The numbers are in and, according to PCMA’s latest annual Meetings Market Survey, the industry continued to grow in 2013. More than 400 association, independent and corporate planners completed the survey in late 2013, discussing the pluses and minuses of industry trends — attendance, budgets, exhibitors, revenues with the Professional Convention Management Association, which has been doing the […]
Meeting, convention and event planning is one of the best jobs of 2012 and should see significant growth over the next decade, according to U.S. News and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each year, U.S. News compiles a list of the best careers based on the Labor Department’s employment projections. The bureau projects meeting, convention […]
In 1994, nearly one of every 10 people traveling worldwide were headed to the United States. By 2000, the U.S. share of inbound travel had dropped from 9 percent to 7 percent; 10 years later, it was at barely 6 percent. So why has America lost 30 percent of the worldwide travel market in less […]
Need a fun signature drink for a meeting in the Big Easy? Old New Orleans Rum is locally owned and operated by artist James Michalopoulos. Four varieties are available: Crystal, Amber, Cajun Spice and the oak barrel-aged Ten Year Special Edition.
Nashville’s 2,881-room Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will be closed until at least November due to flooding from the nearby Cumberland River. The resort, the largest meeting facility in Tennessee’s capital city, has refunded deposits made on reservations through August and moved 70,000 room nights to various hotels in the downtown area, nearby Franklin, […]
Yes, attendees, it’s OK to walk out of an educational session. In fact, I would venture to say that you owe it to yourself, the speaker and the event organizer to forego all deadly sessions in favor of ones with content and presentation styles that engage you. I know, I know, “it’s not polite.” But […]
LaQuinta Resort & Club in LaQuinta, Calif., has an arsenal of new online tools for meeting planners, including an e-Event booking engine for small groups that bundles room, F&B and A/V reservations, and a personalized online group page.
The future is here, along with more technology, more networking opportunities, more budget demands… in fact, more demands for everything, including your time. 2008 may be more of 2007, but pick up the tips from our planners and you’ll be ready for a (somewhat) fresh start.
The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) show is leaving Las Vegas after 35 years in the city. The four-day SIA SnowSports Trade Show, which annually draws 20,000 ski and snow sport retailers and manufacturers, has signed an agreement to hold its convention in Denver for 10 years, beginning in January 2010. The estimated annual economic impact of the four-day show is $30 million.
New hires, hotels, developments, and products and services available to meeting and event planners throughout the Southeast and Southwest.
The U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories for many cities in Mexico, but that doesn’t mean your group has to miss out on all Mexico has to offer. Just head for the border, the American border that is.
More than 21 million visitors flock to San Antonio every year. The city’s strong convention and tourism business combined with the relatively inexpensive cost of land has made San Antonio America’s fastest-growing hotel construction market; this year alone, construction will begin on 7,360 new rooms in 44 hotels.
Todd Whalley, the director of sales for Louisiana’s Northshore Tourist & Convention Commission, was in Atlanta in February for a PYM event and gave us an update on New Orleans. He also told us a touching story from MPI’s Professional Education Conference (PEC) in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, 2007, and we asked him if we could share it with our readers.
Traditionally thought of as a suburb of Houston, The Woodlands is setting out to change all that. The newly formed The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau aims to promote the city as a premiere leisure and meetings destination.
Organizers of the recent MPI’s Professional Education Conference-North America worked hard to reduce paper waste. Here’s some tips you can use at your next event.
Team San Jose, in California, is unique among convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs). Like many CVBs, it manages the convention center and is responsible for promoting the city as a tourist and convention destination. The radical difference lies in how Team San Jose uses a partnership between labor unions, arts organizations, hoteliers, catering professionals, local businesses and the convention center staff to create a single point of contact for all new and returning customers throughout the entire sales and booking process.
The $2 billion in business New Orleans estimates it lost between September 2005 and March 2006, when its convention center was closed, made 2006 a bittersweet year. But it’s not long-term demand the city is worried about.
A monthly recap of new hotels, hires, air service, developments and attractions throughout the Southeast and Southwest.
NAMES Steven A. Schuldenfrei has been named President of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association; Mary Beth Rebedeau will fill the vacancy he left as Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers. Alyssa Egger has been named Account Services Representative for Plan Your Meetings (PYM) magazine. Egger will work directly with PYM’s advertising partners […]