Welcome to another edition of Aventri's 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 December 30, 2019.
Business Travel Airfares to Remain Flat in 2020: Amex GBT Report
It’s a new year, and rising air costs will likely remain flat as the outlook for business travel is somewhat tempered worldwide. The Air Monitor 2020 report from American Express Global Business Travel crunched the numbers on air demand and economic forecasting and found that global aviation will only be able to raise business class fares on a limited number of routes. The forecasts are all measured in local currency at the fares’ point-of-sale. “While uncertainty looks to be a key theme in the coming year, in this report we see several factors likely to affect buyers of business air travel in 2020, such as airline retailing strategies, growing fare segmentation, and increased focus on sustainability,” said Joakim Johansson, vice president of global business consulting at American Express Global Business Travel, in a release. Read more.
BizBash C.E.O. David Adler: What We Can Learn About Painless Recognition Events
Recently, I attended the New York Public Library annual Literary Lions Gala, which has been recognizing five giants of the art world for the past 38 years. This year’s recipients were poet Elizabeth Alexander, composer Philip Glass, writer Jamaica Kincaid, historian Jill Lepore, and filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. BizBash includes this glittery event in our list of the top 100 annual events in New York. This year, organizers designed an event that catered to both the honorees and the audience. For anyone who struggles with the honoree recognition dilemma, the gala provided a solid blueprint for future events of the same vein. Read more.
Living His Passion: Sherrif Karamat
PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat now occupies an office in the famed, 40-story Jewelers Building in Chicago, but in spirit, he’s not very far from the fields of his native Guyana. That’s largely because throughout his life, Karamat has remained focused on the teachings of his parents, Yusuf and Zai, who raised a family of 16 biological children—plus many others they adopted—while working as rice farmers and cattle ranchers in northeastern South America. “My parents came from very humble beginnings, but they believed that people should take their life into their own hands and live on their own terms,” Karamat says. “They taught me two things that really influenced my life: that we need for all people to do well to have a prosperous society and that the more education people have, the more they will be able to prosper.” Read more.
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Why We Are Still Talking About Email in 2020
Tom Hanks has been everywhere recently talking about his role as beloved TV icon Mr. Rogers in the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. But as I look over CMI’s 2019 posts, a different Tom Hanks movie (this one from over 20 years ago) comes to mind: You’ve Got Mail. It seems quaint to recall the days when a voice-delivered email notification generated so much excitement and anticipation that someone hung a whole movie on it. Today, notifications get routinely ignored, funneled into spam folders or, worse, prompt feelings of existential ennui or overload. And yet, we just can’t quit email. Read more.
Las Vegas’ Skyline to Change with These Projects
Major changes are coming to Southern Nevada, with several projects reshaping Las Vegas’ skyline in 2020. For example, the Wynn Convention Center; the 430,000-square-foot expanded convention and meeting space, located just north of Sands Avenue and east of the Wynn Las Vegas tower, is scheduled to open at the end of February. There were 650 tradespeople involved in the project. “The addition of meeting space at Wynn Las Vegas, and throughout the city, will ultimately lead to more attendees and increase resort occupancy,” Chris Flatt, executive vice president of hotel sales and marketing for Wynn, told the Review-Journal earlier this year. Read more.