Meetings & Events

Event Tech, Design, and Business Trends in 2017— Meetings Innovation Report

Event Tech, Design, and Business Trends in 2017— Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

Using event technology and artificial intelligence to build and customize community engagement is the biggest meetings trend heading into 2017.

1 month ago

The Role of Convention Bureaus in Industry Research Development — Meetings Innovation Report

The Role of Convention Bureaus in Industry Research Development — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

When convention bureaus develop their own meetings industry research, it positions them as leaders in event tech and meeting design innovation, and it differentiates them from their competitors. It takes a lot of work, resources, and experimentation to do it effectively, though.

2 months ago

German Convention Bureau Bets Its Future On Event Tech Research

German Convention Bureau Bets Its Future On Event Tech Research

Greg Oates, Skift

Germany has one of the most innovative business strategies and fresh content models to attract more international conferences by focusing on extensive research development and sector-specific industry expertise. But managing and delivering on those effectively and consistently comes with its growing pains.

2 months ago

Expanding the Value Proposition of Business Events — Meetings Innovation Report

Expanding the Value Proposition of Business Events — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

While meetings and events are cross-pollinating more sectors in their programming, the industry at large needs to expand how it defines and measures the value of that convergence.

2 months ago

Event Tech Leaders Cvent and Lanyon Announce Merger

Event Tech Leaders Cvent and Lanyon Announce Merger

Jason Clampet, Skift

With Vista already owning Lanyon, the writing was on the wall for this merger.

2 months ago

The Events Industry Will Redefine Collaboration in 2017 — Meetings Innovation Report

The Events Industry Will Redefine Collaboration in 2017 — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

2 months ago

The Meetings Industry Will Be More Sophisticated When the Next Backlash Comes

The Meetings Industry Will Be More Sophisticated When the Next Backlash Comes

Greg Oates, Skift

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition has built a strong war chest of advocacy materials supporting the value of face-to-face meetings, but incoming co-chair Paul Van Deventer says industry organizations should work more closely together to drive global growth.

2 months ago

Video: SXSW and Bonnaroo Founders On Making Events Transformative Experiences

Video: SXSW and Bonnaroo Founders On Making Events Transformative Experiences

Greg Oates, Skift

The executives behind the success of SXSW and Bonnaroo say they're developing more varied event programming bringing together as many creative elements as possible, so brands have more opportunities to engage attendees at different levels throughout the event experience.

2 months ago

Convention Industry Taps U.S. Homeland Security to Make Meetings More Secure

Convention Industry Taps U.S. Homeland Security to Make Meetings More Secure

Greg Oates, Skift

Following recent terrorism attacks and acts of violence in high-profile locations popular for meetings and events, the convention industry is compelled to proactively develop a new set of security standards. This is going to be costly, but it's a different world in 2016, and that's something the industry needs to accept.

2 months ago

Is the Events Industry Paying Enough Attention to Tech? — Meetings Innovation Report

Is the Events Industry Paying Enough Attention to Tech? — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

Meetings industry media, organizations, tech providers, and forward-thinking suppliers are all aggressively experimenting with event technology and digital content. But there are questions about how well the majority of meeting planners will be prepared for the upcoming onslaught of digital-native attendees.

2 months ago

London Tech Week Is Helping Pivot the City Into Europe’s Startup Capital

London Tech Week Is Helping Pivot the City Into Europe’s Startup Capital

Greg Oates, Skift

London Tech Week shows the impact that convention bureaus can have on developing live events that shift a city's destination brand image.

2 months ago

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Travel Might Revolve Around a Driverless Minibus

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Travel Might Revolve Around a Driverless Minibus

Greg Oates, Skift

IBM has come a long, long way in rebuilding its brand thanks to all of the cool factor surrounding Watson. But it could do more to showcase the consumer appeal around cognitive travel in 2017, including the benefits of machine learning to better connect us with travel destinations.

2 months ago