Bites & Sites

DMO Launches Comic Series Via Streaming Services

‘Life’s Rewards,’ an eight-episode comedy program co-produced by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater DMO, gives the destination major screen time — and provides a case-study example of a new CVB business model spurred by the pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner June 28, 2021

Ixnay on the ‘Surprise and Delight’ Elements of Incentive Programs and Other Findings

The Incentive Research Foundation recently published a white paper summarizing facilitated conversations among incentive travel professionals who met in April in The Palm Beaches. Here’s a recap.

BY Michelle Russell June 14, 2021

What Are the Biggest Roadblocks to Post-Pandemic Business Travel?

Unpredictable airfares, fluctuating entry restrictions, and rental car shortages are just a few of the challenges facing travelers right now, according to travel writer Peter Greenberg, who spoke at Destination International’s recent CEO Summit.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 9, 2021

Add Air Quality to Your Event Site-Selection Checklist

Paying attention to a building’s ventilation system is important in managing the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts.

BY Michelle Russell June 2, 2021

Work From Anywhere but Meet in One Place

The digital nomad movement has gained ground during the pandemic, for sure. But it has pre-COVID roots and its pioneers are planning an in-person gathering to help it flourish — and to get destinations’ support.

BY David McMillin May 28, 2021

Can Events Serve a Balanced Diet of Safe F&B and Sustainability?

When Sodexo and Centerplate conducted an online survey in November 2020, they asked 202 event and meeting planners what they value when it comes to food and beverage in the COVID-19 environment. Eighty-three percent responded that F&B is very or extremely important to the success of their event. A 2018 survey conducted by the same

BY Jennifer N. Dienst May 25, 2021

Why Air Quality Must Be Part of Venues’ Hygiene Protocol

The emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting venues in the age of COVID-19 is missing a larger point: Reliably healthy and safe environments depend on clean air and a more holistic approach.

BY Barbara Palmer Jennifer N. Dienst May 19, 2021

Death of the Buffet and Other Environmental Silver Linings Brought to Us by COVID-19

On the eve of Earth Day, we checked in with two leaders at the organization steering the business events industry towards a new benchmark of sustainability. We asked: Are we more or less focused on sustainable event design a result of the pandemic?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 21, 2021

Four Battered Hotel Chains Still Make Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For List

Despite a year like none other for the hospitality industry, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and Kimpton were ranked in the top 17 percent of the annual 100 Best Companies to Work For List.

BY Michelle Russell April 13, 2021

Building a More Diverse Tourism Industry Through Apprenticeships

Tourism Diversity Matters’ apprenticeship program coordinator Deedra Mills-Hall has come full circle, supporting apprenticeships in the industry because of the role that experience played in launching her own career.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 11, 2021

Previous Crises Laid the Groundwork for the COVID-19 Response in Puerto Rico

Recent experiences with natural disasters helped Discover Puerto Rico navigate the pandemic, according to panelists at a recent webinar hosted by the DMO.

BY Casey Gale April 7, 2021

Travelers Get Another 19 Months to Obtain REAL IDs

The deadline to get your REAL ID-compliant licenses or other forms of ID, which U.S. travelers must have to fly domestically, has been extended again to May 3, 2023.

BY Curt Wagner April 5, 2021