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Jan 16, 2018
The Event Tech Tribe has once again expanded its event industry offerings, this time with venue booking software Meetingselect. Meetingselect is the seventh member of the collaborative ecosystem The Tribe comprises. Established in 2007, Meetingselect is the world's largest independent meetings distribution system and online venue booking tool. The company’s software will integrate with all existing Tribe products. Based in The Netherlands, Meetingselect expands The Tribe’s global footprint within Europe. “It’s important to us that we serve planners and marketers wherever they are in the… more
Jan 15, 2018
Canada’s long-awaited Halifax Convention Centre opened on Dec. 15, 2017. The new $170M development, which is located in the city's downtown, features more than 120,000 square feet of new flexible events space. The new convention centre includes 50,000 square feet of multi-purpose convention space, 40,000 square feet of intimate meeting space and a ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city and harbor beyond. The venue offers an online event planner toolkit to make it easy for event professionals to quickly find the information they might need for booking and beyond,… more
Jan 12, 2018
The Phoenix Convention Center recently has completed several energy efficiency upgrades by converting outdated lighting to energy efficient LED lighting technology. Last year, the PCC participated in Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program, resulting in more than $175,000 in rebates for the LEED-silver certified facility. The PCC took full advantage of the APS rebate program by converting to LED lighting in several areas of the campus including meeting rooms, loading docks, stairwells, food court, garages, production kitchens and its grand Atrium. “… more
Jan 11, 2018
As the ongoing quest for business efficiency continues, it becomes more important for larger organizations to chart their course to implementing a Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP). The Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) moniker was created by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). An SMMP is a disciplined approach to managing enterprise-wide meeting and event related processes, activities, metrics, standards and supplier strategies to achieve business objectives, quantitative cost savings, risk mitigation and optimal service levels. SMMPs have been touted as… more
Jan 11, 2018
Internet pioneer, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author Jay Baer gave a presentation at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference this week on “The 365 Day Event - Using Digital Content to Drive Year-Round Engagement.” Baer spoke about the intersection of technology, social media, and customer service, and how this convergence relates to events. The average person uses a smartphone 76 times a day. And many attendees now bring multiple devices to an event: a phone, a tablet, and a laptop. It therefore comes as no surprise that the biggest challenge experienced by most event… 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 09, 2018
At Corporate Event News, our objective is to showcase the diverse people, programs, challenges and rewards of corporate events, so what better way to accomplish that than by talking to industry experts? Each month, we highlight a different corporate event professional to help you get to know some of the individuals who make this industry thrive. Our first featured event expert of 2018 is Emmanuel Gotsis, director of global experiential marketing at Microsoft. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Gotsis has impressive credentials. He got his first work experience at a young age in… more
Jan 08, 2018
On Jan. 3, midtown Nashville’s 180-room Kimpton Aertson Hotel completed its 17th floor indoor and outdoor event venue, Woodlea. The nearly 4,500 square foot rooftop showcases 270-degree panoramic views of downtown Nashville and Vanderbilt’s campus and can accommodate up to 150 guests. Woodlea’s addition rounds out Kimpton Aertson’s meeting and event space with more than 10,000 sq. ft of flexible indoor and outdoor meetings and events space on its 8th and 17th floors. For large meetings and group events, the hotel’s Patterson Ballroom features 3,200 sq. ft of floor-to-ceiling windows, which… more
Jan 04, 2018
For years, event industry accreditation has been based on mastery of logistics. However, corporations today are increasingly focused on marketing strategy, and no matter how well executed an event is, if there aren’t enough attendees and sponsors it will be deemed a failure. To ensure success, event managers need to become event marketers. Eventbrite is making it easy for event marketers – or those who are interested in becoming event marketers – to take the first step. As the largest ticketing and event technology platform powering millions of events around the world each year, Eventbrite… more
Jan 04, 2018
Corporate event planners are looking ahead to what the new year may hold—focusing on the dates saved on their calendars. How can they make these events pop? What trends will impact how they plan memorable experiences for their clients?  Corporate Event News spoke to expert planners to see what trends they predict will impact the industry in the coming year.  Karen Shackman of Shackman Associates New York predicts last minute events will demand more luxury. “This will require more choices: whether it is choices of venues, choices within the venue, choices at multiple venues, and timing… more