2015 Meeting Spend Survey

by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01,2015
M&C's first in-depth survey on how meeting budgets are set, destination decisions made, deals negotiated and dollars allocated.

Breaking News

San Francisco Shines Hosting MPI's WEC

by Sarah F.J. Braley | August 03,2015

City officials hold press conference to highlight major developments.


MPI Academy, Experiential Series and More Launched at Convention

by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 03,2015

The organization expects to welcome more than 2,500 people over the next three days.


Fast-Growing Starwood Still Weighing Sale Options and Seeking a CEO

by Michael J. Shapiro | July 31,2015
The company signed 14,000 new rooms in Q2
Airline Industry

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unveils Plan to Redesign LaGuardia Airport

The Queens airport will be rebuilt with a single terminal.

American to Add Eight New Routes to Latin America, Caribbean

The airline will offer more than 1,750 weekly flights throughout the region.
Business Travel

Six Global Hot Spots Emerge in 2016 Travel Price Outlook

Increased business travel demand should drive fare hikes those locations.

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

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

Holland America Launches Incentive Choice Program

The package includes a range of cruise amenities for the corporate incentive market.

Crystal Cruises to Add Three 1,000-Passenger Ships, First to Sail in Late 2018

The company's fleet also will welcome a 62-passenger luxury yacht, a jet and more.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau Forms Client Advisory Council

Top hospitality and meeting industry leaders to provide insight in decision-making process.

Choose Chicago at Risk of Losing 40 percent of Its Budget

A state budget stalemate threatens the convention bureau's funding.
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.

New Jersey Modifies Bill to Attract Small Casino Resorts to Atlantic City

Measure eliminates requirement that one of new properties would have to expand to 500 guest rooms.

Hard Rock Unveils Plans for Northern New Jersey Casino

The Meadowlands gaming complex needs approval from lawmakers and voters before plans can progress.
Green Meetings

MeetGreen Partners With TerraPass to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint of Meetings

New carbon calculator now available at

Fairmont Achieves CO2 Reduction Target

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

San Francisco Shines Hosting MPI's WEC

City officials hold press conference to highlight major developments.  

Fast-Growing Starwood Still Weighing Sale Options and Seeking a CEO

The company signed 14,000 new rooms in Q2

Study: U.S. Firms Spent $77 Billion on Incentives in 2014

Small businesses, as well as large corporations, use incentives with employees and customers.

Spear One Releases Free Incentive Travel eBooks on Hawaii

The third party’s series provides recommendations for five of the islands.
Industry Associations

MPI Academy, Experiential Series and More Launched at Convention

The organization expects to welcome more than 2,500 people over the next three days.  

GBTA Study: Growing Number of Business Travelers Using Ride-Sharing Services

GBTA panelists raise duty-of-care and policy questions.
International Travel

Senate Panel Votes to Lift Cuba Travel Ban

A Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee panel has voted to lift the decades-long ban on travel to Cuba.

Switzerland: What's New for Planners (Sponsored Content)

Find out why Switzerland is perfect for meeting planners.
Meeting Venue

Washington State Convention Center Proposes $1.4 Billion Expansion

The downtown Seattle facility could more than double its size.

Saratoga (N.Y.) Casino and Raceway to Open Private Event Venue

The historic Lodge will accommodate events for up to 200 guests.
Meetings Technology

Cvent Express Unveiled for Smaller Events

The streamlined registration tool helps clients collect and manage all event data.

IACC Releases Top Tech Trends Report

Millennials, drones, geofencing and more make the list.

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.

Maritz Global Meetings Network Finalizes List of 25 Partner Companies

Member organizations represent on-site experts in nearly 60 countries.

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

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

Chairman of Reed Exhibitions to Retire

Mike Rusbridge joined the company as its CEO Europe in 1988.

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.

ACCME Responds to Unite Here CME Petition

Only 11 percent of CME courses receive industry funding.

Unite Here Petitions Against Big Pharma Influence on Continuing Medical Education

The hospitality workers union will gather signatures this summer.


Quick Chat with Misty Goff

by | August 01, 2015
The director of convention marketing for Visit Orlando


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M&C's latest poll covers the work/life balance (hint: It's out of whack).

Planners Confirm: Downtime Is a Myth

Planners' verbatim answers to M&C's June 2015 Research.

Where Do Hotels Go Wrong?

Planners sound off about how satisfied they are with their host hotels.

Planners to Hoteliers: Here's What You Could Do Better

Verbatim comments from Meetings & Conventions' hotels survey.

News Analysis

Industry Reacts to Trump's Remarks on Immigrants

Two chefs pull plans for restaurants at D.C. Hotel

San Francisco Tops List of Highest Hotel Rates

Geneva, Switzerland, and Milan, Italy, came in second and third.

Hotel Chain Collections Grow in Numbers, Impact

A new wave of hotel "collections" being introduced or expanded by major chains is filling a unique niche in the hospitality industry.

Boston Convention Center Expansion Put on Hold

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he was "pausing" the project to get input from the newly reconstituted Massachusetts Convention Center Authority board.
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