Meetings & Events

Saudi Arabia Wants Events to Put It on the Global Tourism Map

Saudi Arabia Wants Events to Put It on the Global Tourism Map

Sarah Algethami and Abbas Al Lawati, Bloomberg

Maybe Saudi Arabia is finally turning a corner in dismantling some of its obstacles to tourism. If so, perhaps those citizens who spend their money going to Dubai or Egypt will spend those dollars in the kingdom.

3 hours ago

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Nashville’s Convention Business is Booming Thanks to Its Music Industry Branding Strategy

Nashville’s Convention Business is Booming Thanks to Its Music Industry Branding Strategy

Greg Oates, SkiftX

Nashville's rise as a trendy convention destination illustrates why city branding should focus on the individual stories and spirit of the local community and indie entrepreneurs to help differentiate the urban visitor experience.

20 hours ago

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Holland Wants to Attract More Conventions to Dutch Cities Not Called Amsterdam

Holland Wants to Attract More Conventions to Dutch Cities Not Called Amsterdam

Greg Oates, SkiftX

The "HollandCity" vision capitalizes on the close proximity of Holland's largest urban centers, much like New York City's boroughs, to provide conference organizers with a more holistic overview of the country's major industry clusters.

2 days ago

Meeting Planners Face a Daunting Challenge in Rising Food and Beverage Costs

Meeting Planners Face a Daunting Challenge in Rising Food and Beverage Costs

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Spending as a result of U.S. meetings and events has steadily increased since 2009, and it doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon, according to new research. Spending on food and beverage likewise isn't easing up at all.

3 days ago

Getting Hotels and Meeting Planners to Play Nice With One Another

Getting Hotels and Meeting Planners to Play Nice With One Another

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Dated hotel distribution technology is holding back both meeting planners and hotel revenue managers. As new platforms and tools emerge, it will be interesting to see which major chains end up developing the most forward-looking attitudes toward selling event space in new ways.

3 days ago

Social Tables CEO on Breaking Down Barriers for Meeting Planners

Social Tables CEO on Breaking Down Barriers for Meeting Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A lot of work needs to be done to improve the ability of hotels to sell to planners on smarter and more efficient ways. A variety of event technology companies are working on it, but the process of building trust among stakeholders will likely take some time.

3 days ago

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Skift Trends Report: The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry

Skift Trends Report: The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry

IMEX Group + Skift

Meeting planners are looking toward midsize cities to host their programs, meaning that for some destinations, being a midsize city is no longer necessarily a negative for attracting events. Download our latest report to learn more.

4 days ago

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Introducing ‘City Within a City: Inside The Venetian’ Video Series

Introducing ‘City Within a City: Inside The Venetian’ Video Series

The Venetian + Skift

We teamed up with The Venetian during the Money2020 and IMEX conferences to explore this 'city within a city' and discover how meeting planners can best use this customizable space.

1 week ago

Refreshed Destinations Want to Attract Large Corporate Events

Refreshed Destinations Want to Attract Large Corporate Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Convention centers across the U.S. have worked to refresh and develop their offerings as business has increased in recent years. Now they're looking to attract large corporate events across multiple venues instead of traditional consumer-facing events and conventions.

1 week ago

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How Calgary is Tapping its Advanced Industries to Boost Conference Business

How Calgary is Tapping its Advanced Industries to Boost Conference Business

Greg Oates, SkiftX

More midsize cities like Calgary are promoting their local industry expertise to attract conferences in high-priority sectors, supported by the surging growth of advanced industries outside the world's gateway cities.

1 week ago

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The Next Generation of Transportation Tech Is Happening In UK Cities

The Next Generation of Transportation Tech Is Happening In UK Cities

VisitBritain + Skift

The UK has become one of the world’s most attractive destinations for the advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors. Download our latest report to learn more.

2 weeks ago

Event Tech Firms Want to Be Everything to Planners

Event Tech Firms Want to Be Everything to Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

There's no one-size-fits-all solution for meeting and event planners, so technology companies are offering a variety of different services to meet their needs.

2 weeks ago