Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

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There were more international association meetings than ever last year, but on average the meetings had fewer participants, reports the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Meeting Planning Trends meeting trends

ICCA Names Top 20 Association Meeting Cities

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ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, has released its annual rankings of top meeting cities and countries , and there have been quite of a few shake-ups among the top 10 meeting destinations. Top Meeting Cities. Number of Meetings in 2016.

How to Improve Air Travel: Ideas from 11 Association Meeting Planners

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Back in May, news reports of airport security lines stretching for what seemed like miles in hubs like Chicago and Atlanta sparked new conversations about what’s long been causing headaches for meeting planners: air travel. So we asked meeting planners: How can the air travel industry be improved? Ann Lister, International Compliance Professionals Association. >> Bill Keese, CAE, Association of Progressive Rental Organizations.

How to Detox Your Event’s Attention Junkies

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Association Meetings Resources Resources and Reports SpeakersHere’s my prescription for attention addiction, the latest epidemic plaguing today’s selfie-centered world. read more.

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3 Easy Ways to Meet All Your Attendees’ Food Needs

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Association Meetings Resources Food & Beverage Resources and ReportsHow you can accommodate your attendees’ food allergies, sensitivities, and preferences with some proactive planning. read more.

Say What? Essential Tips for Translating Multinational Events

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Association Meetings Resources Resources and Reports SpeakersUse these best practices for choosing a translation service and supporting your speakers in an increasingly multilingual environment. read more.

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Are You Minding These 5 Risk Management Gaps?

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While a new report finds meeting risk management much improved over the past three years, these areas still need attention. Association Meetings Risk Management Corporate Meetings

Meeting Rooms of the Future Will Be Experiential, Tasty, and Wired

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Conference centers are going cozy, creative, and high tech, according to IACC’s Meeting Room of the Future study. Association Meetings Resources Audiovisual/Production Food & Beverage Meeting Formats Resources and Reports Site News

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3 Cybersecurity Questions You Need to Answer Now

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Association Meetings Resources Resources and Reports Risk ManagementNow that even hacker conventions are being hacked, you need to shore up your cyber defenses to keep your data, and your attendees’ data, safe. read more.

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5 Tips for Scripting a Captivating Event

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Audiovisual/Production Association Meetings Audience Engagement Corporate MeetingsBy Josh Golden, Creative Director, PCI. Lights, music, action! How you can play up the drama to engage your audience. read more.

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How to Create a General Session Timeline

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The key to creating a successful annual meeting general session is paying attention to the four basic production phases. Association Meetings Resources Checklists Resources and ReportsBy Hal Schild, Senior Vice President, Creative Services, PCI.

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Why You Need to Be All In on These 4 Vital Event Tech Tools

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Association Meetings Resources Marketing Tech News/Trends Resources and Reports Event PlanningBy Liz Burton, High Speed Training. Are you optimizing the technologies that can help make your events more appealing, engaging, and educational? read more.

Are You Prepared for a Cybersecurity Breach at Your Next Event?

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Association Meetings Tech News/Trends Risk Management Corporate MeetingsTake this survey to help the CIC’s new APEX cybersecurity task force develop ways to help combat this growing threat to the events industry. read more.

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20 Global Meeting FAQs

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5 Hot Culinary Trends for 2017

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Generate excitement without blowing your budget with these chef-tested meeting and event food and beverage trends. Association Meetings Resources Food & Beverage Resources and ReportsBy Anne Thornley-Brown.

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What Planners Want in Site Selection Technology

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A recent GBTA Foundation study finds that, while the technology exists to help meeting professionals throughout the site-sourcing process, just over half—57 percent—say they currently use meeting management technology to plan their events.

New Platform Aims to Help Planners Crowdsource Content

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Association Meetings Event Management Tech News/Trends Speakers Corporate MeetingsSharedXP is designed to tap into the collective intelligence of peer groups to co-create event content. read more.

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10 Sweet Ideas to Reduce Food Waste and Food Miles at Your Events

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Association Meetings Green Meetings/CSR Food & Beverage Corporate MeetingsHow much are you doing to incorporate sustainability into your F&B programs? Here's a menu of actions that can help you send a lot less good food to the landfill. read more.

5 Steps to Signing the Right Keynoter

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Association Meetings Speakers Corporate MeetingsBy Darcy Bouzeos. Your keynote speaker: Get it right and the audience is motivated, delighted, informed, in awe. Get it wrong and everyone is bored or worse. read more.

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You Value Your Speakers—So Why Are You Discounting Them?

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Association Meetings Resources Budgeting/Cost Savings Resources and Reports SpeakersInstead of asking speakers to discount their fee or work “for exposure,” partner with them to find ways to maximize their value while minimizing costs. read more.

Unique Meeting Space by the Hour in NYC—Believe It

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Spacebase, a website for finding and booking unconventional, non-hotel venues for small meetings, has expanded out of Europe, with a just-launched presence in New York. Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetings Tech

Are You Prepared for a Cyber Security Breach at Your Next Event?

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Association Meetings Tech News/Trends Risk Management Corporate MeetingsTake this survey to help the CIC’s new APEX cyber security task force develop ways to help combat this growing threat to the events industry. read more.

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What Should Be Haunting You This Halloween

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Association Meetings Resources Resources and Reports Risk ManagementGhosts, goblins, haunted conventions—and what you really need to worry about. read more.

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Know Your Meeting’s Soft Cyber Underbelly

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How staff, attendees, speakers, and vendors can make an association vulnerable to a cyber attack. Association Meetings Resources Resources and Reports Risk Managementread more.

Conference Associations Aim for National Guidelines for Conference Security

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Here's what the newly formed Industry Security Council wants to do to safeguard meetings and conventions from terrorism and other risks. Association Meetings Risk Management Corporate Meetings

Ritz-Carlton Upping its Ante on Custom-Crafted Meeting Options

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Sixty of the luxury chain’s hotels are participating in a personalized approach to décor, wellness, and F&B called, “A Meeting of the Senses.”. Association Meetings Audience Engagement Food & Beverage Corporate Meetings

Ritz-Carlton Upping the Ante on Custom-Crafted Meeting Options

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Sixty of the luxury chain’s hotels are participating in a personalized approach to décor, wellness, and F&B called, “A Meeting of the Senses.”. Association Meetings Audience Engagement Food & Beverage Corporate Meetings

16 Things to Know About DMOs and DMCs

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A couple of experts untangled the DMO/CVB/ DMC relationship during a recent webinar sponsored by empowerMINT, the online information tool from Destination Marketing Association International. Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetingsread more.

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5 Ways to Integrate Social Media into Your Communication Plan

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Association Meetings Risk Management Corporate Meetings Medical MeetingsBy Kelsey Dixon, davies + dixon. Whether you’re dealing with a small glitch or a major crisis, social media should be an integral part of your strategic communication plan. read more.

7 of Today’s Hottest Meeting AV and Production Trends

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What some of the smartest tech people I know say is trending when it comes to audiovisual and production for meetings and events. Association Meetings Resources Audiovisual/Production Tech News/Trends Resources and Reports

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Transform Your Meetings with These 10 Productivity Hacks

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We all go to meetings—a lot of meetings. But even meeting planning meetings can be less productive than everyone would like. Association Meetings Corporate Meetings Event Planning

Avoid These Biggest Production Mistakes Planners Make

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Association Meetings Resources Audiovisual/Production Resources and ReportsDuring a Blab chat, AV and production pros shared some of the things planners need to stop doing if they want to maximize their experience and their tech spend. read more.

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Eagle, Parrot, Owl, Dove: What’s Your Communication Style?

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Association Meetings Speakers Corporate Meetings Medical Meetings Negotiation InsightsMerrick Rosenberg urged Pharma Forum attendees to understand their own communication style, recognize the styles of others, and use that knowledge to create better relationships.

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5 Weird Ways Legal Marijuana Could Affect Your Events

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Association Meetings Resources Food & Beverage Resources and ReportsWhat you need to know to keep your next event from going up in smoke now that recreational pot is being legalized in an increasing number of states. read more.

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Are Your Attendees in Danger of Being Hacked?

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Association Meetings Tech News/Trends Risk Management Corporate MeetingsA company set up bogus hot spots to see how easy it would be to hack Republican National Convention attendees. Spoiler alert: It was really, really easy. read more.

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CEO Assures that Cvent Acquisition Will Drive Future Growth

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Association Meetings Resources Attendee Management Event Management Mobile/Apps Resources and Reports Event PlanningCVENT top exec Reggie Aggarwal opens CventConnect with reassurances about the recent acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. read more.

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9 Ways Your Negotiation Personality Can Undermine Your Success

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Association Meetings Negotiating/Contracts Corporate MeetingsMost people's negotiating style falls into one of these nine categories. Find out what you—and your counterpart—may be doing that could help, and hinder, your ability to come to a successful conclusion. read more.

London: A Fall for the Pound Means a Jump for International Bookings

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Association Meetings Resources Europe/Middle East/Africa Resources and Reports Site Selection/RFPsAs many predicted, the post-Brexit decline in the pound’s value relative to the dollar has resulted in a jump in London hotel inquiries from the U.S. read more.

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Boston

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How one association struggled with whether or not to cancel its convention and expo when disaster struck. Association Meetings Resources Medical Meetings Resources Resources and Reports Trade Shows Risk Management

Are You Really What You Wear?

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Association Meetings Resources Resources and Reports Event PlanningForget “business casual” (whatever that means!)—maybe maybe we should tailor our sartorial instructions to the psychological or behavioral objectives we’re aiming for. read more.

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10 Insights for Improving the RFP Process

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Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate MeetingsBy Wendy Laugesen, CMP. What can planners do better in the RFP process? And what do planners want from the hotel? A veteran planner and a hotel exec tell it like it is. read more.

How to Work with Eccentric, Disorganized Creatives

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Association Meetings Corporate Meetings Event PlanningBy Devin Tani. Let’s face it, designers can be wacky. But if you want your event to be a success, you need their talents. Here's one designer's advice on building a successful relationship with the creative set. read more.

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Want to Sabotage Your Meeting? Easy. Just Flub the Pre-Meeting Research

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Ira Kerns shares his top tips for the crucial pre-meeting research process. Association Meetings Objectives/ROI Corporate MeetingsSkipping this step can cost you time and money and damage your chances of a successful event. read more.

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