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ON THE COVER: Are You Covered?

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | June 01,2016
This comprehensive guide to event insurance offers the facts on essential policies addressing general liability, communicable diseases, cancellation and more.

Breaking News

New York City's Waldorf Astoria to Convert Majority of Rooms to Condos

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 27,2016

Next year, the iconic hotel will close for up to three years while up to 1,100 rooms are made into private residences.

Marriott, Starwood Get Merger Clearance from EU

by Michael J. Shapiro | June 27,2016
The approval brings the companies one step closer to closing the deal.

Social Tables Benchmarks 'Modern Meeting Planner' in New Study

Research explores meeting planner demographics, duties, and tools.
Airline Industry

JetBlue Boosts Service Between Boston and New York Area

The carrier also is expanding flights from Newark Liberty to top Florida destinations.

Three U.S. Airlines Apply to Start Service to Cuba

American, JetBlue and United seek approval from the U.S. DOT now that commercial flights have been OK’d.
Business Travel

Long TSA Lines Will Ground One in Five Flyers, Costing U.S. Economy $4.3 Billion

Findings are based on a survey of 2,500 Americans by the U.S. Travel Association.

EU Considers Suspension of Visa-Free Travel for Americans and Canadians

Such a move would have a devastating economic impact, says the European Tour Operators Association.
Cruises

Carnival's Fathom Brand Gets OK to Begin Cruises From U.S. to Cuba, Starting in May

The U.S. cruise line is first to gain approval from the Cuban government in more than 50 years.

Cindy D’Aoust Named President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association

The meetings and travel industry executive has been with CLIA since 2014.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Denver Set New Tourism Records in 2015

Visit Denver president attributes the good news to an increase in marketing dollars spent.

New L.A. Rams Stadium Will Host Super Bowl LV in 2021

The L.A. Super Bowl Committee secured the winning bid Tuesday.
Destination Management

IRF Study: How DMCs Can Improve Relations With Meeting Planners

A new Incentive Research Foundation study reveals destination management companies' strengths and weaknesses in relating with meeting planners.

ADMEI Unveils New Website, Recognizes 2016 Achievement Award Winners

The news was announced during the association’s annual conference in Oklahoma City.
Gaming

Atlantic City Casino Resort Workers Vote to Authorize a Strike Beginning July 1

Action would affect 6,000 employees of Tropicana, Caesars, Bally’s, Trump Taj Mahal and Harrah’s resorts.

MGM to Acquire Last 50 Percent of Atlantic City's Borgata for $900 Million

MGM was a co-owner of the property with Boyd Gaming Corp.
Green Meetings

Caesars Expands 'Responsible Meeting' Initiatives

The new Meetings for Good menu offers local community-service opportunities.

MeetGreen to Offer CSR Event Planning Services Through Give2Get

The partnership aims to ease the logistical challenge for meeting planners.
Hotels and Resorts

New York City's Waldorf Astoria to Convert Majority of Rooms to Condos

Next year, the iconic hotel will close for up to three years while up to 1,100 rooms are made into private residences.

Marriott, Starwood Get Merger Clearance from EU

The approval brings the companies one step closer to closing the deal.
Incentives

Healthcare Meetings Expert Joins Maritz Travel

MPI's Pat Schaumann will join as senior compliance director.

Experiential Agency Launches Standalone Incentive Firm

Philadelphia's Event Strategy Group branches out.
Industry Associations

MPI's WEC By the Numbers

More than 2,000 attendees gathered in Atlantic City this week.

Date for 2017 Global Meetings Industry Day Announced

Meetings Mean Business coalition expects to surpass the 115 events held this year.
International Travel

Survey: Half of Americans Want Summer Olympics Canceled or Delayed Due to Zika

Another 28 percent are less likely to attend because of fear of terrorism.

Havana Is Fastest-Growing Airbnb Market

The sharing-economy platform lists more than 4,000 homes in the Cuban capital.
Meeting Venue

Las Vegas CVA Set to Implode the Riviera This Month

One of the historic property's towers will be demolished June 14.

New Convention Center to Open in Dubai in 2018

The facility will have two hotels, conference facilities and office space.
Meetings Technology

Etouches Meetings Software Acquires Zentila Venue-Sourcing Provider

The event-management technology provider beefs up its sourcing technology and expertise.

Groupize Turns to Email to Simplify the eRFP Process

The sourcing-technology provider has launched emailBids for small groups and meetings.
Taxes

Oregon Poised to Raise State Lodging Tax

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

Bahamas Changes Hotel Tax to a Value-Added Tax

Guests now will pay a 7.5 percent VAT on rooms.
Third-Party

Global-Events Firm First Protocol Acquires Barkley-Kalpak Associates

The international events agency will move BKA, named a 2016 Best Places to Work in the Meetings industry by M&C, into its New York City offices.

Larry Luteran Joins Freeman Audio Visual

The former Hilton sales executive will be the company's chief sales officer.
Trade Shows

U.S. Remains Top Country, Berlin Rises to Top City in 2015 ICCA Rankings

Ratings are based on 12,076 international association events that took place last year.
Transportation

Rail Line to Denver International Airport Opens Today

Starting at noon, rides will be available for free until 9 p.m.

Uber Agrees to Pay Newark $10 Million to Operate at Airport for 10 Years

The deal could be a model for similar statewide legislation.
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.
Unions

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.

People

Interview Lisa Vogt cruises site selection

by Allen J. Sheinman | June 01, 2016
The associate vice president, global meetings, incentive and charter sales, for Celebrity Cruises, outlines the unique advantages of holding a meeting aboard a cruise ship.

Research

Will You Meet in Mississippi or North Carolina?

Most planners polled by M&C Research say they would avoid destinations that have passed controversial laws that some could find discriminatory.

To Boycott or Not?

Planners sound off on whether controversial laws should influence site selection.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel Mergers Will Affect Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners how they feel about industry consolidation.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel About New or Lesser-Known Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners if they would consider a new or lesser-known hotel brand for a meeting.

News Analysis

AH&LA Takes Aim at Sharing-Economy Lodging

The American Hotel & Lodging Association makes the regulation of lodging platforms such as Airbnb a key point in its 2016 Policy Agenda.

Top Meeting Destinations Announced by Cvent, ICCA

Rankings include the top cities for meetings in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

How Your Luggage Gets Lost

A new study details the top reasons your bags disappear in transit, including transfer "mishandling," failure to load, ticketing errors, tagging errors and...

MPI Outlook: Budgets to Rise

Latest research from Meeting Professionals International finds planners and suppliers generally enjoying comfortable business conditions.
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