Event venue news for February 2022

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Here are five things you should know this month…

1. Travel industry experts shared their predictions for 2022.
In case you missed it, BizBash recently sat down with several travel industry experts, who weighed in on the current and future state of business travel, from intimate off-site locations to large conferences. Their main predictions? An increase in in-person events for remote team members, as well as gatherings for more intimate groups, adjustments to cancellation policies, and of course, a strong focus on safety. Check the full story here.

2. The hotel industry continues its march towards recovery.
According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) State of the Hospitality Industry 2022 Report, the industry will continue to make progress toward recovery in 2022, with hotel occupancy rates and room revenues ahead. approach 2019 levels this year. The report notes, however, that the path will be uneven and full recovery could still take several years. Some additional information? Leisure travelers will continue to drive the recovery and approximately 58% of meetings and events are expected to return to in-person. See the full report here.

3. Locations continue to deliver original twists on group experiences.
In groups To do back in person, event organizers and venues are looking for new, unique ways to keep them engaged. The W Fort Lauderdale, for example, recently launched a colorful new group experience called “Sprayed In Style.” Available as an add-on for events, groups can book a local graffiti artist to come to the hotel and customize items for attendees with graffiti decor, like suitcases, a computer case or even a blazer.

Wellness-focused experiences also seem to be having a moment – after all, “wellbeing is no longer a luxury to be included – it’s a must,” said Peter Scialla, president of the global tech company. of Delos Wellness and Real Estate, in an interview. with BizBash last month. And the sites take note that wellness goes far beyond the group fitness class. Auberge de Sedona in Arizona, for example, has created a “Crystal-Clear Intentions” experience, which guides guests through holistic health experiences ranging from intentional journaling to exploring Sedona’s famous vortices with a guide. professional. The city of Palm Springs, California, meanwhile, recently launched a digital wellness pass. Available through March, the pass provides a guide to some of the destination’s best wellness and spa experiences, as well as offering deals and offers for groups.

4. Some convention centers create dedicated spaces for attendees with sensory processing issues.
As conversations about diversity and inclusion continue to gain traction in the events industry, one group that is sometimes overlooked are attendees with neurodiversity and other sensory issues. But in reality, about one in six people struggle with a sensory need, Uma Srivastava, executive director of KultureCity, a nonprofit that focuses on creating sensory accessibility and inclusion, told BizBash. We recently spoke with Srivastava about how she has worked with venues like the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas to create dedicated sensory rooms on-site and what steps other venues should take as well. Check the full story here.

5. Radisson Hotel Group Americas has a new single guest messaging platform.
The sites continue to use technology to improve the customer experience. For example, Radisson Hotel Group Americas recently rolled out Medallia Zingle for all hotels in its portfolio. The guest messaging platform enables hotel teams to engage with guests with real-time, personalized communications for everything from pre-arrival and check-in, to service requests, and pickup. service and payment. Zingle will be rolled out to all hotels in the Americas in waves, with the goal of completing system-wide implementation by May 2022.

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