Meetings & Events

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.

5 days 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.

5 days ago

The Bahamas Launches Marketing Blitz After Fyre Festival Fiasco

The Bahamas Launches Marketing Blitz After Fyre Festival Fiasco

Kim Bhasin and Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg

The old adage is that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The Bahamas plans to turn the popular focus on the Fyre Festival debacle into a showcase for the beauty that led those scammers to select the destination in the first place.

1 week ago

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Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau + Skift

Midsize cities are smart to focus on transformative placemaking projects that will not only allow them to bridge together different economic strata and cultural communities, but become in-demand destinations for travel, events, meetings, and conferences.

4 weeks ago

Planners Deal With Government Shutdown Fallout

Planners Deal With Government Shutdown Fallout

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Planners are feeling the pain from the recent government shutdown. It's time to start preparing for the next one.

2 weeks ago

Government Shutdown Caused Serious Pain for Meeting Planners

Government Shutdown Caused Serious Pain for Meeting Planners

Rayna Katz, Skift

It’s nearly impossible to get a final tally of the shutdown’s impact but it’s safe to say the meeting industry was harmed. Now, experts advise planners to take caution.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Event Ambitions Won’t Disrupt Meetings Sector

Airbnb’s Event Ambitions Won’t Disrupt Meetings Sector

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb's acquisition of Gaest makes a ton of sense for the homeshare giant, but doesn't represent any major shift in the overall meetings and events space.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Gets Serious About Selling Venues

Airbnb Gets Serious About Selling Venues

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb won't revolutionize anything by integrating Gaest with its other travel offerings, but small organizations will be tempted to book a cool place for their meetings on a platform they already use.

3 weeks ago

Cvent Data Show Potential Group Booking Slowdown

Cvent Data Show Potential Group Booking Slowdown

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Advance bookings on the Cvent platform seem to be lagging, which could indicate either a downturn in event bookings or simply the fact that event organizers are booking closer to the time of the actual event.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Buys Gaest to Push Further Into Meetings

Airbnb Buys Gaest to Push Further Into Meetings

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb's move to offer more meetings spaces represents an example of one of Skift's 2019 Megatrends, as many giant online booking companies are looking for their next phases of growth by expanding into new areas.

3 weeks ago

The Online-First Future of Events

The Online-First Future of Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A major shift is happening in not just how people engage online but how that spills over into their normal lives. Paying attention to what's happening now will help your organization stay relevant going forward.

4 weeks ago

Esports Disrupt How Brands and Events Engage With Their Communities

Esports Disrupt How Brands and Events Engage With Their Communities

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

How organizations and events build communities is shifting with new digital networks and the evolution of how people interact online. The culture and growth of esports represents a window into how these changes will affect associations, businesses, and the event sector at large.

4 weeks ago