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Australia Wants to Serve as Model for the Future of Conventions

Australia Wants to Serve as Model for the Future of Conventions

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As the meetings and events sector has grown, destinations have worked to bring their aging convention centers into the modern era. Australia and New Zealand have made major investments to improve their offerings and better capture demand from global organizations.

1 month ago

Australia and New Zealand Have a New Bigger-Is-Better Pitch for Conventions

Australia and New Zealand Have a New Bigger-Is-Better Pitch for Conventions

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australasia’s major convention centers are undergoing significant redevelopments. They’re getting bigger and better to cope with the growth of mega-meetings, delegates demanding experiences, and the need to save the planet.

1 month ago

Burlesque Dancers at French Conference Draw Sexism Complaints

Burlesque Dancers at French Conference Draw Sexism Complaints

Lucca de Paoli, Ania Nussbaum and Agnieszka de Sousa, Bloomberg

Regardless of the cultural climate, the reality is that business conference organizers know that many attendees relish seeing half-nude women dance at evening events. There's no quick fix for the structural sexism ingrained into the business world.

2 months ago

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Introducing Skift Cities: How Destinations Are Evolving to Create the Future of Meetings

Introducing Skift Cities: How Destinations Are Evolving to Create the Future of Meetings

Matt Heidkamp

We’re launching a new platform that examines the evolving role of cities as collision spaces for knowledge, creativity, and new ideas, and what that means for meetings and destinations.

2 weeks ago

Planners Brace for Complicated New Era

Planners Brace for Complicated New Era

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Boom times for event planners have come along with a prolonged period of dysfunction in the sector. And more challenges are yet to come.

2 months ago

Budgets Increase as Businesses Embrace Travel Rewarding Workers

Budgets Increase as Businesses Embrace Travel Rewarding Workers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Incentive travel professionals are doing a better job of proving that their sometimes expensive trips have a positive impact on a business' bottom lines at the end of the day.

2 months ago

D.C. Faces Tall Task of Boosting International Convention Business in Trump Era

D.C. Faces Tall Task of Boosting International Convention Business in Trump Era

Dan Peltier, Skift

D.C.'s convention business projections aren't looking good. As a political epicenter, dealing with how convention planners respond to politics is not new for the city but the current administration makes it a particularly tough sell.

2 months ago

Planners Pressured by Uncertain Future as Meeting Sector Booms

Planners Pressured by Uncertain Future as Meeting Sector Booms

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Boom times for the meeting and events sector are disrupting the status quo, putting pressure on planners to do more with less. We are entering a period of unprecedented change for the industry.

2 months ago

Cvent Looks at Buyout Targets for Growth

Cvent Looks at Buyout Targets for Growth

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Bringing Social Tables into the fold could be big for Cvent. Their complicated platform desperately needs some streamlining, and Social Tables has been among the best providing web-based solutions for event planners.

2 months ago

Cvent Buys Social Tables as Event Tech Consolidation Escalates

Cvent Buys Social Tables as Event Tech Consolidation Escalates

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent is working methodically to expand its offerings in the small meeting space by acquiring Kapow and now Social Tables. Social Tables found success streamlining obvious pain points for planners, which is something Cvent can learn from.

2 months ago

Group Booking Pace Slows in Tight Market for Meetings

Group Booking Pace Slows in Tight Market for Meetings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

New research from Cvent shows that group business is declining for U.S. hotels, and planners are booking room blocks closer to the date of their event than before. This is bad news for hotels, which rely on group bookings to boost business.

2 months ago

Fyre Festival Founder Gets Six Years for $27.4 Million Fraud

Fyre Festival Founder Gets Six Years for $27.4 Million Fraud

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

Most people will remember the images of attendees wandering around a half-built site that surfaced during 2017's Fyre Festival. Those who paid thousands of dollars for tickets will no doubt have little sympathy for the man behind the disaster.

2 months ago