Meetings & Events

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Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Robin Amster, Skift

The growth of mobile meeting apps presents planners with a dilemma filled with irony. Are the apps — aimed at facilitating and enhancing the meeting experience — actually diminishing the kind of face-to-face interactions that are the very purpose of on-site events?

1 month ago

Moving Toward an Augmented Future

Moving Toward an Augmented Future

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Mobile platforms are making it easier to develop augmented reality experiences. The opportunity is emerging for conferences and events to make a big impact on the event experience through new and intuitive digital tools.

1 month ago

Augmented Reality Is Silly Right Now But Won’t Be Forever

Augmented Reality Is Silly Right Now But Won’t Be Forever

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

For augmented reality to catch on, apps need to use the technology for useful tools instead of gimmicks. We're starting to see the beginning of this shift and events should pay attention to ways augmented reality can enrich experiences instead of replacing them.

1 month ago

Creating Standards to Prevent Bad Behavior at Events

Creating Standards to Prevent Bad Behavior at Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's an open secret that meetings and events are often rife with sexual harassment and other types of unsavory behavior. The industry wants to do more to create safer environments, but is only in the early stages of what will have to be a widespread cultural change.

2 months ago

Planners Work to Fix the Event Industry’s Sexual Harassment Problem

Planners Work to Fix the Event Industry’s Sexual Harassment Problem

Robin Amster, Skift

Meetings represent a perfect storm for the kinds of incidents that sparked the #MeToo movement: Attendees gather in hotels and resorts and socialize at networking sessions fueled by alcohol. The industry is just now reacting with codes of conduct but that may not be nearly enough.

2 months ago

A Look at Asia’s Complex and Evolving Events Market

A Look at Asia’s Complex and Evolving Events Market

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Asian destinations have been a big beneficiary of the global business travel boom. This has created complexity, however, for North American and European event planners as they look to hold events in more diverse locations.

2 months ago

Local Expertise Makes the Difference in Asia Meetings Market

Local Expertise Makes the Difference in Asia Meetings Market

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

With Asia becoming a more popular meetings destination for Western organizations, events professionals need to understand local capabilities and cultural nuances. Often, local assistance on the ground can be the difference between success and failure.

2 months ago

Professional Retreats Finally Evolve

Professional Retreats Finally Evolve

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Meetings and events can have a positive, transformative effect on the lives of attendees. It's good to see organizations working to provide valuable experiences for groups that have perhaps been underserved by the wider events industry.

2 months ago

Professional Retreats Show Black Travel Movement Gets Down to Business

Professional Retreats Show Black Travel Movement Gets Down to Business

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Somewhere between leisure travel and a career boot camp lies a professional retreat. Now, there's one that acts as a safe space for black professionals.

2 months ago

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has formally entered the meetings and events sector with a simple widget and landing page. It will be much more interesting when Airbnb decides to use its platform to sell actual meeting space to organizers, since a global race is on among technology platforms to crack the online booking market for small and simple meetings.

2 months ago

Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The hubbub over commission cuts seems to have died down for now, although agents and planners are scrambling to figure out what to do. Booking away from Marriott and Hilton properties may not always be the best move for a client, so it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

2 months ago

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Robin Amster, Skift

Travel agents and meeting planners feel betrayed by Marriott’s – and now Hilton’s – move to cut commissions on group bookings. They’re grappling with ways to deal with the cuts, even as they fear more hotel companies may follow suit. It's not personal, though; it's strictly business.

2 months ago