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Convention Center Architects

by Michael J. Shapiro | July 01,2014

Tomorrow's convention centers will be more integrated with their communities and more responsive to attendees, as revealed in these profiles of facility designers.

 

Breaking News

Hilton to Give Guests Unprecedented Check-In Access

by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 30,2014
Travelers will be able choose exact rooms and customize upgrades and amenities.

Uber for Business Now Available in 90 U.S. Cities and 42 Countries

by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 30,2014
The ride-share service offers centralized billing for businesses and business travelers.

CEIR Releases Report on Attracting and Retaining Young Professional Attendees

by Michael C. Lowe | July 30,2014
The study outlines marketing and programming techniques used by organizers.
Airline Industry

FAA Suspends Flights to Tel Aviv For 24 Hours

A rocket landed within a mile of the airport this morning.

Some Air France Flights to Be Disrupted by Air Controller Strike Through Sunday

Twenty percent of flights affected, excluding long-haul routes.
Business Travel

Concur TripLink Adds Gamification Features and Airbnb Partnership

Companies can now encourage traveler-purchasing behavior that aligns with budget objectives.

U.S.-Generated Business Travel Spending to Rise by 6.8 Percent in 2014

Group business travel skyrocketed by 8.6 percent in 2013.
Cruises

Regent Seven Seas to Add New 738-Passenger Ship in 2016

The all-suite Seven Seas Explorer will have a Canyon Ranch spa.

Arison to Step Down as Carnival CEO

The 34-year veteran will remain chairman of the cruise company his father founded.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Meet Puerto Rico Launches Advisory Board

Eleven-member group represents associations, corporations and third-party planners.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Names New Executive Director

Renee Areng will start her new post Aug. 1.
Destination Management

Global Events Partners Closes Seven DMCs

Company wants to return to original model of representing independently owned destination management firms.

Gilligan, Delaney to Leave Ovation Global DMC

The industry veterans will establish a destination consulting firm.
Gaming

Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi to Close in September

The company cites a dispute with landlords and an inability to secure funding for a hotel.

Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino Expected to Close in September

The resort is the destination's third gaming property to topple this year.
Green Meetings

CIC Offers New Sustainability Tool Available for Planners

The industry's umbrella organization partnered with Avila Government Services.

Minneapolis Convention Center Receives Sustainability Certification

The facility features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Hotels and Resorts

Hilton to Give Guests Unprecedented Check-In Access

Travelers will be able choose exact rooms and customize upgrades and amenities.

Eastern Europe Hotels in Growth Mode

Russia has the most hotel rooms in the pipeline, followed by Poland and Ukraine.
Incentives

SITE Changes Name to the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

Organization also has a new tagline, “Incentive Travel, Business Results."

IRF: Half of Incentive Professionals Expect Travel Program Budgets to Grow

Just 12 percent of survey respondents say economy has negative impact on programs.
Industry Associations

DMAI Research Released on Top Trends

The survey canvassed 327 DMOs in 36 countries.

Roger Dow Gets 4-Year Extension at U.S. Travel

The high-profile president/CEO to remain at post at least into 2018.
International Travel

London Tops List of Most Popular Tourist Destinations

British capital is on target to welcome 18.7 million visitors in 2014.

Nationwide Curfew Lifted on Thailand

Tourism industry returns to normal, says Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Meeting Venue

Oregon Convention Center Achieves Another Major Green Milestone

Facility reaches the top level in the APEX/ASTM sustainability standards.

Bill to Expand Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Signed by Governor

Construction could begin within 18 months.
Meetings Technology

DoubleDutch Adds Live Polling to its Event App

Speakers can display real-time results via the app.

Cvent Redesigns User Interface

The update will be rolled out in the third quarter.
Taxes

France Drops Plan to Raise Hotel Tax

Proposal would have added up to 10 euros per night, per stay.

Phoenix Officials Fear Tax-Funding Cuts

Provisions in a convention-center deal made 10 years ago are coming back to haunt the city.
Third-Party

Meetings Industry Veterans John Zeltin and Rod Abraham Form Strategic Partnership

Consultants will specialize in helping associations maximize revenue from trade shows and other programs.

Freeman Acquires Audio Visual Management Group

AVMG will join Freeman Audio Visual
Trade Shows

CEIR Releases Report on Attracting and Retaining Young Professional Attendees

The study outlines marketing and programming techniques used by organizers.
Transportation

Uber for Business Now Available in 90 U.S. Cities and 42 Countries

The ride-share service offers centralized billing for businesses and business travelers.

Oregon Convention Center Attendees to Ride Free on Transit System

Portland's city government struck the deal last Thursday.
Travel Management

Travel Manager Salaries Increase, Says Survey

The average respondent base salary was $93,937.

CWT Names Patrick Andersen President, Americas Region

The European executive vice president will move to the U.S.
Unions

Labor Board Rules Against Philly Teamsters, Carpenters

The board will not take any action against the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

Labor Unions Express Support for Pa. Convention Center Board

The four signing unions are committed to the new work rules.

People

London & Partners’ Tracy Halliwell Named MBE by Queen Elizabeth

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 18, 2014
Director of major events and business tourism honored for her meetings-industry work.

Research

Travel: Love It or Loathe It?

What do planners really think about all the traveling they do? The answers are revealed in the newest poll from M&C Research.

Cities With the Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

The World Hotel Index has released a list of the cities with the most expensive hotels in the world, on average. Geneva, Switzerland, comes in at no. 1 with an...

Planners Elaborate on What They Love, Hate and Miss Most on the Road

Verbatim comments from our July 2014 research survey.

Verdict: We Are Germophobes

Our latest poll makes it official: Meeting planners are, for the most part, germophobes.

News Analysis

Trump Collection to Exceed 30 Hotels by 2020

In an exclusive Q&A, Ivanka Trump talks about the growth of the Trump Collection and her approach to the meetings market.

CEIR Survey Reveals Top Reasons for Attendee Loss

New research from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research finds inconvenient location is the number-one reason for non-attendance at an event.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Moves to Improve Reputation

Four of six labor unions at the facility agree to new work rules and customer rights.

Dorchester Hotels Lose Meetings Over Brunei Laws

Institution of harsh Shari'a laws in the Southeast Asian nation lead to cancelled events at Dorchester Collection hotels, which are owned by the Brunei...

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