News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

Emerging Tech Hub Angers to Host Global Forum

International think tank event will bring more than 300 key policymakers and stakeholders from 30 countries to “digital week” in Angers, a Loire Valley city that’s key to France’s tech push.

BY Lane Nieset May 14, 2019

Event Professionals Offer Their Tips for Closing a Deal

An understanding of differences in work culture plus a focus on flexibility and frugality are key to a successful pitch, business event strategists say.

May 13, 2019

Is Monotasking the New Multitasking?

Experts say focusing on a single thing boosts productivity. But that’s not easy.

BY Angela Campiere May 8, 2019

Hospitality Trends? ‘Hold on to Your Seats,’ Says Expert

Some global destinations — including the U.S. — have ‘massive’ amounts of hotel rooms in the pipeline. What does that mean for planners?

BY Barbara Palmer May 6, 2019

Reykjavik Crowned as Europe’s Best

Iceland’s capital takes top honours in Eventex Awards’ ‘Best European Destination’ category.

BY Lane Nieset April 30, 2019

A Plea for Sri Lanka: Don’t Forget Destination

Creative Travel’s Rajeev Kohli urges the events industry ‘not to abandon the destination’ following the recent deadly terror attacks.

April 29, 2019

Paper Trail Leads to the National Stationery Show

The 73-year-old event is the place for all things paper — including greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap, tableware, and journals.

BY Casey Gale April 28, 2019

Scleroderma Congress Innovates to Emphasize Patient Participation

When the World Scleroderma Foundation decided it wanted to include a patient component to its international congress, it planned two parallel events: one for medical professionals, and one for patients.

BY Cristi Kempf April 24, 2019

Despite Brexit, Business Travel to the U.K. Is as Strong as Ever

As regional capitals see a strong increase in hotel bookings, events such as MeetGB are putting U.K. destinations in the best possible light for potential travellers.

BY Lane Nieset April 23, 2019

‘Set an Example From the Top Down on Work-Life Integration’

Natalie Ackerman, Jack Morton’s EVP Greater China, discusses how to prevent burnout and nurture creativity.

April 22, 2019

‘A Really Crazy, Big Idea’ — Taking on Plastics in the Events Industry

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau joins forces with a nonprofit to launch a global movement to reduce the use of plastics at meetings and events.

BY Barbara Palmer April 22, 2019

Past Touches Bourbon Orleans Hotel in Spirited Ways

While the Bourbon Orleans Hotel’s Bourbon “O” Bar serves drinks of all sorts, the hotel is known for other kind of spirits — thanks to its past lives. Here’s a look back at the history of this opulent meeting venue in the heart of the French Quarter.

BY Curt Wagner April 19, 2019

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