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Is Your Job Title Wrong?

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | June 01,2017
Many event professionals feel that the term "meeting planner" is too simplistic -- but what should take its place?

Breaking News

1,400 New Hotel Rooms Under Construction in San Francisco

San Francisco is in the middle of a building boom after years with little to no new hotel supply.

Trump Travel Ban Partly Reinstated; Court Arguments Set for Fall

by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | June 26,2017
A 120-day ban on refugees also will take effect on a limited basis.

Women: Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Leader?

by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 26,2017
On-Site at MPI's Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills Certificate Course
Airline Industry

State-Owned Qatar Airways Seeks 10 Percent Stake in American

The bid, the latest in a global buying spree for the Middle East carrier, comes soon after four neighboring nations cut ties.

Qatar Airways Suspends Flights Amid Gulf Crisis

The move is in response to halting of flights to Qatar by major Gulf carriers.
Business Travel

Trump Travel Ban Partly Reinstated; Court Arguments Set for Fall

A 120-day ban on refugees also will take effect on a limited basis.

After Warmbier's Death, U.S. Weighs Travel Ban on North Korea

Secretary of State Tillerson has the authority to cut off travel to the rogue nation.
Cruises

Ritz-Carlton Launches Luxury Yacht and Cruise Collection

The collection will comprise three vessels offering seven- to 10-day cruises; the first will begin sailing in late 2019.

Celebrity Cruises Unveils Details of Its New 'Edge' Class of Ships

Among the unique offerings of the 2,918-passenger vessels is "Magic Carpet," a multiuse moving platform.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Governor's Fight for $76M Visit Florida Budget Pays Off

Following a special budget session, the state's legislature okays full funding for the destination marketing organization.

UPDATE: Governor Rick Scott Pushes for Visit Florida to Get Full $76 Million Budget

After initially allotting the DMO $25 million, state legislators are expected to match the current budget during next week's special session.
Destination Management

Global DMC Partners Unveils New Global Standardization Program

The destination management network aims to offer meeting professionals a more streamlined way to procure DMC services.

AlliedPRA Acquires Rocky Mountain DMC

The combined company has more than $100 million in system revenue.
Gaming

Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel Shuts Down

The 2,010-room property, now owned by Carl Icahn, failed to reach an agreement with its union employees.

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

U.S. Green Building Council: More Convention Centers Are Going Green

A new report is out today from the agency that administers the LEED certification program.

ASAE's Convene Green Purchased by HIP Network

New plans for sustainable-meetings products will be announced in November.
Hotels and Resorts

1,400 New Hotel Rooms Under Construction in San Francisco

San Francisco is in the middle of a building boom after years with little to no new hotel supply.

Loews Will Develop, Operate K.C. Convention Center Hotel

The property, formerly slated to be a Hyatt, is expected to debut in 2020.
Incentives

IRF Releases Report on Neuroscience of Behavioral Economics

The study reveals how the application of the science applies to employee motivation and rewards.

Incentive Industry Mourns Passing of Jane Schuldt, Founder of World Marketing Group and Industry Leader

The destination marketing executive was a former president and long-time supporter of SITE.
Industry Associations

Women: Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Leader?

On-Site at MPI's Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills Certificate Course

Q&A: Paul Van Deventer of MPI on Handling Challenges on the Fly

The association's president and CEO spoke with M&C at the WEC annual meeting in Las Vegas.  
International Travel

Trump Announces Changes to U.S. Rules for Cuba Travel

The new policy puts an end to most individual travel; organized tours, flights and cruises are expected to be unaffected.

European Tour Operators Association Issues Statement Following U.K. Terrorist Incidents

Group advises tourists that they'll notice increased police presence and intensity of screenings at some attractions, but otherwise, there is "no other...
Meeting Venue

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center Proposes Major Expansion

The project would add 800,000 square feet, including a multipurpose venue, meeting space and a grand concourse, to the North-South Building.  

New York City's Javits Center Releases First Sustainability Report

Among the facility's ecological highlights is the convention center's green roof.
Meetings Technology

GoCharge Launches Data-Gathering Platform for Charging Stations

Canvass stations create engagement opportunities via SMS text messaging.

Spacebase Site-Sourcing Platform Wins #IMEXpitch 2017

The website lets planners book unique meeting spaces for small groups.
Taxes

N.J. Bill Moving Swiftly to Add Extra $2 Surcharge to Atlantic City Hotel Rooms

Visitors already pay 14 percent plus a tourism-promotion fee on the destination's guest rooms.

Oregon Poised to Raise State Lodging Tax

The state tariff on overnight stays would go from 1 percent to 1.8 percent.
Third-Party

Japan's JTB Corp. Acquires Kuoni Global Travel Services

According to the parties, the companies look to increase business in growing markets around the world.

BCD Meetings & Events Launches Sports Division

The new unit will coordinate team travel and create corporate sports experiences.
Trade Shows

Survey: More Marketers Leveraging Live Events

A new survey by Freeman suggests that marketers and brand managers are warming up to event marketing.

Fifteenth Edition of IMEX Frankfurt Kicks Off In Germany

This year, the meetings-industry trade show has 3,500 exhibitors, including first-timer Saudi Arabia.
Transportation

UPDATE: Texas Governor Signs Bill Allowing Lyft and Uber to Return to Austin and More

Lyft plans to return to the capital city as soon as possible.

Dav El/Boston Coach Acquires Car-Service Tech Platforms GroundLink and Limo Anywhere

The acquisitions provide a technology boost to compete with sharing-economy apps.
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

Site selection Wisconsin Milwaukee CVB DMO

by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2017
The new convention sales manager for Visit Milwaukee says the city's vibrant waterfront is its best-kept secret.

Research

Are You a Planner, Strategist or Other?

Respondents to M&C’s latest poll weigh in on their job title and what they would prefer to be called.

Readers Weigh In: Does 'Meeting Planner' Suffice?

This M&C Research Extra pulls some additional findings from our June survey on job titles.

30 Seconds to Smart: Important Criteria for International Site Selection (Video)

We asked planners what's important when selecting an international meeting destination.