Welcome to another edition of our Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today's meeting and events planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond.
Check out the top stories from the week of October 1-5!
Security a Top Concern for Planners
Of the many worries stressing out event planners and decision makers these days, the biggest is security, according to a new report by Development Counsellors International, a travel marketing firm focused on tourism and economic development. Other significant concerns reported include destinations that don’t quickly respond to requests for information, which 38 percent of respondents said was an issue. Another highlight from the report was that a full 58 percent of respondents said that hotel and meeting space costs are among the most critical factors in choosing a destination.
Meeting & Event Planners Aware of Waste Problem
According to a new article from Skift, experts say planners are growing increasingly aware of the amount of waste created by meetings and events. The meetings industry has a huge environmental impact – from the millions of miles delegates have flown to attend events to the reams of paper squeezed into bulging delegate bags and the kilowatts of energy used to light exhibitions and displays around the world. The stakes are even higher when staging events for younger delegates. As one expert said: “Millennials and Gen Z care deeply about issues of sustainability and CSR (corporate social responsibility), and if you’re building an event that resonates with them, it’s important to factor this in.”
Brandless Sets Up Second Pop-up Shop in NYC
Brandless is the latest online store experimenting with pop-up shops, and it's incorporating some lessons learned into its second store in New York. Brandless sells more than 350 "better for you" items through its website including vegan, non-GMO, and/or organic snacks, fair-trade coffee, clean beauty products, and tree-free toilet paper. Its CEO says some changes will be made into this second store after the company's experience at its LA location. For example, people wanted to taste and try the products without any frills, instead of recipes cooked up by onsite staff.
Las Vegas Remembers One-Year Anniversary of Shooting
The marquees on the glimmering Las Vegas Strip dimmed their lights for three minutes Monday night as officials slowly read the 58 names of the people killed one year earlier in the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history. The names of the slain were recited shortly after 10:05 p.m., nearly the exact time 12 months earlier that a gunman in a tower suite at the Mandalay Bay casino-resort opened fire on the crowd of 22,000 attending Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. The ceremony ended a somber day of events reuniting survivors and the family members of those killed at last year’s country music festival.
BizBash Releases Top 500 People in Events List
Last week into this week, the industry has been celebrating BizBash's Top 500 in Events list. Those honored in the list hail from North America and cover every spectrum in the industry, from agencies and catering, to leadership and media. BizBash says it "sought to single them out and compile them in one place to celebrate their achievements as well as pave the way to some serious networking." Not one but two members of the Aventri team were featured in the Event Tech category, CEO Oni Chukwu and our VP of Third-Party Market, Brad Langley.