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ON THE COVER: M&C's 50th Anniversary

Meetings & Conventions magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special section on how the meetings industry has evolved over the past half century.

Breaking News

Destination DC Announces Record 2015 Visitation

by Sarah JF Braley | August 26,2016
The capital city’s tourism statistics and future convention lineup revealed at Annual Marketing Outlook Meeting.

W Seattle Hotel Completes Propertywide Revitalization

by Sarah JF Braley | August 25,2016
All 425 rooms and meeting spaces were redone.

New Case of Zika Through a Local Mosquito in Florida County

by Associated Press | August 25,2016
A second person in Palm Beach County has contracted  Zika through a local mosquito.
Airline Industry

Brussels Airlines Poised for Growth After Post-Attack Drop in Business

New efforts at the airport have improved security and minimized wait times.

Port Authority and Delta Reach LaGuardia Deal

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

Travel Trends Index: International Visitation Up Slightly in June

Despite uptick, research finds Brexit to weigh on long-term growth.

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.
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

Destination DC Announces Record 2015 Visitation

The capital city’s tourism statistics and future convention lineup revealed at Annual Marketing Outlook Meeting.

Dallas CVB President Issues Statement in Wake of Police Shootings

Downtown area is safe, although some streets are closed.
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

Victim of Strike, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Shutting Down

The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City will shut down after Labor Day.

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

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

W Seattle Hotel Completes Propertywide Revitalization

All 425 rooms and meeting spaces were redone.

Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam Reopens on the Canal After Renovations

The 225-room property is carved out of 25 connected canal houses.
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

ILEA Announces 2016 Esprit Award Winners

The events organization celebrated recipients at its annual meeting, held in Austin last week.

New Association for LGBT Meeting Planners Announced

An inaugural mid-Atlantic conference is being planned for fall 2017 in Atlantic City.
International Travel

Texas Resident's Zika Case Linked to Miami Travel

Health officials say this is the first known case linked to travel within the continental U.S.

Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board Deems Hotel Zone Safe in Wake of Kidnapping

Those involved in the Monday morning incident were cartel members, officials believe.
Meeting Venue

Construction Firms Named for New Washington, D.C., Arena

The 4,200-seat facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

Broward County Moves Ahead on $550 Million Convention Center Expansion, Hotel Plans

Project calls for 300,000-square-foot expansion and addition of an 800-room property by 2020.
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

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.

GES Acquires ON Event Services

The deal gives GES added expertise in high-end A/V production.
Trade Shows

IBTM World to Again Offer Educational Sessions on Show Floor

The ACS Knowledge Village will offer back-to-back sessions for the duration of the exhibition.
Transportation

Uber to Use Self-Driving Cars in Next Few Weeks

Uber says it will start hauling passengers with self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in the next several weeks.  

China Sets First-Ever Rules for Ride-Hailing Companies

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

global events planning international meetings

by Allen J. Sheinman | August 01, 2016
The founder/CEO of JML Worldwide offers tips for planning overseas events.

Research

Stepping Up Event Security

Planners admit new worries due to recent terror events.

Planners Sound Off on Security at Events

Verbatim responses to our August research topic on event security. 

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.

News Analysis

NBA Relocates 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte NC

The sports organization makes its move to protest North Carolina's passage of anti-LGBT law.

RNC and DNC Generated $360 Million for Host Cities

Projections by U.S. Travel show Cleveland and Philadelphia each took in $180 million in spend for hosting the presidential conventions.

Getting Online at the Airport

Which major airports offer free WiFi? This chart tells you.

When and Where to Find Hotel Deals

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