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SGMP elects new board of directors

McGowan Maggie McGowan, CGMP, CMP, the program coordinator/event services specialist for the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Public Management in Norman, becomes president of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals on July 1. Until then, McGowan will continue as first vice president. Second vice president James Lynton, CGMP, treasurer Brett Sterenson and director Tecumseh Deloney, CMP, CGMP, [...] More

Preferred group launches first-ever incentive program

The Condado Vanderbilt in Puerto Rico Plan. Earn. Escape. That’s what Preferred Hotel Group is hoping planners do through its first-ever meeting planner incentive program. Effective immediately, U.S.-based planners who book group business at one of 550-plus participating iPrefer hotels and resorts worldwide can earn up to $1,000 in cash-value certificates per event. These can be used toward [...] More

Weekly deals and highlights: Feb. 11, 2015

In this issue: @MeetatTexas, @ptccvb and Peppermill Resort More

February 2015: Meeting industry hires & promotions

Selina Chavry became regional director, Asia, for Pacific World. Langham Hospitality named Phil Keb its executive vice president of development for the Americas and Europe. Arnaud Beaulieu and Arnaud Patat joined Accor as, respectively, senior vice president of asset management and senior vice president of technical services with HotelInvest in Europe. Nick Pilbeam became divisional director of travel at [...] More

February 2015: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) renewed their partnership with the Meetings, Incentive, Exhibition and Convention (MICE) industry. Canada The rebranded Hollis Halifax, a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton hotel (formerly a Radisson), opened in Nova Scotia with 120 suites and 3,000 square feet of divisible meeting [...] More

U.S. News & World Report honors 7 Loews properties

Seven Loews hotels and resort properties have been ranked among 2015’s best by U.S. News & World Report magazine, which evaluated high-quality amenities and exceptional experiences at properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The seven, which received Silver Badges, are the Loews Atlanta Hotel; Loews Chicago O’Hare; Loews Hôtel Vogue in Montreal; [...] More

GBTA forecasts uptick in group-trip travel

U.S. business travel ended 2014 on a positive note, with record spending expected to top $292 billion, according to a report from the GBTA Foundation. The projection for 2015 is strong, too. Lower oil prices are expected to promote consumer spending and economic projects. The forecast comes from the GBTA Foundation’s fourth-quarter outlook report. The foundation [...] More

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