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Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry

by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 01,2015
M&C's popular annual feature highlights how some of the most progressive and iconic companies in the meetings/hospitality universe put their employees first.

Breaking News

Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Hosted Record Number of Visitors Last Year

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 23,2015
The region welcomed 14.3 million visitors who spent $11.4 billion.

Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board Reverses Decision, Will Hold Hearings for Locked-Out Unions

by Michael J. Shapiro | April 22,2015
Two unions at the convention center have demanded an investigation into that reversal.

Group Travel Reservations For Next Four Quarters Is Up 13 Percent, Says TravelClick

by Michael J. Shapiro | April 22,2015
For the second quarter, group ADR is 4 percent higher than Q2 last year.
Airline Industry

The Safety Risk of Shrinking Airline Seats Questioned by DOT

The shrinking space on airplanes might be dangerous for passengers' health and safety.

Following Germanwings Crash, Foreign Airlines to Require Two Crew Members in Cockpit

At least four airlines have announced new rules.
Business Travel

U.S. Business Travel Spend Expected to Rise to $295.7 Billion

Group business travel volume should surge over the next two years.

New York Airports Rank as Most Stress-Inducing, Per Traveler Survey

Being late and flight delays are other top worries, according to GroundLink Poll.
Cruises

CLIA Reports Record Cruise Passengers, 22 New Ships, in 2015

More than 1,000 ports of call will be offered this year.

CLIA Launches Executive Search for New President and CEO

Current head, Christine Duffy, leaves the organization this week.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Hosted Record Number of Visitors Last Year

The region welcomed 14.3 million visitors who spent $11.4 billion.

Top Planner Gripe, Per DMAI: “Waiting on Others to Make Decisions”

Organization conducted “Final Four”-style voting of things that make meeting professionals mad.
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

New Revel Owner Unveils $500 Million Plan for Atlantic City Revival

Glen Straub’s Phoenix Project includes the purchase of Showboat Atlantic City.

Sale of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel Finally Approved

The shuttered property will be sold to Florida developer Glenn Straub.
Green Meetings

MeetGreen Partners With TerraPass to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint of Meetings

New carbon calculator now available at meetgreen.com.

Fairmont Achieves CO2 Reduction Target

The lodging company has met the goal set forth by the World Wildlife Fund.
Hotels and Resorts

Group Travel Reservations For Next Four Quarters Is Up 13 Percent, Says TravelClick

For the second quarter, group ADR is 4 percent higher than Q2 last year.

Georgia to Add $5 Nightly Hotel Fee as of July 1

The funds would be used to improve the state’s transportation network.
Incentives

IRF Releases Top 7 Incentive Travel Statistics

Among key facts: 46 percent of U.S. businesses use incentive travel.

IRF Announces New Goals, Management

Vision2020 outlines changes including more education, switch to Coulter Nonprofit Management.
Industry Associations

IACC Americas Conference Wraps Up in Fort Lauderdale

More than 200 attendees gathered for the conference center event.

ASAE's Springtime Expo Wraps Up in D.C.

The annual event saw 2,870 participants.
International Travel

Airbnb Opens in Cuba

Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba.

U.S., Canada Offer Customs Preclearance at Land and Water Crossings

The law would create more efficient travel flow at borders.
Meeting Venue

Anaheim Convention Center Breaks Ground on Expansion

The $180 million project will add 200,000 square feet of function space.

The Monterey Conference Center in California Announces $45 MIllion Renovation

The venue will close temporarily in November for construction.
Meetings Technology

'My Compliance Wizard' Will Be Resource for Health Care, Pharma Regs

The collaboration between BusyEvent Mobile and Pat Schaumann will go live in May.

Cvent Releases New Portals & Dashboards Tool for Data Analytics

Customized microsites and reports allow users to make smarter meetings-related decisions.
Taxes

Bahamas Changes Hotel Tax to a Value-Added Tax

Guests now will pay a 7.5 percent VAT on rooms.

France Drops Plan to Raise Hotel Tax

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

Switzerland-based MCI Group and Virgina-based Coulter Join Forces

The merger will help MCI grow its U.S. presence.

Spear One Reviews Caribbean and Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

The meeting and incentive firm has rated and ranked the regions' top properties for group events.
Trade Shows

CEIR and SISO Release Report on Young Professional Exhibitor Preferences

Nearly all young exhibitors find value in exhibiting, according to the study.
Transportation

New York Gov. Cuomo Unveils Plan for Rail Link to LaGuardia Airport

Project would cost approximately $450 million and take five years to build.

Bike-Share Program Launches in Seattle

Pronto offers 500 bicycles and 50 stations.
Travel Management

GoldSpring Consulting Acquires Management Alternatives

Will Tate will become a partner with GoldSpring.

Travel Manager Salaries Increase, Says Survey

The average respondent base salary was $93,937.
Unions

Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board Reverses Decision, Will Hold Hearings for Locked-Out Unions

Two unions at the convention center have demanded an investigation into that reversal.

Labor Board Rules Against Philly Teamsters, Carpenters

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

People

Meredith Rollins Named Executive Director of PCMA Education Foundation

by Michael J. Shapiro | April 01, 2015
The former PCMA manager rejoins the organization.

Research

Should Politics Matter?

Should politics matter in site selection? A controversial new law in Arkansas prompts M&C's latest planner poll.

Meeting in a Politically Charged Atmosphere

Readers share comments on destinations that pass laws that some citizens perceive as discriminatory.

Planners Hate Paying for Wi-Fi

We offer statistical proof that meeting planners hate paying for Wi-Fi in hotels.

Planners Sound Off on Hotel Wi-Fi

What's wrong with the current state (and cost) of connectivity?

News Analysis

Hotel Revenues to Rise

A new report says the U.S. lodging industry will enjoy significant growth in revenue per available room over the next two years.

India 2015 Canceled

Reed Exhibitions, owner of the IBTM portfolio of hosted-buyer meetings and incentive events, has canceled this year's IBTM India to retool the event for 2016.

'Religious Freedom' Law Flap Felt in Meetings Industry

Indiana and Arkansas measures cause organizations to threaten to pull their events.

Best Hotels and Airlines on Social Media

A technology company has compiled rankings for hotels and airlines on how well they provide real-time information over social media sites like Facebook.
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