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A New Spin on ROI

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | August 01,2017
Pressure is on to quantify the return on investment for meetings. Here's how some are approaching the task.

Breaking News

Florida Sets Tourism Record in First Half of 2017

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 15,2017
The Sunshine State welcomed 60.7 million visitors, a 4.1 percent increase over the same period in 2016.

Hard Rock Hotel Davos to Debut in December

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 15,2017
The Swiss property will have 111 guest rooms, three meeting rooms and a historical chapel that will host events.

Industry Vets Buy Aimia's Channel and Employee-Engagement Business

The historic incentive firm will now returns to its roots.
Airline Industry

U.S. Airlines Bump Fewer Passengers After 'Dragging' Backlash

For the first half of 2017, carriers kicked passengers off flights at the lowest rate recorded since 1995.

Hawaiian, Alaska and Delta Top List of On-Time U.S. Airlines

The federal government counts flights on time if they arrive 14 minutes or less behind schedule.
Business Travel

Chicago, Orlando, D.C. Top List in STR Meeting Planner Report

Two-thirds of planners have used or are likely to consider those destinations.  

Head of U.S. Travel Urges States Not to Boycott Domestic Destinations

  Roger Dow speaks out against banning state travel to other states.
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

Florida Sets Tourism Record in First Half of 2017

The Sunshine State welcomed 60.7 million visitors, a 4.1 percent increase over the same period in 2016.

Visit Tampa Bay Puts Relationship With Visit Florida 'On Hold'

The DMO is one of a dozen Sunshine State tourism entities evaluating ties following newly imposed restrictions.  
Destination Management

DMC Firm AlliedPRA Acquired by CI Capital Partners

Move expected to extend the company's "scale and scope," according to CEO.

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.
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

Hard Rock Hotel Davos to Debut in December

The Swiss property will have 111 guest rooms, three meeting rooms and a historical chapel that will host events.

Mexican Authorities Sweep Cancún-Area Establishments for Illicit Alcohol

Two venues have been temporarily closed.
Incentives

Industry Vets Buy Aimia's Channel and Employee-Engagement Business

The historic incentive firm will now returns to its roots.

Study: More Than Half of Planners' Events Are 'Disrupted'

A new IRF study reveals more than half of planners surveyed experienced some form of disruption to their 2015-2016 meetings and incentive programs.  
Industry Associations

Pittsburgh Selected to Host PCMA Convening Leaders in January 2019

The event is expected to draw more than 4,200 convention industry professionals to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Marriott's Sorenson, STR's Smith to Be Inducted Into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

The honorees will be recognized at U.S. Travel's fall board meeting in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14.
International Travel

Buyers and Suppliers Enjoy First Asia Business Meet

New event draws raves for stimulating Asian MICE business.

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.
Meeting Venue

Renovations Complete at Winston-Salem's Benton Convention Center

More than $20 million was spent to update the facility.

Leaping Wizards: New Harry Potter Coaster to Debut at Universal Orlando in 2019

The theme park is teasing the new attraction, which will replace its Dragon Challenge ride.
Meetings Technology

Technology Is a Pain Point for Many Event Planners, per New Etouches Survey

The finding comes from a study to determine major challenges for organizers throughout the cycle of an event.

GoCharge Launches Data-Gathering Platform for Charging Stations

Canvass stations create engagement opportunities via SMS text messaging.
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

MCI Buys Event/Travel Management Firm Wyndham Jade

The acquisition expands MCI USA's offerings for association and corporate clients.

American Express M&E Buys Banks Sadler

The acquisition will bring more expertise in creative event management to the meetings-management giant.
Trade Shows

New Offerings Announced at ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto

More than 4,500 people are attending the convention this week.

First eSportsTravel Summit to Be Held at TEAMS '17 Conference in Orlando

The growing impact of e-sports events on destinations and venues will be the focus of a series of education sessions.
Transportation

Uber for Business Amps Up Events Offerings

Centralized dispatch, billing codes for attendees and even food delivery are targeted services.

GroundLink Black-Car Service Launches New Technology

Brio allows travel managers to book single and multiple rides for others and much more.
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

Meetings site selection London England

by Allen J. Sheinman | August 01, 2017
Michael Bonsor, new managing director of the luxurious 306-room Rosewood London, offers an offbeat agenda for spending a day in his home city.

Research

Comfy Shoes Among Key Comforts for Travelers

More than two-thirds of meeting professionals miss their spouse/partner when they travel, but no so much their children, finds a new M&C poll.

Comforts on the Road

What you love and miss most about traveling for work

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Involvement in Organizational Strategy (Video)

We asked planners if they discuss organizational strategy with key stakeholders.