Last Friday, the Transportation
Security Administration gave Clear formal approval as a service
provider for the national rollout of the Registered Traveler
program, which will allow air passengers to pay to pass through an
express security line. According to Verified Identity Pass, the New
York City-based parent company of Clear, the approval was the first
from the TSA. "It's another important milestone as we continue to
lead the industry in processing enrollments and finish construction
of our verification lanes at JFK, San Jose (Calif.), Indianapolis
and Cincinnati," said Steven Brill, Clear's CEO. "Those four
airports are where, along with the extension of our initial pilot
program in Orlando, we will begin our national rollout next
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, will
reopen Dec. 4, 15 months after it was devastated by Hurricane
Katrina. More than $100 million has been invested in the renovation
that includes a new club level in what was a separate Ritz-Carlton
property, The Maison Orleans; a new restaurant called M}lange, and
a new meeting area on the first floor measuring 8,000 square feet.
In total, the 452-room property will have 35,000 square feet of
meeting space; the spa's lobby, gym and caf} will reopen in
Officials at the Dubai World Trade
Center in the United Arab Emirates announced yesterday they will
build Dubai Exhibition World, a $2 billion convention center, next
to the emirates' new international airport, which opens in 2007.
The first phase of the project, to include 19 connected halls with
1.3 million square feet of exhibit space, will open in mid-2009.
When finished, the venue will offer more than 3.2 million square
feet of space, as well as 2,000 hotel rooms spread out among
several hotels. The existing convention center, the Dubai
International Convention & Exhibition Centre, will be
unaffected; it has 600,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The Society of Incentive & Travel
Executives has launched a new research arm, the International SITE
Foundation. The new body replaces the SITE Foundation, which in May
became an independent entity called the Incentive Research
Foundation, serving the entire incentive industry. The
International SITE Foundation's first fund-raising event will be
the Incentive Classic, a "golf and lifestyle event" at the Pebble
Beach Resorts in Monterey, Calif., Dec. 4 to 6, 2007, in
conjunction with SITE's International Conference.
The Doubletree Hotel & Executive
Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center in Portland, Ore., has
earned a Green Seal GS-33 Lodging Sustainability certification for
its enhanced environmental standards. To earn the seal, the
476-room hotel installed more energy-efficient fixtures and
lighting, altered its handling of food waste and began educating
staff on improving sustainability. The hotel, which has 46,000
square feet of meeting space, will host the national conference of
the Green Meeting Industry Council in February.
Joseph Marinelli, CDME, has been named
president of the Savannah (Ga.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Marinelli comes to Savannah from Columbus, Ohio, where he was
senior vice president, sales, at Experience Columbus, the city's
convention and visitors bureau.