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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

Nearly Two-Thirds of Planners Using Event Apps, Survey Finds

by Michael J. Shapiro | October 01,2014
Event app use could increase to 85 percent in many industries over the coming year.

Atlantic City’s Revel Casino Hotel Sold to Brookfield Asset Management for $110 Million

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 01,2014
A Canadian real estate firm outbid a Florida developer in an auction for the closed property.

Mondrian Property Debuts in London

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 01,2014
The 359-room Mondrian London at Sea Containers has 5,500 square feet of event space.
Airline Industry

Finnair Helsinki-New York Flight Powered by Cooking Oil

The biofuel flight coincides with the UN Climate Summit.

Air France Strike Forces Carrier to Cancel 60 Percent of Flights

Pilots are protesting the airline's plans to expand its low-cost Transavia brand.
Business Travel

GBTA, Travel Tech Association Call for Airline-Fees Transparency

Travel Tech blasts the DOT's proposed regulations for ticket agents.

Uber Beefs Up Travel Partnerships

The car-sharing app's new application-programming interface eases integration with other suppliers.
Cruises

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.
Gaming

Atlantic City’s Revel Casino Hotel Sold to Brookfield Asset Management for $110 Million

A Canadian real estate firm outbid a Florida developer in an auction for the closed property.

Four Bidders Seek to Buy Atlantic City's Closed Revel

Auction rumored to have included Florida developer Glen Straub and a real estate firm.
Green Meetings

Marriott on Track to Meet 2020 Sustainability Goals

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

CIC Offers New Sustainability Tool Available for Planners

The industry's umbrella organization partnered with Avila Government Services.
Hotels and Resorts

Mondrian Property Debuts in London

The 359-room Mondrian London at Sea Containers has 5,500 square feet of event space.

Los Angeles City Council Approves Hotel Worker Wage Increase

Properties with 300-plus rooms must pay at least $15.37 an hour beginning next July.
Incentives

SITE Changes Name to the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

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

IRF: Half of Incentive Professionals Expect Travel Program Budgets to Grow

Just 12 percent of survey respondents say economy has negative impact on programs.
Industry Associations

CIC to Exhibit at IMEX

The organization is reaching out to planners curious about the CMP designation.

DMAI Appoints Two New Executives

Charles Jeffers II is the association's new COO.
International Travel

Los Cabos Recovery Slow, Airport Now Closed Until Oct. 8

Fewer than one-fifth of Los Cabos residents and businesses have electricity.

Mexican Government Attempting to Restore Conditions in Los Cabos

Many resort properties suffered extensive damage and have closed for repairs.
Meeting Venue

Boston Convention Venues Team Up With Technology Providers

New partnerships will offer more digital capabilities and registration services.

Atlantic City Convention Center to Boost Connectivity

Smart City also will upgrade telecommunications at the city's Boardwalk Hall.
Meetings Technology

Nearly Two-Thirds of Planners Using Event Apps, Survey Finds

Event app use could increase to 85 percent in many industries over the coming year.

EventMobi to Introduce Automatic Native App Creation

One click enables native versions for Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices.
Taxes

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.
Third-Party

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.

Freeman Acquires Audio Visual Management Group

AVMG will join Freeman Audio Visual
Trade Shows

Exhibition Industry Shows Modest Growth in Q2, According to CEIR

Revenues rose by 1.4 percent last quarter.
Transportation

Rapid Transit Connecting Downtown Dallas to DFW Opens

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

Uber for Business Now Available in 90 U.S. Cities and 42 Countries

The ride-share service offers centralized billing for businesses and business travelers.
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.
Unions

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.

People

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.

Research

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.

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