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The Creative Energy in Downtown Phoenix is a Magnet for Meeting Planners

The Creative Energy in Downtown Phoenix is a Magnet for Meeting Planners

Visit Phoenix + Skift

The growth of Downtown Phoenix during the last decade is unprecedented in the U.S., driven by a fiercely independent group of entrepreneurs and thriving maker culture. That provides an energized environment for meetings and events, bringing together a mashup of culinary, creative, academic, and tech innovators.

3 weeks ago

Making Sense of Marriott’s Commission Cut for Meetings

Making Sense of Marriott’s Commission Cut for Meetings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It looks like what happened to travel agents 20 years ago is about to happen to meeting and event planners.

3 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies

Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies

Greg Oates, Skift

City leaders in government, tourism, and economic development are collaborating more strategically to grow their leisure and business travel sectors in alignment with the interests of their local communities and industries.

3 weeks ago

Marriott Commission Cut on Group Bookings Could Ripple Across Hotel Industry

Marriott Commission Cut on Group Bookings Could Ripple Across Hotel Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Marriott will use its formidable presence in the North American hotel market to squeeze travel agents and meeting planners. The big question is whether competitors will follow suit. Could Marriott be setting the stage for a full-blown commission cut on all hotel bookings that would completely disrupt the travel sellers?

4 weeks ago

Event Technology Will Be Transformational

Event Technology Will Be Transformational

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event technology is complicated. But as competing platforms develop the capability to work together, a more flexible future will be possible for planners.

4 weeks ago

Interview: The Future of Event Tech Is a Fight for Simplicity

Interview: The Future of Event Tech Is a Fight for Simplicity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Is the meeting and events space on the cusp of a distribution revolution? There's still a ton of work to be done, but signs are promising if hotel chains become more engaged.

1 month ago

The Next Generation of Event Tech — Meetings Innovation Report

The Next Generation of Event Tech — Meetings Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Figuring out the best technology tools to improve a meeting is hard. Experimentation, within reason, is one path to creating a more efficient planning process and a more dynamic event experience.

1 month ago

Complexity Increases for Meeting Planners as Digital Tools Evolve

Complexity Increases for Meeting Planners as Digital Tools Evolve

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Emerging technologies like facial recognition are still far off from hitting the mainstream of event technology. But for now, there are a variety of options that can help meeting planners become more efficient and improve the quality of their events.

1 month ago

CES and the Future of Events — Meetings Innovation Report

CES and the Future of Events — Meetings Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

CES keeps getting bigger and bigger, but the importance of face-to-face meetings remains a focus.

1 month ago

CES 2018 Report: A New Data Era Will Reshape the Travel Industry

CES 2018 Report: A New Data Era Will Reshape the Travel Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Consumer behavior will shift in drastic ways in coming years, powered by a new generation of devices with ridiculously fast data connections and the mainstreaming of gadgets that have been niche products until now.

2 months ago

Virtual Tech Brings New Challenges — Meetings Innovation Report

Virtual Tech Brings New Challenges — Meetings Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Virtual and hybrid meetings are growing in popularity, but smart planners need to develop a strategy that integrates live events and digital meetings into a cohesive program.

2 months ago

Virtual Meetings Need More Than a Flawless Livestream To Be Successful

Virtual Meetings Need More Than a Flawless Livestream To Be Successful

Jaimie Seaton, Skift

When attendees can leave your meeting with a click of the mouse, you'd better keep them engaged.

2 months ago