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Students, physicians, scientists, software designers, and business execs gather at Tufts to reinvent the state of medical education.

As physicians adjust to the new era of patient care, medical associations are grappling with a new set of challenges to attract, engage and educate healthcare professionals.

Planners predict healthy future, but will have to get strategic, according to MPI's latest Meetings Outlook report.

Like Smokey the Bear imploring each of us to take care of the forests, Roger Rickard recently implored a group of meeting professionals to join the Meetings Mean Business Coalition to protect the future of the meetings industry.

As research shows three-quarters of healthcare professionals prefer face-to-face meetings to virtual encounters, organisers of the third annual Healthcare Meetings Forum have vowed to spark debate on the future of medical conferences.

Guest poster Andrew Taffin, CEO, Tallen Technology Rentals, outlines some of the top developments he's seen this year, and some ideas on how meeting planners can leverage these trends going forward.

Meeting Planners will always rank increasing face-to-face registration numbers as the top priority, but many of leaders in the industry are working to put a portion of that F2F (Face-to-Face) experience into a virtual package.

The virtual age needs face to face events and experiences more than ever, according to a panel of communications and media experts from the Financial Times and Ernst & Young.

A major research project aiming to measure the size of the events industry will take place over the next three years.

A new report has highlighted the extent to which communication technology is destroying trust in UK business - and the vital role face-to-face communication has to play in rebuilding that trust.

Corporate meetings have seen steady positive growth over the past year, but the government meetings segment continues to struggle, showing little sign of regaining its footing, at least not in the quarterly Meetings Outlook

Let's face it, the way companies buy products and services has changed. A recent study revealed that 57 percent of a typical purchase decision is made before a customer even talks to a supplier.

Europe’s hotel industry got back on the road to recovery in 2014, according to a new report.

Event budgets have increased by 6 per cent according to the latest data from the Bellwether report by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA).

Meeting planners reported a strong year in 2014 for international association meetings outside of North America, according to a new survey

Home-style settings, networking spaces and a peek at the great outdoors—all are features that will mark the meeting room of the future,

Former lecturer explores what the youngest conference delegates want from the events industry.

The UK’s top 10 cities have all chalked up double-digit growth in hotel room rates, compared to last year.

Planners who attended the recent Omni Hotels & Resorts Be Collaborative education and networking event in Boston are now designated Omni Meetings Specialists, having taken the Omni Meetings University online course and passed the multiple-choice exam

In 2015, exhibitions will add bandwidth and embrace new technologies but at the same time work to make the show floor as fun and engaging as an attendees’ smartphone.

It’s not rocket science: More than half of meeting attendees probably will never ask a question in the traditional pass-the-microphone setting because they want to remain anonymous.

If there’s one thing legislators like, it’s data. Now the Meetings Mean Business coalition and the U.S. Travel Association have a new batch of data to bring to Capitol Hill

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has identified 'significant' opportunities to improve hotelier-planner relationships, like providing more information in requests for proposals (RFPs).

Medical meetings are being disrupted more than any other sector we work with. While the profession is thriving, scientific meetings and healthcare professional conferences aren’t performing nearly as well as they did five to ten years ago.

1. Provide healthy food.
2. Give them a break from their chairs.
A recent Hilton survey of meeting attendees revealed that planners can increase meeting productivity and attendee satisfaction by taking these two actions.

Trends report by Jack Morton Worldwide says events next year will stimulate all five senses.

Are your meetings more dreadful than mindful? Sadly, all too many fall on the dreadful side. Enterprise software developer Atlassian surveyed individuals about meetings and made some stunning discoveries.

Exhibition organizers now have a new tool to help them calculate the economic impact of their show on their host city and demonstrate its value to the local economy.

Four out of five meetings are one-day events, according to Capita Travel and Events' benchmark report.

It’s safe to say that human trafficking is the hot topic in the travel and tourism industry.

According to the “Issues and Trends in Exhibit Space and Sponsorship Sales” study, the results of which were released at the Lippman Connects Exhibit Sales Roundtable in Washington, D.C., October 16, event organizer executives are seeing growth in bo

Global economic growth has been climbing steadily since 2013, a trend that will continue into 2016, according to data crunched by CWT for its 2015 Meetings & Events Forecast,

A new American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast ('the Forecast') says that creativity within budget constraints is expected to combat tighter budgets and increased costs for European meeting planners in 2015.

As PCMA’s 59th annual Convening Leaders conference kicked off in Chicago, two back-to-back sessions looked at the science of predicting the future, and at some key elements of what that future could bring.

Here are some of the top developments one AV expert has seen recently, including ideas on how meeting pros can leverage these trends to ensure that their meetings are successful.

Audience interaction platform sli.do, which offers a simple way to create audience polls and manage speaker Q&A, has announced a new integration with Prezi, the cloud-based presentation platform.

The ICCA Scandinavian Destinations Sustainability Index, an effective tool developed by ICCA and MCI to measure and drive progress on the industry-transforming Sustainable Scandinavian Meetings Region collaboration

Haven’t planned a cruise meeting lately, or ever? We’ve got an overview of trends, a guide to ship categories, and lots of photos to give you a feel for the state of cruising today.

A data tool introduced by ICCA for its supplier members has implications for association meeting pros, too.

Feeding Facebook and Twitter is a time consuming process, but it can pay off, says XING EVENTS.

Event technology provider GenieConnect has introduced a new analytics capability to enable organisers to identify parts of their event that are failing to engage with attendees, in real time.

Almost three quarters of earnings in association sector come from medical meetings.

Smaller meetings and an increased take up of Airbnb dominated the latest predictions from the HBAA Technology and Innovation Committee.

industry discussion forum EventHuddle has found that 95 per cent of event professionals see food waste produced by the events industry as a big issue.

A new research report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research and the Society of Independent Show Organizers,

The disruptive nature of mobiles has led many organisers to favour a strict ‘no device’ policy, according to a survey by IMEX America and MPI, the meeting planners association.

A new project from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) will aim to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design

Safety and security is now the top priority for business executives when considering travel plans new research has revealed, overtaking cost control.

Healthcare professionals still value meetings as prime ways to connect with peers and learn about scientific breakthroughs from key opinion leaders.

The sharing economy is driving down the number of hotel room nights booked by meeting planners.