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Hospitality in the Trump Era

by Michael J. Shapiro | May 01,2017
M&C recently convened a roundtable of hotel executives to discuss the trends and factors that will shape their business in the coming year and beyond.

Breaking News

Dream Hotel Group to Open Nine New Hotels by 2020

The company will soon unveil its latest brand, Unscripted Hotels.

BTN's Strategic Meetings Summit Tackles T&E Spending

by Loren G. Edelstein | May 25,2017
Meetings technology for small meetings also was on the agenda.

ASAE's New XDP Event Ends With a Promise of More

by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 25,2017
The innovative conference welcomed more than 1,800 people to the Gaylord National Resort in Maryland.
Airline Industry

Southwest Airlines to End Practice of Overbooking Flights

The move was made in the wake of United Airlines passenger fiasco.

Qatar Airways Sees 'Manageable' Decline in Flights to U.S.

The carrier’s CEO hopes President Trump will resist pressure to block Gulf-based airline expansion in U.S.
Business Travel

Trump's Budget Proposal Would Scrap Brand USA

The organization markets the U.S. as a destination for inbound international travel.

Canada: Passengers Can't Be Removed From Overbooked Flights

Minister Marc Garneau said the shoddy treatment of air passengers outlined in recent news reports will not be tolerated.
Cruises

Celebrity Cruises Unveils Details of Its New 'Edge' Class of Ships

Among the unique offerings of the 2,918-passenger vessels is "Magic Carpet," a multiuse moving platform.

Carnival CEO Unveils Cruise Firm’s Wearable Device During CES Keynote

Arnold Donald says Ocean Medallion "potentially redefines travel as we know it."
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Visit Austin Launches Digital Meeting Planner Tool

A new digital guide give meeting planners detailed information on Austin's meeting facilities, accommodations, and convention services.

Singapore Launches Enhanced Business-Events Initiatives

The programs offer special delegate arrivals, discounted airfares and Uber rides, and more for groups.
Destination Management

Global DMC Partners Unveils New Global Standardization Program

The destination management network aims to offer meeting professionals a more streamlined way to procure DMC services.

AlliedPRA Acquires Rocky Mountain DMC

The combined company has more than $100 million in system revenue.
Gaming

Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel Shuts Down

The 2,010-room property, now owned by Carl Icahn, failed to reach an agreement with its union employees.

Boyd Gaming Completes Sale of its Stake in N.J.’s Borgata to MGM

Borgata rewards accounts will be switched over to MGM’s program in 2017.
Green Meetings

U.S. Green Building Council: More Convention Centers Are Going Green

A new report is out today from the agency that administers the LEED certification program.

ASAE's Convene Green Purchased by HIP Network

New plans for sustainable-meetings products will be announced in November.
Hotels and Resorts

Dream Hotel Group to Open Nine New Hotels by 2020

The company will soon unveil its latest brand, Unscripted Hotels.

Now Open: Cambria Chicago Loop–Theatre District

The new hotel marks the debut of the upscale Cambria brand.
Incentives

Incentive Industry Mourns Passing of Jane Schuldt, Founder of World Marketing Group and Industry Leader

The destination marketing executive was a former president and long-time supporter of SITE.

SITE Launches New Online Learning Portal for Incentive Travel Professionals

SITE members receive complimentary access through June 30th.
Industry Associations

ASAE's New XDP Event Ends With a Promise of More

The innovative conference welcomed more than 1,800 people to the Gaylord National Resort in Maryland.

ASAE's XDP Experiential Event, Replacing Springtime, Starts Tomorrow

About 1,800 association executives, planners and suppliers are expected to attend the event in National Harbor, Md.
International Travel

IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer Explains 'Purposeful Meetings'

The industry leader reveals why IMEX is focusing on this timely talking point throughout 2017.

Costa Rica Bets on New Convention Center to Attract Events

Facility now under construction will aim to draw more meetings and conventions to the destination.
Meeting Venue

Study to Explore Possibility of Expanding the Boston Convention Center

Requests for proposal will go out in the next few weeks.

Plans Unveiled for Neighborhood Around Washington, D.C., Convention Center

More retail and park space envisioned, as well as enhancements for the facility's facade.
Meetings Technology

Spacebase Site-Sourcing Platform Wins #IMEXpitch 2017

The website lets planners book unique meeting spaces for small groups.

Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal Joins Marketo's Board of Directors

The two Vista-owned companies could increase collaborative efforts.
Taxes

N.J. Bill Moving Swiftly to Add Extra $2 Surcharge to Atlantic City Hotel Rooms

Visitors already pay 14 percent plus a tourism-promotion fee on the destination's guest rooms.

Oregon Poised to Raise State Lodging Tax

The state tariff on overnight stays would go from 1 percent to 1.8 percent.
Third-Party

BCD Meetings & Events Launches Sports Division

The new unit will coordinate team travel and create corporate sports experiences.

Planners and Suppliers Pledge to Resolve Each Other's Top Pet Peeves

An interactive session led by Shawna Suckow at IPEC aired grievances and generated solutions.
Trade Shows

Fifteenth Edition of IMEX Frankfurt Kicks Off In Germany

This year, the meetings-industry trade show has 3,500 exhibitors, including first-timer Saudi Arabia.

IMEX Boosts Tech Offerings for 2017 Frankfurt Show

An EventTech Academy, tech tours and a show-floor knowledge area will be featured.
Transportation

Texas Legislation Clears Way for Lyft and Uber to Return to Austin and More

With a tweet, Gov. Greg Abbott indicates his intention to sign the legislation.

Dav El/Boston Coach Acquires Car-Service Tech Platforms GroundLink and Limo Anywhere

The acquisitions provide a technology boost to compete with sharing-economy apps.
Travel Management

Concur, Uber Announce Expanded Partnership, Integration

Changes and better integration will go live in the fourth quarter.

GoldSpring Consulting Acquires Management Alternatives

Will Tate will become a partner with GoldSpring.
Unions

Casino Workers Strike at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal

Four other casino resorts reached agreement with the Local 54 Unite Here union before the July 1 deadline.

ACCME Responds to Unite Here CME Petition

Only 11 percent of CME courses receive industry funding.

People

Site selection Wisconsin Milwaukee CVB DMO

by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2017
The new convention sales manager for Visit Milwaukee says the city's vibrant waterfront is its best-kept secret.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: How CVBs, DMOs Are Serving International Planners (Video)

We asked planners about services national tourist boards provided for their last international meeting.

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Concerns for International Events (Video)

We asked planners about worries that affect their plans for international events.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Much Is Being Spent on International Events? (Video)

We asked planners how much was spent on their last international meeting.