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

Shore House at the Del Pool
Hotel del Coronado's Luxe Shore House to Open in September
The debut of the residential-style hotel at the beachfront Southern California resort will complete a... Read More
Dry Creek Inn Healdsburg Villa Toscana
Healdsburg's Dry Creek Inn Reopens Tower and Event Center
The Northern California hotel's Villa Toscana and Krug Event Center, which had been leased to Sonoma... Read More
Hotel Ziggy Opens in West Hollywood
Hotel Ziggy Opens in West Hollywood
The music-themed boutique property has 108 rooms and more than 10,000 square feet of event space.... Read More
Pendry Newport Beach Hotel
California's Pendry Newport Beach Rebrand to Debut in 2023
The project is a transformation of the former Fashion Island Hotel in Orange County.... Read More
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa King
Rebranded Hyatt Regency San Francisco SoMa Opens Near Moscone
The former Park Central hotel has undergone a $70 million transformation.... Read More
Azure Sky King Room Palm Springs
Boutique Hotel Azure Sky to Reopen in Palm Springs, Calif.
The classic 1959 property has been restored and reimagined as a luxurious 14-room retreat available... Read More
Caesars to Rebrand Bally's Las Vegas as Horseshoe
Caesars to Rebrand Bally's Las Vegas as Horseshoe
The transformation of the Las Vegas Strip resort will begin this spring.... Read More
Stavrand Russian River Valley California
Luxury Boutique Hotel Debuts Event Space in Sonoma County
The Stavrand Russian River Valley now offers 36,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space in... Read More
Hard Rock Las Vegas Mirage Needs Guitars
Hard Rock to Buy, Rebrand Mirage Las Vegas
The hospitality and entertainment company will pay $1.075 billion to acquire the operating assets from... Read More
Hyatt House Place ShoresLAX
Dual-Branded Hyatt Hotels Debut Near L.A. International Airport
The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House LAX/Century Blvd. hotels offer meeting space and a mid-century modern... Read More
Huntington Beach Sunset Drone
Oil Spill Closes Shoreline in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Officials are unsure when the beaches will reopen,... Read More
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Terrace Strip
MGM Resorts to Operate the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The luxury resort will become the hospitality company's 14th property on the Strip.... Read More
Canopy Hilton Chicago Central Loop Complex
First Hotel in Dual-Branded Hilton Complex to Debut in Chicago This October
The Hilton Garden Inn and Canopy Chicago Central Loop will offer a combined 350 rooms.... Read More
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