Coming to Terms With Airbnb

by Michael J. Shapiro | October 01,2014
Alternative lodging sites are a game-changer for meetings -- and planners who face some thorny issues ranging from attrition to liability and more.

Breaking News

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel to Get $125 Million Renovation

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 24,2014
Expansive guest-room refurbishment will be completed in late 2016.

Rosewood Hotels Debuts in Asia

by Michael C. Lowe | October 24,2014
The new Beijing property has 283 guest rooms.

JW Marriott Debuts in India with Mussoorie Resort

by Michael C. Lowe | October 24,2014
The 115-room property sits at the foot of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges.
Airline Industry

Viva Airline Brand to Grow in Latin America

Ryanair co-founder wants to expand the ultra-low-cost model.

Finnair Helsinki-New York Flight Powered by Cooking Oil

The biofuel flight coincides with the UN Climate Summit.
Business Travel

Ebola Not Yet Affecting Business Travel, Per GBTA Poll

Nearly 80 percent of travel managers said international travel hasn't slowed significantly.

North American, Latin American Travel Managers Largely Satisfied With TMCs

The drivers of satisfaction differ by region.

Norwegian Acquires Prestige Cruise Holdings

The company will now operate Oceana and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

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

The all-suite Seven Seas Explorer will have a Canyon Ranch spa.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Karin Mäntymäki Named Director of the Stockholm Convention Bureau

Former director Henrik von Arnold will move back to Vienna to work at his own company.

Penang International Convention and Exhibition Bureau to Be Formed in Malaysia

The division will go live later this year.
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 Owner to Reopen Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel

Brookfield Asset Management plans to keep gaming at the property.

Land Owners Indicted in Wynn Massachusetts Gaming Deal

One of the owners allegedly is a convicted felon and Mafia associate.
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

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel to Get $125 Million Renovation

Expansive guest-room refurbishment will be completed in late 2016.

Rosewood Hotels Debuts in Asia

The new Beijing property has 283 guest rooms.

IRF Study Shows Incentive Travel Budgets on the Rise

The fall 2014 pulse survey also reveals positive outlook for the economy.

SITE Changes Name to the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

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

MPI's European Conference to Offer Hosted-Buyer Program

Next year's European Meeting and Event Conference will be held Feb. 1-3 in Kraków, Poland.

MPI Moves Next Year's WEC Dates

The organization's major convention now will take place in August in San Francisco.
International Travel

Universal to Open $3.3 Billion Theme Park in Beijing

The project, to include a resort, is slated to open in 2019.

Bermuda Airport, Hotels Reopened Following Hurricane Gonzalo

Cruise ship visits to the island will resume tomorrow.
Meeting Venue

Melbourne, Australia, Convention Facility to Expand

In addition to new meeting space, more hotel rooms are in the plans.

Anaheim Convention Campus Renovation and Expansion Underway

The $240 million project will be completed in 2016.
Meetings Technology

Speecheo Claims Tech Start-Up Award at IMEX

The speaker presentation and feedback tool beat out nine other finalists.

Amex, DoubleDutch Release Event Dashboard

The technology offers a snapshot of an event's performance and return on investment.

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.

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

IMEX America Attendance, App Use, Up in 2014

Show attracted record numbers of hosted buyers and exhibitors.

Bike-Share Program Launches in Seattle

Pronto offers 500 bicycles and 50 stations.

Rapid Transit Connecting Downtown Dallas to DFW Opens

The line also brings travelers to Irving and the Dallas Market Center.
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 Leland Lewis

by Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2014
The general manager of New York City's Roosevelt Hotel compares running a hotel with his days as director of patient support services for the Cleveland Clinic.


Leisure Appeal: A Priority

Attendees rate the appeal of leisure time.

Hotel Preferences and Peeves

Planners weigh on on their favorite hotel features and pet peeves.

Profile of a Meeting Planner

A look at key responsibilities, spending power and more, culled from M&C's latest Salary Survey

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.

News Analysis

The Booming Latin American Travel Market

Travel costs to the region likely will rise considerably in 2015, finds a research study, based on strong demand for select-service hotel brands and other...

Wynn Selected for Casino License in Massachusetts

Wynn MA LLC is the winner in the competition to bring a casino resort to Eastern Massachusetts, but the selection awaits voter approval.

LEED Certification Can Boost a Hotel's Profits

Recent research finds that sustainability certifications like LEED designations likely will help hotels register stronger revenues than their uncertified peers.

Atlantic City Now

Here's how the eight remaining casino resorts in the fabled gaming mecca compare in guest rooms, meeting space and casino space.