TORONTO — Canadian travellers believe business travel is important for company financial performance and are satisfied with their overall business travel experiences, according to the GBTA Global Business Traveller Sentiment Index, in partnership with American Express, it was announced Aug. 9. The research, which includes a survey of 420 Canadian business travellers, examines satisfaction with, … Read More about Canadian Businesses Value Face-to-Face: Study
DALLAS — Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published a new Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) guidebook featuring tools designed to help meeting professionals measure the value of meetings, it was announced July 25. The Measuring Meeting Value Guidebook will help gauge measurements that can then be translated into return on investment (ROI) for the following three components of … Read More about MPI Publishes New SMM Guidebook
Innovation, value and compliance issues will impact meetings in 2016, according to the German Convention Bureau (GCB). The GCB's just-released list of predictions for the meetings industry in the year ahead includes: STRONG US $ - American planners will reap the rewards of a strong exchange rate. The USD - Euro exchange rate is the close to its strongest value in 11 years making Europe … Read More about GCB Releases Predictions for 2016 Meetings
An industry-wide collaborative study of 170 U.S. events shows that on average one out of three group nights are booked outside the event-contracted room block. The landmark study was performed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. It was jointly released by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership; Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the Destination & Travel … Read More about Attendees Booking Outside the Room Block
Meetings Mean Business, a campaign to showcase the substantial value derived from business events, was unveiled Tuesday at the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) Convening Leaders conference in Boston, MA. "The launch of this industry-wide campaign is an exciting moment as diverse voices from across our industry unite behind a powerful, singular message to communicate the … Read More about Meetings Mean Business Campaign Launched
A survey of executives at 26 dedicated conference facilities in the United States and Canada reveals an increase in demand for modified meeting packages (MMP), which their customers say deliver greater value and flexibility. The survey was conducted in mid-November by PHG Research, a division of Pompan Hospitality Global Inc., a hospitality consulting firm based in Easton, PA. It defined a … Read More about Planners Looking for Flexibility in Meeting Packages
I believe that one of the advantages of having experience as a corporate, independent, and third party event planner is that I can look at the issues facing the M&E industry from different perspectives. Experience has also taught me that the various sectors of our industry can look at the same concern but see the challenges very differently. Perhaps no issue illustrates this as much as our … Read More about Value in the M&E Marketplace
In my last blog, I expressed my opinion that successful meetings and event professionals must use their knowledge to design better events and then communicate the business value of face-to-face meetings to the budget owners. If planners can’t prove that our events add value and achieve objectives, events will be seen as a waste of resources. Have you followed the link in the February issue of … Read More about ROI – Why Are You Picking on Me?