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“Relationship building is an important aspect of my duties as a corporate planner, and the networking advantages to our membership in MPI is what I find most useful.”

Aileen Hawes, CMP, UPS Public Affairs

“MPI has allowed me to make some great contacts in the meeting planning industry. Having just moved here a few years ago, it’s been an excellent resource to meeting new contacts both professionally and personally.”

Amy Preske, Buffalo Trace Distillery

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Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina Announces May Opening

The Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina will open in late May 2014.

IMEX Declaration of Support for Meetings Surpasses 100 Signatures

One-hundred politicians have signed the IMEX Group's "Declaration of Support for the Meetings and Events Industry."

Gogo Plans High-Speed In-Flight Wi-Fi

A new technology from Gogo promises to increase in-flight Wi-Fi speeds when it enters the market in 2015.

Northstar Travel Media Acquires Mountain Travel Symposium

Northstar Travel Media has acquired Mountain Travel Symposium, a conference held in North American every spring which attracts mountain destination travel professionals from all over the world.

Waldorf Astoria Coming to Beverly Hills in 2017

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is opening its first hotel on the West Coast.

MGM Resorts International, Hakkasan Group Create New Hotel Company

MGM Resorts International has partnered with Hakkasan Group to form MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

Cleveland Announces Convention Hotel Groundbreaking

Crews will break ground on the Hilton Cleveland/Downtown on April 28.

Meetings Industry Plans Inaugural 'Exhibitions Day' on Capitol Hill

A coalition of industry organizations will host the first-ever Exhibitions Day June 16-17 in Washington, D.C.

JOLT Act Receives Bi-Partisan Sponsorship

The Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act has garnered 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.

United States Among Asian Planners' Preferred Meeting Destinations

Asian meeting planners are increasingly interested in destinations outside their region, finds new research from Reed Travel Exhibitions.

Report: Senior Executives Attend Trade Shows to Discover New Products

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research has published a new report on trade show preferences, broken down by job title.

AIBTM to Offer RecertTrack Education Tracking at 2014 Show

RecertTrack is the "official education tracking service" of AIBTM 2014.

Orlando Sets Record for Most Visitors Ever to a U.S. Destination

Orlando welcomed 59 million visitors in 2013.

Congress Seeks Extension of Brand USA

A bipartisan group of 25 U.S. senators has introduced a bill to reauthorize Brand USA.

Tropicana Buys St. Louis Hotels, Casino

Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has sold its three St. Louis properties to Tropicana Entertainment.

Canadian Meetings Generate Over $29 Billion in Spending

In 2012, business events in Canada generated $29.1 billion in direct spending, finds a new study by the Meeting Professionals International Foundation.

InterContinental New Orleans Undergoing $26 Million Renovation

The InterContinental New Orleans has commenced a $26 million renovation that will be complete this fall.

American Airlines Updates Checked-Bag, Award Travel Policies

American Airlines has announced several updates to its checked-bag policies, its mileage redemption structure and its inflight services.

DMAI Launches Benchmarking Database for DMOs

Destination Marketing Association International has launched a new database of core performance metrics for destination marketing organizations.

New Hilton Opens in Mexico City

The Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe has opened in Mexico City.

Winter, Crimea No Match for Business Travel Growth, GBTA Reports

Neither winter nor the crisis in Crimea has hampered U.S. business travel growth, according to the Global Business Travel Association.

Global Alliance Venues Recycled Over 1,300 Tons of Event Waste in 2013

In 2013, Global Alliance convention centers recycled over 1,300 tons of waste created from events.

MICE Update: Hawaii

Major renovations, new apps, and more are taking place throughout the islands.

Travel Industry Employment Reaches Record Levels

Travel industry employment reached an all-time high in March, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

MPI CEO Responds to Criticism Over CMM Changes

In response to concerns from its members, Meeting Professionals International has modified its plans for an updated CMM program.

Harrah's Resort Southern California Completes $160-Million Renovation

Former Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort also opens a brand-new 403-room hotel tower.

Travel Exports Down in February

Travel exports are down so far in 2014, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Group Hotel Business Sees 'Slow and Steady' Gains

Hotels enjoyed upticks in both group and transient business in the first quarter, according to TravelClick.

Atlantis Adds New Event Space, Completes Guest Room Renovations

Ocean's Edge at The Cove is the property's 22nd outdoor venue.

Meet Puerto Rico Debuts New MICE Promotion

New "Escape the Meeting Blah" campaign incentivizes MICE planners to book groups through May 30.

Republicans Narrow List of Potential 2016 RNC Host Cities

The Republican National Committee voted this week to narrow the list of potential host cities for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six.

QuickMobile, IMEX Group to Collaborate on Annual Technology Survey

QuickMobile is partnering with the IMEX Group on a new annual research study about mobile event apps.

Visit Oakland Debuts New Destination Brand

Northern California city has new logo and advertising campaign in the works to target both leisure and MICE visitors.

Northstar Travel Media Continues Aggressive Acquisition Streak in Asia

Northstar Travel Media acquires Asia's leading online travel content brand, Web in Travel.

Pharmaceutical Dining's New Rules

The Sunshine Act's Open Payments regulations impact on food and beverage.

Aspen Conference Center, The Gant, Plans Renovation

The Gant in Aspen, Colo., will unveil a $5 million renovation and expansion in June.

Convention Industry Council Targets Room Block 'Poaching'

The Convention Industry Council's Accepted Practices Exchange has formed a new workgroup to address the issue of room block "poaching."

Acquisition Makes Marriott Largest Hotelier in Africa

Marriott International has acquired Protea Hospitality Group, a South Africa-based hotelier with 116 hotels in the Middle East and Africa.

After Long Absence, Ritz-Carlton Plans Return to Australia

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth will open in 2018.

CEIR Forecasts Exhibition Industry Growth Through 2016

The exhibition industry is projected to grow further, faster in the coming years, projects the Center for Exhibition Industry Research.

Government Planners Prepare for 2014 Conference

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals will host its annual education conference May 6-8 in Portland, Ore.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Completes Multimillion-Dollar Transformation

The famed Waikiki resort has invested more than $90 million in renovations over the last three years.

World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Opens in Las Vegas

New attraction is particularly well-suited for groups.

China to Become Top Business Travel Market by 2015, GBTA Predicts

The Global Business Travel Association predicts China will surpass the United States as the world's No. 1 business travel market as early as 2015.

Airline Industry Targets Unruly Passengers

The International Air Transport Association says governments must close legal loopholes allowing unruly passengers to escape prosecution for offenses committed on board aircraft.

Santa Fe's Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Completes Renovation

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, NM, has unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation that began in January.

Lodging Industry Promotes 911 Direct Dial

The American Hotel & Lodging Association is urging its members to update emergency services dialing at their properties.

Moment.me Launches Free Service for Creating Mobile Event Microsites

Moment.me has launched a new service allowing event planners to create free mobile microsites for their events.

Belize Resort Offers Complimentary Guitars

Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn is offering complimentary guitars for guests in Belize.

The Dominican Republic Focuses on MICE

At the Dominican Annual Tourist Exchange in Punta Cana, the government makes MICE a major priority.

Hyatt Regency Denver Completes Guest Room Redesign

The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center has completed a $23 million guest room redesign.

TSA Identifies New Safety Measures in Response to LAX Shooting

The Transportation Security Administration has released a new report detailing actions taken in response to last year's LAX shooting.

Business Travelers to Feds: Ban Cellphone Calls

The Global Business Travel Association has asked the Department of Transportation to ban in-flight voice calls on cellphones.

Louisville CVB Names New CEO

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Karen Williams its new president and CEO.

Study: Business Travel Creates GDP, Jobs, Tax Revenue

For every 1 percent increase in business travel spending, the U.S. economy gains nearly $5 billion in GDP, finds a new study by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation.

Lanyon Appoints Chief Executive

Lanyon Inc. has named David Bonnette its new CEO.

Colorado Convention Center Adds $235,000 of Art

Eight new pieces added to its permanent collection.

Middle East Is Fastest Growing International Meetings Market, ICCA Reports

The Middle East is the world's fastest growing market for international association meetings, according to the International Congress and Convention Association.

ACCESS, Amstar Form DMC Partnership

ACCESS Destination Services has formed a strategic partnership with Amstar Destination Management Company.

Le Meridien Plans New Ballroom in Chicago Burbs

The Chicago area's first Le Méridien hotel will have 3,500 square feet of meeting space upon opening in summer 2014.

Melia Hotels International Plans U.S. Expansion

Melia's EVP of product development for North America tells us about the Spanish hotel chain's plans for the U.S. and beyond.

Crafting an Unforgettable Event Experience in 12 Simple Steps

We talked to Susan Manrao, an award-winning experiential design consultant, to ask her how to craft an unforgettable meeting and event experience.

Feedback Is a Two-Way Street

How to give effective feedback.

CSM of the Year: And the Award Goes to ...

Top convention services managers honored for exceptional work.

Creativity Counts

How to increase the creativity quotient at your next meeting or event.

Top 10 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Event

Hilton Orlando GM Doug Gehret shares some tips for making the most of outdoor space for your next meeting or event.

Travel, Tourism Contribute $7 Trillion to World Economy

A new report says travel and tourism contributed account for 9.5 percent of global GDP.

Parody Uses Humor to Advocate for Meeting Planners

A/V supplier Travis Inc. has published a video parody depicting the relationship between meeting planners and hotel partners.

How to Handle Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions at a Meeting

Keeping your attendees well fed, healthy, and safe is increasingly important for a successful meeting

America's Travel and Tourism Priorities Headline White House Meeting

Senior Administration officials from multiple agencies meet with travel industry leaders to discuss key travel policies, programs to generate U.S. economic growth.

American Express Plans Joint Venture for Business Travel

American Express has signed an agreement to create a joint venture for its Global Business Travel division.

IAEE Selects Doug Ducate as 'Legend of the Industry'

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has selected Doug Ducate as its 2014 "Legend of the Industry."

Dubai to Launch 'Dubai Association Centre'

Dubai plans to launch the Dubai Association Centre to attract more associations to UAE.

Age Matters

Conference Centers are evolving their offerings to appeal to younger generations.

Denver Sets Opening Date for Union Station Project

A restoration of Denver's historic Union Station train terminal will open on July 12, 2014.

Westin Launches Multimillion-Dollar Wellbeing Campaign

"Westin Well-being Movement" will be a year-long global initiative for the hotel brand.

ACCESS, Pacific World Form DMC Partnership

Pacific World and ACCESS Destination Services have formed a strategic alliance giving their clients access to event production services in more than 80 destinations worldwide.

Travel Managers Report Increased Control Over Hotel Spend

The Global Business Travel Association has released a new report evaluating corporate hotel policies around the country.

New Service Gives Planners, Hotels Real-Time Feedback from Attendees, Guests

A new service called DropThought has launched to increase customer service in the hospitality industry.

Public Events Report Increased Revenue, IAEE Says

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has released the results of its 2013 "Public Events Industry Report."

Number of International Association Meetings in Middle East Tripled in Last Decade

The number of international association meetings in the Middle East has doubled each decade in the last 50 year, a new analysis shows.

Analysis: Pharma Payments to Speakers Plummet

Pharmaceutical companies have dramatically decreased their payments to health care professionals for promotional speeches, finds a new analysis from ProPublica.

ASAE Celebrates Record-Breaking Great Ideas Conference

ASAE's 2014 Great Ideas Conference was the highest attended in the event's 11-year history.

Former Peabody Announces $16 Million Renovation in Arkansas

The Little Rock Marriott in downtown Little Rock, Ark., has commenced a $16 million renovation.

AIBTM Announces 2014 Education Lineup

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced the education lineup for AIBTM's 2014 Knowledge Program.

Fred Dixon Named New York Tourism Chief

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Fred Dixon as the new CEO of NYC & Company.

LWH Hotels Rebrands Itself as L.E. Hotels

Rebranded name corresponds with hotel company's existing GDS chain code.

Forecast: Business Travel to Grow in Europe in 2014, 2015

The Global Business Travel Association predicts an uptick in business travel across Europe in 2014 and 2015.

FAA Predicts Continued Growth in Air Travel Through 2034

The nation's aviation system will continue to grow over the next two decades, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bizzabo Networking Platform Introduces Real-Time Polling

Bizzabo has introduced a new survey and real-time polling feature for both its online and mobile platforms.

Korea Tourism Launches New MICE Website

Newest marketing campaign and slogan, "Korea, Beyond Meetings," focuses on the destination's mix of tradtional and modern attractions for holding meetings.

Columbus Convention Center Plans Renovation

Columbus, Ohio, soon will commence a $25 million to $30 million renovation of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

ON24 Debuts Video Webinar Certification

ON24 has introduced a new video track for its Webinar Academy professional certification program.

Caesars Entertainment Selling Four Casinos to Affiliate

Caesars Entertainment has agreed to sell four casinos to its affiliate, Caesars Growth Partners.

New Study Quantifies Attendee, Exhibitor Spending at Events

New research from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research quantifies direct spending at U.S. exhibitions.

Certain Inc. Offers Lead-Scoring Assistance for Events

Certain Inc. is offering its customers new intelligence around attendee engagement and interests.

Kimpton Plans New Hotel Near Denver's Historic Union Station

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will open a new hotel in late 2015 in Denver's revitalized Union Station neighborhood.

J.D. Power Names Nine Travel Companies '2014 Customer Champions'

J.D. Power has named nine travel brands to its list of "J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champions."

Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints New CEO

Wyndham Worldwide has named Geoff Ballotti as president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group.

Sheraton Expects Record-Breaking Growth

A total of 35 new hotels are set to open in the next year.

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