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  • World’s Largest Hotel Chain Ramps up Guidance for Meetings Professionals

    Marriott International has introduced a series of efforts to help event hosts and organizers plan and execute meetings so attendees can “connect with confidence.” The changes include enhanced sanitation guidelines, new operational training for associates and increased use of conference technologies to ensure customers are able to come together when they are ready. Marriott has also created more content on its digital platform about redefined processes and reimagined spaces to provide additional context and information for designing successful events in the…

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  • New Seat Selection Tool Makes Social Distancing Simple

    Seats.io has released an advanced social distancing seat selection tool to assist with the reopening of the events industry and help rebuild consumer confidence. Unlike static solutions that already exist, like blocking seats before showing the floor plan, the tool allows event organizers to apply social distancing rules in real-time when ticket buyers select their seats online. For instance, they can indicate how much social distancing is required for an event, depending on the location, or how many people in…

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  • Survey Looks to Find Out Best Online Conference Platforms

    Online conferences and meetings have exploded amid the COVID-19 pandemic and so, too, has the number of platforms that support these virtual events. In an effort to determine which are the best, sponsorship expert Larry Weil has launched a survey. “Most users don’t get past the four or five best known platforms,” says Weil, founder of The Sponsorship Guy. “Because it is not reasonable to expect these platforms to tell you what they are not good at, we have taken…

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  • Seven Tips to Set Up a Successful Online Event

    Online corporate meetings and conferences are becoming the norm for many businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak, and they’re likely here to stay post-COVID-19 because of their intrinsic value. These virtual events expand audience reach, provide evergreen content opportunities, allow for in-depth reporting on attendees and are more cost-effective than their on-site counterparts. They’re also not at the mercy of external factors like a major storm or global pandemic, as is the case today. While some organizations have already fully transitioned…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • Vancouver among North America’s top meeting and convention destinations

    Press Release Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. Considered the most comprehensive and authoritative ranking in the industry, the biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organizers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning city and convention bureau perception, meeting requirements and…

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  • Digital vs. paper: Which will win the battle of meetings communication?

    By Phil Rappoport Could the fun and age-old “selection game” of Rock-Paper-Scissors become “App-Paper-Scissors?” Which one would top the other in a one-on-one duel by meeting professionals and their delegates? Can the app and a pair of scissors turn paper into shreds, or will paper still have a place? Judging by the surge of mobile app usage in the meetings and events industry over the past five years, one would think that apps are clearly in the driver’s seat and…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Social Media & Technology

  • How to plan events with food allergies in mind

    I would say that I have a lot of food preferences. I like healthy food: nothing fried, no white sugar or processed food. I often have a hard time when the only options at conferences are sugary breakfast items or processed meat sandwiches. The frustration! I thought I had it hard… until I spoke with a few colleagues who have serious food allergies and heard what it is like to be in their situation. I now have a sense of…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • MPI and San Diego State University partner to develop meeting and event management graduate degree, certificate programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU) have announced they will collaborate to create the first graduate-level degree program offered in the United States focused on meeting and event management for mid and senior-level professionals. In addition, they plan to develop a related academic certificate program for non-traditional students. Scheduled to launch in 2019, the master’s degree program will incorporate experiential learning, simulations, and industry partner…

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  • Meeting analytics: The future of managing event data is here

    By John Santaferraro As live events move from digital distraction to digital engagement, analytic potential explodes. We have reached a point where the data being generated by applications is now more valuable than the app itself. According to the Nucleus Research study in 2014, for $1.00 invested in analytics there is a $13.01 return on that investment. With this kind of prize at the end of the analytic journey, analytics will be the big live meeting winner in 2017. Strap…

    Event Operations, Event Registration, Social Media & Technology

  • Opening soon: The Globe and Mail Centre

    The Globe’s new headquarters on King Street East, a state-of-the-art space for leadership, innovation and debate The Globe and Mail, Canada’s foremost news media company, is launching a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility designed for leadership, innovation and debate. Crowning The Globe’s new corporate headquarters in Toronto’s King East Design District, The Globe and Mail Centre will become a platform for Globe programming. The elegant facility offers a striking and sophisticated new option for brands, organizations and individuals seeking flexible event and meeting space. Situated on the…

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