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Trump Hotels Settle With Attorney General Over Data Breach

by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | September 26, 2016
The company will pay $50,000 for violations; shore up data security.

MPI Adds Four New Leadership Roles, Eliminates 15 Positions

by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 26, 2016
The reorganization includes a realignment of roles and restructuring of teams.

Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Southeast Malaysia in 2017

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 23, 2016
The 365-room hotel will be part of Desaru Coast, a resort development in the southeastern part of the country.

With $13 Billion Starwood Deal Done, Marriott Begins Integration of Loyalty Programs

by Michael J. Shapiro | September 23, 2016
New microsite educates loyalty members on how to link accounts.

The Westin Buffalo Opens in Upstate New York

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 22, 2016

The 116-room property has 7,300 square feet of meeting and event space and an outdoor courtyard.


Moxy Berlin Debuts in the German Capital

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 22, 2016
The 210-room property is part of Marriott’s Millennial-focused brand.

Paris' Le Méridien Etoile Reveals Renovations

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 22, 2016
The 1,025-room property is the largest hotel in central Paris and the flagship of the Le Méridien brand.

Naïa Resort to Debut in Belize

by Michael J. Shapiro | September 22, 2016
The luxury resort can host small events and yoga retreats.

ESPA Releases Accessibility Checklist

September 22, 2016

The Project Access documents are designed to help planners ensure venues are open to all.

Scottsdale CVB Rebrands as Experience Scottsdale

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 22, 2016
The destination marketing organization has unveiled a new web site -- -- to go with its new name.

Hyatt to Rebrand Three Hyatt Hotels Under Centric Flag

by Michael J. Shapiro | September 21, 2016
By early November, the company expects to have 11 Centric hotels in operation.

Planners and Suppliers Gather for Destination Hawaii 2016

by Josh Lieberman | September 20, 2016
Unforgettable sights, delicious meals, site inspections and informative sessions were hallmarks of the event.


Food and beverage

by Allen J. Sheinman | September 01, 2016

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30 Seconds to Smart: The Places Planners Worry About Safety (Video)

We asked planners about their concern for their own personal safety.

30 Seconds to Smart: Security at Convention Centers, Airports (Video)

We asked planners what types of security they would like to see at convention centers and airports.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Concerned Are Planners About Security? (Video)

We asked planners if they are worried in light of recent events.

Cost-Containment Is a Top Priority

Survey shows keeping meeting spend in check is a top priority.

News Analysis

ASAE Defines Policy Model for Diversity and Inclusion

Association group makes move in reaction to new state laws limiting LGBT rights.

IBTM World Outlines Show Sessions

This year's meetings/events trade show will include educational sessions on the show floor.

Slight Increase for 2017 Per Diem Lodging Rates

Federal employees traveling for work will get a few more dollars to spend on lodging next year.

Top 15 U.S. Spots for "Quality" Experiences

The 2016 U.S. Tourism Quality Index is based on social-media ratings of visitor experiences in 121 cities.