meetings and events
What are the top three trends that should be taken into account this year in the planning of events? SMT and our international partner American Express Meetings & Events charted the rising trends worldwide and especially in the Nordic countries. Have you already paid attention to these trends in your business events?
SMTnetwork, the major forum for business travel and events management, gathered together the purchasers and producers of services at Korjaamo Culture Factory in Helsinki on the last day of September. Check out the mood video on the event here.
– The more you travel for work, the more you love getting all the arrangements done for you, explains Irene Lamberg, Procurement Manager at DNA, and laughs. DNA and SMT have been working together on improving the collaboration between the client and the travel agency already since 2010. The company has some 300 active travellers whose trips are booked centrally by assistants who also ensure compliance with DNA’s travel rule.
SMT studied how our clients purchase their meetings and events. Who is in charge of purchasing event and meeting services in the organisation, whether their purchasing is centralised or distributed and if the organisation has a systematic purchasing process in place. Other research goals included the organisation’s selection criteria for services and measuring the success of completed events.
Before the Finnish Lions are fighting for victory on ice, many things have taken place in the background. What kind of a business trip is it when the traveller is not a man with a briefcase, but an ice hockey team with its carers and accessories? SMT supports its long-time customer and partner, the Finnish Ice Hockey Association.
What is trending in business travel and arising in meetings & events? What are our clients' expectations for year 2016? SMT's Business Analyst Mari Svahn found out.
What attracts me about business travel is its dynamic, fast pace nature and its global reach. Current megatrends such as consumerism, digitalization and emerging markets are affecting the evolution of travel management and set new requirements to Travel Management Companies' expertise and geographic scope.
We have been focusing on valuable face to face customer meetings in our events for over a year. We have done many new things during our events and have also experimented in the field of technology. But can technology really add value to an event?