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Top 10 Meetings Innovations

by Michael J. Shapiro | January 01,2017
Our third annual edition of this special report finds a fresh crop of significant concepts and tools beginning to make waves in the meetings industry.

Breaking News

Zika Cases Reach 4,866 in U.S. and 35,415 in Territories, Primarily Puerto Rico

by Allen J. Sheinman | January 13,2017
Per new CDC statistics, 210 locally acquired cases occurred in Florida, six in Texas.

MCI's Black Flower Agency Acquires Experiential Marketing Firm In House Ideas

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 13,2017
The Miami-based In House Ideas specializes in fashion, arts, real estate, publishing, hospitality, and health and fitness brands.

New Coalition Forms to Battle Texas' Proposed Bathroom Bill

by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 12,2017
PCMA and ASAE are among the organizations speaking out against the legislation.
Airline Industry

Gov. Cuomo Unveils Ambitious Vision for Modernization of New York City’s JFK International Airport

The outlined plan calls for $9 Billion in upgrades to the aging facility.

Lufthansa Pilot Strike Forces 1,800 Flight Cancelations

Two-day action to last through Thursday, affecting more than 200,000 passengers.
Business Travel

U.S. Travel Association Decries Customs Breakdown, Urges System Improvements

Outdated technology and a cumbersome entry process dissuades long-haul visitors, says Roger Dow.

North Carolina Fails to Rescind Controversial 'Bathroom Law'

Legislators were unable to come to agreement during a special session on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Cruises

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

Arnold Donald says Ocean Medallion "potentially redefines travel as we know it."

Richard Branson's Cruise Line Sets Sail Under New Name: 'Virgin Voyages'

The Virgin Group has relaunched its nascent cruise line, Virgin Cruises, under a new brand identity.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB Issues Statement on Airport Shooting

The president and CEO emphasizes "Greater Fort Lauderdale's spirit is resilient and strong."

Visit Florida Appoints New CEO

Announcement follows resignation of former head in the wake of the organization's controversial $1 million marketing contract with rapper Pitbull.
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 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

ASAE's Convene Green Purchased by HIP Network

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

Caesars Expands 'Responsible Meeting' Initiatives

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

Austin, Texas, Resort to Become a Miraval Property

The Travaasa will be transformed and expanded over the next two years.

Affinia Manhattan NYC Renamed the Stewart Following Sale

The 618-room property is now owned by Patriarch Equities, Sioni Group and Highgate, which is managing the 28-story hotel.
Incentives

What Buyer's Market?

Reports that planners are gaining the upper hand on hotel pricing seem to be overstated.

Global Incentive Summit Brings Education, Business to Monaco

Millennials and growing uncertainty were two of the topics incentive planners discussed at the new hosted buyer conference.
Industry Associations

PCMA Convening Leaders Kicks Off in Austin

Attendance at the organization's annual meeting is likely to be the highest to date.

DMAI Unveils Business Plan for 2017

Group also announces summit dates, including the new Convention Services Summit.
International Travel

Swiss Trains Now Running Through World's Longest Rail Tunnel

The first trains ran from Zurich to Lugano on Sunday.

State Department Issues Travel Alert for Europe During Holiday Season

The government cited "credible information" that points to terrorist attacks.
Meeting Venue

Nashville's Music City Center to Expand Concourse, Prefunction Space

The city's Convention Center Authority has approved a $19.9 million budget to add more than 11,000 square feet.

Los Cabos, La Paz Convention Centers Seeking Management Bids

The state government wants a management company to run both facilities.
Meetings Technology

Inntopia, a Subsidiary of Northstar Travel Group, Acquires DestiMetrics

DestiMetrics' leading market intelligence will expand and enhance Inntopia's product offering.

Core-apps to Launch Three New Event App Features

Core-apps will introduce three new event app features in 2017: Conference Notes, Showcase XD, and Access 365.
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

MCI's Black Flower Agency Acquires Experiential Marketing Firm In House Ideas

The Miami-based In House Ideas specializes in fashion, arts, real estate, publishing, hospitality, and health and fitness brands.

HelmsBriscoe Had Banner Year in 2016

Meetings-procurement firm booked a record $1.2 billion in room revenue.
Trade Shows

Largest IMEX America Show Closes With Record Numbers

The sixth annual trade show had the most exhibiting firms, buyers and education sessions to date.

IMEX America Kicks Off Today in Las Vegas

The sixth annual show features 3,250 exhibiting companies, 269 education sessions and more.
Transportation

Lyft Introduces 'Lyft Events'

New service lets event organizers and meeting planners arrange transportation for attendees.

Calgary International Airport Opens New International Terminal

New high-tech features include enhanced boarding and baggage-handling systems.  
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

Hotels people dining

by Allen J. Sheinman | January 01, 2017
The new restaurant manager of The Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas, describes her most memorable meal.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: The Importance of Cost-Containment to Planners (Video)

We asked planners how they prioritize cost-cutting when it comes to meeting planning.

30 Seconds to Smart: 2017 vs. 2016 Meeting Budgets (Video)

We asked planners how they expect their overall meeting budgets to change year-over-year.

Will Trump Hinder Meetings?

Many respondents to M&C's latest poll worry that the new administration will deter visitors to the U.S.