EIC’s 2019 Hall of Leaders Announced

Barry Smith, executive director of Convention Centres Canada and former chair of the PCMA Foundation, is among those who will be inducted Sept. 10 during IMEX America. (pcma)

Will Automation Make Your Job Obsolete?

A pair of Oxford University researchers calculated the likelihood that jobs across a wide range of industries and professions could be lost to automation. Where do event organizers fall on the list? (pcma)

Hyatt Reports Decline in Group Business

Chicago, Hyatt's largest group market in the U.S., was particularly hard hit, with the city's group revenue down 15% in first half of 2019. (Travel Weekly)

A New Bill Takes Aim at Addictive Tech

Event marketers, take note: Snapstreaks, YouTube autoplay, and endless scrolling are all coming under fire from a new bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Josh Hawley, targeting the tech industry’s "addictive" design. (The Verge)

Is the Events Industry Finally Ready for Instant Booking?

Event platforms are continuing to develop technology to make meeting booking instant, and hotels are starting to realize that it may only be a matter of time before organizer demand pushes them to adopt a new system. (Skift)

Global Hotel Rates Predicted to Rise

American Express Global Business Travel has published its Hotel Monitor 2020 report, predicting ‘modest’ rises in hotel prices next year. (Exhibition World)

New ‘Future Meetings Space’ Research Launches

The German Convention Bureau has launched the third phase of its Future Meetings Space research project, which will explore the value of meetings and events in a changing business environment. (Convention & Meetings World)