Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

Marriott International Partners With Providers on New Hybrid Meeting Solutions

For meeting and event professionals who have been looking to plan hybrid virtual/in-person meetings and events, Marriott International is offering new solutions to help "Connect with Confidence" and streamline the current planning process. New resources for hybrid meetings and events, including providers and pricing, will be available next month at Marriott hotels across the United States and Canada, and are slated to be available globally in the near future.

FITUR MICE Receiving Positive Business Response Ahead of Event

With only three months to go until FITUR Tourism Recovery Special, it says there has already been a tremendously positive business response to the FITUR MICE section, the B2B meeting point for the supply and demand of meetings, conferences and congress tourism and business travel. This response testifies to the need to renew contacts, find business opportunities and boost business activity in this vital segment for tourism and countries’ economies.

"Meet In Utah" Program Initiates Recovery of Salt Lake’s Meeting Industry

The meeting industry makes up a substantial amount of Salt Lake City’s visitor economy and has been one of the hardest-hit sectors by COVID-19; however, through the state's “Meet In Utah” program—which offered financial incentives to meetings that contracted events by December 30, 2020, to be held in 2021—

FITUR TALENT Reveals Key Ideas For Recovery In Tourism Employment

The FITUR Tourism Recovery Special” is moving forward as it organizes content, providing spaces for sharing knowledge and new tools to help the tourism industry’s recovery. This year’s fair will take place on special dates, May 19-23 at Feria de Madrid. A good example of this new strategy is its renewed commitment to FITUR TALENT, a special-interest space focusing on people and on their potential, talent, skills and professional training as the cornerstones of growth for tourism companies.

AIME Cancels 2021 Event Due To COVID-19 Implications

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has cancelled its 2021 event, which was scheduled to be hosted in-person at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as well as online in March, due to continued concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event organizers Talk2 Media & Events have shared that, like many other event organizers, the event faced challenges brought about by international and domestic travel restrictions despite healthy interest for the event from exhibitors and buyers.

Peru's Capital, Lima, Joins the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

Lima, the capital of Peru, has announced the development of a long-term strategy that will revitalize its tourism and business sector. In partnership with the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), Lima will co-create a sustainable and regenerative strategy to guide and enable Peru toward a new future, where the well-being and quality of life of residents and visitors are in balance and economically inclusive. 

Stats: 73% of Event Planners Expect Hybrid Events to Be More Common in the Future

Event planners increasingly expect hybrid events to be more common in future and fewer think that the popularity is temporary, according to recent research by etc.venues. In fact, 73 percent of event planners now think hybrid events will continue to be more common in the future—up from 67 percent when asked in May—while those who think this is just a temporary trend have gone down accordingly by 6 percent.

Fort Worth Convention Center, Will Rogers Memorial Center Receive GBAC Star Facility Accreditation

The Fort Worth Convention Center (FWCC) and the Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) have received the STAR Facility accreditation status from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), an outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.