The Top 5 Must-Follow Meeting Trends of 2014
Follow these top five meeting trends of 2014 to to execute fresh, forward-thinking meeting events.
Georgia Resort Island Unveils Plan for Three New Hotels
A proposal to build three hotels and up to 535 new hotel rooms on Jekyll Island, Ga., has been approved.
IMEX America Improves Sustainability, Report Shows
The IMEX Group has released its annual "IMEX America Sustainability Report."
Report: What Trade Show Attendees Want on the Show Floor
A new report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research explores what interactions attendees prefer to have on the trade show floor.
Medical Meetings Get Harder
A year later, many questions about the Sunshine Act's Open Payments rules remain unanswered.
Meetings Mean Business Campaign Launches Mobile App
The Meetings Mean Business campaign has launched a new, industry-wide mobile app.
AIBTM Announces 2014 Exhibitors
The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition has announced a "robust lineup" of exhibitors for its 2014 show.
Carlson Rezidor Celebrates Earth Day Anniversary of Carbon Footprint Initiative
Club Carlson, the global hotel rewards program of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, is celebrating Earth Day by marking the one-year anniversary Meetings Minus Carbon, a hotel loyalty program which offsets the company's carbon footprint.
New Hyatt Place Hotel Coming to Lansing, Mich.
A new Hyatt Place hotel will open in Lansing Township, Mich., in spring 2015.
Passkey Introduces New Hotel Booking Portal for Meeting Planners
Passkey has launched a new hotel booking portal for meeting planners.
Well-Being New 'Status Symbol,' Westin Survey Shows
A new Westin Hotels & Resorts survey suggests meeting planners should incorporate wellness more into their events.
AlliedPRA Opens Hawaii Office
AlliedPRA has opened AlliedPRA Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
Walt Disney World Offers Compromise with Labor Unions
Walt Disney Co. wants to raise the minimum wage at Walt Disney World, but eliminate pensions.
Meetings and the Future of Face-to-Face Interaction: A Generational Perspective
Author Brent Green examines the future of meetings through the lens of age.
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.
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.
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.