Travel and Destinations
1. to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane or ship; take a trip; journey.
2. to proceed or advance in any way.
A meeting destination can speak volumes. It can add a cultural backdrop, guide culinary excursions, and invigorate and bolster an attendee's experience. With great reward comes great planning responsibility; planning for a global destination is no easy feat! In this Education Essentials, we'll provide you with some considerations for planning your global meeting, suggestions for the year's top destinations and resources you can use to build a successful event.
The Ins and Outs of Global Meeting Planning
Moving your meeting to a new destination, especially a new country, has the potential to be stressful and challenging. Meeting planning professionals need to consider a seemingly endless list of variables, including the location’s appeal, venue suitability, local culture, accommodation availability, security, financial issues, and local and community participation. In a recent blog post, Patricia Beaudoux offers considerations and questions to keep in mind when weighing where to go.
Need a place to start? Check out Erika Wien's recent blog post on why you should consider Cartagena, Colombia for your next meeting. Do you have a destination recommendation? Share it on TheNetwork.
Planning an upcoming meeting or event in Mexico, Hawai'i or the Caribbean? Listen to this recording about working with off-shore destinations from a 2014 Annual Conference panel discussion, moderated by Joe Landers, Shelter Insurance.
Curious about what other organization policies are around accepting points or frequent flyer miles as meetings professionals? Check out this discussion forum.
Take It Outside: Why You Should Incorporate Nature into Your Meetings
Meetings professionals often believe that educational sessions, training and creative brainstorming meetings need to be held inside, in a calm and quiet room where the participants can focus on the topic at hand. But research suggests quite the opposite. Incorporating elements of nature into meetings can give our brain a boost, resulting in increased productivity, focus and creativity. Read more about how you can benefit from taking your meeting outdoors.
The State of Global Meetings and Events
According to the American Express Meetings & Events 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast, the global meeting environment appears to be thriving. From a global perspective, we are seeing a trend toward localization, with customers operating global programs that have an increasing recognition of the reality that business happens locally. There seems to be a greater desire to add flexibility to global programs, recognizing country-specific needs and the dynamics necessary to drive program adoption.
Another sign of the thriving environment is the sense of increased competition. There is an increasing focus on, and influence of, compliance for meetings and events. Technology is expected to continue to transform meetings and events. The geopolitical landscape has been interesting and quickly shifting over the past year, creating new questions around borders and freedom of movement. Read the full report.
#TBT - Aloha!
FICP hosted the 2014 Annual Conference in Waikoloa, Hawai'i, with the theme of 'ohana (connection). At the meeting, attendees enjoyed presentations from Carey Lohrenz, Mike Rayburn, and Robert Fogarty with Dear World. View the photos from the event.
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