Kevin Iwamoto

by Kevin Iwamoto August 22, 2014

Uber Wants to Be Part of Your Lifestyle!

Having had a series of great experiences using Uber X in various cities and locally in Silicon Valley, I had to do a follow-up from my recent blog posting about Uber.  It appears that Uber is not just competing with taxi and sedan service companies.  They are actually competing with other businesses too. In fact, they want to be part of your lifestyle choices.  Recently, I went to Austin, TX, to...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 20, 2014

4 Stats You Should Know About Your Millennial Attendees

I just read a great article on PCMA's site by Corey Domek that outlines 4 things that you should know about your new Millennial attendees:   1-Millennials check their smartphones 43 times per day; 2-60 percent of US Millennials will give personal information to a trusted brand; 3-Facebook is still the #1 place they discover new content; 4-60 percent want to hear about something other than...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 18, 2014

GBTA: Where Countries Rank in Business Travel Spend

Global business travel spending will hit record levels this year, predicts the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which recently released its annual industry forecast, the "GBTA BTI Outlook - Annual Global Report & Forecast."  What I found particularly interesting in GBTA's forecast was its assessment of where China and a host of other countries stand on business travel spend. In China,...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 13, 2014

2014 MPI WEC – My Perspective

With the new MPI leadership now solidly entrenched, things are really coming together for the organization! And I’m betting that the attendees at this year’s WEC agree. There’s more risk-taking, and there's a realization that they cannot be all things to all members equally. The education content was relevant to what’s happening today in the industry.  I loved the clear segmentation of learning...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 11, 2014

Hurry, Register For The GBTA Austin Event!

In the Austin, TX, area tomorrow, Aug. 12th? Why not attend my speaking engagement at the August meeting of the GBTA Austin chapter?  You know, non-members are welcome for a small fee. I’ll be speaking on "Strategic Meetings Management: The Intersection of Travel, Meetings & Procurement.” As I see it, the new normal in meetings and events after the “Great Recession” is that there is a higher degree...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 11, 2014

25 Most Congested Convention Cities

I recently read and reviewed the list of the "Top 25 Most Traffic Congested Convention Cities in North America and Europe" in Meetings & Conventions magazine, and, unfortunately, my two local towns made the list. San Francisco ranked 7th and San Jose is number 20 (and will only get worse because of the brand new Levi's Stadium built for the 49’ers and other sporting events, including a future Super...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 8, 2014

Sometimes Great Ideas, Solutions Create Other Issues

I recently read that Delta Airlines will be offering free entertainment on their planes.  What a win for their frequent travelers!  But before you all yell out “Woo hoo!” and go fist bumping each other, the free entertainment is contingent upon downloading the Gogo in-flight app.  Well that’s no big deal you say. But do you think staring at an iPhone or Samsung screen for 5 hours is going to be...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 7, 2014

At GBTA Austin Chapter Event: How Strategic Meetings Management Saves and Mitigates Risk

I’m really looking forward to seeing all those nice folks down at the GBTA Austin (TX) Chapter – for their August meeting on the 12th! They’ve asked me to come and speak on "Strategic Meetings Management: The Intersection of Travel, Meetings & Procurement.” What better time to talk about this, too? As I see it, the new normal in meetings and events after the “Great Recession” is that there is a...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 6, 2014

Uber Is Now Going Corporate! Climb in For The Ride!

Many of you know that I have a lot of friends in all industries of our marketplace ecosystem.  I recently started using Uber and honestly have had nothing but great experiences. So I was not surprised to watch Uber make a corporate travel play, and I predict they will be successful. I know some travel managers who are objecting to this because they feel they will lose program control, risk...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 4, 2014

Big Data Goes Over Big at GBTA 2014!

Did you catch the Big Data session at GBTA 2014? The session featured: Amy Margolis, Sr Director, Corporate Travel, Meetings & Events, CA Technologies Craig Banikowski, Sr. Manager Travel Meetings and Fleet, Amgen Inc. Mary Lake, Sr. Manager, Global Meeting Solutions, AbbVie Mike Stiles, Sr. Corporate Events Manager, Adobe The panel was moderated by our own Anthony Miller, CMO of Lanyon.  The...

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