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Flying with Fido? Here’s what You Need to Know!

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More pets than ever are flying from here to there. That is why Delta Air Lines is clarifying the rules for in-flight support animals. Are documents necessary, are there extra forms to fill out, do they need to have obedience training? Here are some of the answers to your questions about protocol for boarding service animals.

The Difference Between Service and Emotional Support Animals

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, service animals are not the same as emotional support animals. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as one “that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.” An emotional support animal (ESA), also known as a therapy or comfort animal, does not fall under the ADA’s guidelines; ESAs are untrained and “provide comfort just by being with a person.” While states may have their own laws regarding ESAs, they are not protected by the ADA.

Delta’s Change of Mind

Following problems with pets soiling carpets and biting strangers, Delta has decided to change its protocol regarding support animals beginning March 1. “The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said John Laughter, senior vice president of corporate safety, security and compliance for Delta Air Lines.

Owners of ESAs must now sign a statement vouching that their animal has been trained to behave itself and is not a threat to other passengers. However, Delta uses the honor system—no proof is required that a dog attended obedience school. Delta will require proof of health or vaccinations 48 hours in advance. A completed support animal form and letter from a professional is still necessary.

How Other Airlines Handle This

Some airlines have enacted stricter rules regarding ESAs on flights. Most national airlines require no documentation for service animals and recommend “identifiers such as identification cards, presence of harnesses, tags or ‘the credible verbal assurances of a qualified individual with a disability using the animal,’” reads JetBlue Airways’ website. Documentation is only necessary should the credibility of verbal assurance come into question.

However, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines require documentation from a mental health professional within a year of the travel date and 48 hours’ notice of all ESAs. Verbal credibility, tags or harnesses are required for service animals. American Airlines’ website provides forms to request accommodation for both service animals and ESAs.

General Guidelines

If you are flying with a support animal, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Have a harness, tags and identification ready for your service animal. This will help prevent potential confrontation.
  2. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the tasks your support animal performs.
  3. For all ESAs, have your letter of documentation ready.
  4. Let the attendants at the check-in counter know about your support animal.
  5. Alert attendants at your gate—they may recommend pre-boarding.

CRE8AD8 Thoughts

We realize that traveling with a support companion is sometimes needed, warranted or desired, but what most don’t realize is that your companion could cause more problems than you think.  On a recent flight, our CEO, Greg Palomino, was on a flight from Texas to Germany and one passenger complained about a service animal.  He shared that this service animal wasn’t on a leash, tagged and the passenger could not provide any necessary documentation for why the animal was present.  “This animal was not well-behaved nor did it show signs that it was a true service animal with any badges or patches.  I sometimes feel many are abusing the opportunity to fly with a lap dog to avoid charges and many are truly just lying in my honest opinion,” as Greg states.  The The passenger that complained was accommodated and the passenger with this animal was kicked off the flight. We have realized that over time, letting the gate attendant know your allergic or cannot be around pets will allow you to keep your seats and require the passenger with the animal to move to another flight due to the animal not being a paying passenger.  We’ve found many of our clients have used this excuse to avoid being stuck in the air with potentially an unruly animal or one that doesn’t require to be of service to anyone.

 

Source:  CRE8AD8 Events & Smart Meetings

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Flying with Fido? Here is Your Need to Know!

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More pets than ever are flying from here to there. That is why Delta Air Lines is clarifying the rules for in-flight support animals. Are documents necessary, are there extra forms to fill out, do they need to have obedience training? Here are some of the answers to your questions about protocol for boarding service animals.

The Difference Between Service and Emotional Support Animals

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, service animals are not the same as emotional support animals. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as one “that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.” An emotional support animal (ESA), also known as a therapy or comfort animal, does not fall under the ADA’s guidelines; ESAs are untrained and “provide comfort just by being with a person.” While states may have their own laws regarding ESAs, they are not protected by the ADA.

Delta’s Change of Mind

Following problems with pets soiling carpets and biting strangers, Delta has decided to change its protocol regarding support animals beginning March 1. “The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said John Laughter, senior vice president of corporate safety, security and compliance for Delta Air Lines.

Owners of ESAs must now sign a statement vouching that their animal has been trained to behave itself and is not a threat to other passengers. However, Delta uses the honor system—no proof is required that a dog attended obedience school. Delta will require proof of health or vaccinations 48 hours in advance. A completed support animal form and letter from a professional is still necessary.

How Other Airlines Handle This

Some airlines have enacted stricter rules regarding ESAs on flights. Most national airlines require no documentation for service animals and recommend “identifiers such as identification cards, presence of harnesses, tags or ‘the credible verbal assurances of a qualified individual with a disability using the animal,’” reads JetBlue Airways’ website. Documentation is only necessary should the credibility of verbal assurance come into question.

However, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines require documentation from a mental health professional within a year of the travel date and 48 hours’ notice of all ESAs. Verbal credibility, tags or harnesses are required for service animals. American Airlines’ website provides forms to request accommodation for both service animals and ESAs.

General Guidelines

If you are flying with a support animal, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Have a harness, tags and identification ready for your service animal. This will help prevent potential confrontation.
  2. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the tasks your support animal performs.
  3. For all ESAs, have your letter of documentation ready.
  4. Let the attendants at the check-in counter know about your support animal.
  5. Alert attendants at your gate—they may recommend pre-boarding.

CRE8AD8 Thoughts

We realize that traveling with a support companion is sometimes needed, warranted or desired, but what most don’t realize is that your companion could cause more problems than you think.  On a recent flight, our CEO, Greg Palomino, was on a flight from Texas to Germany and one passenger complained about a service animal.  He shared that this service animal wasn’t on a leash, tagged and the passenger could not provide any necessary documentation for why the animal was present.  “This animal was not well-behaved nor did it show signs that it was a true service animal with any badges or patches.  I sometimes feel many are abusing the opportunity to fly with a lap dog to avoid charges and many are truly just lying in my honest opinion,” as Greg states.  The The passenger that complained was accommodated and the passenger with this animal was kicked off the flight. We have realized that over time, letting the gate attendant know your allergic or cannot be around pets will allow you to keep your seats and require the passenger with the animal to move to another flight due to the animal not being a paying passenger.  We’ve found many of our clients have used this excuse to avoid being stuck in the air with potentially an unruly animal or one that doesn’t require to be of service to anyone.

 

Source:  CRE8AD8 Events & Smart Meetings

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IRF Study Reveals High Awareness, Low Knowledge of Regulations of Non-Cash Rewards

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The Incentive Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its signature study U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards. The study examines program owners’ understanding of the regulatory environment and discusses how they are adjusting their programs to accommodate these regulations.

 

“Most program owners understand their reward and recognition activities are impacted by the regulatory environment, but struggle with the detailed implications” said Melissa Van Dyke, IRF President. “Not surprisingly, over half of U.S. businesses have increased the dollars invested into programs to accommodate changes and close to half have increased staff support. We anticipate more and more resources will continue to be dedicated to understanding and accommodating regulatory requirements for non-cash awards programs, especially as these regulations themselves continue their refinement.”

 

The survey was executed summer of 2017 to a cross-section of 419 businesses, 106 of which operate in the financial services sector. Program owners were targeted based on sector and revenue size.

 

With a focus on key regulations – including DOL Fiduciary Rule, 274j, OSHA, FLSA, Fair Market Value, and Sweepstakes/Lottery – program owners indicated that they were highly aware of regulatory and tax codes, but less knowledgeable about how to comply with them. Many program owners reported that they find regulations unclear and challenging to accommodate, but are making numerous changes to their programs in an effort to comply.

 

Key findings discussed in U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards include:

  • Most program owners (67%) are aware there are regulatory considerations for their programs
  • For the smallest businesses surveyed, awareness drops to 57%
  • Only 38% of program owners consider themselves very knowledgeable about regulations and tax requirements
  • Fewer than two-thirds of U.S. businesses have formal compliance mechanisms to address these requirements
  • Mid-sized firms find it most challenging to remain compliant
  • 86% of U.S. businesses make some revision to their rewards program on an annual basis
  • Half of U.S. businesses made eight or more changes to program design based on the regulatory environment in 2017
  • The most common design revisions are to general program design (87% of businesses) or program communications (85%)

 

 

 

U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards was supported by IRF Research Advocacy Partner MotivAction. MotivAction is a performance improvement company with a single purpose: to help their clients achieve more. Through employee engagement and recognition, sales incentives, meetings and events, training and consumer loyalty, MotivAction helps clients achieve results through people. For more information, visit www.motivaction.com.

 

To view or download a copy of U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards and supporting materials, please visit http://theirf.org/research/us-federal-regulations-and-non-cash-awards/2371/.

 

Source:  Incentive Research Foundation & CRE8AD8 Events

 

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IRF Study Reveals High Awareness, Low Knowledge of Regulations of Non-Cash Rewards

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The Incentive Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its signature study U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards. The study examines program owners’ understanding of the regulatory environment and discusses how they are adjusting their programs to accommodate these regulations.

 

“Most program owners understand their reward and recognition activities are impacted by the regulatory environment, but struggle with the detailed implications” said Melissa Van Dyke, IRF President. “Not surprisingly, over half of U.S. businesses have increased the dollars invested into programs to accommodate changes and close to half have increased staff support. We anticipate more and more resources will continue to be dedicated to understanding and accommodating regulatory requirements for non-cash awards programs, especially as these regulations themselves continue their refinement.”

 

The survey was executed summer of 2017 to a cross-section of 419 businesses, 106 of which operate in the financial services sector. Program owners were targeted based on sector and revenue size.

 

With a focus on key regulations – including DOL Fiduciary Rule, 274j, OSHA, FLSA, Fair Market Value, and Sweepstakes/Lottery – program owners indicated that they were highly aware of regulatory and tax codes, but less knowledgeable about how to comply with them. Many program owners reported that they find regulations unclear and challenging to accommodate, but are making numerous changes to their programs in an effort to comply.

 

Key findings discussed in U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards include:

  • Most program owners (67%) are aware there are regulatory considerations for their programs
  • For the smallest businesses surveyed, awareness drops to 57%
  • Only 38% of program owners consider themselves very knowledgeable about regulations and tax requirements
  • Fewer than two-thirds of U.S. businesses have formal compliance mechanisms to address these requirements
  • Mid-sized firms find it most challenging to remain compliant
  • 86% of U.S. businesses make some revision to their rewards program on an annual basis
  • Half of U.S. businesses made eight or more changes to program design based on the regulatory environment in 2017
  • The most common design revisions are to general program design (87% of businesses) or program communications (85%)

 

 

 

U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards was supported by IRF Research Advocacy Partner MotivAction. MotivAction is a performance improvement company with a single purpose: to help their clients achieve more. Through employee engagement and recognition, sales incentives, meetings and events, training and consumer loyalty, MotivAction helps clients achieve results through people. For more information, visit www.motivaction.com.

 

To view or download a copy of U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards and supporting materials, please visit http://theirf.org/research/us-federal-regulations-and-non-cash-awards/2371/.

 

Source:  Incentive Research Foundation & CRE8AD8 Events

 

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Destination: Mexico in 2018

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Mexico has been the center of attention for many reasons over the last decade.  Some negative, but mostly positive.  We tend to only hear the negative.  This report shows us how amazing Mexico is and why your next Meeting or Incentive should be there.

CRE8AD8 has planned hundreds of destination events in Mexico over the last decade for organizations, companies and groups wanting an experience for an undeniable reasonably price point.  Whether it’s an intimate gathering or full-fledged conference for thousands, CRE8AD8 will design, plan, and execute your program that way it should be.

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) reported that its 2017 Meetings and Events program has led to significant growth in the industry sector, showing a 6.7% increase from January to October, when compared to the same period in 2016.

Mexico has taken a leadership position as a destination for meetings and events with the relaunch of its strategic partnership program with meetings industry organizations and initiatives that aim to elevate its ICCA ranking, and increase the economic impact of the meetings and conventions industry in the Mexican economy, which currently accounts for $25 billion USD. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranks Mexico as 3rd in Latin America, 5th in the Americas, and 21st globally for meeting and incentive travel.

“The meetings and convention industry is a crucial part of our growth plan focused on elevating the average expenditure of travelers,” said Hector Flores, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board. “We are continuing to invest in building Mexico’s profile for business events and are working closely with industry leaders around the world to bring more corporate and association events to Mexico while introducing them to destinations beyond our traditional sun and beach offerings.”

Mexico offers businesses strong competitive advantages, including an ideal location, connectivity, infrastructure, affordability and a mature supply chain. Additionally, the country is home to convention and exhibition centers with spaces ranging from 13,000 to 960,000 square feet in more than 56 destinations, providing a wide variety of options for event planners based on the size and scope of any event.

The Mexico Tourism Board is also looking beyond capacity offerings and focusing on changing the narrative Mexican destinations use to approach the international meetings market. By connecting associations and corporate clients with their counterparts in the local communities and by closely partnering with the different public and private sectors, Mexico’s meetings industry is helping corporations to identify academic and business reasons to host meetings, and make the most of the different Mexican destinations.

To continue strengthening its position in as a top destination for hosting international business events, the Mexico Tourism Board launched a dedicated Meetings and Events plan this year. The implementation of these programs has had a significant positive impact in the industry and in Mexico’s strategic approach to growing this important sector.

The National Ambassador Program, consisting of 90 scientific, professional, and trade leaders from Mexico with global influence, resulted in securing important events such as the 14th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis (Riviera Maya, 2018), 24th Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Merida 2019), 5th Latin American Congress on Controversies in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (Mexico City, 2019), and the 11th Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery in Cancun 2021, to name a few examples. As part of this initiative, the Mexico Tourism Board developed a toolkit to provide each ambassador with pertinent information and contacts to support in bringing visitors from the select ambassadors’ respective industries.

The Economic Cluster Perspective program serves to diversify the demand across different destinations around the country, not only based on their attractions or capacities, but also on their industry development across diverse sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Renewable Energy or IT. As a result of this initiative, the Mexico Tourism Board is launching a pilot regional program in Queretaro, Aguascalientes, and Leon.

The Client Advisory Board consists of a group of leaders from different sectors in the global meetings industry. The Mexico Tourism Board, along with its partner Professional Convention Management Association, created the board to obtain expert feedback on strategic advancements in the industry, including the identification of leading destinations’ best practices and global industry trends.

The Industry Bidding Committee (IBC) is in charge of developing guidelines for the collective efforts when competing to attract World Congresses and International Events to Mexico. The IBC defines specific support criteria and is already coordinating private, public, federal and local resources for international bidding. The committee is also implementing a code of ethics to ensure fair competition among host cities and tracking of successful bids. As a result, there is now a clear process in place to bid for international events.

The Professional Certification Programs ensure local companies are adequately prepared to meet the needs of international events and travel groups. Certifications offered by the new organization include Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Exhibition Manager (CEM) for tradeshow professionals, Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) for travel suppliers and Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE) or Convention Service Manager (CSM) for corporate market professionals. As the on-the-ground experience is crucial for repeat visitors, the MTB is aggressively investing in skills training for locals throughout the country. This year alone, there are more than 90 additional certified professionals from different destinations and companies in the meetings industry.

Accounting for 29 million participants, 30 million room nights and 266 events in a year, the meetings sector in Mexico is an increasingly important part of the tourism industry and the country’s economy. The meetings and incentive industry generates 1.5% of the GDP, creating nearly a million jobs in Mexico.

 


Sources:  CRE8AD8, Skift & Mexico Tourism Board

 

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Mexico Meetings & Incentive 2017 Insight

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Mexico has been the center of attention for many reasons over the last decade.  Some negative, but mostly positive.  We tend to only hear the negative.  This report shows us how amazing Mexico is and why your next Meeting or Incentive should be there.

CRE8AD8 has planned hundreds of destination events in Mexico over the last decade for organizations, companies and groups wanting an experience for an undeniable reasonably price point.  Whether it’s an intimate gathering or full-fledged conference for thousands, CRE8AD8 will design, plan, and execute your program that way it should be.

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) reported that its 2017 Meetings and Events program has led to significant growth in the industry sector, showing a 6.7% increase from January to October, when compared to the same period in 2016.

Mexico has taken a leadership position as a destination for meetings and events with the relaunch of its strategic partnership program with meetings industry organizations and initiatives that aim to elevate its ICCA ranking, and increase the economic impact of the meetings and conventions industry in the Mexican economy, which currently accounts for $25 billion USD. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranks Mexico as 3rd in Latin America, 5th in the Americas, and 21st globally for meeting and incentive travel.

“The meetings and convention industry is a crucial part of our growth plan focused on elevating the average expenditure of travelers,” said Hector Flores, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board. “We are continuing to invest in building Mexico’s profile for business events and are working closely with industry leaders around the world to bring more corporate and association events to Mexico while introducing them to destinations beyond our traditional sun and beach offerings.”

Mexico offers businesses strong competitive advantages, including an ideal location, connectivity, infrastructure, affordability and a mature supply chain. Additionally, the country is home to convention and exhibition centers with spaces ranging from 13,000 to 960,000 square feet in more than 56 destinations, providing a wide variety of options for event planners based on the size and scope of any event.

The Mexico Tourism Board is also looking beyond capacity offerings and focusing on changing the narrative Mexican destinations use to approach the international meetings market. By connecting associations and corporate clients with their counterparts in the local communities and by closely partnering with the different public and private sectors, Mexico’s meetings industry is helping corporations to identify academic and business reasons to host meetings, and make the most of the different Mexican destinations.

To continue strengthening its position in as a top destination for hosting international business events, the Mexico Tourism Board launched a dedicated Meetings and Events plan this year. The implementation of these programs has had a significant positive impact in the industry and in Mexico’s strategic approach to growing this important sector.

The National Ambassador Program, consisting of 90 scientific, professional, and trade leaders from Mexico with global influence, resulted in securing important events such as the 14th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis (Riviera Maya, 2018), 24th Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Merida 2019), 5th Latin American Congress on Controversies in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (Mexico City, 2019), and the 11th Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery in Cancun 2021, to name a few examples. As part of this initiative, the Mexico Tourism Board developed a toolkit to provide each ambassador with pertinent information and contacts to support in bringing visitors from the select ambassadors’ respective industries.

The Economic Cluster Perspective program serves to diversify the demand across different destinations around the country, not only based on their attractions or capacities, but also on their industry development across diverse sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Renewable Energy or IT. As a result of this initiative, the Mexico Tourism Board is launching a pilot regional program in Queretaro, Aguascalientes, and Leon.

The Client Advisory Board consists of a group of leaders from different sectors in the global meetings industry. The Mexico Tourism Board, along with its partner Professional Convention Management Association, created the board to obtain expert feedback on strategic advancements in the industry, including the identification of leading destinations’ best practices and global industry trends.

The Industry Bidding Committee (IBC) is in charge of developing guidelines for the collective efforts when competing to attract World Congresses and International Events to Mexico. The IBC defines specific support criteria and is already coordinating private, public, federal and local resources for international bidding. The committee is also implementing a code of ethics to ensure fair competition among host cities and tracking of successful bids. As a result, there is now a clear process in place to bid for international events.

The Professional Certification Programs ensure local companies are adequately prepared to meet the needs of international events and travel groups. Certifications offered by the new organization include Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Exhibition Manager (CEM) for tradeshow professionals, Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) for travel suppliers and Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE) or Convention Service Manager (CSM) for corporate market professionals. As the on-the-ground experience is crucial for repeat visitors, the MTB is aggressively investing in skills training for locals throughout the country. This year alone, there are more than 90 additional certified professionals from different destinations and companies in the meetings industry.

Accounting for 29 million participants, 30 million room nights and 266 events in a year, the meetings sector in Mexico is an increasingly important part of the tourism industry and the country’s economy. The meetings and incentive industry generates 1.5% of the GDP, creating nearly a million jobs in Mexico.

 


Sources:  CRE8AD8, Skift & Mexico Tourism Board

 

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IBTM Trends Watch Report Paints Positive Picture of a Resilient Meetings and Events Industry in 2018

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IBTM’s annual IBTM Trends Watch report has predicted a bright year ahead for the meetings and events industry, thanks to a renewed resilience and confidence driven by the past few years of economic and geopolitical instability.

Whilst recognising that there are still uncertain times ahead, the report points to an industry that is focused on ‘getting on with business’. This is underpinned by significant optimism amongst meetings and events professionals as they continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’, embracing new technologies and investing in staff, communications, knowledge and relationships to secure their future and thrive.

Dr Rob Davidson, Managing Director Mice Knowledge and Alistair Turner Managing Director EIGHT PR & Marketing, compiled the report, using over 25 key sources of existing industry data and interviews with industry luminaries to deliver a concise synthesis of industry performance in 2017 and predictions for 2018.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Davidson said: “There’s no getting away from the fact that there is still a period of uncertainty ahead, with several evolving and new economic and geopolitical developments continuing to play out across the globe. However, our industry is approaching this proactively, continuing to ‘take care of business’ both literally and figuratively, which points to a very positive year ahead.”

“It’s essential that business events professionals continue to discuss and debate the possible impacts of different scenarios in order that they can adapt and react in a considered manner”, said Alistair Turner. “As we head into 2018 the hesitancy of previous years has been replaced by renewed confidence, manifesting itself as a more responsible and positive industry that increasingly operates without borders.”

Commenting on the report, Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, IBTM, said: “Given that we’re in a period of change and uncertainty, this year more than ever our IBTM Trends Watch report is a useful tool for meetings and events professionals looking for a concise evaluation of the global events market and forecasting for 2018.”

IBTM World is the industry’s leading showcase of meetings, incentives, conferences and events and attracts over 15,000 elite international and domestic MICE delegates. Exhibitors range from destinations and conference centres to technology companies and suppliers from across the industry, and over 70,000 pre-scheduled meetings are set to take place over the three-day event.

 

Source:  Event Industry News

IBTM Trends Watch Report Paints Positive Picture of a Resilient Meetings and Events Industry in 2018

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IBTM’s annual IBTM Trends Watch report has predicted a bright year ahead for the meetings and events industry, thanks to a renewed resilience and confidence driven by the past few years of economic and geopolitical instability.

Whilst recognising that there are still uncertain times ahead, the report points to an industry that is focused on ‘getting on with business’. This is underpinned by significant optimism amongst meetings and events professionals as they continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’, embracing new technologies and investing in staff, communications, knowledge and relationships to secure their future and thrive.

Dr Rob Davidson, Managing Director Mice Knowledge and Alistair Turner Managing Director EIGHT PR & Marketing, compiled the report, using over 25 key sources of existing industry data and interviews with industry luminaries to deliver a concise synthesis of industry performance in 2017 and predictions for 2018.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Davidson said: “There’s no getting away from the fact that there is still a period of uncertainty ahead, with several evolving and new economic and geopolitical developments continuing to play out across the globe. However, our industry is approaching this proactively, continuing to ‘take care of business’ both literally and figuratively, which points to a very positive year ahead.”

“It’s essential that business events professionals continue to discuss and debate the possible impacts of different scenarios in order that they can adapt and react in a considered manner”, said Alistair Turner. “As we head into 2018 the hesitancy of previous years has been replaced by renewed confidence, manifesting itself as a more responsible and positive industry that increasingly operates without borders.”

Commenting on the report, Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, IBTM, said: “Given that we’re in a period of change and uncertainty, this year more than ever our IBTM Trends Watch report is a useful tool for meetings and events professionals looking for a concise evaluation of the global events market and forecasting for 2018.”

IBTM World is the industry’s leading showcase of meetings, incentives, conferences and events and attracts over 15,000 elite international and domestic MICE delegates. Exhibitors range from destinations and conference centres to technology companies and suppliers from across the industry, and over 70,000 pre-scheduled meetings are set to take place over the three-day event.

 

Source:  Event Industry News

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