2016 Salary Survey

by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01,2016

M&C's biennial look at salaries and job satisfaction for association, corporate and independent/third-party meeting planners.

Breaking News

Trump Hotels Settle With Attorney General Over Data Breach

by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | September 26,2016
The company will pay $50,000 for violations; shore up data security.

MPI Adds Four New Leadership Roles, Eliminates 15 Positions

by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 26,2016
The reorganization includes a realignment of roles and restructuring of teams.

Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Southeast Malaysia in 2017

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 23,2016
The 365-room hotel will be part of Desaru Coast, a resort development in the southeastern part of the country.
Airline Industry

FAA: Don’t Turn On or Charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Planes

The agency also warns against leaving devices in checked baggage because of risk of explosion.

Brussels Airlines Poised for Growth After Post-Attack Drop in Business

New efforts at the airport have improved security and minimized wait times.
Business Travel

Advito Forecasts Global Hotel Price Hikes, Flat Airfares

The U.S. and Canada are expected to see the biggest hotel rate increases.

Business Traveler Satisfaction Drivers Depend on Generation

Amex Global Business Travel and the GBTA Foundation have released results of a generation-specific report.

Royal Caribbean Launches Upgraded Site for Meetings and Incentives

The cruise line's new dedicated website offers new search options, RFPs and more.

Carnival's Fathom Brand Gets OK to Begin Cruises From U.S. to Cuba, Starting in May

The U.S. cruise line is first to gain approval from the Cuban government in more than 50 years.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Scottsdale CVB Rebrands as Experience Scottsdale

The destination marketing organization has unveiled a new web site -- -- to go with its new name.

London & Partners Names New Head of Associations

Suzanne Singleton, former MICE account director at the Grove, will be responsible for attracting large congresses to Great Britain’s capital.
Destination Management

IRF Study: How DMCs Can Improve Relations With Meeting Planners

A new Incentive Research Foundation study reveals destination management companies' strengths and weaknesses in relating with meeting planners.

ADMEI Unveils New Website, Recognizes 2016 Achievement Award Winners

The news was announced during the association’s annual conference in Oklahoma City.

Boyd Gaming Completes Sale of its Stake in N.J.’s Borgata to MGM

Borgata rewards accounts will be switched over to MGM’s program in 2017.

Atlantic City Casino Resort Workers Vote to Authorize a Strike Beginning July 1

Action would affect 6,000 employees of Tropicana, Caesars, Bally’s, Trump Taj Mahal and Harrah’s resorts.
Green Meetings

Caesars Expands 'Responsible Meeting' Initiatives

The new Meetings for Good menu offers local community-service opportunities.

MeetGreen to Offer CSR Event Planning Services Through Give2Get

The partnership aims to ease the logistical challenge for meeting planners.
Hotels and Resorts

Trump Hotels Settle With Attorney General Over Data Breach

The company will pay $50,000 for violations; shore up data security.

Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Southeast Malaysia in 2017

The 365-room hotel will be part of Desaru Coast, a resort development in the southeastern part of the country.

$90 Billion Spent Annually on Non-Cash Incentives

The figure is up 17 percent from 2013, according to the Incentive Federation.

Healthcare Meetings Expert Joins Maritz Travel

MPI's Pat Schaumann will join as senior compliance director.
Industry Associations

MPI Adds Four New Leadership Roles, Eliminates 15 Positions

The reorganization includes a realignment of roles and restructuring of teams.

DMAI Names Vice President of Partnership Development

Sarah Dickson joins DMAI following two years at Brand USA.
International Travel

Miami's Wynwood Neighborhood Cleared of Zika; Focus Shifts to Miami Beach

Active infection zone has spread from just South Beach to most of the 7-mile-long island.

Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board Deems Hotel Zone Safe in Wake of Kidnapping

Those involved in the Monday morning incident were cartel members, officials believe.
Meeting Venue

Construction Firms Named for New Washington, D.C., Arena

The 4,200-seat facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

Broward County Moves Ahead on $550 Million Convention Center Expansion, Hotel Plans

Project calls for 300,000-square-foot expansion and addition of an 800-room property by 2020.
Meetings Technology

Marriott Launches 'Wi-Fi Simplified,' With Transparent Pricing Structure for Meetings

The program, now available at 560 properties, includes new training for associates.

Event Farm Acquires Attend

The event-management and marketing software provider is expanding its product offerings.

Oregon Poised to Raise State Lodging Tax

The state tariff on overnight stays would go from 1 percent to 1.8 percent.

Bahamas Changes Hotel Tax to a Value-Added Tax

Guests now will pay a 7.5 percent VAT on rooms.

Event Leadership Institute Survey Reveals How Much Independent Planners Charge

Approximately half of planners charge a flat fee, and most make $5,000 or less per event.

GES Acquires ON Event Services

The deal gives GES added expertise in high-end A/V production.
Trade Shows

11th Annual IBTM a Success in Beijing

The show featured 5,000 industry professionals, including 400 hosted buyers and 360 exhibitors.

GroundLink Launches Near-Demand Service in Five New Destinations

The car service is expanding its guarantee of rides in 20 minutes or less.

Lyft Introduces New Premier Option

Passengers in select cities can now request luxury vehicles.
Travel Management

Concur, Uber Announce Expanded Partnership, Integration

Changes and better integration will go live in the fourth quarter.

GoldSpring Consulting Acquires Management Alternatives

Will Tate will become a partner with GoldSpring.

Casino Workers Strike at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal

Four other casino resorts reached agreement with the Local 54 Unite Here union before the July 1 deadline.

ACCME Responds to Unite Here CME Petition

Only 11 percent of CME courses receive industry funding.


Food and beverage

by Allen J. Sheinman | September 01, 2016

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30 Seconds to Smart: The Places Planners Worry About Safety (Video)

We asked planners about their concern for their own personal safety.

30 Seconds to Smart: Security at Convention Centers, Airports (Video)

We asked planners what types of security they would like to see at convention centers and airports.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Concerned Are Planners About Security? (Video)

We asked planners if they are worried in light of recent events.

Cost-Containment Is a Top Priority

Survey shows keeping meeting spend in check is a top priority.

News Analysis

ASAE Defines Policy Model for Diversity and Inclusion

Association group makes move in reaction to new state laws limiting LGBT rights.

IBTM World Outlines Show Sessions

This year's meetings/events trade show will include educational sessions on the show floor.

Slight Increase for 2017 Per Diem Lodging Rates

Federal employees traveling for work will get a few more dollars to spend on lodging next year.

Top 15 U.S. Spots for "Quality" Experiences

The 2016 U.S. Tourism Quality Index is based on social-media ratings of visitor experiences in 121 cities.