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Visionary Destination Marketing Organizations

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 01,2016
Here's a look at four major-city DMOs and the especially creative campaigns they are waging to lure group business.

Breaking News

Zika Casts a Pall on Some Company Retreats

by Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press | February 12,2016
Concerns about Zika are keeping some employees from attending company retreats.

Latest Zika News

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

International Tourists Swarm to Brazilian Carnaval in Record Numbers

by Michael J. Shapiro | February 12,2016
Despite Zika concerns, many cities broke attendance records.
Airline Industry

United, American Offering Refunds for Travel to Zika Areas

Two major U.S. airlines are offering refunds to passengers worried about the Zika virus outbreak.

American to Launch Service Between Chicago and Rhode Island

New daily flights will begin in April.
Business Travel

Survey: Business Travel to Europe Remains 'Largely Unaffected' by Paris Attacks

Business travel to and within Europe remains resilient three months after the Paris terror attacks.

U.S. Travel Campaign Highlights Economic Impact of Presidential Primaries

Evidence of politics-related travel surge gives rise to "Bloviating About Jobs Actually Creates Them" ad campaign.
Cruises

Carnival Expands Wi-Fi Service on Fleet

The upgraded systems are available on 30 ships, with plans to expand to the rest of the fleet by 2016.

Holland America Launches Incentive Choice Program

The package includes a range of cruise amenities for the corporate incentive market.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

New York City Breaks Tourism Record for Sixth Year in a Row

The city attracted 58.3 million visitors — 6.1 mllion meeting attendees — in 2015.

Albuquerque CVB Appoints New President/CEO

Tania Armenta, a 17-year veteran, will take over the post in January.
Destination Management

AlliedPRA, Venuesworld.com Form Strategic Partnership

AlliedPRA will serve as the global venue search/DMC firm’s preferred North American DMC.

Tony Lorenz Named CEO of Global Destination Management Company AlliedPRA

Lorenz, the co-founder and CEO of BOB.tv, will oversee the firm's strategic direction and sales-and-marketing efforts.
Gaming

MGM Springfield Casino Resort to Begin Major Work

Demolition of a school on the Massachusetts site will begin Tuesday.

New Design Proposed for MGM Springfield, Mass., Casino Resort

The $950 million plan will be presented to the state's gaming board in December.
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

Four Seasons Lanai Reopens After Two-Year Refurbishment

The 217-room Hawaiian resort has upgraded guest rooms, public spaces, conference center and more.

Sheraton to Take Over Coastal Resort in Portugal

The former Vivamarinha Hotel will be rebranded officially on Feb. 24.
Incentives

Incentive Research Foundation Reveals Top 10 Incentive Trends for 2016

Among factors affecting programs are an increased need for engagement, larger budgets and long lead times.

SITE Study: Incentive Travel Will Have Banner Year

The Society for Incentive and Travel Excellence Index shows budgets are up slightly for 2016.
Industry Associations

IACC Launches Research Project for Meeting Room of the Future

Three surveys will collect input from planners, suppliers and venues.

MPI Winter Meetings Outlook Reveals Industry's Safety Concerns

New research finds many planners and suppliers adjusting security measures.
International Travel

Zika Casts a Pall on Some Company Retreats

Concerns about Zika are keeping some employees from attending company retreats.

Latest Zika News

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

Free Wi-Fi to Be Expanded at D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Service upgrades will take place across entire 2.3 million-square-foot facility.

MGM Announces Opening Date for The Park

The outdoor entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip will open on April 4.
Meetings Technology

Amex, DoubleDutch Release App for Pharma Industry Meetings

HCP Mobile Connect helps track health-care provider attendance.

Convention Industry Council Joins Wi-Fi Coalition

The group aims to create standards for reliable Wi-Fi environments at meetings.
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

Allianz Rolls Out Conference Protector Insurance

Insured attendees can receive registration refunds if they are unable to attend.

Experient Teams With Airbnb

Clients can provide a link to the housing platform from their event sites.
Trade Shows

CEIR Releases 2015 Exhibitions Industry Census

California and Las Vegas remain as the top state and city for conventions.
Transportation

Florida Intercity Train to Be Called 'Brightline'

The train, debuting in 2017, will have service between Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Subway Service to New York City's Javits Center Debuts

The extension of the number 7 line gives riders access to Manhattan's Far West Side.
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

Meetings Industry Job Changes

by Allen J. Sheinman | February 01, 2016
The new director of sales and marketing at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale suggests a must-do activity in town.

Research

M&C Survey: Meeting Professionals Are Canceling, Moving Meetings Due to Zika

Concerns about the virus already have many changing plans.

The Power of Word of Mouth

When it comes to finding out about new hotels and destinations, colleague recommendations are key, per our latest survey.

How Planners Meet Suppliers

Meeting professionals had more to say about their preferred methods of introduction.

30 Seconds to Smart: The 2016 Planner Wish List (Video)

We asked planners what they would like to change about their jobs in 2016.

News Analysis

Q&A With Thomas B. Mangas

The new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts talks about the ramifications of his company's merger with Marriott.

CES Sets New Security Procedures

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show instituted some big changes in bag and security policies.

Kindred Hotels Markets Independent Resort Meetings

The offshoot of the Resort Hotel Association trumpets members' event space.

Airline Passengers' Top Pet Peeves

Lost luggage is the biggest gripe of 528 travelers polled by Qualtrics, an online survey platform.
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