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Cisco Calls for Privacy to be Considered a Fundamental Human Right

Meetings Today Blog 8 February 2019
Cisco issued a call to governments and citizens around the world to establish privacy as a fundamental human right in the digital economy. Today, connectivity and technology have become the foundation for peoples' economic, social, and cultural opportunities. With IoT, 5G, and AI promising to soon reshape how we interact with technology, Cisco is urging governments to adopt comprehensive and interoperable data protection laws to secure that right.

Final flourish secures annual profit growth for UK hotels

Meetings Today Blog 5 February 2019
A strong finish to 2018 secured a second consecutive year of GOPPAR growth for UK’s hotels, as they sidestepped challenging economic and political conditions.

Dubai's concierges welcome Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode

Meetings Today Blog 29 January 2019
Dubai’s concierges have largely welcomed the newly introduced Google Assistant feature, ‘Interpreter Mode’, which debuted at CES 2019. The Interpreter Mode allows Google Assistant to translate languages in conversations between two people, and currently supports up to 27 languages – including Arabic, Mandarin, English, and Russian.

Five Cybersecurity Practices You Need to Implement to Keep Your Data Safe

Meetings Today Blog 29 January 2019
Cybersecurity for hospitality does not have to be complicated. There are some practices that you can implement today to keep your company’s data and customer data safe from cyber exploits.

Further Visibility for All-Inclusive Revenue Management

Meetings Today Blog 24 January 2019
Gone are the days in which staying at an all-inclusive resort meant cheap vacations and boring food and beverage offerings. Nowadays, all-inclusives are built to target different market segments, from adults-only to families and guests of all ages, preferences and budgets.

Best practices: How to resolve rate audit failures

Meetings Today Blog 23 January 2019
The RFP and Rate Loading seasons are winding down. Next up on the negotiated rate calendar? Auditing season. Unfortunately, during January and February many hotels will learn they have failed a preferred rate audit.

Learn These 4 Elements of AV to Enhance Your Event

Meetings Today Blog 28 November 2018
Think about a meeting or event program you are working on and how the four key elements of audiovisual can be woven into the overall experience to create an engaging and interactive environment for your participants.

Ask the Air: The Amazon Echo and Event Marketing

Meetings Today Blog 9 February 2018
Where did you go to find your latest local event? Did you ask the air? Did it answer back? Chances are good that if you didn't ask a voice-assisted device about local events this week, you will soon. A recent report from emarketer.com stated that 67 million voice-assisted devices will be in use in the U.S. by 2019. That got me thinking about how much has changed in the relatively short amount of time that I've had Amazon's Echo-a smart speaker device, for those not in the know-in my own home. The Amazon Echo connects to the voice-controlled 'Alexa' service, which works as a sort of virtual personal assistant. You can wake up the device with your voice by saying, 'Alexa,' 'Echo,' 'Amazon,' or 'Computer' followed by your command or request. For instance, if you say, 'Alexa, turn up the volume," the speaker volume goes up. Apple's Siri and Google Assistant are two other popular examples of virtual personal assistants. These smart devices are invading millions of American's homes, hav
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Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?

Meetings Today Blog 2 February 2018
In Houston and Puerto Rico people are still homeless and without power. Though I have no statistics, I imagine some of those people are in the hospitality industry. Flu is spreading around the United States and killing people; many cities are without shots or medicine or IV bags, the latter made in Puerto Rico. Among those getting the flu are workers who don’t get paid sick leave and some, no doubt, work in our industry or the wider hospitality industry.

9 Universal Truths About Our Industry

Meetings Today Blog 4 May 2017
Universal Truth 1: 'Der mentsh trakht un got lakht.' This Yiddish saying is widely translated as: 'Man plans and God laughs' or further considered to mean, 'Humans plan and the universe laughs.' Sounds like a universal truth about what we do for a living as meeting and event planners, doesn't it?! Most of us in the meetings industry consider ourselves to be so detail-oriented and precise. How could anything ever go wrong after countless hours of preparation, right? I've always wondered about the influence of the universe on meetings and events. I mean, really-what about the storms that pop up when you've planned the perfect outdoor event? Or the client who, after you've done so much work on selecting a site for their meeting, changes the whole program? And I wonder if there are 'universal truths' for what we do in an industry* we all refer to differently.

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