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).