DEC 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 6 Associated Luxury Hotels Interna- tional (ALHI) recently released its new ALHI 2018 Global Meeting Guide, a 228- page resource guide to assist meeting professionals, associ- ation executives and incentive travel specialists in identify- ing luxury-level hotels and resorts around the world that are specifically designed and oper- ated for meetings, incentive/rec- ognition programs, conventions and exhibitions. Themed around ALHI's expanded global portfolio and Global Sales Organization ser- vices, the guide includes more than 150 hotels and resorts in North America; 17 in the Baha- mas, Bermuda and Caribbean region; 35 in Western Europe; 13 in Eastern Europe; 13 in the Middle East; 31 in Asia; 9 in Africa; and four in South America. The guide offers information on AL- HI's Alliance members, which include 23 luxury-level cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Des- tination Management Companies (DMCs) in more than 100 locations worldwide. It also features a section on ALHI's 10 distinctive Luxury Brand Collections, including the "Convention Collection," featuring ALHI's 31 member hotels and resorts that offer more than 500 rooms, offer more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space and have at least one 20,000-square- foot ballroom. "This com- prehensive, us- er-friendly guide is a very valuable resource for meet- ing and incentive professionals seeking distinctive luxury-level and upper-upscale ho- tels and/or resorts for their meetings and programs worldwide, both big and small," said ALHI's Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot. "Planners find it very helpful to use this guide, working to- gether with their ALHI Global Sales profes- sional, to help determine the ideal solutions for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs." To acquire a free copy of the ALHI 2018 Global Meeting Guide, visit n headlines, trends & ideas ALHI 2018 Global Meeting Guide Available In October, etouches, a global provider of cloud event management software, announced that its venue sourcing product is now fully inte- grated into the etouches event management platform. According to Mike Tenholder, vice president of channel and partner management at etouches, venue sourcing integrates sourcing and book- ing with meeting registration and approval, along with an enterprise calendar. The result is a first-of-a-kind solution that enables data incor- poration throughout the entire event lifecycle, including unprecedented visibility to drive value and ROI through strategic venue sourcing, he said. "Travel and meeting professionals must validate their success to senior management and stakeholders, making quick access to meetings data vital," Tenholder said. "They can drive millions and even tens of millions of dollars in savings through strategic venue sourcing. Using venue sourcing, they don't have to spend days gathering data or dupli- cating entry of the same information on multiple spreadsheets. All the data they need is instantly available all in one place." Venue sourcing provides access to 225,000 venues worldwide and captures 10 times more data to increase event performance while reducing sourcing and booking time by 70 percent, enabling organi- zations to handle more meetings with the same size staff, according to Tenholder. n New E-Book Explains Rules For Event Apps In June 2017, Apple issued new rules for apps. To help event planners understand the new rules, Bizzabo developed The Event App Primer, an e-book to help mobile devel- opers create white label event apps. The e-book explains the development of mobile apps, the issues that have arisen and the new guidelines issued by Apple, which may make some event apps unusable in the future. In a recent study conducted by Bizzabo, a management, marketing and interaction platform for event professionals, more than 80 percent of event professionals polled said that they use event apps for their event strategies. These apps cover a range of functions, from maximizing attendee engagement with live polling features to providing event attendees with valu- able networking opportunities with extensive networking communities. To download the ebook, visit wel- n Event Management Platform Integrated With Venue Sourcing Solution

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