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Nov 12, 2018
Last month, NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization and Discover Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico’s newly established destination marketing organization, signed a first-ever partnership to boost tourism between the two destinations Formalized at a press conference on Oct. 23 at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan, the new one-year city-to-island alliance includes a collaboration agreement between Puerto Rico and New York City; the exchange of marketing assets to boost reciprocal travel; the sharing of best practices in tourism marketing and management, and the… more
Nov 09, 2018
If you attend a fair amount of industry conferences, you’ve likely run into Jim Spellos, an incredibly popular and engaging technology speaker whose educational sessions on topics ranging from mobile apps and digital security to VR and other hot technologies have a reputation for packing a room. But besides his love for tech and rock music (he’s an accomplished musician and songwriter, too!), Spellos harbors a lesser-known passion: saving the planet while helping those in need.  As a board member and director of technology for Rock and Wrap It Up!, an anti-poverty think tank dedicated to… more
Nov 08, 2018
Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York has completed renovations of its guest rooms, suites and common spaces. “This renovation confirms our commitment to maintain our status as one of the elite luxury hotels in the city and around the world,” said Prince A. Sanders, general manager of Trump International Hotel & Tower New York.  “The new finishes and materials infuse every aspect of the guest experience with the refined aesthetic that envelops guests when they arrive at our hotel.” Located in Manhattan, near Central Park, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center and Fifth Avenue, the… more
Nov 07, 2018
The United Nations defines sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But there has been some murkiness as to what exactly that means with regard to meetings, and what the definition of sustainability is for the events world. U.K.-based meetings and events company BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has put together a whitepaper which attempts to help put an industry wrapper around the concept. Fueled by survey data, the paper discusses the differences between “green meetings,” corporate social… more
Nov 05, 2018
Have you ever photographed your food? Since Instagram, the phenomenon of documenting and sharing what we’re eating has exploded. While presentation has always been important — we eat with our eyes first — people now choose restaurants specifically for their “Instagrammability.” In an Instagram world, restaurant chefs aren’t the only ones adapting their menus to maximize visual appeal — corporate event planners are also getting in on the action. One of the biggest trends in event food and beverage right now is visual impact. Amy Conrad, operations manager at Enclave in Las Vegas, says… more
Nov 02, 2018
We all want to have experiences that we feel are worthy of sharing with others and that we look back on with positive feelings. While a good place to get business done, the standard model of trade show (which also applies to any conference with a sizeable exhibit hall) – aisles of pipe and drape and dozens of lecture rooms – is not as strong when it comes to creating a lasting impression. Today, however, the model is changing at events of all sizes and types. Krista LeZotte, senior manager of conferences at ASAE, says that making an event memorable is the best way to capture attendees’… more
Nov 01, 2018
The more things change, the more some things stay the same. A new report from Development Counsellors International (DCI) highlights the changes, challenges and trends taking place within the meetings and events industry while showing that the power of face-to-face interactions remains strong. “A View from Meeting Planners: Winning Strategies in Destination Marketing” collates data from 181 North American decision-makers and influencers with global meeting planning responsibilities. Respondents span the corporate, incentive and association segments and nearly half have more than 20 years of… more
Oct 30, 2018
The finalists for the 2018 IBTM World Technology Watch award have been selected. The shortlist comprises technology companies with innovative new products or services relevant to the meetings, incentive, conference and events (MICE) industry. This year’s finalists are:  Kubify — Learning Toolbox interactive e-poster system CadmiumCD — Meeting room scheduling/resource management system and event logistic management platform RadarioAI — Event marketing and analytics platform Event Tech Tribe — A collaborative ensemble of best-in-craft event technology providers who have chosen to work… more
Oct 29, 2018
While many incentive trips focus on activity and team building, there are many ways to incentivize and rejuvenate your team. A new trend is developing on this front – the idea of a stillness tour. Bringing quiet and stillness into an incentive trip or meeting focuses on removing technology and high stimulus. Scottsdale, Arizona offers multiple ways for groups to unwind and experience stillness.   The feeling of sound Yes, you read that right. You can experience the feeling of sound through bowl and gong vibrations by booking a Yoga and Sound experience at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa.… more
Oct 26, 2018
The new $226 million Sycuan Casino Hotel and Resort will open in late spring 2019, and is now ready to book group meetings. The 12-story luxury hotel tower will include 302 guest rooms with 57 suites. The new event space features over 42,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space, including an 11,297 sq. ft. event center with a 2,136 sq. ft. stage. “We are excited to be able to offer the best meeting and event experience with our 42,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space,” said Amy Galusha, director of catering at Sycuan Casino. “The variety of event venues, creative… more