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Forecast 2015

by The M&C Staff | December 01,2014
Our annual report finds surging group demand, higher room rates, limited airline capacity, continued trade-show consolidation and more in the year ahead.

Breaking News

Puerto Rico Is Top International Destination for 2015

by Loren G. Edelstein | December 24,2014
Priceline.com's advance-booking data shows Latin American cities will be popular next year.

Las Vegas Breaks Tourism Record

by Michael J. Shapiro | December 24,2014
The city drew more than 40 million for the first time.

Hyatt Boston Harbor Begins $10 Million Renovation

by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 24,2014
All 270 guest rooms will be upgraded.
Airline Industry

JetBlue Adds Flights to Reagan National

The airline increased its nonstop service to three Florida destinations.

American to Add Wi-Fi to Regional Jets

Nearly 250 jets will receive the upgrade by 2016.
Business Travel

Brand USA Reauthorized by Congress

The spending bill that was passed over the weekend included the renewal of the promotion partnership.

More Meetings Mean More Success on Trips, Finds CWT

CWT Solutions Group surveyed 10,000 business travelers to gauge their ROI.
Cruises

CLIA’s Christine Duffy to Lead Carnival Cruise Lines

Cruise association CEO will begin her new post on Feb. 1.

Richard Branson to Launch Virgin Cruises

The start-up cruise line will have two ships and be based in Florida.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Las Vegas Breaks Tourism Record

The city drew more than 40 million for the first time.

Visit Orlando Appoints Vice President of Convention Sales Operations

Stephanie Naegele previously served as sales executive with Marriott International.
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

Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal to Remain Open

The bankrupt casino was scheduled to close this weekend.

New York State Names Three Upstate Casino Sites

Gaming board decided not to grant a fourth license because of competition in the region.
Green Meetings

Green Venue Report Shows Solid Efforts by Centers, Little Interest From Planners

Inaugural study evaluated 16 convention centers in North America.

Marriott on Track to Meet 2020 Sustainability Goals

The company is reporting significant decreases in energy and water waste.
Hotels and Resorts

Hyatt Boston Harbor Begins $10 Million Renovation

All 270 guest rooms will be upgraded.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Begins $100 Million Room Renovation

Upgrades will include a new palette, furniture and beds.
Incentives

VIDEO: Forecast 2015: Bob Lepisto, SeaDream

The luxury yachting company is seeing a return to high-end incentives.

Cuba Viewed by Industry as Exciting New Incentive Destination

The reversal of U.S. travel restrictions is comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Industry Associations

First North American Meetings Industry Day to Take Place in April

The effort is a collaboration between U.S., Canadian and Mexican advocates.

6th Edition of 'Professional Meeting Management' Published

The resource, first published in 1984, comes from PCMA.
International Travel

Puerto Rico Is Top International Destination for 2015

Priceline.com's advance-booking data shows Latin American cities will be popular next year.

U.S. and China Extend Visa Terms to 10 Years

President Obama makes announcement during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing.
Meeting Venue

Construction Tops Off Early on San Antonio Center Expansion

About 270,000 square feet of exhibit space is being added.

More Robust Wi-Fi Being Installed at Boston's Convention Center

The $2.6 million upgrade will be completed next year.
Meetings Technology

FreemanXP to Launch Second-Screen Technology With Klowd.com

FXP | touch will be available to clients in January 2015.

Lanyon Acquires App Developer GenieConnect

The latter has expertise in meeting apps, event web portals and marketing automation.
Taxes

France Drops Plan to Raise Hotel Tax

Proposal would have added up to 10 euros per night, per stay.

Phoenix Officials Fear Tax-Funding Cuts

Provisions in a convention-center deal made 10 years ago are coming back to haunt the city.
Third-Party

VIDEO: Maritz Discusses Global Meetings Network Launch at IMEX America

The program will create local partners around the world to extend Maritz's reach abroad.

Meetings Industry Veterans John Zeltin and Rod Abraham Form Strategic Partnership

Consultants will specialize in helping associations maximize revenue from trade shows and other programs.
Trade Shows

CEIR: Exhibition Industry Grows by Almost 2 Percent Year-Over-Year

New report looks at third-quarter metrics.  
Transportation

Bike-Share Program Launches in Seattle

Pronto offers 500 bicycles and 50 stations.

Rapid Transit Connecting Downtown Dallas to DFW Opens

The line also brings travelers to Irving and the Dallas Market Center.
Travel Management

Travel Manager Salaries Increase, Says Survey

The average respondent base salary was $93,937.

CWT Names Patrick Andersen President, Americas Region

The European executive vice president will move to the U.S.
Unions

Labor Board Rules Against Philly Teamsters, Carpenters

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

Labor Unions Express Support for Pa. Convention Center Board

The four signing unions are committed to the new work rules.

People

Quick Chat With Elena Peroulakis

by Allen J. Sheinman | December 01, 2014
The director of sales and marketing at the new Wyndham Grand Jupiter in Florida discusses the challenges of luring planners to a new property.

Research

Finally, Optimism Reigns

M&C's latest exclusive survey finds that planners expect healthier budgets and more attendees next year.

Planners Tell Us About 2015

Verbatim comments from M&C's 2015 outlook survey.

Event Themes: Yay or Nay?

How planners develop event themes and other theme-related findings from our latest poll.

Charting Current Airline Fees

Here's an update on what major carriers are charging for ticket changes and checked baggage.

News Analysis

Major Hotel Chains Expand Mobile Room Key Initiatives

Starwood launches a pilot program at 10 properties as Hilton expands the functionality of its mobile-app keys.

China-U.S. Visa Extension Could Bolster Economy

Travel- and meetings-industry executives are applauding the recent move by the U.S. and China to enable their citizens to obtain visas valid for up to 10 years.

Ebola and the Crucial Need for Preparedness

Education and planning are key to continued travel, say experts.

Los Cabos Properties Set Reopening Dates

Cleanup efforts are progressing quickly at the Mexican vacation destination in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.

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