20 Top Meeting Innovations

by Michael J. Shapiro, Sarah J.F. Braley, Lisa A. Grimaldi and Michael C. Lowe | January 01,2015
Here are the most important cutting-edge products and services that are transforming the meeting experience for planners and attendees.

Breaking News

Starwood Reports Rapid Increase in North American Portfolio

by Michael J. Shapiro | January 30,2015
The lodging company opened 23 new hotels and signed 64 more in 2014.

Cancún, Riviera Maya to Change Time Zone Feb. 1

by Michael J. Shapiro | January 28,2015
The state of Quintana Roo will jump ahead from Central to Eastern time.

FCC Prohibits Wi-Fi Blocking

by Michael J. Shapiro | January 28,2015
Hotels and convention centers cannot interfere with personal hot spots for any reason.
Airline Industry

JetBlue to Offer Nonstop Flights Between NYC and Reno

The service lifts off May 28.

JetBlue Adds Flights to Reagan National

The airline increased its nonstop service to three Florida destinations.
Business Travel

Brand USA Reauthorized by Congress

The spending bill that was passed over the weekend included the renewal of the promotion partnership.

More Meetings Mean More Success on Trips, Finds CWT

CWT Solutions Group surveyed 10,000 business travelers to gauge their ROI.

CLIA Launches Executive Search for New President and CEO

Current head, Christine Duffy, leaves the organization this week.

CLIA’s Christine Duffy to Lead Carnival Cruise Lines

Cruise association CEO will begin her new post on Feb. 1.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Meet AC Launches Atlantic City Sports Commission

Group hopes to attract more sporting events and sports conventions.

Atlantic City Alliance Head Steps Down

Decision comes as state leaders eye the ACA’s $30 million budget to boost the city’s tax gap.
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.

Hard Rock Shows Renewed Interest in Atlantic City Casino Ownership

N.J. Casino Control Commission to consider Hard Rock's application for a gaming license.

City of Boston Sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Claim concerns access to the casino resort that will be built by Wynn MA LLC in Everett, Mass.
Green Meetings

Green Venue Report Shows Solid Efforts by Centers, Little Interest From Planners

Inaugural study evaluated 16 convention centers in North America.

Marriott on Track to Meet 2020 Sustainability Goals

The company is reporting significant decreases in energy and water waste.
Hotels and Resorts

Starwood Reports Rapid Increase in North American Portfolio

The lodging company opened 23 new hotels and signed 64 more in 2014.

The 171-room Henderson to Open in Florida’s Panhandle in 2016

The beachfront property will have 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Industry Veteran Donna Chrobak to Lead Incentive Marketing Association

The former owner of DCI Incentives will run the organization and its eight strategic groups.

VIDEO: Forecast 2015: Bob Lepisto, SeaDream

The luxury yachting company is seeing a return to high-end incentives.
Industry Associations

CIC Releases White Paper on Room-Block Poaching

The document offers best practices for handling and preventing the issue.

PCMA Anticipates Record Attendance

The annual meeting is in session in Chicago.
International Travel

Cancún, Riviera Maya to Change Time Zone Feb. 1

The state of Quintana Roo will jump ahead from Central to Eastern time.

Paris Attacks Have Little Effect on Groups, According to ETOA

The European Tourism Association head says, "We have seen a heartening resilience amongst the public."
Meeting Venue

Turn-by-Turn Geolocation Coming Inside Boston's Convention Center

Attendees will be able to navigate the venue around using an app.

Construction Tops Off Early on San Antonio Center Expansion

About 270,000 square feet of exhibit space is being added.
Meetings Technology

FCC Prohibits Wi-Fi Blocking

Hotels and convention centers cannot interfere with personal hot spots for any reason.

EventPilot Launches New Mapping Features

The new functionality aims to streamline navigation on-site.

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.

VIDEO: Maritz Discusses Global Meetings Network Launch at IMEX America

The program will create local partners around the world to extend Maritz's reach abroad.

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.
Trade Shows

CEIR: Exhibition Industry Grows by Almost 2 Percent Year-Over-Year

New report looks at third-quarter metrics.  

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

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.

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.


Quick Chat With Barbara Minch

by Allen J. Sheinman | January 01, 2015
The director of human resources at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., offers her best advice for someone entering the hospitality business.


Why We Keep Our Crazy Jobs

Yes, planning meetings is a crazy profession -- and planers love it, per M&C's latest exclusive survey.

Planners Sound Off on Their Jobs

M&C asked some open-ended questions and got some interesting answers.

Finally, Optimism Reigns

M&C's latest exclusive survey finds that planners expect healthier budgets and more attendees next year.

Planners Tell Us About 2015

Verbatim comments from M&C's 2015 outlook survey.

News Analysis

More Meetings Mean More Success on Business Trips

A new Carson Wagonlit Survey offers surprising findings on the factors that influence return on investment for working travelers.

Cruise Lines International Association to Consolidate in D.C.

The group will close all satellite U.S. offices this year and has hired Cindy D'Aoust as its executive vice president.

How Exhibitors Spend Their Money

Data gleaned from a study by Center for Exhibition Industry Research offers a detailed breakdown of expenses, from exhibit space to staff training.

Major Hotel Chains Expand Mobile Room Key Initiatives

Starwood launches a pilot program at 10 properties as Hilton expands the functionality of its mobile-app keys.
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