Silicon Valley-style VC Firm Launches for Event Industry
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by Gary Diedrichs
4h ago
Looking for a sizeable infusion of cash to create an exciting recurring event and help carry it through the growing pains? How about mentorship to speed its way to success? In Silicon Valley, the model is familiar: Get a tech-savvy venture capital firm to invest in you. In the event industry, not so much. “Unlike Silicon Valley, where there has long been a focus on early-stage startups and betting on smart entrepreneurs, the event industry has behaved very differently,” says Greg Topalian, chairman of Clarion Events North America. “It’s starting things on your own, figuring out the intricacies ..read more
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Event Case Study: MPI Southern California WeCon 2024
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by Malik Anderson
16h ago
Sometimes events could use a refresher. Whether a full re-creation or adding a few small elements, applying changes to an event can elevate its reception entirely. The former is the route MPI’s Southern California Chapter did with its annual WeCon event, this time held in Newport Beach, California. “The event was re-invented from the ground up,” says Jennifer Minzey, vice president of education for MPI Southern California. “Much thought and deliberate intent was behind pretty much every aspect—from its creative branding and messaging through a deliberately integrated approach to content develo ..read more
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New and Renovated: Art Hotels Around the Globe
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by Sara Robertson
16h ago
International hotels with vibrant art scenes, inside and out Three new hotels open in vibrant international locations, and each features a robust collection of curated art that celebrates the local culture and local artists, in addition to standing in exciting areas, so guests can explore all the art within and beyond the hotel space. From boutique to lifestyle to luxury, these new and renovated spaces offer an immersive atmosphere, no matter what size meeting you’re holding and what type of hotel experience you seek. Eye-Catching in Ireland The Leinster Dublin welcomes its first luxury lifest ..read more
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Corporate Travel That Works: New Trends
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by Guest Author
3d ago
Massive societal shifts have taken place within the world of corporate travel. Despite discussions around the future viability of business travel, the reality is that in-person interaction will win out over virtual every time. Organizations have remained steadfast in their belief that meeting in person drives performance and growth, no matter if they’re fully remote, entirely office-based or a hybrid of the two options. Since almost nine out of ten (87%) of business travelers agree that in-person collaboration is necessary to cultivate relationships with customers and colleagues, it is not jus ..read more
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Baird Center Expansion Opens in Milwaukee
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by JT Long
4d ago
The official opening of the expanded Baird Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday (now officially Baird Center Day in The Fresh Coast City) was the realization of a plan put in motion when Wisconsin Center opened in 1998. Marty Brooks, president and CEO of Wisconsin Center District, was understandably emotional when he made the announcement. Standing in front of the new Great Five water feature in the sunny convention center, he thanked everyone who supported the project set in motion four years ago in the midst of a pandemic. Where a parking lot stood for decades is now a three-story even ..read more
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The Corporate Advantage: Exceptional Designs + Exceptional Service
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by Guest Author
5d ago
Citizen Watch America (CWA) offers a portfolio of leading and trusted brands for your business needs, including Bulova, Citizen, Frederique-Constant, Alpina, Bulova and Citizen Clocks, and Accutron, with prices ranging from $100 to $40,000 in retail value. These brands are known for their exceptional craftsmanship and design with cutting-edge technology and industry-leading quality and reliability, with hundreds of styles and tastes, unique customization options, and prices for every budget. Make Your Event Unforgettable Citizen Watch America’s Gift in Time Program Reward your best with icon ..read more
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F&B Smart Moves in Pasadena, Rome and More
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by Sara Robertson
6d ago
Pablo Salas Pablo Salas, Hotel Dena Hotel Dena, in Pasadena, California, welcomes a new partnership with Salas, a celebrated Mexican Chef. He will provide guests with a soulful Mexican culinary experience at the hotel’s restaurant, Agents Only. Salas gained widespread prominence after appearing on “Iron Chef: Mexico” and his restaurant, Amaranta, was awarded one of the best restaurants in Mexico by various publications, along with other awards and recognitions. Romina Migliorini and Joe Derla Romina Migliorini and Joe Derla, Signia by Hilton San Jose Signia by Hilton San Jose makes two key app ..read more
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Creating Leaders The Ritz-Carlton Way
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by Gary Diedrichs
6d ago
In 1996, Disney Institute launched to teach the highly successful Disney approach for customer satisfaction (or guest happiness, as Disney culture calls it) to managers and executives in a range of industries far removed from hospitality—like health care, automotive and retail. Yet Disney is not the only hospitality brand to share its success formula with others for a fee. Disney Institute’s chief competitor resides under the Marriott International tent. For over two decades, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center (TRCLC) has promised to transfer the underlying tenets of Ladies and Gentlemen Servi ..read more
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What One Thing? The Importance of Demanding Tools for International Conferences with Geoff Freeman
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by Smart Meetings
1w ago
In this episode of the “What One Thing” podcast, JT Long, vice president and content director at Smart Meetings, sits down with Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of U.S. Travel, to discuss the crucial need for adequate tools to organize international conferences. They delve into why these conferences are vital for advancing economies, science, medicine and fostering global connections. Don’t Miss a Podcast Drop. Listen to Smart Meetigns on Spotify today! Listen on Brought to you by: Listen to more “What One Thing?” episodes here. The post What One Thing? The Importance of Demanding Tools ..read more
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New and Renovated: Innovative Spaces for Small Meetings
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by Sara Robertson
1w ago
Bring your meetings to destinations that go above and beyond Looking for a meeting space that is versatile, unique and nails top-notch hospitality? You may find it in an innovative, high-tech NYC venue; or, perhaps a characteristic boutique hotel in beautiful Boise. Maybe Cleveland is the place for you, where history and modernity go hand-in-hand. Whatever you’re looking for, these new and renovated hotels and venues are waiting to host you. Can’t Get Enough of Boutique? Hotel Renegade Boise, Idaho welcomes a brand new property with the opening of Hotel Renegade. With 122 guest rooms, Boise’s ..read more
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