The National Association for
Employee Recognition, based in Naperville, Ill., has
changed its name to Recognition Professionals International, to
reflect the group’s growing global membership base and its focus on
recognition in all forms.
Maritz Inc., based in
Fenton, Mo., and motivation consultant Bob Nelson have launched
Maritz Recognition Studio, an online suite of tools to help
companies assess their formal and informal motivation needs.
Rocco Forte Hotels
will manage a new 90-room resort in Marrakesh, Morocco. The
property, to open in December 2009, will include a spa, an 18-hole
golf course and golf academy, and 80 privately owned villas.
The Italian government
has passed a new law that allows groups to work with any tour guide
of their choosing. Previously, planners could hire only Italian
tour guides who had been officially accredited by the local
government, and some popular tourist sites were off-limits to
groups unless they were accompanied by an “official” guide.