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Cvent: Event Budgets on the Rise

52 percent of global event planners have seen budgets increase year on year, after 32 percent in 2017. That’s according to the latest Cvent Global Planner Sourcing Report. The study also found a big increase in planners organising six to ten offsite meetings, and a major drop in planners arranging just one or two. From…

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52 Percent of Corporate Simple Meetings Via Unmanaged Channels

Simple meetings – those smaller, replicable gatherings with basic requirements – make up about half of corporate meetings globally. But 52 percent of them are being booked through unmanaged channels according to research from the Global Business Travel Association. This can end up costing companies money, attendee satisfaction and duty-of-care compliance. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Amazon: Is Not Speaking Smart?

Amazon’s smart speakers like the Echo and Echo Dot may be always listening. But the company itself has very firm ideas about how meetings are run, and they begin with up to thirty minutes of silence. Is the business that made Jeff Bezos the world’s wealthiest man onto something? From editor’s blog at…

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MPI Picks Grapevine Texas to Host WEC 2020

Grapevine, Texas, has been selected to host Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in June 2020. MPI will collaborate with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau on the event, which attracts more than 2,000 attendees annually, including corporate, third-party and association planners, as well as suppliers, students, and industry staff. From Successful Meetings…

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New Research Reveals how Leading Companies use Incentives

The Incentive Research Foundation has released a checklist of best practice for companies in rewarding employees. The foundation reviewed 900 organisations in its new Incentive Benchmarking Survey to reveal what the most successful do regarding non-cash bonuses and recognition. The results confirm the value of incentives as tools for recruitment, retention and engagement. From…

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Perth’s Corporate and Incentive Market Triples

A year ago the Perth Convention Bureau created a strategy to target corporate and incentive groups, and set itself a four-year goal of taking its market from ten percent to 32 percent. PCB CEO Paul Beeson now says this share has been achieved in just a single year, filling the city’s increased accommodation supply. From CIM News Magazine…

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