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Welcoming Wellness

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | September 01,2014
With travelers increasingly seeking to maintain healthy habits while on the road, a number of major hotel chains have responded by upping their wellness offerings.

Breaking News

Tropicana Las Vegas Expanding Meeting Facilities

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 28,2014
The new, 55,000-square-foot Tropicana Pavilion is scheduled to be complete March 1, 2015.

First JW Marriott Opens in Caribbean

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | August 28,2014
The 150-room hotel is in Santo Domingo's financial district.

American Airlines Pulls Fares from Orbitz

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 27,2014
US Airways fares will be pulled on Sept. 1.
Airline Industry

American Airlines Pulls Fares from Orbitz

US Airways fares will be pulled on Sept. 1.

Senate Commerce Chairman Opens Inquiry Into Airline Fees

Sen. Rockefeller has asked airline executives to respond to questions by Sept. 5.
Business Travel

Uber Beefs Up Travel Partnerships

The car-sharing app's new application-programming interface eases integration with other suppliers.

Concur TripLink Adds Gamification Features and Airbnb Partnership

Companies can now encourage traveler-purchasing behavior that aligns with budget objectives.
Cruises

Regent Seven Seas to Add New 738-Passenger Ship in 2016

The all-suite Seven Seas Explorer will have a Canyon Ranch spa.

Arison to Step Down as Carnival CEO

The 34-year veteran will remain chairman of the cruise company his father founded.
Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Anaheim/Orange County CVB, Visit Baltimore and the San Antonio CVB Announce Partnership

Planners who book all three destinations will receive customizable incentives.

Meet Puerto Rico Launches Advisory Board

Eleven-member group represents associations, corporations and third-party planners.
Destination Management

Global Events Partners Closes Seven DMCs

Company wants to return to original model of representing independently owned destination management firms.

Gilligan, Delaney to Leave Ovation Global DMC

The industry veterans will establish a destination consulting firm.
Gaming

Tropicana Las Vegas Expanding Meeting Facilities

The new, 55,000-square-foot Tropicana Pavilion is scheduled to be complete March 1, 2015.

Plans Unveiled for Casino, Convention Complex in New Jersey’s Meadowlands Sports Complex

The proposal depends on state approval for gaming outside of Atlantic City.
Green Meetings

Marriott on Track to Meet 2020 Sustainability Goals

The company is reporting significant decreases in energy and water waste.

CIC Offers New Sustainability Tool Available for Planners

The industry's umbrella organization partnered with Avila Government Services.
Hotels and Resorts

First JW Marriott Opens in Caribbean

The 150-room hotel is in Santo Domingo's financial district.

Several Napa Valley Hotels Still Closed After 6.0-Magnitude Earthquake

The Sunday earthquake was the largest since 1989.
Incentives

SITE Changes Name to the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

Organization also has a new tagline, “Incentive Travel, Business Results."

IRF: Half of Incentive Professionals Expect Travel Program Budgets to Grow

Just 12 percent of survey respondents say economy has negative impact on programs.
Industry Associations

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Names New Managing Director

Janene C. Powers will oversee SITE Foundation

ASAE Annual Show Wraps Up in Nashville

The event saw some 3,142 attendees and 1,863 exhibitors.
International Travel

London Tops List of Most Popular Tourist Destinations

British capital is on target to welcome 18.7 million visitors in 2014.

Nationwide Curfew Lifted on Thailand

Tourism industry returns to normal, says Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Meeting Venue

Venue Las Vegas Breaks Ground

The new event facility will open next February.

Panama's Amador Convention Center to Open Next Year

The country's current convention center is free for large groups in the meantime.
Meetings Technology

Free Event Production Directory App Released

The iOS app searches among more than 4,200 production companies.

DoubleDutch Adds Live Polling to its Event App

Speakers can display real-time results via the app.
Taxes

France Drops Plan to Raise Hotel Tax

Proposal would have added up to 10 euros per night, per stay.

Phoenix Officials Fear Tax-Funding Cuts

Provisions in a convention-center deal made 10 years ago are coming back to haunt the city.
Third-Party

Meetings Industry Veterans John Zeltin and Rod Abraham Form Strategic Partnership

Consultants will specialize in helping associations maximize revenue from trade shows and other programs.

Freeman Acquires Audio Visual Management Group

AVMG will join Freeman Audio Visual
Trade Shows

IBTM America Names New Event Director, Replacing Michael Lyons

Nine-year Reed veteran Jaime Rosov will oversee the 2015 show.
Transportation

Rapid Transit Connecting Downtown Dallas to DFW Opens

The line also brings travelers to Irving and the Dallas Market Center.

Uber for Business Now Available in 90 U.S. Cities and 42 Countries

The ride-share service offers centralized billing for businesses and business travelers.
Travel Management

Travel Manager Salaries Increase, Says Survey

The average respondent base salary was $93,937.

CWT Names Patrick Andersen President, Americas Region

The European executive vice president will move to the U.S.
Unions

Labor Board Rules Against Philly Teamsters, Carpenters

The board will not take any action against the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

Labor Unions Express Support for Pa. Convention Center Board

The four signing unions are committed to the new work rules.

People

Quick Chat With Scott Stedman

by Allen J. Sheinman | September 01, 2014
The founder of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s rapidly growing Northside Festival talks about the lessons of event planning.

Research

Hotel Preferences and Peeves

Planners weigh on on their favorite hotel features and pet peeves.

Profile of a Meeting Planner

A look at key responsibilities, spending power and more, culled from M&C's latest Salary Survey

Travel: Love It or Loathe It?

What do planners really think about all the traveling they do? The answers are revealed in the newest poll from M&C Research.

Cities With the Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

The World Hotel Index has released a list of the cities with the most expensive hotels in the world, on average. Geneva, Switzerland, comes in at no. 1 with an...

News Analysis

Sharing-Economy Sites Target Business Travel, Meetings

Sites and apps that connect consumers for the purpose of procuring various goods and services are making inroads into the corporate travel and meeting markets.

SITE Changes Name to Be More Inclusive

The former Society of Incentive Travel Executives has become the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.

The Central U.S. Gains Popularity for Meetings

Chicago, Orlando and Las Vegas are the top three, in order, out of the top 50 meeting destinations, per the annual tally by meetings technology supplier Cvent.

Atlantic City Gambles on Nongaming Attractions

With gaming revenues -- and casinos -- dwindling in number, the storied destination is rethinking its appeal to focus more on entertainment, dining and...

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