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Zika Casts a Pall on Some Company Retreats

by Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press | February 12, 2016
Concerns about Zika are keeping some employees from attending company retreats.

Latest Zika News

February 12, 2016
All the news and resources a planner needs for understanding the risks of meeting in Zika-affected destinations

International Tourists Swarm to Brazilian Carnaval in Record Numbers

by Michael J. Shapiro | February 12, 2016
Despite Zika concerns, many cities broke attendance records.

On New Site Blog, Incentive Planners Share How Zika is Affecting Their Programs

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 12, 2016
Members report few program cancellations, many questions from clients

Four Seasons Lanai Reopens After Two-Year Refurbishment

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 11, 2016
The 217-room Hawaiian resort has upgraded guest rooms, public spaces, conference center and more.

Free Wi-Fi to Be Expanded at D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center

by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 11, 2016
Service upgrades will take place across entire 2.3 million-square-foot facility.

Sheraton to Take Over Coastal Resort in Portugal

by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 11, 2016
The former Vivamarinha Hotel will be rebranded officially on Feb. 24.

Kimpton to Build 120-Room Hotel in Downtown Bellevue, Wash.

by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 11, 2016
The property, part of a new mixed-use development, is set to open in 2019.

Survey: Business Travel to Europe Remains 'Largely Unaffected' by Paris Attacks

February 10, 2016
Business travel to and within Europe remains resilient three months after the Paris terror attacks.

Reed Stays the Course With Events in Latin America

by Michael J. Shapiro | February 09, 2016
The show organizer hasn't rescheduled any meetings due to the Zika virus; ICANN has.

Airbnb's Effect on Manhattan Hotels Is Minor

by Michael J. Shapiro | February 09, 2016
STR analyzed two years of Airbnb data and found little effect thus far on Manhattan's hotel market.

President Asks Congress for $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika; $250 Million Earmarked for Puerto Rico

by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | February 09, 2016
Proactive measures, not panic, are called for to control the virus, now in 26 countries and territories.

People

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.

Research

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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