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M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry

by The M&C Staff | July 01,2015
This select group of high achievers have provided bold new ideas, passionate advocacy and a commitment to bettering the world.

Breaking News

Hilton Los Cabos Reopens Today Following Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

by Loren G. Edelstein | July 06,2015
The 375-room resort, closed since last fall’s Hurricane Odile, added 65 club-level suites and a spa.

Canopy by Hilton Will Debut in Reykjavik in 2016

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 02,2015
The 115-room hotel in Iceland will be the first property in Hilton’s new lifestyle brand.

Choose Chicago at Risk of Losing 40 percent of Its Budget

by Michael C. Lowe | June 30,2015
A state budget stalemate threatens the convention bureau's funding.
Airline Industry

JetBlue Begins Charging for Checked Luggage

The carrier now offers four fare options.

JetBlue Enhances Boston Service

Passengers to California will be able to choose upgraded service.
Business Travel

U.S. Business Travel Spend Expected to Rise to $295.7 Billion

Group business travel volume should surge over the next two years.

New York Airports Rank as Most Stress-Inducing, Per Traveler Survey

Being late and flight delays are other top worries, according to GroundLink Poll.
Cruises

Carnival Launches New Fathom Brand

Company will offer “social impact travel” cruises beginning next April.

CLIA Reports Record Cruise Passengers, 22 New Ships, in 2015

More than 1,000 ports of call will be offered this year.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Choose Chicago at Risk of Losing 40 percent of Its Budget

A state budget stalemate threatens the convention bureau's funding.

Meet Puerto Rico Launches 'Matchmaking' App for Planners

The tool selects potential venues based on group needs and preferences.
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

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.

Hard Rock Unveils Plans for Northern New Jersey Casino

The Meadowlands gaming complex needs approval from lawmakers and voters before plans can progress.
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

Hilton Los Cabos Reopens Today Following Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

The 375-room resort, closed since last fall’s Hurricane Odile, added 65 club-level suites and a spa.

Canopy by Hilton Will Debut in Reykjavik in 2016

The 115-room hotel in Iceland will be the first property in Hilton’s new lifestyle brand.
Incentives

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

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

Spear One Releases Free Incentive Travel eBooks on Hawaii

The third party’s series provides recommendations for five of the islands.
Industry Associations

PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit Set for November in Scotland

The invitation-only event brings together medical-meetings thought leaders.

GBTA, CIC Issue White Paper on eRFP Efficiencies

The associations combined research to offer best practices.
International Travel

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.

U.S., Paris Retain Top Spots in ICCA Rankings

The annual survey lists the top cities and countries for international association events.
Meeting Venue

Interim Executive Director Named for Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Fred Peterson, director of facilities operations, takes over for James Rooney July 1.

New Space Opens at Amsterdam RAI Convention Facility in the Netherlands

The Amtrium features a 5,800-square-foot ballroom.
Meetings Technology

Cvent Express Unveiled for Smaller Events

The streamlined registration tool helps clients collect and manage all event data.

IACC Releases Top Tech Trends Report

Millennials, drones, geofencing and more make the list.
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

Chairman of Reed Exhibitions to Retire

Mike Rusbridge joined the company as its CEO Europe in 1988.
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

Quick Chat With Mary Craig

by Allen J. Sheinman | July 01, 2015
The director, corporate sales, at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., cites her favorite off-beat diversion in the nation's capital.

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

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.

Best, Worst Hotel Chains for Wi-Fi

A new study rated the best/worst hotel companies for how well they provide quality Internet service and whether the service is free.

10 Cleveland Hotels Back Out of RNC Room Block

Why properties are reneging on deals to house attendees to next year's Republican National Convention.
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