News for the Hospitality Executive
Benchmark Hospitality International’s
2008 Top Ten Meetings Trends
|The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2008 … Benchmark
Hospitality International, a leading hospitality management company which
operates 30 award-winning resorts, hotels, condominium resorts and conference
centers in locations throughout the United States and Asia, announces its
annual "Top Ten Meeting Trends," as observed by its properties.
Ok. We’re pointing out the obvious. Interest in properties with sustainable hospitality or green programs is huge! But last year when we predicted the advent of green meetings, who knew how on target we’d be? Then no one cared too much, but in less than 12 months, everything has changed.Trend #2
Technological advancements are occurring at lightning speed. Wireless connectivity is way past being a novelty and is now an expectation. And advanced technology like 360-degree cams is being installed in conference rooms to enable meetings to patch in persons from around the globe, and at a moment’s notice.Trend #3
Lap Tops in the Meeting Room? OMG!
They used to be banned. Now companies are starting to encourage the use of lap tops in the meeting room – but only for note-taking or facilitator-directed research! If you must email, or surreptitiously text with that other keyboard, don’t get caught! Your penalty may be more severe than just having your toys temporarily taken away.Trend #4
Save a Forest … Do it by Close of Business Today!
That’s right. Everyone wants to save a grove or two of trees by going paperless, and the Internet is the tool to block the buzz saw. More than 80 % of RFPs, proposals and contracts are now delivered and returned online.Trend #5
They’re Back … and Headed for the Break!
The proverbial Health Police are back. Just when we thought snacking could be fun and maybe a tad bit indulgent again – you know, mini comfort foods and such, the “health police” storm in to keep us honest.Trend #6
Teambuilding Has Legs!
Teambuilding is hot, hot, hot. From the traditional to culinary cook offs to white-water rafting, teambuilding activities as part of a meeting are more popular than ever.Trend #7
Meeting Package Pricing Solid!
Fewer meetings with a greater number of attendees per meeting, for enhanced cost efficiencies, is the current trend in the marketplace. Meeting package pricing, however, remains solid.Trend #8
It’s Never Been More Critical to be Current! Here’s Why.
Speed, fueled by the global information flow at the push of a button, has made industry information more available than ever before, and the need to remain “current” never more important -- or easy to achieve. Vigilant monitoring of industry segments delivering business to your property is no longer just “a good thing” … it’s a necessity!Trend #9
What’s Hot in Recreation? Look Around You!
Here’s a tip - it’s not golf. Getting a dose of well-being at the spa is strong for women and growing for men – but it’s not the spa either. What seems to be evolving in recreation is a desire to experience all that a destination has to offer. Destination recreation!Trend # 10
Interactive Event Websites … Meeting Blogs taken to the next level?
We’re seeing more and more Interactive Event Websites and thought you might like to know about these new Internet-based conference learning tools.Bonus Trend #1
Latin America Rising!
From the voting booth, to the cuisine we enjoy, to the music we load into our IPODs, to the growing democratization of this massive region of our planet, long ignored Latin America is on the rise and doing so at a much swifter pace than most realize.Bonus Trend #2
Japan Also Rises!
Benchmark introduced the Conference Center Concept to Japan 15 years ago. Interest in conference centers is now through the roof and growing at a much swifter pace than in many other established regions in the world. Corporate Japan is actively embracing the meetings concept that Europe and America fell in love with over a quarter century ago.For more information on Benchmark's "Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2008," or to speak with a Benchmark Hospitality International professional, contact Ken Ellens, Ken Ellens Communications, at 201-758-2864 or KenEllens@aol.com.
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally. For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
|Also See:||Benchmark Hospitality's Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2007; Portals to Success, Package Rules, BlackBerries & More / March 2007|
|Benchmark's Top Ten Hospitality Trends For 2006 / March 2006|
|Benchmark's Top Five Dining Trends for 2006... and a Word About Wine / August 2006|
|Benchmark's Top Ten Meeting Industry Trends for 2005 / January 2005|
|Benchmark's Top Ten Meeting Industry Trends for 2004 / January 2004|
|Ten Meeting Industry Trends for 2003 - Observed by Benchmark Resorts, Hotels & Conference Centers / Jan 2003|
|Ten Meeting Industry Trends Observed by Benchmark Resorts, Hotels & Conference Centers / Jan 2002|