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  • November 17, 2020 10:17 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Group business is key to a full recovery of the hospitality industry, but when that will happen remains an open question, according to hospitality executives speaking at two sessions at this week's New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. They also weighed in on which changes to meeting protocols that Covid-19 has ushered in are temporary and which may be permanent.

    "Large groups have got to come back," said Wyndham Hotels & Resorts president and CEO Geoff Ballotti. "This cannot be a permanent change. We are seeing [small meetings] with 100 or 200 attendees, but when will the meetings with thousands of attendees come back is the question. An important reason it has to come back is because of the impact on our team members. … The industry estimates that anywhere from one-third to one-half of the 4 million people who have been laid off rely on those large meetings and conventions, they rely on the banquet and catering. We as an industry need to figure out a way for these large groups to come back so this is not permanent."

    Starting with the return of small groups with hybrid meetings is easier to manage and test more efficiently, said Choice Hotels president and CEO Patrick Pacious. "We're kidding ourselves though if we think it will come back in the same way [as before]," he said. "You have to look at all the investments businesses have made in virtual private networks, in Zoom, in Microsoft Teams. CFOs around the country will say, 'We made this investment, do we really need to send people out to these long meetings?' On the margins, you'll see when business travel comes back fully, some of it may not return. We as an industry need to be thinking about it and figuring out how to adapt the assets we have to attract the business traveler of the future, but also looking at the new normal."

    For full article - https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Meetings/Some-Meeting-Changes-Are-Here-to-Stay-Say-Hospitality-Execs

  • November 12, 2020 8:54 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    There’s no question that 2020 has been crushing to the DMO. U.S. destinations have endured wiped-out funding as a result of nonexistent hotel occupancy, en-masse event cancellations, and double-digit layoffs — not to mention the added challenges of social unrest and for some, natural disasters. In so many ways, this year has brought the DMO to the brink.

    It has been incredibly challenging. The city that never sleeps, just kind of went to sleep for a little bit,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon, in a phone interview in October. New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and then became known as one of the safest in terms of public health. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride. At one point, in August, occupancy rates dropped 80 percent.

    For full article - https://www.pcma.org/dmo-reinvention-rebuilding-covid-19-shutdown/

  • October 29, 2020 3:07 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    In late June, CEN reported that Event Tech Live, the annual London, U.K.-based trade show and conference dedicated to event technology, would take place as a hybrid event. However, due to new gathering restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 infections across the U.K., coupled with travel restrictions for international exhibitors, the decision was made to push the show to virtual only.

    Now, ETL is scheduled to take place virtually from Nov. 2-6, with plans for a hybrid event in 2021. In normal years, the face-to-face event offers educational programming across six stages, showcases event tech providers and introduces new players to the market through start-up competitions. 

    So far, the ETL has already confirmed a wealth of new international exhibitors and speakers, with more than 50 percent of registrations heralding from outside the U.K. thus far, demonstrating how powerful virtual events can be in attracting a global audience to an event brand.

    For full article : https://www.corporateeventnews.com/news/previously-planned-hybrid-event-tech-live-will-now-be-virtual-only-nov-2-6

  • October 23, 2020 1:30 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Times are still tough for hotels and the meetings and events industry, but things are shifting along the road to recovery. Small in-person meetings are beginning again in some areas. People are getting excited about future travel plans and trips within driving distance. In a PCMA Convene survey from July 2020, 33% of planners said that smaller local and regional events will return before larger-scale events, and nearly 20% think there will be a pent-up demand for in-person meetings.

    Group business will return. In the meantime, take this time to revamp your strategies and be ready for what lies ahead. In this blog post, we cover tips you need to know to boost hotel sales and prepare for resuming – and growing – your group business.

    Full blog: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/hospitality/boost-hotel-sales?utm_medium=marketing_email&utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=HC-Sales-Sol--Blog-eblast-Oct-2020&utm_content=INV_Email&utm_term=EM133490A1LA1&utm_ptype=DG&utm_bus=HC&utm_prod=GSS&utm_reg=NA&utm_aud=ALL&utm_per=SPMBAP&LS=INV_GoodWorks_and_GreatIdeas_OCT&refid=NV_GoodWorks_and_GreatIdeas_OCT&f=Morgan&l=Christopher&email=sales@endlessmountains.org&t=Director%20of%20Sales&p=(570)%20836-5431&c=Endless%20Mountains%20Visitors%20Bureau&src=c_em&mid=B5SH7HC&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTlRWaVlXTTJOamM0TjJZMCIsInQiOiJZMXR2MFV1UmQ1UkpOays2UWNsM0k1TDJSM1dGbjhHU0p3N2ZCcGF0dnk4eGdxZGtyS3FRVkdhaXZvQkh4UmJYajcyamFHMysyU1lXSzY2WnB4TGp5czkrY3ArQVh4M3ZCa0JWSVNkMXR4dlRlTFd0WUNyMnZ6OUp6Nzl2TnlxWiJ9

  • September 14, 2020 11:02 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Whether we like it or not, the COVID-19 vaccine is right around the corner and it's going to have a big impact on the way we travel in 2021. 

    We've been following travel in the COVID-19 world since the very beginning. From the time countries first started shutting down, to the reopening of nations around the world.

    Traveling right now is just about as hard as its going to get. Everyone is ‘waiting' for the vaccine to solve all our travel problems but let me tell you this right now. 

    It won't. 


    For the full article - https://www.traveloffpath.com/how-the-vaccine-will-impact-international-travel-in-2021/

  • September 14, 2020 10:56 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Sharing this article from TED as we prepare for CSPI's next Town Hall Call on Thursday, September 17th - 'Marketing Yourself as a Sales Professional"

    The word “individual” has an inherent duality: it means the smallest member of a group. An individual is therefore never isolated; she is always connected. Every one of the 7.5 billion humans on the earth has value to offer, especially now in a distributed world where you can get things done through networks. This is the power of what I call “onlyness”: you’re standing in a spot that only you stand in, which is a function of your history, experiences, visions and hopes, and it’s from here you offer a distinct point of view, insights and ideas. When you can grow and realize those ideas through your networks and through connectedness, you have a new lever to move the world. Onlyness is like an individual, then, in that it is born of you and also that it unites you meaningfully with others; it is the connected you."

    To find your people, you have to know how to signal your passions and interests and seek out theirs. 

    For the full article - https://ideas.ted.com/feel-like-you-dont-fit-in-heres-how-to-find-where-you-truly-belong/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=social&utm_content=2020-9-14

  • September 10, 2020 12:33 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Omni Hotels & Resorts may seem like a particularly vulnerable hotel company, given the torpedoed conventions and events business during a global pandemic.

    Yet company leaders say there is still plenty of runway for growth in convention hotels.

    “We’re still bullish on convention hotels,” Omni President Peter Strebel said. “I do think group business is going to be the last to return. But, if anything, it will come back stronger.”

    For Full article - https://skift.com/2020/09/02/omni-remains-committed-to-convention-hotels-despite-pandemic-downturn/


  • September 02, 2020 1:07 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Is a six-hour workday the future of work? Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has floated the idea as a way to improve employees’ work-life balance. Swedish researchers have found that a six-hour working day can improve productivity and reduce sick pay costs, but critics argue that shorter working hours can be too costly, hinder entrepreneurialism, and only suits shift work.


    For full article - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/the-case-for-a-six-hour-workday-4206521/

  • August 24, 2020 10:22 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The results are in: Registration reached an all-time high for the 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition, with the most registrants ever in the organization’s 100-year history. Held Aug. 10-12, the online event registered 14,108 association professionals, consultants and industry partners, 71 percent of which were first-time attendees. The event’s final attendance breakdown included 12,813 executives; 544 exhibitors; 207 industry partners; 433 consultants and 111 others including press, vendors and staff. The ratio of buyer to sellers was 95 percent to 5 percent, respectively.

    The fact that ASAE decided to offer the event free or at a discounted rate allowed more than 10,000 event industry individuals – who had previously not been able to attend due to travel or budget restrictions – the opportunity to participate for the first time, according to ASAE officials.

    For Full Article - https://www.tsnn.com/news/asae-sets-new-registration-record-virtual-annual-meeting-exposition

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