With the end of the year fast approaching, we are taking the opportunity to look back at what most captured the interest of meeting planners. Here are our top articles, infographics, and interviews that had planners reading and sharing in 2017.
One thing is certain for meeting planners… the industry is always changing. This popular webinar provides an insight into recent groundbreaking meetings industry research conducted by Destination Analysts in conjunction with Destinations International and Miles Partnership. Watch the webinar replay and learn:
- The challenges of the new reality of meetings
- How meeting planners, hotels and destination organizations best work together to meet these challenges
- Insight into the service offerings of destination organizations and the gap that often exists in full utilization to support meetings and events
This popular infograph tackles the topic of travel boycotts. To understand how boycotts are impacting perceptions, both in the short and long term as well as among outside residents and tourists, Destinations International engaged APCO Insight to develop a comprehensive research study. The main research objectives were to better understand the successes and failures of travel boycotts, explore the impact on the travel and tourism industry, and identify favorable alternatives.
Think you know all of the services the destination experts at the CVB offer? You may be surprised to learn that beyond the obvious services such as help in distributing RFPs, site inspection assistance, and attendance promotion, CVBs offer many not so obvious services. Some of those not so obvious services CVBs provide to help make meetings a success include providing the destination’s unique destination demand factors, help in leveraging in-market relationships, providing information on what’s happening in the destination and being able to connect planners to the destination’s intellectual capital.
Strong attendance is the lifeblood of meetings, which is why this post was so popular with planners this year. By garnering strong attendance at a meeting or conference, planners understand that more business can be accomplished, exhibitors are satisfied, educational sessions are well attended, hotel room blocks are full, and best of all, ROI is maximized. Find out how the destination experts at the CVB are the perfect partner to help grow meeting attendance.
Are you prepared for a crisis? It’s probably not surprising that this article landed on the most read list of 2017. While planners cannot predict if something will happen during their meeting, they can be prepared in the event something does. This helpful article highlights how planners can depend upon the CVB to help. No entity has stronger contacts within the local government, education, business, and hospitality communities than the CVB. They are always your most steadfast partner throughout the life of your meeting.
2018 looks to be an exciting time in our industry and as always, we here at Destinations International’s empowerMINT.com team will be here to bring meeting planners the information they need. Be sure to regularly refer to blog.empowerMINT.com to register for upcoming webinars, discover helpful infographs and checklists, read our meeting planner profiles and get information on 150+ meeting destinations.