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Agencies and DMCs: The Future of the Sector Model

A Society for Incentive Travel Excellence conference session recently brought together both agencies and destination management professionals to examine the future of the sector model. The subject was defined as “the changing landscape of third party intermediaries”. The panel’s moderator reports. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Destination Safety and Cleanliness Key for Planners

Meeting planners say a safe environment and a clean and attractive place are critical in making their destination decision, according to the latest STR DestinationMAP survey. STR surveyed 865 planners of gatherings with 100 or more attendees who considered at least three of forty major North American markets for their events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Convening Leaders 2018: Aligning Meetings with Knowledge Hubs

The Iceberg’s very own James Latham presented a session at Convening Leaders 2018 in Nashville called “The Rise of Intellectual Capitalism: The Role of Meetings”. Destinations and conferences which align themselves to knowledge clusters like biotech, fintech or healthcare reap benefits on all sides, he said. Latham was also interviewed by Amanda Marijanovic. From PCMA Convene…

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BestCities Global Forum Wins Unanimous Delegate Approval

The recent BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo has once more won unanimous approval from its attendees. One hundred percent of delegates said that they would recommend participating in the destinations conference to other international associations. 95 percent felt it met or exceeded expectations. 92 percent would now consider Tokyo for a future international meeting. From CIM News Magazine…

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15 April 2018

Destination California, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the state of California in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California, from April 15-18, 2018.

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South Korea Grows its Incentive Travel Business

The number of incentive attendees visiting South Korea in 2017, excluding those from China, increased by 25 percent. Business from South East Asia in particular is growing, with numbers up from Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. The Korea Tourism Organization says the growth is both from emerging markets and its own efforts to diversify. From Meetpie.com…

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30 January 2018

IPEC (Independent Planner Education Conference), Maryland, USA

Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all with five-star service and conveniently located in National Harbor, MD.  Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the country in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay.

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13 February 2018

2018 Destination Showcase, Washington DC, USA

Your event begins and ends with the destination. Join this dynamic one-day event offering meeting professionals the opportunity to easily connect with over 140 destinations, and better understand how CVBs are the key to making your meeting a total success. Get Inspired, Learn, Network.

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4 December 2017

Destinations International – CEO Session: Media Training Master...

Equip yourself with media best practices, tactics and strategies at this one-day media training led by public relations experts. The day-long session will include the skills and techniques to handle difficult questions and scenarios from the media or other audiences, guidance on interview “do’s and don’ts, how to handle yourself in press conferences as well as various…

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Spanish Eyes: Bringing Home the Bacon

All good destination management companies have a tale or three about how far they have gone in serving their clients’ very specific needs. From Girona to Madrid, here’s an eye-watering tale of a DMC willing to go the extra mile to bring home the bacon. Warning: not for the squeamish! From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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