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How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market

by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 01,2015
In an improved economy, hotels once more have the edge in contract negotiations. But there still are ways to get what your group really needs, outlined here.

Breaking News

U.S. Hotels Set New Records in April

by Michael J. Shapiro | May 22,2015
Performance was particularly strong outside the major metropolitan markets.

IMEX Closes With Record Numbers

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 22,2015
The event also gave out awards for Outstanding Green Practices and Community Service.

San Francisco's Moscone Center Breaks Ground on Expansion

by Michael C. Lowe | May 21,2015
The $500 million project will add a new 50,000-square-foot ballroom.
Airline Industry

Ground Broken on New Terminal at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

The new concourse will serve United Airlines.

JetBlue to Launch Weekly Service Between New York City and Cuba in July

Passengers must book flights through a charter company, Cuba Travel Services.
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

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

More than 1,000 ports of call will be offered this year.

CLIA Launches Executive Search for New President and CEO

Current head, Christine Duffy, leaves the organization this week.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

DMAI and European Cities Marketing Collaborate on Education Initiatives

Move marks the first time the two international DMO associations will work together on programming.

Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Hosted Record Number of Visitors Last Year

The region welcomed 14.3 million visitors who spent $11.4 billion.
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 Revel Owner Unveils $500 Million Plan for Atlantic City Revival

Glen Straub’s Phoenix Project includes the purchase of Showboat Atlantic City.

Sale of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel Finally Approved

The shuttered property will be sold to Florida developer Glenn Straub.
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

U.S. Hotels Set New Records in April

Performance was particularly strong outside the major metropolitan markets.

Embassy Suites, Hampton Will Add 'by Hilton' to Names

The lodging giant is reinforcing the identity of the brands in its portfolio.
Incentives

IRF Releases Top 7 Incentive Travel Statistics

Among key facts: 46 percent of U.S. businesses use incentive travel.

IRF Announces New Goals, Management

Vision2020 outlines changes including more education, switch to Coulter Nonprofit Management.
Industry Associations

PCMA Renews Singapore Partnership to Grow Asia Presence

The PCMA Meetings Forum Singapore will be expanded.

SITE Joins Fight Against Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Board members sign EPCAT's Tourism Child-Protection Code.
International Travel

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

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

Organized Crime Halts Activities in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico

Residents and tourists were advised to remain indoors due to fires and blockades.
Meeting Venue

San Francisco's Moscone Center Breaks Ground on Expansion

The $500 million project will add a new 50,000-square-foot ballroom.

Work Begins on $125 Million Renovation of Columbus Convention Center

The project should be completed in July 2017.
Meetings Technology

Zentila to Launch New Platform for Third-Party Planners

Illuminate3P offers functionality such as streamlined RFP templates.

'My Compliance Wizard' Will Be Resource for Health Care, Pharma Regs

The collaboration between BusyEvent Mobile and Pat Schaumann will go live in May.
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

Switzerland-based MCI Group and Virgina-based Coulter Join Forces

The merger will help MCI grow its U.S. presence.

Spear One Reviews Caribbean and Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

The meeting and incentive firm has rated and ranked the regions' top properties for group events.
Trade Shows

IMEX Closes With Record Numbers

The event also gave out awards for Outstanding Green Practices and Community Service.
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

Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board Reverses Decision, Will Hold Hearings for Locked-Out Unions

Two unions at the convention center have demanded an investigation into that reversal.

Labor Board Rules Against Philly Teamsters, Carpenters

The board will not take any action against the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

People

Quick Chat With Christopher Vernicek

by Allen J. Sheinman | May 01, 2015
The director of events at the Grand Hyatt New York talks about working in an iconic Big Apple hotel.

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.

Should Politics Matter?

Should politics matter in site selection? A controversial new law in Arkansas prompts M&C's latest planner poll.

Meeting in a Politically Charged Atmosphere

Readers share comments on destinations that pass laws that some citizens perceive as discriminatory.

News Analysis

Cruise Ship Becomes Floating Room Block

With land-based hotel accommodations tight, the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco has pressed a Celebrity Cruise ship into service.

Exhibition Industry Keeps Growing

A new report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research finds attendance at an all-time high, along with increases in other important industry metrics.

New Orleans CVB Chief Stands Against Religious-Freedom Bill

J. Stephen Perry says a proposed bill in the Louisiana State Legislature, similar to one that rocked Arkansas and Indiana, would cause economic hardship.

Charting On-Time Arrivals by Carrier

Here's how the major U.S. Airlines rank on the new Airline On-Time Performance Report.
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