Jan 17, 2018
On Jan. 16, the launch of the Visit U.S. Coalition was announced. Representing a broad cross-section of industries that have come together to address the decrease in international travelers to the U.S. and resulting opportunity cost to the U.S. economy and jobs, the coalition will partner with the Trump administration to reverse the decline in U.S. competitiveness for international travel dollars. “America is the best country in the world to visit, but we’re losing the competition for international travelers and the dollars they spend when they come here,” said Roger Down, president and CEO… more
Jan 10, 2018
The empowerment of women and the need to provide equal opportunities are top of mind as we go into 2018. To that end, entrepreneurs Leonora Valvo and Marie-Claire Andrews have launched Women in Event Tech, a new movement supporting women who are trailblazing new products and services in event technology. Womenineventtech.org is a centralized location for like-minded women to connect, share stories, and be inspired by each other. The site calls for participation and support to enable the founders to gauge interest in other products/services and assess the right times and locations to bring… more
Jan 02, 2018
After years of seeing technology revolutionizing the meetings industry and accelerating the rate of change in how people live and work, there will be a return to a focus on humanity in 2018, according to IMEX Group. The global event producer believes that while new technological innovations will continue to transform the world around us, individuals throughout the events industry and in society are asking questions about whether people – along with their lives, feelings, aspirations, health and minds – are receiving enough priority as society deals with tremendous challenges and adapts to… more
Dec 18, 2017
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, released this month its full 2017 report on the World Map of Exhibition Venues. The report analyzes indicators on key regional trends and includes the largest venues for all 28 markets whose total capacity exceeds 200,000 square meters of gross indoor exhibition space. It has been six years since UFI last produced this global exhibition venue census. This year’s release shows an increase of capacity in the majority of markets around the world. According to report data, global venue space has grown by 1.2 percent on average per year… more
Dec 05, 2017
‘Tis the season to be jolly, festive, and full of good cheer - and we want to see how you celebrate. Share a photo of what the holiday season looks like for you as an event professional and you’ll be entered into the contest. The public will decide who wins, by popular vote!  This is your chance to show us your holiday spirit, whether it’s hosting or attending an event (holiday or otherwise), in your office, with family and friends, or anywhere else that makes you happy. Each week (with the exception of the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day), we’ll award a $50 American Express gift… more
Dec 03, 2017
The Senior Professionals Industry Network (SPIN) has announced the 2017 recipients of the industry’s first recognition for veteran meeting planners - SPIN:40 Over 40. This initiative was created to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers. “We had a great response to this call for nominations. The depth and breadth of what these individuals have achieved is amazing,” said Shawna Suckow, SPIN founder. She added, “Just like our membership, this list is diverse and includes planners for large corporations, associations and smaller third-… more
Nov 27, 2017
For the sixth consecutive year, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has rated MGM Resorts International as among the nation’s leading companies for workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees. Based on the company’s policies and practices relating to LGBTQ employees, MGM Resorts earned a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual HRC survey that evaluates major companies for their non-discrimination and benefits policies and practices with respect to LGBTQ employees. “Diversity and inclusion are bedrocks of our company culture and… more
Nov 08, 2017
Corporate Event News, an online hub for industry news, insights and original content serving corporate meeting and event planners and marketers, and CEMA (Corporate Event Marketing Association), the premier community for event marketing professionals, association peers and partners, today announced a partnership to develop and share additional content for the corporate marketing professional community.  “The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) is excited to partner with Corporate Event News to promote excellence and collaboration amongst event marketing professionals,” said… more
Nov 06, 2017
“Maximizing Attendance” is a new meetings industry collaborative research effort that builds on the Decision to Attend Study, analyzing event attendee behavior and the factors that influence their choices of meetings, events and exhibitions. The initiative is led by six industry-leading organizations: The EXPERIENCE Institute (TEI), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Meetings Professionals International (MPI), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Destinations International. The vision of… more
Oct 26, 2017
MCI Group, professional conference organizer and provider of strategic planning and association management consulting for the international market, and Wyndham Hotel Group, one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide, have announced a global strategic partnership agreement. MCI Group works with corporate and association clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa to deliver face-to-face, hybrid and digital experiences designed to strategically engage audiences and help build communities both online and offline. Nearly 40 percent of… more