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What's New in Gaming

by The M&C Staff | April 01,2014
M&C's annual report covers new and renovated gaming properties in key destinations around the country.

Breaking News

Deutsche Bank in Talks to Sell Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

by Michael J. Shapiro | April 23,2014
The Strip resort has yet to make a profit.

Jekyll Island, Ga., to Invest $88 Million in Three New Hotels

by Michael C. Lowe | April 23,2014
The project will bring 535 new guest rooms to the area.

New Jersey OKs $5 Million Grant to Lure More Flights to Atlantic City

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 23,2014
Move follows United's new service to the airport.
Airline Industry

American Updates Checked-Bag Policies, Mileage Redemption Rules

Some loyalty club members will receive fewer free checked bags.

BTC Calls for Changes to Airline Bill

The BTC’s Kevin Mitchell says debate and amendments are essential for consumer protection.
Business Travel

GBTA Increases Business Travel and Group Travel Forecasts

Spending on trips now is expected to rise 7.1 percent in 2014.

IATA Urges Governments to Crack Down on Unruly Passengers

The International Civil Aviation Organization will discuss the issue this week.
Cruises

Regent Seven Seas to Add New 738-Passenger Ship in 2016

The all-suite Seven Seas Explorer will have a Canyon Ranch spa.

Arison to Step Down as Carnival CEO

The 34-year veteran will remain chairman of the cruise company his father founded.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

New Jersey OKs $5 Million Grant to Lure More Flights to Atlantic City

Move follows United's new service to the airport.

German Convention Bureau Honored by UNESCO for Sustainability Education

More than 300 event planners have been certified through the program.
Destination Management

Global Events Partners Closes Seven DMCs

Company wants to return to original model of representing independently owned destination management firms.

Gilligan, Delaney to Leave Ovation Global DMC

The industry veterans will establish a destination consulting firm.
Gaming

Atlantic City Casino Profits Drop by 35 Percent

Twelve properties posted collective gross operating profit of $235 million.

Hard Rock Renews Interest in Atlantic City, Possibly Revel

Firm has filed documents with N.J. Gaming as rumors point to purchase of Revel Casino.
Green Meetings

Minneapolis Convention Center Receives Sustainability Certification

The facility features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space.

GMIC Hires Association Management Firm

Nardone Consulting Group will provide chapter support for the green meetings group.
Hotels and Resorts

Deutsche Bank in Talks to Sell Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Strip resort has yet to make a profit.

Jekyll Island, Ga., to Invest $88 Million in Three New Hotels

The project will bring 535 new guest rooms to the area.
Incentives

Maritz Travel Launches Global Expansion Team

Meeting and incentive giant taps three industry pros to spearhead global development.

Incentive Travel Expected to Grow Significantly Through 2016

Fourth annual Site forecast reveals increased pressure on planners to deliver ROI and more.
Industry Associations

IMEX America Releases Sustainability Report for 2013 Trade Show

Compliance with APEX/ASTM standards improved significantly over previous year.

IAEE to Hold First-Ever Exhibitions Day in D.C.

Set for mid-June, the program aims to educate legislators about the meetings industry.
International Travel

Northstar Travel Media Acquires Asia’s Leading Online Travel Content Brand, Web in Travel​

WIT is best known for its event series related to online travel distribution in the Asia Pacific region.

State Deptartment Issues Ukraine Travel Warning

U.S. Government takes measure in light of continued unrest in Kiev.
Meeting Venue

Convention Center Debuts in Lausanne, Switzerland

SwissTech Convention Center offers approximately 36,000 square feet of space.

Quebec Convention Center Unveils Expansion

Eight meeting rooms and 20,000 square feet of prefunction space were added.
Meetings Technology

'Meetings Mean Business' Launches Mobile App

The free app provides access to data and industry updates.

Passkey Launches New Booking Portal

PasskeyANYWHERE consolidates GroupMAX features and adds more.
Taxes

Phoenix Officials Fear Tax-Funding Cuts

Provisions in a convention-center deal made 10 years ago are coming back to haunt the city.

Louisiana Passes Measure to Boost New Orleans Tourism Funds

 Optional hotel assessment will generate another $12 million for marketing.
Third-Party

Meetings Industry Veterans John Zeltin and Rod Abraham Form Strategic Partnership

Consultants will specialize in helping associations maximize revenue from trade shows and other programs.

Freeman Acquires Audio Visual Management Group

AVMG will join Freeman Audio Visual
Trade Shows

CEIR Report Shows Exhibition Industry Up in 2013

The study predicts accelerated growth through 2016.
Transportation

Oregon Convention Center Attendees to Ride Free on Transit System

Portland's city government struck the deal last Thursday.

New Rail Service to Connect Boston Districts

Line between the Back Bay and the Seaport could open in two years.
Travel Management

Travel Manager Salaries Increase, Says Survey

The average respondent base salary was $93,937.

CWT Names Patrick Andersen President, Americas Region

The European executive vice president will move to the U.S.
Unions

Walt Disney World Offers Minimum Wage Increase and Elimination of Pensions

The deal would affect more than 20,000 full-time workers.

Chicago Hotel Workers End 10-Year Strike

 The picket began in June 2003 over wage-cut disputes.

People

Quick Chat With Khaled Al-Idrissi

by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2014
The director of sales and marketing for the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Columbia, talks about how his years of working abroad changed his perspective.

Research

F&B Prices: Going Up

The latest trends in F&B are tracked in our poll.

F&B: What Matters Most to Planners?

We asked meeting professionals what's most important when planning menus.

Seeking Excellent Speakers

Our latest poll asks meeting planners what their top priorities are when searching for a speaker.

Planners' Favorite Speakers, 2014

Meeting professionals name their favorite presenters from the worlds of sports, business, motivation and even the meetings industry itself.

News Analysis

Maritz Plots International Expansion

Maritz Travel's Dave Peckinpaugh answers questions about his company's new push to expand globally.

House Provision to East Travel Restrictions Awaits Passage

A federal bill that would expand the Visa Waiver and Global Entry programs, reduce visa wait times and more has widespread bipartisan backing and is poised to...

Why We Don't Use All of Our Vacation Time

Findings from a new study show U.S. Workers don’t use 3.2 of their average of 20 vacation days per year; here's why.

Charting Current Airline Fees

Here's what the major carriers are now charging to change a flight and check a bag.
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