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Convention Center Architects

by Michael J. Shapiro | July 01,2014

Tomorrow's convention centers will be more integrated with their communities and more responsive to attendees, as revealed in these profiles of facility designers.

 

Breaking News

New Convention Marketing Group Debuts in Boston

by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 23,2014
The organization is a collaboration between the convention center authority and the marketing center.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. Reorganizes Global Operational Structure

by Loren G. Edelstein | July 23,2014
Chuck Floyd has been named global president of operations.

New Spa Concept Launched by JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 23,2014
Spa by JW will debut in September at the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown.
Airline Industry

FAA Suspends Flights to Tel Aviv For 24 Hours

A rocket landed within a mile of the airport this morning.

Some Air France Flights to Be Disrupted by Air Controller Strike Through Sunday

Twenty percent of flights affected, excluding long-haul routes.
Business Travel

U.S.-Generated Business Travel Spending to Rise by 6.8 Percent in 2014

Group business travel skyrocketed by 8.6 percent in 2013.

American Express Closes Joint Venture Deal

The business travel giant has announced its new leadership team.
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

Mississippi Gulf Coast Names New Executive Director

Renee Areng will start her new post Aug. 1.

Italy Forms National Convention Bureau

Carlotta Ferrari has been named president of the new organization.
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

Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi to Close in September

The company cites a dispute with landlords and an inability to secure funding for a hotel.

Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino Expected to Close in September

The resort is the destination's third gaming property to topple this year.
Green Meetings

CIC Offers New Sustainability Tool Available for Planners

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

Minneapolis Convention Center Receives Sustainability Certification

The facility features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Hotels and Resorts

Hyatt Hotels Corp. Reorganizes Global Operational Structure

Chuck Floyd has been named global president of operations.

New Spa Concept Launched by JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Spa by JW will debut in September at the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown.
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

The Hive Network Welcomes All Suppliers

The educational hub for suppliers previously was limited to industry veterans.

Industry Leaders Convene on Capitol Hill for Exhibitions Day

The event included more than 100 meetings with politicians and professors.
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

Ground Broken on Boise Convention Center Expansion

Construction will add a 15,000-square-foot ballroom and 14,000-square-feet of new meeting space.

City Council Moves Forward on New Arena for Fort Worth

Recommendations also call for new hotels, including a second headquarters property.
Meetings Technology

DoubleDutch Adds Live Polling to its Event App

Speakers can display real-time results via the app.

Cvent Redesigns User Interface

The update will be rolled out in the third quarter.
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

Meetings Show UK Kicks Off With 62 Percent Increase in Hosted Buyers

Exhibit space expands 20 percent from 2013 debut.
Transportation

Oregon Convention Center Attendees to Ride Free on Transit System

Portland's city government struck the deal last Thursday.

New Rail Service to Connect Boston Districts

Line between the Back Bay and the Seaport could open in two years.
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

London & Partners’ Tracy Halliwell Named MBE by Queen Elizabeth

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 18, 2014
Director of major events and business tourism honored for her meetings-industry work.

Research

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.

Verdict: We Are Germophobes

Our latest poll makes it official: Meeting planners are, for the most part, germophobes.

News Analysis

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.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Moves to Improve Reputation

Four of six labor unions at the facility agree to new work rules and customer rights.

Dorchester Hotels Lose Meetings Over Brunei Laws

Institution of harsh Shari'a laws in the Southeast Asian nation lead to cancelled events at Dorchester Collection hotels, which are owned by the Brunei...

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