Planners looking for bargains in high-demand cities will have to work harder next year as demand continues to outstrip supply, according to the 2016 Meetings and Events Forecast.
ALHI has released its 2016 Meeting Facilities Guide, a 206-page resource for meeting professionals, association executives and incentive travel specialists.
Visit Salt Lake is going all out to woo meeting planners who pass on the city (population 192,000 plus) as a potential meeting venue because they think the town rolls up the sidewalks at sundown.
The Cancun CVB is partnering with a consulting company to promote sustainability in such Mexican destinations as Cancun, Isla Contoy, Isla Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morales.
The Grand Hyatt San Francisco and the Westin St. Francis are partnering to attract medium-sized groups.
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 […]
Houston has been deemed a “must-visit global destination” for 2015 by three travel publications, accolades that come as the city grows its food, retail and arts scenes. More than $1.5 billion is being invested around the 1.2 million-sq. ft. George R. Brown Convention Center, including a new Marriott Marquis Hotel, the 70,000-sq. ft. Nau Center for Cultural Heritage and […]
Ten Southern destinations have been named 2015 rising destinations for meetings by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine. The selections follow research on hundreds of destinations in 16 states in the South and the Caribbean seas region. They were based on each destination’s increased and enhanced offerings as a location for groups, meetings and events. The 10, in […]
For the second consecutive year, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., the city’s first and only Silver LEED-certified hotel, has been named Best of the West 2014 by readers of Meeting Focus Magazine.
The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge and become the world’s largest air carrier, but said they must scale back service in several big cities. The combined company will offer flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries, which it believes will make it more attractive to corporate […]
Hotels that contribute the most soap to Clean the World‘s global hygiene campaign usually are located in bigger cities — New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, among them. Usually. But not always. In Missouri, Harrah’s North Kansas City has collected more than 10,000 pounds of soap and 4,000 pounds of bottled amenities since signing […]
The General Services Administration has removed a yearlong freeze on its federal per diem rates on hotels. Beginning this month, rates for federal employees increased from $77 per night to $83 per night. The news is mixed, however. Federal employees no longer will be permitted to spend more attending a conference than they do on […]
IMEX America, one of the biggest trade shows in the world, opened in Las Vegas today by announcing a 12 percent increase in exhibitor numbers compared to 2012 (up from 2,413 to 2,694 companies). Hosted-buyer numbers will not be released until Thursday, the final day of the third annual meetings-and-events industry show. Last year 2,400 […]
Hello, government shutdown. Goodbye, conference business. A four-day gathering at the Tampa Convention Center was postponed this week because of the federal government shutdown, reportedly taking with it more than 7,000 hotel-room nights and about $5 million in revenue. The GEOINT 2013 Symposium expected more than 4,000 intelligence, defense and homeland security professionals and 265 […]
Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel is welcoming fall with a new meeting and event venue, the 1,950 square foot Rooftop, which offers indoor and outdoor views of the city’s skyscrapers.
O sole mio! In a sad nod to safety, Venice’s famed gondolas will soon be required to carry GPS. The new rules, which also require license plates and reflective strips, are expected to be in place by November. The safety measures are the result of an August accident in which a German tourist died when […]
Several of Georgia’s top tourism officials were honored this month with awards at the 2013 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. All of the winners were nominated by members of the state’s tourism industry. Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives: The Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau. Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award: Laurie Rowe, owner of Laurie […]
International Australia Business Events Sydney was accredited by Destination Marketing Association’s International Destination Marketing program. China The 353-room Grand Hyatt Shenyang opened with 36,920 square feet of meeting/event space on two dedicated floors. It has an 11,000-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom,10 multipurpose function rooms and an event space with a living room, kitchen and two coffee […]
PCMA Convene magazine has published its second annual issue listing of the best meetings industry venues, destinations and service providers.
Venues in the gambling capital leave a bad taste with their refusal to bend for a Sunday event. What’s a planner to do?
W Hotels Worldwide is partnering with the nonprofit Human Rights Campaign and offering guests an incentive package that will benefit the LGBT equality nonprofit.
International Bulgaria The International Hotel Casino & Tower Suites in Varna reopened after a two-year,$29 million expansion. It now has 325 guest rooms, flexible exhibition space in the lobby, a ballroom (capacity: 600), seven meeting rooms and an amphitheater that seats 450. Britain The 171-room Lensbury in Teddington refurbished its conference center and updated its […]
Amber Marie Beard became vice president of sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas worldwide. Pierre Boisselier was named director of treasury, financing and credit management for Accor, which owns 3,500 hotels in 92 countries. The Belgium-based International Association of Convention Centres named AEG Odgen executive Geoff Donaghy its president at an annual meeting […]
The latest GBTA quarterly forecast suggests that business travel spending, including spending on group travel, should continue to grow through the end of 2013. The main reason cited is a healthier domestic economy — steady job gains and higher consumer confidence. Group travel spending should rise by 5.3 percent, to $117.1 billion by year’s end, […]
The Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Midtown Atlanta, a Plan Your Meetings partner, was featured in a recent New York Times piece about dual-branded hotels.
If your site inspection begins when your CSM greets you in the lobby, you’re leaving things undone.
Delta Air Lines and SkyTeam, a global airline alliance, have announced a program that gives meeting attendees a self-booking option and lets them confirm discounted travel on any of 19 SkyTeam member airlines. These reservations are booked through a dedicated portal on SkyTeam.com, with discounts of up to 15 percent. To qualify, events must have […]
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has joined the lineup of speakers at the GBTA Convention 2013 in August in San Diego. Clinton will give the General Session keynote on Aug. 7, the final day of the four-day gathering. Clinton visited more than 112 countries as secretary of state, and Michael W. McCormick, GBTA […]
A survey of 1,300 U.S. travelers by TripAdvisor.com shows that nearly two-thirds often or always consider the environment when choosing hotels, transportation and meals. The survey did not distinguish between leisure, business or group travelers. results: 62 percent often or always consider the environment when traveling. 69 percent plan to make even more eco-friendly choices […]
The Global Business Travel Association’s latest forecast indicates that an improving economic outlook should continue to boost business travel spending in 2013 — driven in part by stronger growth in group spending. Meeting spending is now expected to increase 6 percent to $115.9 billion — up from the 5.2 percent growth that was forecast in […]
Singapore Changi Airport is the world’s best, according to Skytrax, the aviation market research institute. Tokyo International (Haneda) was named the world’s best domestic airport. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Denver International finished fourth and fifth on that list, respectively. Frankfurt Airport in Germany was named most improved. The highest U.S. finisher was Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, […]
Virgin America, JetBlue, AirTran and Delta top the 2013 Airline Quality Rating report released today. Virgin America finished first in its first year on the list. Delta moved up from sixth place. AirTran, which is now part of Southwest, fell from No. 1. American, American Eagle and United continued to score at the bottom of the […]
Better trips begin with attention to the details. The more you share with your attendees in advance, the better their experience will be.
The bottom line: Restaurants, if you sell group business have a staff trained to handle the request. Most importantly, have a catering manager who will get back to the customer on a timely basis.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) now offers a free mobile app for smartphones that is designed to keep travelers in the know about flights, parking, shops, restaurants and airport services.
We know that you’re always looking for new meeting venues, sometimes at the last minute. That’s why we’ve developed a free sourcing and booking tool called PYM Zen. You can use it to search a comprehensive (ad-free) database of U.S. properties and receive complete bids within a matter of hours! Check out this quick 2-minute […]
Sydney, the largest city in Australia with 4.6 million people, will host the World Youth Travel Student Conference in September. The conference, which features pre-scheduled business appointments, seminars, workshops, networking events and exhibitions for travelers in their teens, 20s and 30s, is expected to bring $5.4 million into the city. More than 800 delegates from […]
Longboat Key, one of the quietest barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, is just off the coast of Sarasota, Fla. Its 12-mile shoreline, aquamarine water and sandy-white beaches provide a great background for a relaxing and rewarding group experience.
It’s almost High Noon in Grapevine, Texas. The Cotton Belt Hotel Clock Tower, 127 feet in the air, is about to strike. But wait! What’s that? It’s Nat Barrett, a young cowboy with robbery on his mind. And Willy Majors, who has long lived outside the law, looking to make one last heist when the […]