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Confronting the Rise of Nationalism

by Barbara Peterson | March 01,2017
In this special report, M&C examines the unique challenges faced by the meetings industry in the wake of the Trump administration’s attempts to ban visitors from some Muslim-majority countries and build a wall on the border with Mexico.

Breaking News

Travel Community to Congress: Roll Out the Welcome Mat

by Loren G. Edelstein | March 29,2017
More than 325 industry leaders visited lawmakers, urging them to welcome travelers from abroad.

Etihad, Emirates, Turkish Airlines Offer Solutions for Electronics-Deprived Passengers

by Michael J. Shapiro | March 29,2017
IATA chief slams in-cabin device bans as unacceptable and damaging to global aviation industry.

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club Debuts New Look and Name

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 29,2017

The 563-room Prince Waikiki offers upgraded guest rooms, public areas and meeting spaces.

 
Airline Industry

Etihad, Emirates, Turkish Airlines Offer Solutions for Electronics-Deprived Passengers

IATA chief slams in-cabin device bans as unacceptable and damaging to global aviation industry.

American Airlines to Pay $200 Million for Stake in China Southern Airlines

The move comes as China is poised to overtake North America as world's biggest air travel market.
Business Travel

Travel Community to Congress: Roll Out the Welcome Mat

More than 325 industry leaders visited lawmakers, urging them to welcome travelers from abroad.

13 States Urge Appeals Court to OK Trump Travel Ban

Petitioners claim it's not a "Muslim ban" and the block on it is "overbroad."
Cruises

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.

Carnival CEO Unveils Cruise Firm’s Wearable Device During CES Keynote

Arnold Donald says Ocean Medallion "potentially redefines travel as we know it."
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Florida Senate Subcommittee Proposes $76 Million Budget for Visit Florida

The proposal goes up against a competing House budget bid of just $25 million.

Experience Kissimmee Named Winner of U.S. Travel's Grassroots Travel Champion Award

D.T. Minich, CEO of Florida's Experience Kissimmee, is cited for his advocacy of travel during the 2016 elections and more.  
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 Mayor Urges Icahn to Sell Former Taj Mahal Casino

The billionaire investor plans to surrender the casino license.  

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.
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.

Gore, Others Revive Canceled U.S. Climate and Health Conference

The meeting will take place next month at the Carter Center; possible U.S. government involvement is unknown.
Hotels and Resorts

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club Debuts New Look and Name

The 563-room Prince Waikiki offers upgraded guest rooms, public areas and meeting spaces.  

ALHI Opens First European Global Sales Office

Hospitality veteran Peter Groom to head the office as executive director of global accounts.
Incentives

IRF Study Reveals Moderate Optimism for Economy's Effect on Industry, Increased Budgets for Incentives

The 2017 Outlook Study marks the debut of the IRF's new research metric, the "net optimism score."

Incentive House USMotivation Closes Doors

Atlanta-based firm abruptly announced that it was closing Friday afternoon.
Industry Associations

U.S. Travel Honors Four Congressional Leaders as Travel Champions

Gardner, Nelson, Chu and Massie lauded for strong polices benefitting their states, districts and nation.

More Changes for DMAI Revealed

In addition to its new name and brand, the association unveiled its new vision, mission, business plan and more.
International Travel

London, Paris to Launch Joint Tourism Promotion and Business Initiatives

Announcement comes the day before the U.K. begins the formal process of withdrawing from the European Union.

London Mayor Reassures Visitors in Aftermath of Terror Attack

Following the attack that killed five and wounded more than 40, Sadiq Khan says, "Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."
Meeting Venue

Construction Begins on $80 Million Mohegan Sun Expo Center

When finished, the casino resort will have more than 275,000 square feet of meeting space.

Cincinnati Explores Convention Center Expansion

A 100,000-square-foot addition and a new headquarters hotel would make the city more competitive, according to the CVB.
Meetings Technology

GES Acquires Poken, a Wearable-Tech Engagement Platform

The company offers near-field-communication-enabled devices and a suite of event-management tools.

Social Tables Debuts Major Upgrade

Version 4 of the event-management platform is faster and more powerful.
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

Planners and Suppliers Pledge to Resolve Each Other's Top Pet Peeves

An interactive session led by Shawna Suckow at IPEC aired grievances and generated solutions.

How the Trump Administration Has Disrupted Meetings Travel

An industry expert discusses the impact of travel-ban fears and more.
Trade Shows

CEIR Releases Updated "Cost to Attract Attendees" Report

Budgets are flat, but marketers are paying less to attract each attendee.

CEIR: After 25 Quarters of Growth, Exhibition Industry Contracts

The exhibition industry contracted 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research.
Transportation

Nation's Only Airport-to-Ski-Slope Train a Hit This Season

Amtrak and Winter Park executives are considering expanding the service.

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 Florida Kissimmee CVB DMO

by Allen J. Sheinman | March 01, 2017
The new director of sales for Experience Kissimmee in Florida offers her take on the best way to enjoy this Central Florida city.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Will Planners Book Trump-Branded Properties? (Video)

We asked planners how the current political climate has affected their site-selection decisions.

30 Seconds to Smart: How the Political Climate Is Affecting Site-Selection (Video)

We asked planners if the current political climate will influence their future site-selection decisions.

30 Seconds to Smart: Trump's Travel Ban and Boycotted Conferences (Video)

We asked planners if they are worried about attendees boycotting their meetings.