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Melia Hotels AGM endorses 3-point growth plan and €130 investment in digital

Meliá Hotels International told shareholders at its AGM in Majorca, 18 June, that it had signed 9,500 new rooms and invested more than €130m in the digitalisation process. The CEO’s report also spoke of pride at being recognised as the third most sustainable hotel company in the world. The CEO highlighted the company’s ‘three-pronged growth plan’ which placed an emphasis on the digital, cultural a...

‘Significant mismatch’ in how governments measure business events and their true value

There is a “significant mismatch” in how governments measure the value of business events sector and the true value delivered, claims a new report from JMIC, the Joint Meetings Industry Council. The organisation’s multi-year study of the legacy benefits of business events in a number of parts of the world has concluded with a report and a series of recommendations for how events can better documen...

Sustainability a top priority in ‘Meeting Room of the Future’ report

Ethical operations, experiences, food waste and cyber security were among key topics in the report.

Event apps are struggling to measure ROI, says new research

A new research study has found that engaging attendees is the top reason 81% of organisations are using event apps, but difficulties in measuring ROI, low adoption rates and the complexity of launching apps are still limiting efforts. The study by Eventsforce also found that despite a 50-75% attendee adoption rate for most event apps, 67% of organisers don’t see any value in using apps once the ev...

Business travel stimulates creativity and productivity

Research by CWT, a B2B travel management platform, shows that six in 10 travellers feel more creative and productive when traveling for business. Millennial travellers are more likely to say that they are more creative and productive when traveling for business. Those in the Americas lead the way (77% feeling more creative and productive), followed closely by those in Asia Pacific (75% feeling mor...

Cvent acquires DoubleDutch

Meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider Cvent has announced that it has acquired event management software provider DoubleDutch, based in San Francisco. The acquisition of DoubleDutch highlights Cvent’s investment in the mobile technology space and will complement and grow the company’s signature mobile event app and onsite solution capabilities. Mobile event apps are an integral par...

Eventprofs unaware of hacking threat

Event professionals are largely unaware of how unsecure their data potentially is, according to the CEO of event technology supplier Eventscase.

IBTM appoints new Portfolio Head of Sales

IBTM, part of exhibition organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced Ann Marie Bush as its Portfolio Head of Sales.

JMIC delivers new report, new members and new programmes

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) marked its first 2019 Council meeting in Frankfurt recently with the tabling of a long-awaited report, new programme offerings, the announcement of a 2019 Unity Award winner and another increase in membership. The JMIC Case Study programme launched three years ago in partnership with three member organisations – AIPC, ICCA and PCMA – delivered its final r...

RoomIt by CWT appoints Senior VP of Global Supply

RoomIt by CWT™, the global hotel distribution division of travel management platform CWT, has appointed Shannon Hyland as Senior Vice-President of Global Supply. “We are very excited to have Shannon join the RoomIt team as he has invaluable experience helping companies in finance, strategy and operations, specifically relating to operating performance, increasing profitability and driving business...

Online travel booking tools not efficient enough, says report

While 92% of travel managers say they have already adopted online booking tools, there is a growing need among businesses to create a more efficient and streamlined booking process. According to “Booking Tools and Technologies: One Size Does Not Fit All”, a new global survey of corporate travel buyers from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), underwritten by American Express Glob...

Three hotel companies exceed the 500,000-room barrier in North America

Three hotel company portfolios now exceed 500,000 rooms in North America, according to census data from STR, provider of research for the global hospitality sector. Marriott International (886,308 hotel rooms), Hilton (703,238) and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (546,716) reported the largest room counts between the US, Canada and Mexico as of 28 May 2019. Using those same three countries and cut-of...