Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas welcomed its first group—the Men’s Apparel Guild in California, a fashion trade show—into its 350,000-square-foot convention center expansion in August.
Live event days are often long and gruelling in terms of early starts and late finishes, as well as being both physically and mentally demanding. So how can you make it through to the other side with a smile on your face?
Since January 2014, more than 50 major tourism and hospitality companies have advocated for the business value of meetings and conventions under the umbrella of the Meetings Mean Business (MMB) coalition. The group was formed by the U.S. Travel Association to provide corporate, association and third-party meeting planners, as well as the industry at large, the research and tools necessary to educate them about the economic impact of business events. During the recession, many companies and organizations slashed their budgets for meetings requiring travel, and travel suppliers were unprepared to advocate for themselves using empirical research.
Demands of meeting planners in North America are higher than ever, according to STR’s DestinationMAP (Meeting Assessment Program), a study of meeting planners and the meetings market in North America.
They interrupt flow, and pop up unbidden on your iCal. They tend to convey all of the information you already knew and none of the things you really wanted to know. Meetings have emerged as one of the most universally despised conventions of American work life, and they show no sign of letting up. But if workers and managers alike feel put upon by meetings, experts say it’s not meetings per se that are the culprit. The problem is bad meetings.
Each summer, festival fever sweeps the nation, drawing giant throngs to empty fields and plazas to see memorable performances by the hottest bands and up-and-coming musical acts. In recent years, though, music events have become even more prominent, thanks to their obvious shareability via social media and an emerging audience that values communal gatherings.
The Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) is due to take place at the Viceroy on Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi, on 8-9 February 2016. GIOHIS will be an investor-driven event, smaller and more exclusive than the usual hotel investment conferences.
HVS is pleased to announce the Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held on February 10 and 11, 2016 at The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. The event will be co-hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
Feet on the street, and dollars through the doors. That’s the mission for local businesses capitalizing on the tourism industry here on the Grand Strand. However, the cents don’t make sense to certain Myrtle Beach City Councilmembers. It could end up costing you your favorite event.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has eyes and ears everywhere, spying even on the Burning Man art and music festival. Burning Man is a week-long festival that takes place in the northern Nevada desert, and the FBI has apparently “attended” at least in 2010. According to some documents that have now come to light, the Bureau has spied on the festival.