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Don Welsh Shares His Vision for DMAI

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 08, 2016
In this exclusive interview with M&C, the incoming CEO discusses challenges and goals for the association.

Most Travel Insurance Won't Cover the Zika Virus

February 08, 2016
For the majority of policies, even CDC travel advisories are not adequate reason for cancellation.

Starwood to Manage the St. Regis Jakarta in Indonesia

by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 05, 2016
The 280-room property will open in 2019.

Kimpton Plans Ohio Debut With Cleveland's The Schofield

February 05, 2016
The 122-room hotel will open in March with 3,800 square feet of meeting space.

Latest Zika News

February 04, 2016
All the news and resources a planner needs for understanding the risks of meeting in Zika-affected destinations

U.S. Travel Campaign Highlights Economic Impact of Presidential Primaries

by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 04, 2016
Evidence of politics-related travel surge gives rise to "Bloviating About Jobs Actually Creates Them" ad campaign.

Florida Governor Declares Zika Emergency

by Tamara Lush & Gary Fineout, Associated Press | February 04, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties Wednesday after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida.

Meetings & Conventions Launches Zika News and Resources Page for Industry Professionals

by Loren G. Edelstein | February 04, 2016 will provide new information daily, as well as a forum for discussion.

American Hotel & Lodging Association Addresses Zika Concerns, Provides FAQ Sheet

by Loren G. Edelstein | February 03, 2016
Hotels already follow strict protocols to prevent the spread of disease, per AH&LA.

AlliedPRA, Form Strategic Partnership

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 03, 2016
AlliedPRA will serve as the global venue search/DMC firm’s preferred North American DMC.

U.S. Travel Association Readies Response to Zika Threat

by Loren G. Edelstein | February 03, 2016
The organization will serve as a bridge between the travel industry, government and health officials, per president and CEO Roger Dow.

Hotels Expand Options to Keep Guests Healthy on the Road

by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | February 03, 2016
The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and basic spa menus to accommodate guests' growing requests to stay healthy while on the road.


Meetings Industry Job Changes

by Allen J. Sheinman | February 01, 2016
The new director of sales and marketing at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale suggests a must-do activity in town.


M&C Survey: Meeting Professionals Are Canceling, Moving Meetings Due to Zika

Concerns about the virus already have many changing plans.

The Power of Word of Mouth

When it comes to finding out about new hotels and destinations, colleague recommendations are key, per our latest survey.

How Planners Meet Suppliers

Meeting professionals had more to say about their preferred methods of introduction.

30 Seconds to Smart: The 2016 Planner Wish List (Video)

We asked planners what they would like to change about their jobs in 2016.

News Analysis

Q&A With Thomas B. Mangas

The new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts talks about the ramifications of his company's merger with Marriott.

CES Sets New Security Procedures

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show instituted some big changes in bag and security policies.

Kindred Hotels Markets Independent Resort Meetings

The offshoot of the Resort Hotel Association trumpets members' event space.

Airline Passengers' Top Pet Peeves

Lost luggage is the biggest gripe of 528 travelers polled by Qualtrics, an online survey platform.
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