The State of Government Meetings

by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 01,2015
With all the belt-tightening mandated by Congress, it's a wonder federal employees have been able to meet at all. Here's an inside look at how planners are coping with the "new normal."

Breaking News

IBTM World Sees Record Number of Appointments

by Michael J. Shapiro | November 25,2015

The former EIBTM will remain in Barcelona at least through 2020.

Albuquerque CVB Appoints New President/CEO

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 24,2015

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

Amex Forecasts Moderate Supplier Increases in 2016

by Michael J. Shapiro | November 24,2015
North America is expected to see the largest lodging price hikes.
Airline Industry

Agreements on Flights Between Cuba and U.S. Likely in Coming Months

Agreements on regularly scheduled airline Cuba-U.S. flights are likely to materialize in coming months.

JetBlue to Add Second Weekly Flight Between New York and Cuba in December

The carrier will continue to offer service through Cuba Travel Services, a charter firm.
Business Travel

GBTA Survey: Business Travel to Europe Expected to Remain Largely Unaffected

More than half of U.S. business-travel buyers polled report no change in their company's travel in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Bandwagon Expands Taxi-Sharing Service to JFK

The taxi-sharing app will be available during peak travel times to JetBlue passengers.

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

Albuquerque CVB Appoints New President/CEO

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

Reno-Sparks CVA Names Interim Managing Director

Jennifer Cunningham will oversee operations for the organization.
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.

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

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

Penn National Gaming Completes Purchase of Tropicana Las Vegas

The $360 million deal gives Penn a presence on the Vegas Strip.
Green Meetings

MeetGreen Partners With TerraPass to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint of Meetings

New carbon calculator now available at

Fairmont Achieves CO2 Reduction Target

The lodging company has met the goal set forth by the World Wildlife Fund.
Hotels and Resorts

Amex Forecasts Moderate Supplier Increases in 2016

North America is expected to see the largest lodging price hikes.

The 365-Room Steigenberger Opens in Downtown Dubai

Property is first from German company Steigenberger Hotel Group.

Site Names Winners of 2015 Crystal Awards

Seven global firms were recognized for creating outstanding incentive programs.

Incentive Budgets to Get Slight Boost in 2016

Incentive Research Foundation study also reveals lead times are increasing.
Industry Associations

MPI to Use Danish 'Meetovation' Concept for European Conference

EMEC 2016, being held in Copenhagen in February, will use creative formats to deliver content.

Paul Ouimet Tapped as Managing Director of DMAI’s DestinationNEXT

The founder and CEO of NEXTFactor Enterprises was instrumental in the development of technology.
International Travel

Global Business Travel Association Addresses Paris Attacks

GBTA's president calls the attacks an assault not only on Paris, but "on our modern way of life."

Paris CVB Posts Advisories for Visitors

The site has information on transportation, attraction closings and more.
Meeting Venue

Washington State Convention Center to Acquire Land for Expansion

Construction will double capacity and help Seattle compete with other Western convention cities.

Alamodome in San Antonio to Be Renovated

About $43 million will be spent on the 65,000-seat venue.
Meetings Technology

Zentila to Launch CityWide Platform

Planners can source multiple hotels and convention centers through the service.

QuickMobile Debuts New User Interface

The new design focuses on readability and ease of use.

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.

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

IBTM World Sees Record Number of Appointments

The former EIBTM will remain in Barcelona at least through 2020.

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.

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.


Quick Chat With Jay Marsella

by Allen J. Sheinman | November 01, 2015
The director of sales for the new Marriott Marquis Houston says his home city is surprisingly musical.


30 Seconds to Smart: Do Attendees Care About Green Meetings? (Video)

We asked planners how important on-site conservation efforts are to their meeting attendees.

30 Seconds to Smart: The Top Green Procedures at Hotels (Video)

We asked planners what green procedures they prefer to have at hotels and more.

Green Meetings: Low Priority?

Planners are divided on the importance of green meetings.

Green Meetings: Not a High Priority

Most planners ask attendees to recycle badges.

News Analysis

Planners Most Concerned About Budgets and Workload

A new study of planners with global responsibilities finds budgets and workloads are key concerns.

Development, Occupancy Booming for Airport Hotels

Revenue per available room for the first seven months of the year at airport properties was up by 9.1 percent over the same period in 2014.

DMAI President/CEO Michael Gehrisch Steps Down

He led the destination marketing group for 15 years.

CIC Adds Three Industry Leaders to APEX Committee

Kelly Peacy, Betsy Bondurant and Michael Dominguez will help on trade issues and industry resources.
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