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What's New in Gaming

by The M&C Staff | April 01,2014
M&C's annual report covers new and renovated gaming properties in key destinations around the country.

Breaking News

Walt Disney World Offers Minimum Wage Increase and Elimination of Pensions

by Michael C. Lowe | April 18,2014
The deal would affect more than 20,000 full-time workers.

MGM and Hakkasan Group Create Nongaming Hotel Management Company

by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 17,2014
MGM Hakkasan Hospitality will focus on Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and Skylofts brands.

IAEE to Hold First-Ever Exhibitions Day in D.C.

by Michael C. Lowe | April 16,2014
Set for mid-June, the program aims to educate legislators about the meetings industry.
Airline Industry

American Updates Checked-Bag Policies, Mileage Redemption Rules

Some loyalty club members will receive fewer free checked bags.

BTC Calls for Changes to Airline Bill

The BTC’s Kevin Mitchell says debate and amendments are essential for consumer protection.
Business Travel

GBTA Increases Business Travel and Group Travel Forecasts

Spending on trips now is expected to rise 7.1 percent in 2014.

IATA Urges Governments to Crack Down on Unruly Passengers

The International Civil Aviation Organization will discuss the issue this week.
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

Orlando Sets All-Time Record for Visitors in 2013

59 million people traveled to the city last year.

DMAI Launches Database for Benchmarking DMO Performance

Group plans for the Destination Arena platform to become a global standard for the destination marketing world.
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

Atlantic City Casino Profits Drop by 35 Percent

Twelve properties posted collective gross operating profit of $235 million.

Hard Rock Renews Interest in Atlantic City, Possibly Revel

Firm has filed documents with N.J. Gaming as rumors point to purchase of Revel Casino.
Green Meetings

Minneapolis Convention Center Receives Sustainability Certification

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

GMIC Hires Association Management Firm

Nardone Consulting Group will provide chapter support for the green meetings group.
Hotels and Resorts

MGM and Hakkasan Group Create Nongaming Hotel Management Company

MGM Hakkasan Hospitality will focus on Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and Skylofts brands.

Ground Broken on Houston HQ Hotel

The 1,000-room Marriott Marquis will open in summer 2016.
Incentives

Maritz Travel Launches Global Expansion Team

Meeting and incentive giant taps three industry pros to spearhead global development.

Incentive Travel Expected to Grow Significantly Through 2016

Fourth annual Site forecast reveals increased pressure on planners to deliver ROI and more.
Industry Associations

IAEE to Hold First-Ever Exhibitions Day in D.C.

Set for mid-June, the program aims to educate legislators about the meetings industry.

MPI Rejiggers Plans for the CMM Designation

Certified meeting planners complained, the organization listened.
International Travel

Northstar Travel Media Acquires Asia’s Leading Online Travel Content Brand, Web in Travel​

WIT is best known for its event series related to online travel distribution in the Asia Pacific region.

State Deptartment Issues Ukraine Travel Warning

U.S. Government takes measure in light of continued unrest in Kiev.
Meeting Venue

Convention Center Debuts in Lausanne, Switzerland

SwissTech Convention Center offers approximately 36,000 square feet of space.

Quebec Convention Center Unveils Expansion

Eight meeting rooms and 20,000 square feet of prefunction space were added.
Meetings Technology

Passkey Launches New Booking Portal

PasskeyANYWHERE consolidates GroupMAX features and adds more.

Moment.me Launches New Event Website Service

The sites aggregate event information and social-media content from attendees.
Taxes

Phoenix Officials Fear Tax-Funding Cuts

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

Louisiana Passes Measure to Boost New Orleans Tourism Funds

 Optional hotel assessment will generate another $12 million for marketing.
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 Report Shows Exhibition Industry Up in 2013

The study predicts accelerated growth through 2016.
Transportation

Oregon Convention Center Attendees to Ride Free on Transit System

Portland's city government struck the deal last Thursday.

New Rail Service to Connect Boston Districts

Line between the Back Bay and the Seaport could open in two years.
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

Walt Disney World Offers Minimum Wage Increase and Elimination of Pensions

The deal would affect more than 20,000 full-time workers.

Chicago Hotel Workers End 10-Year Strike

 The picket began in June 2003 over wage-cut disputes.

People

Quick Chat With Khaled Al-Idrissi

by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2014
The director of sales and marketing for the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Columbia, talks about how his years of working abroad changed his perspective.

Research

F&B Prices: Going Up

The latest trends in F&B are tracked in our poll.

F&B: What Matters Most to Planners?

We asked meeting professionals what's most important when planning menus.

Seeking Excellent Speakers

Our latest poll asks meeting planners what their top priorities are when searching for a speaker.

Planners' Favorite Speakers, 2014

Meeting professionals name their favorite presenters from the worlds of sports, business, motivation and even the meetings industry itself.

News Analysis

Maritz Plots International Expansion

Maritz Travel's Dave Peckinpaugh answers questions about his company's new push to expand globally.

House Provision to East Travel Restrictions Awaits Passage

A federal bill that would expand the Visa Waiver and Global Entry programs, reduce visa wait times and more has widespread bipartisan backing and is poised to...

Why We Don't Use All of Our Vacation Time

Findings from a new study show U.S. Workers don’t use 3.2 of their average of 20 vacation days per year; here's why.

Charting Current Airline Fees

Here's what the major carriers are now charging to change a flight and check a bag.
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