by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 01, 2008

Jekyll Island, Ga., officials announced plans to break ground later this year on a $325 million development that will include a new convention center, a 400-room headquarters hotel, two smaller hotels, residential units and an environmental conservation center.

The entertainment software association, which paid more than $5 million in cancellation fees last year to the Los Angeles Convention Center after pulling its annual trade show, E3, has moved the show back to the center for this year.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts has launched a new luxury brand, Grand Millennium. All properties will feature meeting space, lifestyle spas, multiple dining venues and large atriums. The first four hotels in the brand are in Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing; Dubai; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Visa has partnered with Arcaneo, a meetings technology provider, to launch the Visa Meetings card. The card will be introduced to the European Union later this year, followed by Asia-Pacific in 2009. Users of the Visa Meetings card do not have to be Visa clients.