money, so it's easy to see how the largest U.S. chains will follow the example of Marriott and Hilton in the near future.

2 weeks ago

IMEX Partnership With C2 Shows Impact of Experiential Networking

IMEX Partnership With C2 Shows Impact of Experiential Networking

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Collaboration between IMEX Group and C2 International shows the value, and power, of creativity in the meetings and events space. The more lessons planners from around the world can learn from these educational sessions, the better.

2 weeks ago

Safety and Security Should Remain in Spotlight for Events

Safety and Security Should Remain in Spotlight for Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Safety should be a priority for events, whether taking place at a local hotel or a convention center in a gateway city. Unfortunately, event planners don't always have the resources they need to prepare for complicated security situations.

2 weeks ago

Event Security Takes on Fresh Importance for Meeting Planners

Event Security Takes on Fresh Importance for Meeting Planners

Robin Amster, Skift

The meetings and events industry is still working to figure out a better approach to security. For the time being, safety should be the priority for planners as they look to stage new events, even if a destination doesn't seem particularly risky.

3 weeks ago

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Downtown Phoenix Evolves as a Knowledge Platform to Co-create Innovative Conferences

Downtown Phoenix Evolves as a Knowledge Platform to Co-create Innovative Conferences

Visit Phoenix + Skift

Downtown Phoenix is an established and spirited meetings destination due to significant infrastructure investments in recent years. Building on that, the public and private sectors are now collaborating more intentionally to connect meeting planners with the region's thought leaders in technology, healthcare, and other advanced industries.

3 weeks ago

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Fort Worth Invested Big in SXSW to Show the World It’s Not a Dallas Suburb

Fort Worth Invested Big in SXSW to Show the World It’s Not a Dallas Suburb

Greg Oates, SkiftX

It makes sense that the City of Fort Worth and Visit Fort Worth leveraged SXSW's cool factor and global tech audience to help reposition the destination brand around innovation and creativity. The question now is how to keep that momentum going moving forward.

3 weeks ago

Hilton Follows Marriott as Meetings Disruption Is on the Agenda

Hilton Follows Marriott as Meetings Disruption Is on the Agenda

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Hilton following Marriott with a commission cut is no surprise, really. The writing is on the wall for a larger upheaval in meetings' distribution. The innovation of small upstarts will play an important role, as well.

3 weeks ago