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Coping With Controversy

by Barbara Peterson | July 01,2016
Once again planners are caught in the crossfire of laws passed by various states in the name of religious freedom, but which some claim are discriminatory toward the LGBT community. Here's how the meetings industry is trying to sort it all out.

Breaking News

China Fines Several Beijing Ritz-Carlton and Crowne Plaza Hotels Over Rate Hikes

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 29,2016
The hotels are accused of raising rates following the rollout of a new value-added tax system.

Vista's Cvent Acquisition Could Hit Snag

by Michael J. Shapiro | July 29,2016

Competition concerns may be a factor in a Department of Justice investigation.

 

Hilton, Marriott and Starwood Release Q2 2016 Results

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 29,2016
Income held steady, but other metrics were mixed.
Airline Industry

Port Authority and Delta Reach LaGuardia Deal

The airline will rebuild terminals C and D at the airport.

Delta Launches Program to Link Corporate Meetings and Business Travel

Delta Edge Meetings gives corporate customers credit for meetings travel.
Business Travel

Caroline Beteta and Christopher J. Nassetta to Join U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

Both will be officially inducted on Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C.

International Visitors to U.S. in Significant Decline Even Before Brexit

Travel Trends Index predicts the downward trend will continue through late 2016.
Cruises

Royal Caribbean Launches Upgraded Site for Meetings and Incentives

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

Carnival's Fathom Brand Gets OK to Begin Cruises From U.S. to Cuba, Starting in May

The U.S. cruise line is first to gain approval from the Cuban government in more than 50 years.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Dallas CVB President Issues Statement in Wake of Police Shootings

Downtown area is safe, although some streets are closed.

London & Partners' CEO on Brexit: 'London Is, and Will Always Be, a Truly Global Trading City'

Gordon Innes stresses the capital's strong international business appeal and inclusiveness.
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.
Gaming

Atlantic City Casino Resort Workers Vote to Authorize a Strike Beginning July 1

Action would affect 6,000 employees of Tropicana, Caesars, Bally’s, Trump Taj Mahal and Harrah’s resorts.

MGM to Acquire Last 50 Percent of Atlantic City's Borgata for $900 Million

MGM was a co-owner of the property with Boyd Gaming Corp.
Green Meetings

Caesars Expands 'Responsible Meeting' Initiatives

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

MeetGreen to Offer CSR Event Planning Services Through Give2Get

The partnership aims to ease the logistical challenge for meeting planners.
Hotels and Resorts

China Fines Several Beijing Ritz-Carlton and Crowne Plaza Hotels Over Rate Hikes

The hotels are accused of raising rates following the rollout of a new value-added tax system.

Hilton, Marriott and Starwood Release Q2 2016 Results

Income held steady, but other metrics were mixed.
Incentives

$90 Billion Spent Annually on Non-Cash Incentives

The figure is up 17 percent from 2013, according to the Incentive Federation.

Healthcare Meetings Expert Joins Maritz Travel

MPI's Pat Schaumann will join as senior compliance director.
Industry Associations

DMAI to Induct Four Industry Leaders Into Hall of Fame

The 2016 winners include IMEX founder Ray Bloom and Nicki Grossman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.

MPI's WEC By the Numbers

More than 2,000 attendees gathered in Atlantic City this week.
International Travel

Latest Zika News

All the news and resources a planner needs for understanding the risks of meeting in Zika-affected destinations

FAA Lifts Ban on Air Travel to/From Turkey

The U.S. State Department declares "normal flight operations have resumed."
Meeting Venue

Las Vegas CVA Set to Implode the Riviera This Month

One of the historic property's towers will be demolished June 14.

New Convention Center to Open in Dubai in 2018

The facility will have two hotels, conference facilities and office space.
Meetings Technology

Vista's Cvent Acquisition Could Hit Snag

Competition concerns may be a factor in a Department of Justice investigation.  

Lanyon Launches New Features, Salesforce Integration

More flexibility and improved integration have been built into the latest update.
Taxes

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.
Third-Party

Global-Events Firm First Protocol Acquires Barkley-Kalpak Associates

The international events agency will move BKA, named a 2016 Best Places to Work in the Meetings industry by M&C, into its New York City offices.

Larry Luteran Joins Freeman Audio Visual

The former Hilton sales executive will be the company's chief sales officer.
Trade Shows

CEIR Publishes Attendee-Retention Strategies for Exhibition Organizers

The final report in a five-party project features 11 case studies.
Transportation

China Sets First-Ever Rules for Ride-Hailing Companies

Uber and Didi Chuxing welcome regulations, deemed less restrictive than early drafts.

GroundLink Launches Near-Demand Service in Five New Destinations

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

Ralph Scatena workplace organization

by Allen J. Sheinman | July 01, 2016
The newly appointed general manager of the 2,009-room Orlando World Center Marriott tells how he keeps organized.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners Talk LGBT Rights, Site Selection (Video)

We asked planners about legislation recently passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Take Our Confidential Salary Survey!

Your (anonymous) input helps us provide a snapshot of meeting planners' responsibilities, compensation and more.

30 Seconds to Smart: Controversial Laws and Meetings Cancellations (Video)

We asked planners about their organizations’ stance on meeting in states with such laws.

30 Seconds to Smart: Will Planners Avoid States With Perceived Anti-LGBT Laws? (Video)

We asked planners if they will avoid meeting in states with laws that some believe are discriminatory.

News Analysis

When and Where to Find Hotel Deals

This chart shows the most budget-friendly times to visit top domestic and international cities.

Election Is Hot Topic at NYU Hospitality Conference

Participants ponder the possibility of a hotelier becoming president.

MPI Unveils New Tiered Membership Structure

Meeting Professionals International has restructured its membership model, offering a new three-tiered program for joining.

AH&LA Takes Aim at Sharing-Economy Lodging

The American Hotel & Lodging Association makes the regulation of lodging platforms such as Airbnb a key point in its 2016 Policy Agenda.
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