It is no secret that while the meeting and event industry is a female-dominated profession, senior positions still tend to go to males. Keynote speakers, judges and panelists also tend to be male…white male. Where are the minorities of the meeting and event industry? While the issue of male/female diversity has been explored from time […]
When the annual industry trade show EIBTM opened in Barcelona, Spain, this week, it rebranded itself as IBTM World. And that wasn’t the only “something new” that attendees experienced firsthand. Show organizers also named a Top 10 list of innovations from companies that applied to showcase technological, social or design innovations demonstrating revolutionary solutions, applications and the latest technologies […]
Four industry leaders will join the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame in early November, according to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
GaMPI holds its annual Phoenix Awards next week, honoring 2014 leaders in the meetings and events industry. More details on the event HERE. The finalists: COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR Education programs: chairs Naomi Green, The Giving Kitchen, and Bobby Hobes, CCTE, CMP, Chenega. Communications think tank (blog): chairs Liza Doyle, dynami group, and Heather Herrig, […]
The meetings industry generates about $770 billion for the U.S. economy, according to a report just released by the Convention Industry Council and based on 2012 statistics. The report says 1.83 million corporate and business meetings, trade shows, conventions, congresses, incentive events and other meetings were held in the United States in 2012, up from […]
Meeting Professionals International has come on board as a founding partner of Bob.tv, the new B to B Events Industry Network from bXb Group in Chicago. In doing so, MPI joins a number of meetings/event industry leaders — ASAE, PCMA, the Center for Exhibition Research, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, and the Virtual […]
The PYM State of the Industry roundtable was a dinner held in San Francisco, with national and local meeting industry professionals, in October 2012. Click here to download a transcript of the meeting. In attendance: Corporate planner (global business services) Corporate planner (global business services) Corporate planner (technology company) Corporate planner (technology company) Independent/third-party planner (various industries) […]
Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment has agreed to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott for $210 million. It will still own the four hotels but hand over day-to-day operations. Marriott says the deal is part of a plan to expand its group travel and meetings business. The resort and […]
IMEX Frankfurt, the trade show for the worldwide meetings, incentive travel and events industry, closed Thursday with IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom announcing a 21 percent increase in individual buyer appointments made with exhibitors during the show. More than 64,000 appointments took place over the three-day trade show, he said, with 40,000 of those made […]
The PYM State of the Industry Roundtable was a dinner held in Austin, Texas, with national and local meeting industry professionals in May 2012. Click here to download a transcript of this session. In attendance: Director of in-market sales for an international hotels and resorts company Program director for a national insurance research agency Senior […]
The American meetings and events industry directly and indirectly supports 6.3 million jobs and generates almost $1 trillion a year in direct, indirect and induced spending. The industry’s direct $106 billion contribution to the U.S. GDP is greater than the amount generated by auto manufacturing ($78 billion), performing arts/spectator sports/museums ($71 billion), and information and data processing services ($76 billion). If indirect and induced spending numbers are included, meeting and event production’s total annual contribution to the GDP is $458 billion.
The PYM State of the Industry Roundtable was a luncheon held in Aspen with local meeting industry professionals in August 2010. In attendance: 1. President/CEO of a local chamber/tourism bureau 2. Director of Sales of a resort hotel with condo and vacation rentals 3. Director of Sales and Marketing for a family owned hotel 4. […]
If meeting industry suppliers want to be competitive during the second half of 2010, they need to pay attention to pricing; deliver value and quality rather than frills and extras; focus on drive-in markets, return on investment (ROI) and corporate social responsibility (CSR); and offer affordable Internet access and hybrid meeting technology. Those were the […]
This morning I was horrified to read about how hotels overseas were price-gauging passengers stuck in cities due to the Icelandic volcano eruption. It’s bad enough being stranded and kept from working, but imagine watching the price of your emergency hotel room skyrocket by hundreds of dollars within a matter of minutes. Where’s the hospitality […]
If 2009 was “the perfect storm” that disrupted the meetings industry, then Danielle Babilino insists she was the poster child for everything that could have gone wrong. “I represent the five-diamond, five-star Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas, which opened in December 2008,” explained the senior vice president of hotel sales at the 2010 Meetings Exploration Conference […]
Travel industry leaders won a 20-minute audience with the president on March 12 to discuss how travel can strengthen the U.S. economy. They focused on two key areas of concern: the dramatic nationwide downturn in meetings and events, and the need to attract more international visitors. According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly one in […]
As the cost of airfare and gas soars, consumer and business travel continues to decline. After experiencing record occupancy rates, profits and revenues in 2007, the hotel industry is bracing for a tough 2009. By the end of next year, pundits predict hotel profits may be down as much as 20 percent….
How long have you been in the meetings industry? Timothy Arnold, a national sales manager for Hilton Hotels, wrote this funny post about how to tell if you’re an industry lifer, which he posted at 3:42 a.m. (a tell-tale sign that he’s a hard-core lifer).
More than 40 representatives from hotels, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), special facilities and other meetings industry suppliers recently gathered in Atlanta to discuss current economic challenges and potential solutions at the Plan Your Meetings (PYM) Town Hall: State of the Industry luncheon…