How to Run Successful Virtual Event


Virtual Event Virtual event is an online based event that allows you to hold an organised meet-up from one location to many viewers. This event can range from hosting global conference, trade shows, product launch, recruitment fair to small question and answer session.

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2017 Association Trends that Impact Travel, Trade Shows & Hotels


For professional associations and meeting planners, membership does have its privileges. As 2017 gets underway, what are the top trends to watch out for if you’re in the meeting planning industry? SmithBucklin—a leading association management and services company—released Circuit , its 2017 trend report that examines what issues professional organizations face in the coming year. Trade shows to grow 3 percent through 2019. Meeting planners do, too.

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Ready, Willing, and Able – The Return of Association Events


I am one of the optimists; I believe that Canadians will see the safe return of association events in the fall of 2021. As associations consider when to bring members together, they must consider that members must be ready, willing, and able to do so. See you on the show floor!

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Boston


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 Managementread more.

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One ‘Genius’ Registration Solution

PCMA Convene

It’s just one of the smart behind-the-scenes initiatives that Keegan Hooks, senior director, SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP events business management office, shared with me and a group of corporate and association meeting professionals who took part in a PCMA Roadshow this week, sponsored by Visit Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center. Event Design Event Venues Experience Innovative Meetings Tips Trade Shows Trends

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Saving Millions on Exhibit-Hall Design and Build

PCMA Convene

When Senior Director of SAP Events Keegan Hooks, CMP, told a group of meeting professionals during our behind-the-scenes tour of SAPPHIRE NOW that she had saved “millions” by splitting the design and build of the show’s “assets” between two companies, more than a few jaws dropped. We built very modular units that we’re hoping to utilize through all of our trade shows and other conferences within North America.”

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Something is rotten in the state of meeting industry education

Conferences that Work

Over the last five years I’ve heard increasing concern from the meeting professionals community about the deterioration of the quality of our national industry conferences. A recent thread on the MECO community (a great resource for meeting professionals since 2006) describes numerous recent basic logistical failings, and points to what I see as symptoms of fundamental problems with meeting industry associations at the national level.

[Webinar] Hotel Contract Clauses Planners Should Be Using but Probably Aren’t


Hear about cutting-edge clauses that have been created by an attorney specifically to ensure successful and hassle-free meetings and events. Recognize why a “Purpose of the Meeting” clause is necessary and what strategic wording should be used. based meeting and events and what should be included in contracts to protect the meeting sponsor as the “data controller”. Webinar live date: February 26, 2019 at 2pm ET / 11am PT.

Blitz and Manchester Central extend their partnership

Event Industry News

Manchester Central holds a variety of events each year, from trade shows and association meetings to conferences and special events, hosting clients and attendees from across the globe. The venue is a landmark in the city and beyond, and with so many meeting space options to play with, it’s an AV supplier’s dream. Meetings.

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ASAE Offers Sneak Peek at Xperience Design Project


More than 80 association meeting, marketing, programming, and technology professionals, including industry partners, were brought together to test and fine tune the new format. XDP is an innovative, business-focused experience that will be a unique opportunity for the association industry and our members,” said John H. The post ASAE Offers Sneak Peek at Xperience Design Project appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Solving for Pricing, Sponsorships, and Skills Challenges When Going Digital

PCMA Convene

Standups — or short meetings — can be a great tool for teams who are having to shift skills in order to meet the needs of digital event planning. If they have a live meeting planned in 2020, Colangelo said, they see that they must take it down — like a house, brick by brick.

Highlights from IMEX America 2016


There were more reasons than ever to attend IMEX America 2016, the biggest three-day exposition for incentive travel, meetings and events, which concluded yesterday at Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas. From new exhibitors to a wider away of education sessions and more networking events, there were plenty of opportunities for the thousands of meeting professionals in attendance. “We’ve Focus on Associations.

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Denzil Rankine: ‘We Have an Extraordinary Journey in This Industry’

PCMA Convene

What would you say is the biggest challenge for a traditional association meeting planner? We’ll find that we don’t just necessarily have annual meetings. The CEO, Craig Fuller, he just simply thought, well, what if it’s just a TV show?

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Choosing Your Perfect Destination for You and Your Attendees


You have fallen in love with a destination and want to hold your next meeting there. Green and healthy meetings are on the rise, as well as family-friendly destinations. Chances are your organization is not paying for the attendee – especially with an association meeting or user conference. Keep the following things in mind when reviewing your overall budget: Meeting Space. Types of Hotels and Meeting Space.

Ninja Moves for Improved Conference Session Marketing

Velvet Chainsaw

As conference education trumps the exhibit hall experience at many association meetings, or creeps into your trade show experience to create a solutions-driven, holistic experience for your attendees, upping your game with session titles, descriptions, and learning objectives has become more important than ever. Reprinted with permission of Convene , the magazine of the Professional Convention Management Association.

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And Then There Were 20

PCMA Convene

Meeting Planner, Association of American Medical Colleges. What’s the best day you’ve had in the meetings industry so far? Heading home from our annual meeting a few years ago. The meeting ended too late to get home that day, so a few team members went to dinner at an awesome restaurant in Chicago and all flew home the next morning together. It was so much fun just relaxing and visiting with everyone, knowing that the meeting had been such a success.

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The Future Will See You Now

PCMA Convene

& YOU, an international digital health congress focused on bringing patients and patient perspectives into medical meetings. As we talked by phone about how medical associations could think strategically about the future of medical meetings, Silber was doodling, she said, drawing a bull’s-eye with physicians at the center of a series of concentric circles representing all of the things that are changing around them. Bertelan Meskó. An M.D.

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The Way Forward 

PCMA Convene

International meetings, conventions, and other business events are melting pots. Trade shows and conferences always bring people together for a common purpose, even though they may come from uncommon backgrounds,” said John Graham, CAE, president and CEO of ASAE. So many of our communities are like that now — from Burning Man to biker meet-ups to book groups. I believe that any program where people meet “the other” can be incredibly valuable.’.

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