2014 Salary Survey

by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01,2014
Two years after our last such survey, M&C presents an updated look at salaries and job satisfaction for association, corporate and independent/third-party meeting planners.

Breaking News

American Airlines Pulls Fares from Orbitz

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

Several Napa Valley Hotels Still Closed After 6.0-Magnitude Earthquake

by Michael C. Lowe | August 27,2014
The Sunday earthquake was the largest since 1989.

Surge in Group Bookings Will Drive Occupancy to 20-Year Highs Next Year

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 27,2014
Average daily rate will increase 5.7 percent in 2015, says PwC.
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.

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.

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.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel to Shut Down in September

The bankrupt two-year-old resort failed to secure a buyer; 3,100 will lose jobs.
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

Several Napa Valley Hotels Still Closed After 6.0-Magnitude Earthquake

The Sunday earthquake was the largest since 1989.

Surge in Group Bookings Will Drive Occupancy to 20-Year Highs Next Year

Average daily rate will increase 5.7 percent in 2015, says PwC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Meg Fasy Named Bellagio VP of Sales

by Michael J. Shapiro | August 06, 2014
Industry veteran brings 24 years of industry experience.


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...

Planners Elaborate on What They Love, Hate and Miss Most on the Road

Verbatim comments from our July 2014 research survey.

News Analysis

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...

Massachusetts Gaming Law in Limbo

Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an item to repeal the state's 2011 Expanded Gaming Act can go on the ballot on November, putting the...

Trump Collection to Exceed 30 Hotels by 2020

In an exclusive Q&A, Ivanka Trump talks about the growth of the Trump Collection and her approach to the meetings market.

CEIR Survey Reveals Top Reasons for Attendee Loss

New research from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research finds inconvenient location is the number-one reason for non-attendance at an event.