May 01, 2018
The Galt House, Louisville’s largest hotel, is joining the Trademark Collection by Wyndham as an independently owned soft-branded property. The flagship hotel, which will begin a $80 million renovation this June, will be Wyndham Hotel Group’s largest single addition in North America. Galt House Hotel is the largest downtown meeting, convention, and conference hotel in the region, with 1,310 guest rooms and 130,000 sq. ft. of event space that can host meetings of up to 3,000 attendees. The hotel offers 53 meeting rooms, a 23,300 sq. ft. ballroom, a 16,000 sq. ft. ballroom and an exhibit… more
Apr 30, 2018
A new event registration service specifically designed for small to mid-tier events is now available from Core-apps. The new Core-apps Badger Registration Service was built for events ranging in size from 25-2500 attendees and is tailored to corporate meetings, educational conferences and smaller shows that do not have a large expo presence. The service offers dozens of potential registration options and rounds out the company’s existing offerings. Existing Core-apps clients can use it to provide a complete attendee engagement experience, and the service will also appeal to new clients who… more
Apr 26, 2018
There is a lot of preparation going on in Japan for the Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo in 2020.  In addition to new hotels and venues that will expand the many existing options for events, transportation infrastructure will be transformed. Plans include a ring road that will bypass central Tokyo, a central arterial road that will better connect central Tokyo to the Tokyo Bay area, a new railway connecting Haneda Airport and Tokyo Station, plus improvements to the existing Narita Airport railway system that will cut transit time from thirty minutes to a mere eighteen. Tokyo, however,… more
Apr 25, 2018
An event provides one of the most powerful opportunities for sponsors to get their brand and message out in a face-to-face environment.  For event organizers, sponsorships can help offset costs, increase revenue, enhance the attendee experience, and strengthen partnerships. To help clients increase the value, efficiency, and impact of their live events, GES has launched GES Sponsorship Strategy & Sales. Announced on Apr. 10, the offering enhances the company’s sponsorship program offerings. “We’ve blended decades of experience in live event marketing and domain knowledge with the… more
Apr 24, 2018
There is a plethora of industry events every year, but with limited budgets and busy schedules, it’s impossible to attend all of them. The Corporate Event News team has curated a short list of upcoming U.S.-based events that our own team plans (or hopes) to attend. Note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the great events out there for event professionals – even we can’t be at all of them! MPI World Education Congress (WEC) – June 2-5, Indianapolis, IN Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972… more
Apr 23, 2018
May 25, 2018 is the day that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. The GDPR provides EU citizens specific privacy rights regarding the collection, storage, transfer and use of their personally identifiable information. Non-compliance with the GDPR may result in significant fines and penalties of “up to €20 million, or 4% of the worldwide annual revenue of the prior financial year, whichever is higher,” according to the GDPR’s regulation 2016/679. In March, I attended a roundtable event co-hosted by Key Events and Lenos Software on GDPR compliance and how it will… more
Apr 20, 2018
The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA) Board of Directors has appointed global entertainment and convention venue management company, SMG, to oversee operations at Reno-Sparks’ major convention and entertainment facilities. The four-year operating agreement includes the RSCVA-owned Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC), the state-owned Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC), as well as the Reno Events Center (REC) and the National Bowling Stadium (NBS), which are both owned by the City of Reno. “This is a great opportunity for the entire Reno Tahoe region and an… more
Apr 19, 2018
Editor's Note: Earth Day is April 22. To help illustrate how event planners can help move the industry towards a more sustainable future, we are sharing this inspiring TSNN interview with Kimberly Smith, director of conferences and events at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). When Kimberly Smith began as director of conferences and events at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), she already thought she was doing her part to be environmentally conscious, both in her career and personal life. Two years… more
Apr 18, 2018
When disaster strikes, people need to know what is happening and how they should proceed. In late February, I attended a workshop at the MPINCC Annual Conference & Exhibition entitled “Crisis Communications: The Most Important Tweet.” Alex Plaxen, MTA, president and founder of Little Bird Told Media, initially asked three questions of the event professionals in the room: “Do you have a crisis communications plan in place?” “Who executes your plan?” “What are your vulnerabilities?” You are responsible for the safety and well-being of your attendees. In the event of an emergency, people… more
Apr 17, 2018
If you’re an event professional, chances are high that you are also a frequent flier. Delta Airlines has just launched a new biometrics program for Delta Sky Club members: Sky Club members who also have CLEAR® can now use their fingerprints to enter all 50 U.S. Delta Sky Club locations. The experience is made possible through Delta’s new biometrics program – Delta Biometrics Powered by CLEAR – which is free for Delta Sky Club members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This new program has the potential to streamline check-in for millions of Sky Club visits each year.  “From… more