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Game of Drones

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 01,2015
How organizers are using these remote-controlled marvels -- and some caveats and cautions to consider.

Breaking News

Sustained Occupancy, RevPAR Growth Projected Through 2018

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 27,2015
U.S. hotel occupancy could rise to 73.7 percent in the next three years.

Airfare Deals Pop Up As Airlines Wage Limited Fare Wars

by Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | August 27,2015
A number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours.

Zentila Venue Search Teams With Certain's Meetings Management System

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 27,2015
Zentila's sourcing and booking platform now integrates with Certain's platform.
Airline Industry

Airfare Deals Pop Up As Airlines Wage Limited Fare Wars

A number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours.

American Airlines, Cuba Travel Services to Offer LAX-Havana Charter Service

The new flights are scheduled to begin in December.
Business Travel

Partnership Travel Consulting Expands APAC Presence

Tony O'Connor is now the Asia Pacific regional director.

AH&LA and Consumer Watchdog Seek to Block Expedia-Orbitz Merger

The organizations say the deal would create a duopoly, significantly limiting competition.
Cruises

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

NYC & Company Launches Newest Insider Guide Video

Staten Island's St. George neighborhood is featured in documentary-style short film.

Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau Forms Client Advisory Council

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

Penn National Gaming Completes Purchase of Tropicana Las Vegas

The $360 million deal gives Penn a presence on the Vegas Strip.

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.
Green Meetings

MeetGreen Partners With TerraPass to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint of Meetings

New carbon calculator now available at meetgreen.com.

Fairmont Achieves CO2 Reduction Target

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

Sustained Occupancy, RevPAR Growth Projected Through 2018

U.S. hotel occupancy could rise to 73.7 percent in the next three years.

Charleston, S.C., Hotel Joins Marriott's Autograph Collection

The 50-room Grand Bohemian Hotel also is a Kessler Collection property.
Incentives

FICP Survey Highlights Trends in Financial and Insurance Incentive Programs

Among findings: 83 percent of respondents include business sessions during their programs.

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

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

CIC Adds Three Industry Leaders to the APEX Committee

New committee members include Michael Dominguez, current chair of MPI's global board.

IMEX America to Add New Green Initiatives at 2015 Show

Offerings include more education on sustainable meetings plus a CSR activity.
International Travel

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

Find out why Switzerland is perfect for meeting planners.

ICCA: U.S. Hosted the Most International Association Participants in 2014

Paris held the top city spot in ICCA's first destination rankings by attendee numbers.
Meeting Venue

Disney Parks to Open Star Wars Lands in California and Florida

Other new attractions include Toy Story rides and an Avatar-themed land in Orlando.

Washington State Convention Center Proposes $1.4 Billion Expansion

The downtown Seattle facility could more than double its size.
Meetings Technology

Zentila Venue Search Teams With Certain's Meetings Management System

Zentila's sourcing and booking platform now integrates with Certain's platform.

QuickMobile Continues Enterprise Push with New CMO

Julie Bevacqua brings experience from enterprise software companies.
Taxes

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.
Third-Party

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

ICOMEX to Become IBTM Latin America

The Mexico City event will be rebranded in line with the other shows in the portfolio.
Transportation

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.
Unions

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.

People

CLIA’s New President/CEO, Thomas Ostebo, Resigns for Personal Reasons

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 18, 2015
Cindy D'Aoust, executive VP, assumes role of acting CEO while a replacement is sought

Research

What Work/Life Balance?

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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