Consolidation is something that seems to be happening, well, everywhere.
Only last week, for example, we got news that Disney would be buying most of 20th Century Fox. And for those of you who follow the hospitality industry closely (as I do), it does not need mentioning that recent mega mergers
took place between Marriott and Starwood, and then AccorHotels and Fairmont-Raffles-Swissotel.
While those two mergers are having an impact on the meetings industry, the sector itself is dealing with another type of consolidation, as Business Travel Editor Andrew Sheivachman details in a story this week. Aided by technology and new ways of thinking about how to do business, the integration of travel management and event spending departments within corporations is showing great potential. One caveat is the concern that the industry's reliance on old-school thinking might get in the way.
On another subject, my colleague Andrew will be back in the new year after taking a well-deserved holiday, which I hope you will, too. Our next edition of the Meetings Innovation Report will resume in January. Until then, my warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season, and for a great start to 2018.