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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

Kyoto adds 24-hour translation service

A 24-hour translation service has been launched in Kyoto, Japan, to assist business travelers attending international events, according to the Kyoto Convention Bureau. The service is available in Spanish, Portuguese, English, Chinese and Korean and can be used in times of illness, emergency or general communication with hotel staff. The service is available in 1,724 hotels [...] More

PCMA names 2015 board of directors

The Professional Convention Management Association has named its new slate of leaders, all of whom took office Jan. 15. They are: Kopcinski Raymond John Kopcinski Sr., CMP, becomes chair. He is senior director of the Million Dollar Round Table. William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP, senior director of meetings for the American Society of Hematology is chair-elect; Mary [...] More

SGMP picks Fort Lauderdale for 2017 conference

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals announced this week that its 2017 National Education Conference & Expo will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The June 6-8, 2017, event will be based at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The convention center was the [...] More

Weekly deals and highlights: Jan. 14, 2015

In this issue: AMA Executive Conference Centers, @BeloMansion, @HiltonHotels, @VisitIrvingTx, SeaWorld, South Shore Harbour, @TrumpChicago, @Viceroysnowmass, @wyndhampeachtre, Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Peppermill Resort More

IMEX issues 5-point forecast for 2015

The IMEX Group, organizers of the annual IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America trade shows for the meetings, incentive travel and events industry, is spotlighting five trends its members expect to see this year. 1. Let’s play: Gamification In 2014, industry trendsetters used play as a tool to unlock creativity. In 2015, according to Gartner, an information [...] More

London’s Burleigh Court goes gold with green

London’s 185-suite Burleigh Court hotel and conference center is the first British property to achieve a Gold standard through the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s new assessment criteria. It earned Gold standard status the two previous calendar years as well. The property has meeting space for up to 200 attendees, can accommodate 240 for dinner and, [...] More

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