by By Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2009

Star Alliance, the 21-member airline network that encompasses 17,000 daily flights to 160 countries, has launched Meetings Plus, a discount program for groups of 50 or more people who originate from at least three countries. Submit RFPs at

Financial & In­sur­ance Con­ference Planners
has launched the FICP Online Exchange (, a tool that allows planner members to share details of their meetings -- including venues, DMCs and speakers -- and opinions of same with their peers.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty has signed legislation that will pay for the city's new $537 million, 1,160-room Marriott Marquis, which will be built next to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

An eight-year project
will renovate the four original terminals at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Airport officials estimate the overall cost will be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. Construction will begin in 2011 and be completed by late 2017.