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How Young Planners Are Revitalizing the Meetings Industry

by Sarah J.F. Braley, Michael J. Shapiro and Cheryl-Anne Sturken | February 01,2017
Here are 15 young professionals who are bringing fresh energy, boundless talent and unique perspectives to the world of meetings and events.

Breaking News

Groupize Integrates With Concur for End-to-End Meetings Management

by Michael J. Shapiro | February 23,2017
The Groupize Meetings app is now available in the Concur App Center.

IRF Study Reveals Moderate Optimism for Economy's Effect on Industry, Increased Budgets for Incentives

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 23,2017
The 2017 Outlook Study marks the debut of the IRF's new research metric, the "net optimism score."

Zika? It Hasn't Gone Away, But Some Travelers Are Shrugging

by Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press | February 23,2017
The mosquito-borne virus has faded from the headlines as new cases fade in the cooler months.
Airline Industry

United, American Begin Selling Cheaper Economy-Class Fare

The legacy carriers are battling the discount airlines for budget-conscious travelers.

Delta Reintroduces Free Meals in Coach in 12 Markets

The move is part an effort to enhance the customer experience in the main cabin.
Business Travel

Texas Supports Reinstatement of Trump Administration's Travel Ban

The Lone Star State's attorney general filed an amicus brief Wednesday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Closing Borders Risks Jobs, World Travel & Tourism Council Warns Trump Administration

WTTC president David Scowsill advises lawmakers to "keep tourism out of politics."
Cruises

Carnival CEO Unveils Cruise Firm’s Wearable Device During CES Keynote

Arnold Donald says Ocean Medallion "potentially redefines travel as we know it."

Richard Branson's Cruise Line Sets Sail Under New Name: 'Virgin Voyages'

The Virgin Group has relaunched its nascent cruise line, Virgin Cruises, under a new brand identity.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Florida House Proposes 67 Percent Cut to Visit Florida Budget

Latest proposal calls for the DMO to become part of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and to have more government oversight.

NYC Tourism Trying to Minimize Damage From Trump Ban

While NYC & Company does not yet have any numbers that show a slump in inbound travel, there are early indicators of negative consequences, according to CEO...
Destination Management

AlliedPRA Acquires Rocky Mountain DMC

The combined company has more than $100 million in system revenue.

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.
Gaming

Atlantic City Mayor Urges Icahn to Sell Former Taj Mahal Casino

The billionaire investor plans to surrender the casino license.  

Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel Shuts Down

The 2,010-room property, now owned by Carl Icahn, failed to reach an agreement with its union employees.
Green Meetings

U.S. Green Building Council: More Convention Centers Are Going Green

A new report is out today from the agency that administers the LEED certification program.

Gore, Others Revive Canceled U.S. Climate and Health Conference

The meeting will take place next month at the Carter Center; possible U.S. government involvement is unknown.
Hotels and Resorts

San Francisco Hotels Look Elsewhere for Business as Moscone Expansion Causes Cancellations

Properties work to make up an estimated 490,000 room nights lost due to partial closing of convention center.

U.S. Hotels Report Rising RevPAR, Record Occupancy for January

Revenue per available room has increased year-over-year for 83 straight months.
Incentives

IRF Study Reveals Moderate Optimism for Economy's Effect on Industry, Increased Budgets for Incentives

The 2017 Outlook Study marks the debut of the IRF's new research metric, the "net optimism score."

Incentive House USMotivation Closes Doors

Atlanta-based firm abruptly announced that it was closing Friday afternoon.
Industry Associations

SmithBucklin to Manage Convention Industry Council

The 68-year-old umbrella group for the meetings industry will move its headquarters to Washington, D.C.

Meetings Means Business Coalition Goes Global

Canadian industry group is the first non-U.S. entity to execute the MMB licensing agreement.
International Travel

France Tourism Officials: Bookings Up in Q1 2017; Eiffel Tower Glass Wall Necessary

More U.S. travelers are headed to France in 2017 than were at this time last year.

Caribbean Tourism Organization, Airbnb Sign Agreement to Benefit Region’s Tourism Industry

The partnership will allow both organizations to share data and studies about the impact of the sharing economy and more.
Meeting Venue

Universal Orlando Sets May 25 Opening for Volcano Bay

Guests to the new water-themed park will receive waterproof TapuTapu wearable devices to enhance the experience.

Disney Reveals Opening Dates for Star Wars Attractions, Pandora

Lisa A. Grimaldi lgrimaldi@mcmag.com The new Star Wars -themed attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will open in...
Meetings Technology

Groupize Integrates With Concur for End-to-End Meetings Management

The Groupize Meetings app is now available in the Concur App Center.

Cvent Lays Off 100; DoubleDutch Slashes Workforce

Consolidation has led to reductions and change across the meetings tech sector
Taxes

N.J. Bill Moving Swiftly to Add Extra $2 Surcharge to Atlantic City Hotel Rooms

Visitors already pay 14 percent plus a tourism-promotion fee on the destination's guest rooms.

Oregon Poised to Raise State Lodging Tax

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

MCI USA Acquires Network Media Partners

Network Media Partners brings association event planning and management expertise to MCI Group's U.S. operations.

Experient and SMG Renew Relationship

The event-management company and the convention-center management firm have been working together since 2005.
Trade Shows

Largest IMEX America Show Closes With Record Numbers

The sixth annual trade show had the most exhibiting firms, buyers and education sessions to date.

IMEX America Kicks Off Today in Las Vegas

The sixth annual show features 3,250 exhibiting companies, 269 education sessions and more.
Transportation

Dav El/Boston Coach Acquires Car-Service Tech Platforms GroundLink and Limo Anywhere

The acquisitions provide a technology boost to compete with sharing-economy apps.

Lyft Introduces 'Lyft Events'

New service lets event organizers and meeting planners arrange transportation for attendees.
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.
Unions

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.

People

Hotels people dining

by Allen J. Sheinman | January 01, 2017
The new restaurant manager of The Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas, describes her most memorable meal.

Research

M&C Research Extra: Young Planners Share Ambitions; Others Note Pros/Cons of Working With Newbies

Millennials value work/life balance and professional advancement.

What Do Millennials Bring to the Meetings Industry?

This M&C poll looks at multigenerational job plans and priorities.

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Favorite Cost-Cutting Tips (Video)

We asked planners how they save money on meetings and events.