. Michael J. Shapiro | Meetings & Conventions
Michael J. Shapiro

Michael J. Shapiro

Editor, Technology

Michael writes, edits, photographs, interviews, moderates and otherwise develops content for Northstar Meetings Group's acclaimed brands. As the technology editor, he oversees all tech coverage across the group's publications and digital products. Among his other fields of expertise are the hotel, airline and business-travel industries and Latin American destinations. Before joining Northstar more than a decade ago, Michael wrote about digital photography, travel, movies and more. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied mass communications with a focus on film and television at Pennsylvania State University. He went on to found Northstar's satellite office in Guadalajara, Mexico.

What Michael Covers

In the United States: Great Lakes States (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania), California, Nevada

Internationally: Mexico, Central/South America, Spain, Japan

Industry Segments: Hotels, hotel consortiums, third parties, gaming, business travel, technology

The Latest From Michael

Hotel Indy to Debut in October 2021
Hotel Indy to Debut in October 2021
Indiana's first Tribute Portfolio by Marriott property is revitalizing a historic building.... Read More
Kimpton Alton San Francisco Room Debut
Kimpton Alton Hotel Opens May 14 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
The boutique brand's first new Bay Area property in six years promises a local's view of the popular... Read More
Westin Indianapolis Renovation Ten Hands Bar
Westin Indianapolis Embarks on Propertywide Renovation
The three-phase project includes a complete makeover of the hotel's 39,000 square feet of meeting... Read More
What to Expect in Hotel Negotiations in 2021
What to Expect in Hotel Negotiations in 2021
Flexibility and collaboration are driving group deals as face-to-face meetings get back on the books.... Read More
Face Mask Facial Recognition DHS Study
Facial-Recognition Tech Accurately Identified People Wearing Face Masks in DHS Study
The research suggests that facial recognition can identify masked travelers and convention attendees... Read More
Meetings Industry Forecast 2021
Meetings Industry Forecast 2021
Smaller, more regional meetings are expected to lead a slow recovery as hotels face a prolonged... Read More
Gary Schirmacher Named CEO of Total Hospitality Industry Solutions
Gary Schirmacher Named CEO of Total Hospitality Industry Solutions
The industry veteran will provide sales and marketing guidance to hotels and DMOs.... Read More