INTRODUCING 10 Event Trends for 2018

The most popular outlook for the event industry for 2018.

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OVERVIEW What you need to know to stay ahead. Covering seven categories: event design, technology, marketing, venues, event styling, destinations and DMCs.

The hottest event trends for 2018 and beyond.
Often imitated but never surpassed. The original and most comprehensive trends report for the event industry.

  • New Developments in the Event Industry

    Identify the most important updates all successful event planners should be aware of. Be prepared for 2018.

  • Be Inspired by Revolutionary Examples

    Real life event examples sharing best practice and guidance, tips and tricks for running successful events.

  • Discover the Tools For More Effective Events

    Find out what matters for the future with inspiration to create better events and do things differently.

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CHAPTER DETAILS What Youll Find Inside

  • Event Technology

    Eventtech remains an integral and exciting part of the event mix. Learn about the top trends and most innovative tech around.

  • Venues

    We explore the ten biggest requirements event professionals have of venues for the next 12 months ahead.

  • Event Marketing

    Ten of the most powerful marketing and social media strategies being used by the most progressive events today.

  • Event Experience

    A journey of exploration and discovery into where strong event design is heading in 2018 and the biggest factors in the event experience.

  • Destinations and DMCs

    Discover the mega trends emerging in destinations and from destination management companies (DMCs) during these dynamic, complex and ever changing times.

  • Event Styling and Decor

    From color palettes, theming, food and beverage and sponsorship opportunities, we explore the look and feel of your events for the year ahead.


MEET THE AUTHOR Julius Solaris

Julius Solaris is the editor of Event Manager Blog. Started in 2007, Event Manager Blog is the number one blog worldwide for event professionals. He is the founder of the Event Innovation Lab, an immersive training program for Fortune 500 companies and high growth event teams.

He has been named one of 25 the most influential individuals in the Meeting Industry.

Julius Solaris


Becki Cross

Becki Cross is MD of UK based event management company Events Northern Ltd, established in 2004.

Organising conferences and corporate events is Beckis passion and she enjoys incorporating event technologies and social media into the mix.

Becki is the Deputy Editor and Contributor to EventMB, her dream job alongside event planning!

Pdraic Gilligan

Pdraic is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a boutique marketing consultancy helping destinations, hotels and venues with marketing, strategy and training for the MICE marketplace. Prior to founding SoolNua, Gilligan was Vice President of Ovation, MCI’s global DMC network and Vice President of Industry Relations at MCI. He has written and spoken all over the world on many aspects of meetings and events.

Roger Haskett

Roger Haskett is an engagement expert that helps organizations, individuals, and meetings more engaging and maximizes their potential through his company, Engagement Unlimited.

Roger also has an impressive background in acting and education. He holds a BFA in Acting, and a Master of Arts in Education, and has appeared in over 150 films, tv shows, and commercials. You may have seen him in shows like the X-Files, Supernatural, Stargate, i-Robot, or Wayward Pines.

Kate Patay, CPCE

Kate Patay, CPCE, is Chief Strategy Officer of Patay Consulting, an international speaker and consultant, SEPA Advisor and Lecturer at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas. Shes been a recognized industry professional and influencer for nearly 20 years in many facets of special events, and has served on the boards of numerous industry organizations. She currently speaks for and coaches some of the top leaders and companies in the event industry and beyond.

Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP

Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP, started Red Velvet Events, Inc. (RVE) 15 years ago, with the mission to Outplan, Outplay and Outparty! RVE is a full-service creative events agency and has earned multiple international awards, including multiple ESPRIT awards.

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