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DestinationNEXT – 2017 Futures Study Update

The DestinationNEXT Futures Study identifies the trends and opportunities that will shape the future of destination marketing and management. This Futures Study update, conducted in 2017, is intended to build on the learnings from the 2014 Futures Study, and to determine updated trends and strategies that will keep the thousands of destination organizations around the…

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Transparency and Pricing Failings Anger Planners

A Cvent study of 1,200 event professionals reveals some serious pet hates of planners in the process of selecting venues. Transparency and pricing failings – along with poor response times – are all bones of contention for organisers. The report also suggests that venues could improve their business by providing prompt answers to all requests for proposals. From…

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Research Applies UN Sustainable Goals to the Events Industry

A white paper from Iceberg partner Positive Impact looks at five sustainable development goals laid out by the United Nations, then applies them to the events industry. The paper – which is calling for industry views ahead of its final release at ibtm world in November – coincides with the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. From…

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Safety Questions on the Rise After Terror Attacks

With passengers at some European airports facing lengthy security queues, a new study reveals that while enquiries about safety are rising, over a quarter of corporate travel managers do not have emergency planning in place. But the research also shows that the concerns have not yet led to changes in corporate travel policies. From…

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Comfort Over Style for Meetings Industry Professionals

Only one percent of meetings professional prioritise style over comfort when it comes to event footwear. 44 percent have a preferred brand of shoe to wear at meetings. 17 percent live out of their suitcase. And figures in a new survey on how often they phone or text family members paint a very interesting picture of industry relationships. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Name and Shame Blacklist Disowned by Conference

The plague of bogus professional attendees who serially freeload at events has long been understood by the meetings industry. But an anonymous “name and shame” email listing 31 people alleged to have no real connection with the sector has also just caused controversy. The conference to whose attendees the list was sent has disowned it. From Association Meetings International…

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Meetings Industry 2017 “Most Influential” Named

Twenty-five people have been named by an Iceberg partner publication 2017’s “most influential” in the meetings industry. The group – sorted into “game changers”, “strategists”, “trailblazers”, “advocates” and “educators” – includes representatives from ASAE, ICCA, MCI, MPI and PCMA. All of them are making an impact right across the sector. As chosen by the editorial team at Successful Meetings…

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