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

Margaritaville San Diego Rooftop Pool Deck
San Diego's Hotel Solamar Rebrands as a Margaritaville Property
The 235-room Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is the brand's first West Coast... Read More
Aloft Santa Clara WXYZ lounge
Aloft Santa Clara Unveils Multimillion-Dollar Renovation
Five refreshed event spaces are among the upgrades at the hotel, which is part of the... Read More
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Lobby Renovation
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Completes Renovations
The $22.5 million project introduced a new restaurant and contemporary California design to the... Read More
Shelbys Rooftop Canopy by Hilton San Francisco
Canopy by Hilton Opens in San Francisco
The lifestyle boutique hotel, just three blocks from the Moscone Center, features a rooftop lounge.... Read More
Viceroy Santa Monica Pool Deck
Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel Wraps Up $21 Million Renovation
The iconic Southern California beachside property has unveiled new guest rooms, public spaces and an... Read More
Moxy AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Dual-Branded Marriott Hotel Debuts in Downtown L.A.
The Moxy and AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles offer a combined 727 guest rooms and 13,000 square feet of... Read More
Former Santa Monica Loews Hotel Will Rebrand as a Regent
Former Santa Monica Loews Hotel Will Rebrand as a Regent
When the property reopens in late 2023 on the Southern California coast, it will mark the luxury... Read More
Wayfarer San Luis Obispo Lobby
Kinney SLO Hotel Rebrands as the Wayfarer San Luis Obispo
The college-themed boutique property is the second Wayfarer hotel in California.... Read More
La Jolla Shores beachfront
Event Space Upgrades Complete at La Jolla Shores Hotel in San Diego
The Shore Lawn and the Acapulco Deck are outdoor/indoor meeting venues that can accommodate as many as... Read More
Miramonte Resort Tommy Bahama
Miramonte to Rebrand as First Tommy Bahama Resort
The Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa will debut late next year in Indian Wells, Calif.... Read More
Kimpton Enso San Francisco Guest Room
Kimpton Hotel Enso to Open Soon in San Francisco
The former Buchanan Hotel in the Japantown neighborhood has been fully renovated and will be rebranded... Read More
Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach lobby
Zachari Dunes Resort Debuts in California After Multimillion-Dollar Rebrand
A reimagining of the former Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, the new Curio Collection by Hilton... Read More
Hilton Columbus Downtown Stories on High
Hilton Columbus Downtown Becomes Ohio's Largest Hotel
The property has opened a new, 28-story tower, and now offers 1,000 guest rooms alongside the... Read More
mgm grand studio tower room
Renovations Begin on Studio Tower at MGM Grand in Vegas
The 700 rooms are being redesigned with a "retro desert feel."... Read More
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Atrium Renovation
Hyatt Regency San Francisco to Debut Guest-Room Renovation
The multimillion-dollar transformation of the waterfront hotel's guest rooms and suites will be... Read More
Business Travel Per Diem FY 2023
GSA Raises Fiscal Year 2023 Per Diem Rates
Beginning Oct. 1, the standard lodging rate will increase by $2 a night.... Read More
Conrad Los Angeles San Laurel
Conrad Opens Its First California Hotel in Los Angeles
The luxury property is part of the The Grand LA downtown residential and entertainment development.... Read More
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