The Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry

by M&C Staff | October 01,2016
M&C's second annual listing spotlights high achievers determined to better their profession and the world at large.

Breaking News

GBTA, Lanyon Publish Research on Event Planners' Use of Technology

by Michael J. Shapiro | October 27,2016
The GBTA Foundation examined how event professionals use site-selection platforms.

IAEE Names '20 Under 30' Honorees for 2016

by Michael J. Shapiro | October 26,2016
The organization will recognize the rising stars at its annual meeting, Expo! Expo!, in December.

Cvent & Vista Partners Delay Merger

Cvent and Vista Partners have mutually agreed to extend the termination date of their merger agreement.
Airline Industry

Airlines Add 'Fire Containment Bags' for Overheating Phones

Alaska Airlines, Virgin America have equipped all planes; Delta to follow suit.

FAA: Don’t Turn On or Charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Planes

The agency also warns against leaving devices in checked baggage because of risk of explosion.
Business Travel

J.D. Power Releases New Destination Experience Satisfaction Study

Visitors spend more in cities they love, the study finds.

U.S. Travel Launches Ad Campaign in Las Vegas: "Travel Is Serious Business"

The association is targeting people coming to the city for the final presidential debate.

Richard Branson's Cruise Line Sets Sail Under New Name: 'Virgin Voyages'

The Virgin Group has relaunched its nascent cruise line, Virgin Cruises, under a new brand identity.

Royal Caribbean Launches Upgraded Site for Meetings and Incentives

The cruise line's new dedicated website offers new search options, RFPs and more.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Virtual Discovery L.A. Launched for Meeting Professionals

The new virtual-reality platform includes experiences for more than 50 L.A. venues.

Al Hutchinson Named President and CEO of Visit Baltimore

Most recently with Visit Mobile (Ala.), he will begin his new post Nov. 14.
Destination Management

IRF Study: How DMCs Can Improve Relations With Meeting Planners

A new Incentive Research Foundation study reveals destination management companies' strengths and weaknesses in relating with meeting planners.

ADMEI Unveils New Website, Recognizes 2016 Achievement Award Winners

The news was announced during the association’s annual conference in Oklahoma City.

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

ASAE's Convene Green Purchased by HIP Network

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

Caesars Expands 'Responsible Meeting' Initiatives

The new Meetings for Good menu offers local community-service opportunities.
Hotels and Resorts

Westin Opens Wellness-Themed Golf, Spa Resort in Cairo

The 135-room resort features about 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

VIDEO: Marriott’s Brian King Discusses Starwood Merger’s Effect on Meetings

Existing contracts will be honored, and all brands will be retained.

SITE Index: Incentive Travel Is Booming Despite Increased Challenges

Though programs and budgets are growing, concerns arise over the economy, terrorism and tightening borders.

ITA Group Launches New Measurement and Strategy Platform for Incentives

The Optim platform focuses on measurement and strategy rather than the trip itself.
Industry Associations

IAEE Names '20 Under 30' Honorees for 2016

The organization will recognize the rising stars at its annual meeting, Expo! Expo!, in December.

IACC Releases Second Round of "Meeting Room of the Future" Research

Venue operators and suppliers were surveyed about meeting space, design, technology and more.
International Travel

British Government Backs Heathrow Expansion

Entire communities would be leveled to build a third runway, and the government said compensation and mitigation could cost $3.2 billion.

Bermuda Begins Damage Assessment From Hurricane Nicole

The island was hit Thursday by the Category 3 storm.
Meeting Venue

Las Vegas Convention Center Bill Approved

The Clark County room tax will be raised to help fund convention center and stadium projects.

Houston Astrodome to Be Redeveloped As Event Space

The former home of several city sports teams has been saved from demolition.
Meetings Technology

GBTA, Lanyon Publish Research on Event Planners' Use of Technology

The GBTA Foundation examined how event professionals use site-selection platforms.

Cvent & Vista Partners Delay Merger

Cvent and Vista Partners have mutually agreed to extend the termination date of their merger agreement.

Oregon Poised to Raise State Lodging Tax

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

Bahamas Changes Hotel Tax to a Value-Added Tax

Guests now will pay a 7.5 percent VAT on rooms.

Maritz Travel Launches New Medical Meetings Offering: Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions

The new program is intended to enhance health-care-provider meeting experiences and to streamline the reporting processes.

Event Leadership Institute Survey Reveals How Much Independent Planners Charge

Approximately half of planners charge a flat fee, and most make $5,000 or less per event.
Trade Shows

Largest IMEX America Show Closes With Record Numbers

The sixth annual trade show had the most exhibiting firms, buyers and education sessions to date.

GroundLink Launches Near-Demand Service in Five New Destinations

The car service is expanding its guarantee of rides in 20 minutes or less.

Lyft Introduces New Premier Option

Passengers in select cities can now request luxury vehicles.
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.

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.


Hotels Texas Frisco site selection

by Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2016

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How Planners Find Inspiring Themes

A new poll finds meeting professionals getting inspiration on creative event motifs from myriad sources.

30 Seconds to Smart: Are Planners Leery About Meeting in Europe? (Video)

We asked planners if recent terror events in Europe will affect their decision to meet there.

30 Seconds to Smart: The Places Planners Worry About Safety (Video)

We asked planners about their concern for their own personal safety.

30 Seconds to Smart: Security at Convention Centers, Airports (Video)

We asked planners what types of security they would like to see at convention centers and airports.

News Analysis

NCAA to Move Seven Events From North Carolina

Championship events in men's and women's soccer, basketball and golf will be relocated to protest the state's lack of civil-rights protections.

The Marriott-Starwood Merger Gets Final Approval

Okay by Chinese Ministry of Commerce clears the way for the joining of two hotel giants.

Hotel Forecast Shows Flat Occupancy, Rising Rates

A revised forecast from STR and Tourism Economics gives insight on key metrics for this year and next.

ASAE Defines Policy Model for Diversity and Inclusion

Association group makes move in reaction to new state laws limiting LGBT rights.