Meetings & Events

How Small Cities Are Going Big on Events

How Small Cities Are Going Big on Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

In an age when business travelers are tired of visiting the same old place every year, secondary destinations are making a play to turn intimacy and character into a major draw for event organizers.

2 days ago

Smaller Cities Win Bigger Events by Trying Harder

Smaller Cities Win Bigger Events by Trying Harder

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

A combination of small-city hospitality, modern facilities, a collaborative approach, and an effort to show off individuality is winning over event organizers who tend to select big cities for their conferences.

2 days ago

Marriott Breach Shows Importance of Digital Security

Marriott Breach Shows Importance of Digital Security

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The Starwood hack wasn't the first data breach at a major hotel chain, and it won't be the last. As the meetings and events sector becomes increasingly digitized, so too does the risk increase when it comes to cybersecurity.

1 week ago

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1 day ago

Why 5G Will Change the Game for Events

Why 5G Will Change the Game for Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Fast mobile data connections will allow event technology providers to do all kinds of cool new things. Event planners should pay attention as 5G begins to emerge in cities around the world and shifts how attendees act at events.

2 weeks ago

What 5G Will Mean for Hotels and Events

What 5G Will Mean for Hotels and Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Arriving soon: 5G mobile internet. But it will likely be years before it is deployed around the world in any significant ways. Travel companies, along with event professionals, should start planning now for a future defined by ubiquitous access to high-speed data.

2 weeks ago

Why Event Planners Have Warmed to Secondary Cities

Why Event Planners Have Warmed to Secondary Cities

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Attendees are tired of conferences in the same old locations, and it just so happens that secondary cities are more affordable for planners. Expect to see increased diversity in event location in the years ahead.

3 weeks ago

Event Planners Look Outside Major Cities for Savings and Variety

Event Planners Look Outside Major Cities for Savings and Variety

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Traditional conference cities are still the default choice for events organizers, but rising costs and strained capacity are making secondary cities more appealing. And some are working hard to show their unique benefits.

3 weeks ago

What Eventbrite Tells Us About the Big Business of Events

What Eventbrite Tells Us About the Big Business of Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Eventbrite's rise should be a lesson for the overall event tech ecosystem: Make something that is easy to use and powerful enough to scale, and customers will come.

4 weeks ago

Eventbrite Sees Revenue Soar in Earnings Debut

Eventbrite Sees Revenue Soar in Earnings Debut

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Eventbrite is still losing money as it grows, but now has strong revenue growth and plenty of cash to spend while getting back on track. The state of the booming global events business is a big help.

1 month ago

Costs Rise With Expectations for the Event Sector

Costs Rise With Expectations for the Event Sector

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Planners expect 2019 to be another tough year, with more commission cuts and increased expenses on the horizon. Succeeding will require doing more with less and getting creative about crafting killer events with a smaller bankroll.

1 month ago

Cost Cutting Could Lead to Big Changes for Meetings in 2019

Cost Cutting Could Lead to Big Changes for Meetings in 2019

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Planners have to get creative as both expectations and costs are set to increase in 2019. Technology can only do so much and event design will shift to reflect the financial priorities of organizations holding events.

1 month ago