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Meeting Planners Anticipate Rough Year in 2020

Meeting Planners Anticipate Rough Year in 2020

Chris Ryall, Skift

Tight budgets, competition, needy clients, last-minute requests, and unresponsive venues rise to the top of the list of challenges planners need to tackle in 2019. They anticipate tougher times next year.

1 month ago

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Present Challenge for Event Planners

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Present Challenge for Event Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Events offer a major opportunity to bring different kinds of people together. Planners need to do more to not just attract but also empower those who have been left out by the traditional paradigms of event design.

2 months ago

Cvent Research Points to Lasting Group Booking Slowdown

Cvent Research Points to Lasting Group Booking Slowdown

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent's group booking research shows that consolidation and increased costs have likely caused the hot meetings market in North America to cool down on its platform. It could signal something bad for the sector on the horizon.

2 months ago

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Why Downtown Kansas City Is a Creative Crossroads for Business and Leisure Travel

Why Downtown Kansas City Is a Creative Crossroads for Business and Leisure Travel

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Kansas City’s renaissance has made it a compelling destination for meeting planners who want to provide their attendees with not only top-notch convention infrastructure, but rich art and cultural experiences and next-level culinary offerings.

3 weeks ago

Planners Need Better Education to Create Diverse and Inclusive Events

Planners Need Better Education to Create Diverse and Inclusive Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Meetings and events should reflect the wider world, not just the insular sphere of corporate executives. Planners, though, need better education to create experiences that welcome a more diverse set of attendees.

2 months ago

Eventbrite’s Slow Ticketfly Integration Leads to Growing Losses

Eventbrite’s Slow Ticketfly Integration Leads to Growing Losses

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Eventbrite is getting slammed by investors as costs mount from integrating Ticketfly. The company's core ticketing business is strong, though. It needs to bring new event technology products to market once the Ticketfly quagmire ends.

2 months ago

Destinations Promote Secondary Neighborhoods to Event Planners

Destinations Promote Secondary Neighborhoods to Event Planners

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Event attendees may find it convenient to remain downtown during their business trips, but convention and visitors bureaus increasingly want them to spread out.

2 months ago

Event Planners See Opportunities Beyond Downtowns

Event Planners See Opportunities Beyond Downtowns

Rayna Katz, Skift

Convention and visitors bureaus promote all corners of their destinations to entice both planners and conference attendees, using both technology and tried-and-true marketing methods.

2 months ago

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As event technology companies continue to grow, they’re attracting interest from investors who see promise in the sector. The jury is still out on who will be the eventual winners in a super-fragmented global marketplace.

2 months ago

How Event Planners Deal With Digital Distraction

How Event Planners Deal With Digital Distraction

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

You can’t really fight the contemporary addiction to smartphones. Instead, come up with creative ways to inject events with IRL engagement accompanied by digital tools that enhance the event experience.

2 months ago

How to Keep Meeting Attendees Off Their Smartphones

How to Keep Meeting Attendees Off Their Smartphones

Rayna Katz, Skift

In the era of smartphones, the traditional meeting format of a presenter with a slide deck is no longer acceptable. Meeting organizers are deploying various strategies to keep attendees focused.

2 months ago

The Psychology Behind Room-Block Bookings

The Psychology Behind Room-Block Bookings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event organizers need to do a better job educating attendees on the perks of booking a hotel stay in their room block. Otherwise, more people will simply book through the channels they prefer.

3 months ago