News & Articles - meetings

  • Zimbabwe opens its arms to meetings and incentive travellers

    By Delina Alwanger As a destination for meetings and incentive travel, the southern African country of Zimbabwe is in a state of evolution. The successful hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly in 2013 was the catalyst which put the country back on to the world’s radar. However, with the growing threat of terrorism in many countries today, it is the relative safety and low risk of terrorist activity which is arguably Zimbabwe’s biggest competitive advantage. According to GBTA Foundation’s latest…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Employee Incentives

  • ICCA announces all-time record number of association meetings in 2016

    The number of international association meetings continues to double every ten years. Paris reclaims the top spot in the 2016 city ranking. ICCA captured 12,212 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2016, which is clearly an all-time record for ICCA’s annual snapshot of immediate past year’s meetings data, and 136 additional meetings compared to 2015. More than five decades of doubling every ten years This was another decade of great success for the sector as ICCA identifies more than…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • MPI’s Spring 2017 Meetings Outlook Report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2017 Spring Edition. The latest installment of the quarterly report shows the forecast for business conditions and budgets continues to improve at a healthy rate. It also reveals how audiovisual partners have an increasingly powerful role in the outcome of successful events, while planners are driven to focus more on myriad aspects of contingency planning. Key findings include the following: 69 per cent of respondents predict favorable business conditions—up 11 per…

    Breaking News, Industry Research, Meeting Community, Meeting Facts & Stats

  • Five areas to watch for reducing risk in business event planning

    By Yma Sherry The meetings and events environment has undergone a lot of change in the past few years. More and more companies are rolling out managed meetings programs to enhance transparency, gain efficiencies and save money. But, as with any bustling business division, there are inherent risks lurking in meetings and events departments. These are risks that companies cannot afford to overlook. American Express Meetings & Events took a look at meeting planners’ current awareness and behaviours around these…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Meetings Market Survey reveals resilience and optimism for 2017

    PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)’s magazine, Convene, has published its 26th annual Meetings Market Survey and the results show that the industry is in robust health: budgets for meetings and attendance at conference and exhibitions are both increased on 2015 and 28 per cent of industry professionals expect to plan more meetings during 2017. Nearly 300 North American-based event professionals participated in the 2016 survey which took place in the months leading up to the U.S. Presidential Elections. It has…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Meetings Mean Business Coalition goes global

    American-led coalition will work with international partners to unite the meetings industry around the world The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, is introducing a platform for industry professionals in every corner of the globe to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings. A newly created licensing agreement will allow partners in countries and regions outside of the United States to use MMB branding, messaging and research to form one strong, cohesive voice for…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Victoria, Saskatoon and St. John’s collaborate to boost conference tourism

    Cities in Sync is a landmark initiative to create an efficient tool for planners booking conferences and meetings in Canada Collaboration: two or more organizations working together to achieve shared goals. That’s the idea behind a landmark new initiative being launched today by tourism organizations in Victoria, B.C., Saskatoon, SK, and St. John’s, NL. Destination St. John’s, Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Victoria are providing a simple and effective way for meeting planners to book their meetings and conferences. Cities in…

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  • Research into millennials backed by meetings industry

    Imago Venues’ research “Is the meetings industry of today doing enough to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow” has been well received by the meetings sector since its launch last month. The research was conducted in conjunction with Loughborough University and The Right Solution and the results revealed the reality of life in the workplace compared to students’ expectations as they embark on their career. The findings show that delegates see meetings as an opportunity for creative and innovative thinking…

    Breaking News, Industry Research, Meeting Community

  • Unconventional conventions across Prince Edward Island

    Canada’s legendary historical meeting place, Prince Edward Island fuses unparalleled hospitality with innovative ideas to compliment the uniqueness and flare of every event. With eccentric venues adorning every corner of the island and the ocean at your feet, PEI satiates both professional and recreational needs all in one long shot. A consistent frontrunner in conventional meeting spaces and maestro of waterfront events, PEI has successfully hosted delegates from all over the world at the renowned Prince Edward Island Convention Centre.…

    Industry Insights

  • Meetings yield healthy return on investment for small business owners, especially in tech sector

    New survey shows small business owners continue to prioritize investments in face-to-face meetings Small business owners report that in-person meetings facilitate and enhance their ability to innovate, engage and collaborate, according to a new survey released by the national coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB). As a result, 91 percent of small business owners plan to spend as much or more on travel for meetings in 2017 as they did in 2016. “The small business owner community is a critical contributor…

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