The Future of Event Design: What Will Live Experiences Look Like in the Next Few Years?
What will live experiences look like in the next few years? Take a look at what the top planners and designers forecast the future of corporate events and meetings.
1. Technology will be ubiquitous.
2. Hosts will seek authenticity.
3. Events will shrink in size.
4. Noninvasive branding will be paramount.
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Convenience Trumps Cost for Business Travelers Says Inaugural GBTA Business
Business travelers value convenience over cost savings, according to new research from the GBTA Foundation. According to the first series of reports, U.S. business travelers put a high premium on convenience, particularly when it comes to their flight schedule choices.
The GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™ in partnership with American Express is a proprietary, data-centered barometer based on business travelers’ attitudes toward five key components of business-related travel:
- Overall Trip Experience and Travel Friction - Business travelers’ attitudes toward air travel, hotel stays and ground transportation
- Travel Management Policy Friction - Attitudes toward company travel policy management, flexibility and comprehension
- Expense Tracking and Management - Satisfaction with business travel expense management and tracking, and using credit or charge cards for business travel
- Business Travel Safety - Satisfaction with employers’ efforts to keep travelers safe while they’re on the road
- Social Media Experience - Attitudes toward using social media while traveling for work, including finding or posting reviews of travel suppliers
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8 Tips for Getting a Great Night’s Sleep While You’re Traveling
Here is a comical read with a few tips for ensuring that you’ll get a solid night’s sleep when you’re on the road. Take a look here.
1. Check out the reviews
2. Make yourself comfortable
3. Check the curtains or the blinds
4. If something is bothering you or keeping you awake, handle it immediately
Why are some luxury hotels still charging for Wi-Fi?
Hyatt, Starwood and Marriott all began offering free Wi-Fi this year. They began offering free connections to guests if they had a loyalty membership and booked direct. Hyatt tossed in internet for all guests with no extra requirements. So why are some chains still charging- and how much? Take a look here.
6 Quick Hacks to Make Business Travel Easier
Frequent business travel can wear anyone down. Here Inc. columnists give you their time-tested tricks for making any trip better.
- Routine will set you free.
- Look for unexpected surprises.
- Get a SENTRI card.
- Combat the stale cabin air.
- Arrive early.
- Don’t let flying screw up your health.
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World’s Most Expensive Cities for Business Travel
Travel Pulse says Business travelers headed to Europe can expect hefty expenses, but nothing compared to road warriors doing business in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. According to BCD Travel research, business travelers in Caracas spend an average of $611 per day, making it the world’s most expensive city for business travel.
At $444 and $442 per day, San Francisco (23rd) and New York (24th) were found to be the most expensive U.S. cities for business travel. Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, White Plains, New York, Honolulu, and Miami each qualifying for the top 40.
10 New Green Venues in New York for Meetings and Events
In honor of Earth Day, here’s a look at new New York restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and private rooms that factor the environment into their design or operations. Many of these new and renovated New York venues have LEED certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council or another certification group. Take a look at the venues here.
Marriott to No Longer Lobby for Clearance to Block WiFi
Marriott International will no longer seek permission to block other WiFi networks within its meetings and convention spaces. The hotel company had faced criticism in its attempt to get regulatory clearance to block WiFi networks in meetings areas. They held the purpose of protecting guests’ Internet security. See more at TravelWeekly.com.
Business Travel is On the Rise This Year
An additional 2 million business trips are expected to take place this year over last, due to a rebounding economy, cheaper fuel and a stronger dollar that are making corporate travel more of a bargain. More information here.
Apps That Can Help You Keep Track of Receipts
Most like to keep track of receipts when traveling for business. It can be a nuisance keeping track of the receipts themselves. Here are some alternatives. With an app called Shoeboxed you can photograph and categorize receipts. The app even exports the information to your budgeting software, like Excel or Quickbooks. You can also photograph receipts and then store those images in Dropbox. Evernote will allow you to scan and store receipts in one place.