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  • February 16, 2021 3:39 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Construction of the $420-million expansion of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, the state’s largest convention center, is moving forward nearly a year after issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic put it on hold.

    The project nearly doubles the size of the center by adding 112,000 sq ft and it came to a halt in April 2020 due to uncertainty in the bond market and the loss of sales tax revenue in the pandemic-devastated travel and hospitality industries. Now, with hopes that the convention and travel industry will return in the not-too-distant future, the expansion has received the green light to proceed from the Wisconsin Center District, a state-created agency that operates the convention center, and which is selling the bonds financing it.

    “The bond sale closed in mid-December 2020, and the funds were transferred to the trustee. The transaction is complete and repayment begins in 2028,” said Sarah Maio, vice president of marketing and communications for the WCD.

    The WCD’s board relied on information provided by HVS Global Hospitality Services, a consulting firm based in Westbury, NY, to make the decision to move forward.

    For full article - https://www.enr.com/articles/51227-postponed-by-pandemic-milwaukees-wisconsin-center-expansion-is-back-on-the-schedule

  • February 04, 2021 10:47 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Anew report from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, predicts that a comeback is in the offing for trade shows.

    Having polled 457 companies in 64 countries and 29 different regions, UFI lays claim to its research being the industry’s gold standard. Exhibitors as well as planners and organizers can only hope the association’s report is right on target.

    According to the bi-annual UFI Global Barometer:

    • Industry revenues will double in 2021, compared to 2020
    • 64% of respondents say last year’s loss of events due to COVID-19 has only reinforced the importance of face-to-face gatherings
    • 57% of North American companies say virtual events will not replace in-person events.

     The news comes as the pandemic has kept trade shows on the sidelines while some convention centers and exhibit halls have been transformed into vaccination centers.

    For Full article - https://www.tsnn.com/news/ufi-report-projects-growth-trade-shows-2021 

  • February 03, 2021 2:37 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The COVID-era has devastated business at all types of meeting venues, leaving many convention centers, offsite venues and others with little foot traffic. One type of venue, however, may have the ingredients needed to thrive early as attendees tentatively step back into face-to-face meeting environments in 2021: large resorts.

    Thanks to their many amenities, onsite leisure activities and an abundance of space, the buildings originally envisioned to hosts hundreds of attendees for a multiday conference or retreat may find themselves busy catering to a smattering of small groups that utilize their properties in different ways.

    For full article - https://meetingstoday.com/articles/142554/large-resorts-social-distancing-success 

  • January 14, 2021 11:24 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The outburst of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in the global market has impacted many industries and it has also impacted the supply chain of all the countries, which results in the closing of their borders. Due to this global impact, many manufacturing and other companies has a serious financial crash and they are clueless about the future consequence of their companies. The Global Exhibition, Convention and Meeting Market research report covers the new survey on the Covid-19 impact on the Exhibition, Convention and Meeting market, which helps the marketers to find latest market dynamics, new development in the market and in the industry, along with this, this survey also helps to form the new business plans, product portfolio and segmentations.

    The Global Exhibition, Convention and Meeting Market research report covers the profiles of major players in the market:

    • The Freeman Company
    • Informa (UBM)
    • RELX Group
    • BCD Meetings & Events
    • Cvent Inc
    • ATPI Ltd

    Get Sample Copy of This Report @ https://www.zealinsider.com/report/62572/exhibition-convention-and-meeting-market#sample

    For full article - https://neighborwebsj.com/uncategorized/1247889/global-exhibition-convention-and-meeting-market-2020-to-witness-huge-growth-by-2026-the-freeman-company-informa-ubm-relx-group-bcd-meetings-events-cvent-inc-atpi-ltd-and-more/ 

  • December 04, 2020 10:46 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Times are tough, but convention centers are playing the long game, with many working on renovations, expansions, or new services that are helping them to get their doors back open.

    Here are five developments from the past week to keep an eye on.

    • The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., opened its doors September 15 for the first time since early in the pandemic. It’s the first convention center in the country to use an antimicrobial sanitation product called SurfaceGuard, which is touted as a Covid-19 killer. With the reopening, the center has unveiled a 19,000-square-foot production studio to host and create virtual experiences.

    • The Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City also recently opened a broadcast studio, and on September 21 welcomed the Nest Summit, the first virtual event to use it (and the first event in the building since Javits was used as a Covid-19 hospital months ago). The 30,000-square-foot studio can host up to 300 participants in a socially distanced setting.

    • On September 14, Indianapolis City-County Council approved up to $155 million in bonds for the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center. The expansion would add a 50,000-square-foot ballroom across the street from the current convention center, plus another 93,500 square feet of meeting rooms and prefunction space. Two hotels are being developed alongside the expansion, funded through private financing. The first hotel will be a 42-floor, 800-room Signia Hilton hotel that’s expected to open in 2024, while the second will begin construction after that.

    • On September 18, the Austin City Council authorized staff to move forward on negotiations for land on the west side of the Austin Convention Center that could be used for an expansion.

    • Major investment continues in Omaha’s downtown convention district. This fall, a new $101 million science center will start construction just east of CHI Health Center, the city’s convention center and arena. It will join an amphitheater, boardwalk, and a botanical garden, among other features that make up The RiverFront development project.

    Link to page - https://www.meetingsnet.com/destination-venue-news/5-convention-centers-moving-forward

  • 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

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