Aug 13, 2018
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Summer 2018 Meetings Outlook report. The Meetings Outlook series, which presents industry trends and predictions from MPI members, is developed in partnership with MGM Resorts International and supported in partnership with the IMEX Group. The 2018 Summer report identifies trends including increased complexity in contracts and negotiation, particularly around attrition clauses. As alternative housing services such as Airbnb and usage of hotel pricing comparison sites such as Trivago grow, it becomes more and more difficult to keep… more
Aug 08, 2018
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), believes that partnerships are key to success. The entertainment and event technology solution provider recently announced new relationships with six companies that will extend and expand their collective reach.   “PRG is known for its event innovations that help companies and brands tell a story,” said Jim Kelley, vice president of marketing and industry relations for PRG. “By aligning with these niche service providers, we are able to provide cutting-edge solutions that complement what PRG offers to corporate and event clients,” he added. The new… more
Jun 18, 2018
Caesars Entertainment Corporation just reinforced its commitment to fight climate change by setting science-based targets to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the company and throughout its supply chain. Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered "science-based" if they are in line with the level of de-carbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration among CDP (formerly known as the Carbon… more
Jun 07, 2018
Last year, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in conjunction with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) developed the MPI Academy Emergency Preparedness for Meetings and Events Certificate Course. Now, MPI has created a new asset designed to serve as a reference tool for planners to use in developing safety and security plans and procedures.   “The Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning 2018” contains best practices to help meeting and event planners identify vulnerabilities, protect assets and mitigate… more
Jun 06, 2018
Carlson Wagonlit released its latest CWT Safety & Security Study on May 31 – and the results might surprise you. Based on survey results, the lure of hotel rewards and incentives trumps safety concerns for three out of ten business travelers globally. To participate in the study, travelers were required to have made more than four business trips within the past 12 months, increasing the likelihood of their having preferred hotels or hotel chains. Forty-seven percent of the more than 2,000 travelers surveyed said they would choose hotel points over personal safety. Only 35 percent of… more
Jun 01, 2018
Have you been focused on creating better attendee experiences and changing the physical design of your events to do so? If so, you aren’t alone: those are two of the main issues venue operators and agencies reported that they have been facing this year, according to the June 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future report. While return on investment (ROI), education and networking are still top-of-mind, attendee engagement, satisfaction and personal development are becoming more and more important. From customizing menus to ensure dietary needs are managed to personalization of experiences,… more
May 25, 2018
In the wake of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, every industry must act to end sexual harassment and create positive, lasting change. The exhibitions and meetings industries are no exception. A new coalition recently was formed to eradicate sexual harassment in the events industry and workplace; a task force that will identify tools and develop new resources to assist in educating individuals and the events industry about sexual harassment.  Comprising leaders and executives from organizations including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); Association for Women in… more
May 18, 2018
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings OutlookTM 2018 Spring Edition. Meetings Outlook presents future industry trends and predictions from MPI members, including meeting professionals on MPI’s Business Research Panel. The report, based on survey data collected within the last quarter by research firm Association Insights, provides insights on current business conditions and future outlooks. According to the report, event industry professionals are focusing on cultivating the entire meeting experience, with an emphasis on enhancing interaction and immersion.… more
May 14, 2018
Today marks just over one month since Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2018, which was held Apr. 12. This international day of advocacy for the meetings and events industry brought our community together to showcase the real, measurable impact of events. According to recent data released by Meetings Mean Business, this year’s GMID received more widespread attention and participation than ever before. “This year was our best and biggest GMID yet,” said Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-chair of Meetings Mean Business.… more
May 02, 2018
Enterprise event management company Cvent, Inc., has announced that it will acquire mobile event app provider QuickMobile. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of May 2018. The addition of QuickMobile's technology will help Cvent expand its Event Cloud Platform's mobile capabilities, providing mobile apps for events of all sizes. Together, the organizations will: Serve more than 25,500 customers, including 80% of the Fortune 100 Deliver 16.7 million app downloads Offer over 950 product support professionals to ensure customer success Reggie Aggarwal, founder and CEO of… more