Royal New Zealand Air show traffic flow crisis averted with BlipTrack technology

Event Industry News

Following the disastrous traffic congestion caused by unexpectedly high spectator numbers at the 2012 Royal New Zealand Air Force Air Show, organisers of the 2017 event knew they needed to avoid a repeat performance.

Top 5 Friendliest Cities in the World

Smart Meetings

Auckland, New Zealand. A post shared by Auckland, New Zealand (@visitauckland) on May 30, 2016 at 3:48pm PDT. Destinations International auckland cities dublin eco-friendly friendly ireland krakow list major new zealand nice poland poll social south carolina spots survey tokyo Tourism TravelPolls don’t lie, right? These cities are among the top-rated in most “world’s friendliest cities” articles.

The best events are created together

Event Industry News

With their headquarters stationed in Wellington, New Zealand, ShowGizmo has been the number one event app in the Australasian region for several years.

Third Glamping Show stamps its mark

Event Industry News

The 3-day event welcomed suppliers and visitors alike from all corners of the globe as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. […].

Top 10 Best Airlines in the World

Smart Meetings

Air New Zealand Premium Economy Spaceseat. In a surprise win, Virgin Australia took the trophy for Best Business Class with its new “The Business” suite, which the ratings site calls “more first class than business class.” Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand.

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Smart Meetings

Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for meetings and events in the new year. From San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney to Aberdeen, Scotland, convention center projects include major expansions and new builds that are born from demand.

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Can You Guess the World’s Shortest and Longest Flights?

Smart Meetings

There’s no meal or beverage service , but you’ll hardly notice on America’s new, shortest-scheduled flight. Qatar Airways flies from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand , a distance of 9,028 miles, in 16 hours and 23 minutes.

Gearing Up for Global Meetings Industry Day

Smart Meetings

New York City’s iconic Empire State Building was even lit up in blue, the color of MMB, to mark the occasion. On April 6, Smart Meetings will be reporting from the GMID celebration in Atlantic City, New Jersey. GMID 2016 event in Austin, Texas.

Case Study: Manchester Central’s ongoing relationship with CIH Housing’s annual conference and exhibition

Event Industry News

And as delegates, who travelled from as far and wide as New Zealand and Canada, arrived in the Manchester sunshine, they were greeted by two modular homes which we’re built in less than 48 hours in the heart of the city.

AIF publishes UK festival ownership map and ‘stamp’ of Independence, renews call for competition investigation

Event Industry News

In 2018 alone, Live Nation acquired two prominent UK promoters in Robomagic and Metropolis Music, as well as more around the world such as Rock In Rio and New Zealand’s Rhythm And Vines Festival.

New Movement Aims to Boost Women Tech Leaders

Smart Meetings

Marking a major boost to professional women in the meetings industry, two event-technology entrepreneurs have launched a new movement to support women as they trail-blaze new products and services in event tech.

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How Multi-Cultural Design Thinking Leads to Better Events

PCMA Convene

Linear-active groups are comprised of the English-speaking world (North America, Northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand) and has traits including separating social life from professional life, and a tendency to plan ahead step by step. Mathias Posch. What defines culture?

Destinations Get in the (Pokémon Go) Game

PCMA Convene

Pokémon Go is quickly becoming 2016’s hottest app, clocking more than 15 million downloads for iOS and Android since it was released in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.

Prison System: A Meeting for Confined Spaces

PCMA Convene

AROUND THE GLOBE Though the event is still young, it was attended by academics in all career stages and from across the globe — undergraduate students and senior professors alike came from Switzerland, New Zealand, the United States, and other countries to participate.

How VisitOSLO Redirected Frustrated Travelers Toward Its Uncrowded Charms

PCMA Convene

The VisitOSLO team was scouring Instagram in search of unhappy tourists when they stumbled upon the hashtag #vacayfail, attached to a post by a New Zealand couple who could not see the “Mona Lisa” at the Louvre Museum in Paris because of the dense crowds of people.“[The

New Board Members and Best Ideas Recognized During 2016 DMA West Education Summit

Smart Meetings

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism engaged in an opportunity to partner with Witchery, one of Australia’s leading fashion labels, lifestyle brands and retailers within Australia and New Zealand. Best Idea Program Achievement Award winners at the 2016 DMA West Education Summit.

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9 Zany Zipline Tours

Smart Meetings

Ziptrek Ecotours, Queenstown, New Zealand New Zealand is below the equator, so it only makes sense to swing upside down there, right? A new ship, Symphony of the Seas , will be added to the fleet in 2018, and she will also feature a zip line. Zip, zip, hooray!

20 Vancouver Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love


His travels included Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii, moving up the U.S. million dollar renovation later, this Vancouver event venue showcases a successful marriage of new and old. Looking to plan an event in the Hollywood of the North?

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U.S.-Based Carriers Snubbed by World Airline Awards

Smart Meetings

For the fifth time, Air New Zealand earned World’s Best Premium Economy Class, in addition also securing the award for Best Premium Economy Seat. Air New Zealand. Airlines based in the Arabian Gulf and Asia definitely have developed better reputations than U.S.-based

Fly Like a Boss

Smart Meetings

Corporate Traveler is based globally with teams in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Meeting professionals don’t have to break the bank to live the high life, because many programs make it easy for them to travel luxuriously and hassle-free at reasonable prices. These five VIP flight experiences cut the stress out of business travel. Clear.

7 Reasons Why Ticketbud is the Best Alternative to Eventbrite


We’ve had clients in New Zealand and Australia comment how quickly we’re able to help them. Jonathan Powles, GS Adventures New Zealand. A lot of event organizers have been asking, what are the best alternatives to Eventbrite?

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The World Celebrates Second Annual GMID!

Smart Meetings

New York City: The Empire State Building was lit in shades of blue, along with other shows of support throughout the city, including a large-scale ad in Times Square. Toronto, Canada: New meeting professionals’ question-and-answer session. Happy Global Meetings Industry Day ( GMID )!

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Xero and SaaS

Arlo Training & Events Software

Recently Software as a Service (SaaS – see here for a great explanation of the term) in New Zealand got some fantastic validation with Xero , the online accounting application, releasing some fantastic sales figures, along with news that they’d successfully raised another $23million in funding. On a personal level we’re really happy with Xero’s success – they’ve been something of an inspiration to us, showing how successful software businesses can be built from New Zealand.

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Leading Chefs Gather at Cayman Cookout

Smart Meetings

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City, hosted the event. In what has become a top annual Caribbean event, several of the world’s leading chefs gathered in the Cayman Islands this month for the Cayman Cookout.

Leading Chefs Gather at Cayman Cookout

Smart Meetings

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City, hosted the event. In what has become a top annual Caribbean event, several of the world’s leading chefs gathered in the Cayman Islands this month for the Cayman Cookout.

World’s 20 Safest Airlines

Smart Meetings

The site’s editorial team also examines each airline’s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology to arrive at the top safest airlines. World’s safest airlines, in alphabetical order: Air New Zealand.

Sporting events not to miss in 2018


…and a Happy New Year. My New Year’s resolution list (or revolution, as I like to call it) has “start doing sports” written all over it. And what could be more beautiful than autumn New York?

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities to Host a Meeting

Smart Meetings

See if your favorites made the cut and discover new cities you’ve never explored before. New York, New York. There is something in New York City for everyone from sightseeing to museums to theaters to hotels to restaurants to meeting venues galore. Queenstown, New Zealand.

Eventbrite partner with Instagram to turn visual discovery into ticket sales

Event Industry News

and this integration is a “global-first,” making it available in all of the markets Eventbrite operate in, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. Here’s a little more about the value the integration delivers: Grow existing audiences — and reach new ones : Instagram has always been an effective way to grow a community and reach new potential fans and attendees.

Are You Ready for the Extreme You?

PCMA Convene

She wrote her new book, Extreme You: Step Up. What I mean by that is at any moment in time — when you take on a new project or task or client, or an event that you’re putting on — you may be doing it for the first time, which means you’re learning and growing.

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Progress Report: Global Convention Center Outlook

Smart Meetings

In March, the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism pumped the brakes on a new convention center that was proposed to be built in Australia’s capital city. The new space includes the 96,875-square-foot Goldfields Theatre that has 1,000 retractable seats. New York.

Suitcase Superlatives: Best Carry-Ons, Checked Bags and More

Smart Meetings

Out-of-the-box new luggage items facilitate traveling. The SitAlong Seat (formerly the Ride On Carry On) was designed by New York City-based Darryl Lenz, a mother of two and flight attendant. Bagrider , designed by New Zealand’s Mountain Buggy, is a suitcase with a cushioned seat that attaches to the handle. With so many pieces of luggage on the market, making choices can be an ordeal.

6 Smart Moves at Visit Indy, Le Pavillon Hotel, Kimpton Solamar & More

Smart Meetings

Photo Credit: Visit Indy Cindy Zimmerman Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans hired Cindy Zimmerman as director of sales and marketing. Zimmerman previously worked at the Helmsley Hotel in New York City. He was previously regional director of sales and marketing, Australia and New Zealand.

Improving the Odds for Teachers

PCMA Convene

Some math teachers—especially those trained decades ago—have struggled to align their lessons with the new emphasis on statistics.

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Guest Blog: Major Event Growth – A risky business to be in?

Event Industry News

The 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand saw a number of matches relocated from the city of Christchurch due to earthquake damage to the stadium and surrounding infrastructure. The New York Marathon of 2012 was abandoned due to Hurricane Sandy. You would think that this would be a given, but you’d be wrong… Sometimes new hosts or organisers want to organise the event their own way, thinking they know the best, and failing to heed crucial lessons learned by previous hosts!

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The Best New Hotels of 2017

Smart Meetings

“Our annual Hot List, a rigorous selection of our favorite new hotel openings of the past year, is a predictor of what properties will stand the test of time, make history, and let you reimagine how you want to live and travel,” says Pilar Guzmán, editor-in-chief, Condé Nast Traveler.

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What should it cost? Pricing models for trade fair and congress tickets


Particularly for new events, prices can be very off – and such errors are very hard to correct in subsequent years. New options are opening up – several of which we’ll have a closer look at now from an event organizer’s perspective.

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4 Destinations That Paint the Town

PCMA Convene

From New York to New Zealand, destinations are embracing the street-art movement and giving visitors and residents more reasons to get out and explore their streets and more excuses to post on Instagram.

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6 Places Spreading the Entomophagy Bug for F&B

Smart Meetings

Insect-eating, or entomophagy , is big in most parts of the world, including Central and South America as well as Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The culinary team values experimentation with new methods and ingredients. Toloache—New York City. Bug-Appetit—New Orleans. Does the thought of eating bugs make your skin crawl? That might change soon. Earlier this month, Justin Timberlake served ants and grasshoppers at an album listening party.

PlanningPod: Getting the Planning Process “Down Pat”

Planner WIre

When Jeff Kear and Steven Feingertz decided in 2007 to leave the marketing and ad agency they started in 2000, they felt burned out and wanted to create their own product to market and parlay into a new business. “We We recently debuted our new, 3.0

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