Three Reasons You Can’t Afford to Miss The EMA

  When like-minded people get together, great things can happen. The Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) is just that – an alliance, an event where top meeting and incentive planners form mutually beneficial relationships with leaders in the luxury hotel industry. “It doesn’t feel like there’s any sort of...read more

What’s Your Group Evaluator Score?

Venues are constantly battling for new group business leads, stronger planner relationships, and data-driven analytics that prove overall success. It can be challenging to measure how you’re performing compared to business benchmarks in each segment of your business without the right tools. With the...read more

Top 10 Moments at Cvent CONNECT 2016

At Cvent CONNECT 2016 this June, hundreds of meeting and event planners flocked to Las Vegas in search of new content, better connections, and greater insight from experts in the industry. Below you'll find a list of the top 10 most exciting moments attendees experienced onsite. Keynote – Reggie...read more

6 Proven Ways to Move Planners Closer to Saying Yes

All the elaborate dinners. The friendly follow-up phone calls. The personalized gifts. These schmoozing strategies are just a few that hotel sales people use to push planners closer to saying yes. Effectively persuading planners to choose your property takes more than just blanketing them in VIP...read more

Hospitality Cloud: Welcome to Cvent CONNECT

After a packed first day at Cvent CONNECT, hotel professionals gathered to hear Cvent's Co-Founder & President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Chuck Ghoorah, and Senior Vice President of Sales, Bharet Malhotra, speak about the state of group business in the hospitality industry and how venues can...read more

Does Your Digital Strategy Byte: Create a Better Online Marketing Plan

With nearly 600 hospitality brands currently in the global market, what makes yours stand out from the crowd? Steven Seghers and Michael Mustafa from HyperDisk Marketing asked this question after welcoming hotel professionals to their breakout session, Does Your Digital Strategy Byte: Create a...read more

What the Innovation Pavilion Means for You

From interactive demos with product experts to lounge areas designed for networking, the Innovation Pavilion is a vibrant hub where attendees can connect, get inspired, and learn new techniques for success. Directly across from the registration desk, this dynamic, multi-faceted space is the perfect...read more

Site Visit Follow Up: Planner Q&A

Almost two months before Cvent CONNECT, Rachel Andrews, Senior Manager of Meetings and Events, and her CONNECT production and event team flew to Las Vegas for their final site visit at The Venetian | The Palazzo. Below you’ll find a brief Q&A with Rachel, in which she discusses the ins and outs of...read more

Get Certified at Cvent CONNECT 2016

On the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), more than 74,000 event and meeting planners are sourcing venues and destinations around the world. In 2015, planners sent more than 1.8 million RFPs to venues and sourced more than $9.8 billion of group business through the network. Since 2009, the CSN has seen...read more

The Scoop: Cvent Advocates Hub

There’s a bustling VIP community of enthusiastic hospitality customers eager to share their experiences within the Cvent Advocates Hub. So what better way to show our appreciation than to reward these customers in exactly the way they want? Hotel and event professionals around the world are seizing...read more

5 Ways to Connect at Cvent CONNECT

What word comes to mind when you think of Cvent CONNECT? If “networking” was among the mix, you’re in good company. Like its name implies, Cvent CONNECT presents numerous opportunities for event and hospitality professionals to connect and collaborate. However, Cvent CONNECT is much more than a...read more

What Can Cvent CONNECT 2016 Offer Hoteliers?

“At Cvent CONNECT, we were reaching customers outside of the traditional meeting platforms. The most exciting part for us was uncovering a new type of customer, which in this day in age is so hard to do.”   – Darren Green, Senior Vice President, Sales, L.A. Tourism & Convention Board While you’re at...read more

Part 2: Helping Planners Search More Efficiently

In her original post, “What Hoteliers Can Learn from Planner Wish Lists,” Cvent Planner Rachel Andrews dished about her top tips for hoteliers looking to increase group business. When working with planners, she recommends hotel professionals make the sourcing and planning process as easy as...read more

Top 10 Breakout Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss at Cvent CONNECT 2016

Cvent CONNECT 2016 is quickly approaching, and we’ve put together an incredible lineup of speakers for our hospitality audience. Our breakout session topics range from emerging group business trends to new marketing tactics and expert planner panels. Keep reading for our list of the ten breakout...read more

Social Selling: Turning Online Conversations into Offline Revenue

Selling is social. Always has been and always will be. However, today social selling has taken on new dimensions and formats. Now we’re tasked with building and maintaining relationships with clients via social media channels, like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For hotel sales people...read more

10 Reasons You Should Attend Cvent CONNECT

At this year’s Cvent CONNECT, nearly 3,000 event and hospitality professionals will meet up in Las Vegas to learn, engage, and network with industry experts and peers. Here are ten things you have to look forward to in June 2016! The Venetian and The Palazzo: These hotels offer a high-end getaway...read more

Meeting Technology That’s Dominating 2016

Meeting planners and attendees alike are thirsty for technology that amplifies their event experience.  According to the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), meeting planners are wanting and using tech trends more than ever, and not just in the meetings themselves. Tech also plays...read more

3 Ways to Boost Your Group Business Through Planning

  Self-help expert Alan Lakein famously said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This is especially true for hotels when failing to plan could mean thousands of valuable group business dollars left on the table each year. In fact, hoteliers sourced $8 billion in group business through Cvent’s...read more

3 Ways to Boost Your Group Business Through Planning

Self-help expert Alan Lakein famously said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This is especially true for hotels when failing to plan could mean thousands of valuable group business dollars left on the table each year. In fact, hoteliers sourced $8 billion in group business through Cvent’s...read more

3 Things Hoteliers Can Learn From Airbnb's User Experience

We have entered an era of digital disruption. Every industry is feeling it, especially the hospitality industry. Just as Uber became the biggest threat to taxis without owning a single car, Airbnb is becoming the biggest name in the hotel industry without owning a single hotel. What does this mean?...read more
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