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  • November 12, 2021 10:31 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The Professional Convention Management Association has selected Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio, to host its 2022 and 2023 Convening Leaders meetings, respectively. The organization's 2020 Convening Leaders will take place this coming Jan. 5-8 in San Francisco's Moscone Center, and the 2021 event will be held Jan. 10-13 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

    The Las Vegas meeting, which will run Jan. 9-12, 2022, notably will take place at Caesars Forum, the $375 million conference facility still under construction on the Center Strip. Although the venue isn't expected to open until March 2020, Caesars Entertainment already has booked more than a million room nights and $390 million in business at the venue, with a number of the shows being high-profile events for meeting professionals. Caesars Forum will host upcoming annual gatherings for Cvent, Meeting Professionals International, HelmsBriscoe and ConferenceDirect, as well as PCMA.

    "We are collaborating with two incredible host-city partners, each with their own inspirational story on how they are transforming their organizations and communities through business events," said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, president and CEO of the association. "Caesars Entertainment has demonstrated its commitment to the economic and social power of business events with the opening of Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, while the world is watching how Columbus is using business events as a catalyst for its prosperity as a smart city of the future."

    For full article - PCMA Names Host Cities for Convening Leaders 2022 and 2023 | Meetings & Conventions (meetings-conventions.com)

  • November 10, 2021 8:39 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    New York, NY – November 9, 2021 – Meeting professionals say they are feeling more confident and well-equipped to plan high-quality meetings and events and adapt to any ongoing uncertainties. This is according to the 2022 Global Meetings and Events Forecast, the 11th annual report produced by American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)

    The report’s global survey of meetings and events professionals found that two-thirds (67%) of respondents believe in-person meeting levels will return to their pre-pandemic numbers within one to two years.

    In-person meetings and events are projected to grow in 2022, with 81% of events expected to have an in-person element. Another indicator of industry growth is the 64% of global meetings and events professionals citing increased budgets for next year. However, the industry is neither expecting nor planning a return to business as usual, and instead professionals intend to take lessons learned during the pandemic to improve the value, effectiveness and sustainability of future events.

    For full article: American Express Meetings & Events Global Forecast: optimism and growth in 2022 - Amex GBT - United States (amexglobalbusinesstravel.com)

  • November 05, 2021 10:11 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--There is no doubt that the pandemic modified travel – but that’s just part of the story. Today, Hilton released a global trends report unpacking how the pandemic changed people“The 2022 Traveler: Emerging Trends and the Redefined Traveler, a Report from Hilton dives into an important truth: in two years, people’s lives were dramatically altered and that radically changed people.

    “At Hilton, we’ve been incredibly focused on delivering the experiences our guests are looking for, through every up and down we’ve faced. As we look to the future, I am optimistic about what lies ahead – travel is certainly returning, and we’re excited to build on that momentum.”

    Article link - Hilton Global Trends Report Unpacks Surprising Ways the Pandemic Changed People, Profiles Expected 2022 Traveler Passions | Business Wire

  • August 30, 2021 9:34 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    As the Delta variant continues to cause some hesitancy about holding events, with a few shows cancelling and others taking place as planned, new research may hold the key to putting the industry’s mind at ease. 

    According to findings from a research partnership between Freeman, a global leader in events, and Epistemix, a computational modeling software company, large in-person business events are safe and do not increase local COVID-19 case rates. 

    “Based on the data we’ve seen, attending an in-person event is no riskier—in fact, less risky— than essential daily activities,” said Freeman CEO Bob Priest-Heck. 

    He added, “Businesses and organizations want to get back to events for critical commerce, networking and exchange of ideas. This research provides the framework for doing so safely.”

    For the full article - Amid Delta Variant Uncertainty, New Research Reveals the Safety of In-Person Business Events | TSNN Trade Show News

  • July 20, 2021 9:15 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    ...After furloughing thousands of pilots during the pandemic, airlines like American and Southwest were caught flat-footed this spring, with vaccine-driven demand for planes but not enough people to fly them. Delta reports online bookings at more than 100 percent of where they were at this time in 2019, while flying nearly 20 percent fewer flights than they did then, according to Cirium, which tracks aviation data. The FAA requires retraining those out-of-work pilots before putting them back in the cockpit, but airlines could not move people through the program (especially with social-distancing mandates still in place for flight simulators) in time to meet the so-called “revenge travel” demand as summer kicked off. That’s left scores of planes still mothballed in the desert, with airlines loath to spend the tens of thousands of dollars it takes to bring each jet back into service until they’re sure they can make money if they do it. American Airlines, for one, in late June announced that it would cancel nearly 1,000 flights in July as it ran short on staff....

    To read the full article - The Travel Industry Is a Mess. Everyone Is Traveling Anyway. (nymag.com)

  • July 15, 2021 8:32 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    To determine how enduring pandemic-spurred consumer changes will be, earlier this year McKinsey Global Institute examined a wide array of behaviors across five countries — China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States — using a “stickiness” test. The test took into account the preferences of consumers and workers in addition to the actions of companies, including, according to MarketWatch, “the innovation unlocked by digital tools, and decisions made by governments.”

    The biggest trend McKinsey analysts think will remain is home nesting. When the COVID-19 lockdowns drove everyone indoors, people started making significant investments in furnishings, durables, tools and equipment — think large-screen TVs and Peleton bikes, both of which saw soaring sales. Media and entertainment companies ramped up their streaming distribution channels and grocery chains focused heavily on their online delivery services.

    And that trend — online shopping across all sectors — McKinsey predicts will stick.

    To read the full article - Study Finds Top Pandemic Consumer Behaviors Likely to Last (pcma.org)

  • June 25, 2021 10:29 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Despite how far we’ve come, there’s a reluctance in many workplaces to meet gender diversity head on. People often feel awkward and uncertain about using pronouns outside the gender binary of he/his or she/hers.  

    Last week my colleague Shane Whalley joined me for conversation about nonbinary pronouns and etiquette, and shared simple ways you can make your actions and workplace more inclusive. Here’s what you need to know:

    (45) Wanna be inclusive? Correct pronoun use is NOT negotiable | LinkedIn

  • June 11, 2021 9:28 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    ARLINGTON, Va. - Knowland, the leader in AI-powered meetings and events data for hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, conference centers and other venues, today released its monthly meetings and events data for May. The numbers reveal that May U.S. group meetings volume increased 28.4 percent over last month.

    To access the full article & data - U.S. Meetings and Events Volume Shows Double Digit Growth for Fourth Consecutive Month According to Knowland (hospitalitynet.org)

  • May 26, 2021 9:23 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    As in-person event restrictions ease up and parties begin to grow in size, caterers are cooking up creative serving options as well as strategic setups that discourage guest congestion. From mobile food moments to smart buffet service, here’s how some caterers are keeping guests safe and bellies full.

    To learn the service suggestions, click on the link to access the full article - Buffets Didn’t Die: The New Rules of Catering for Post-COVID Events | BizBash

  • May 14, 2021 9:55 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    CDC: Vaccinated Americans Now May Go Without Masks in Most Places

    The New York Times

    In a sharp turnabout, federal health officials on Thursday advised that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of size.

    Full article - Covid-19: C.D.C. Guidance Prompts Caution in Some States - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

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