Traveling can refresh the mind, recharge the soul and open up our creative energies.
According to most economic forecasts, nearly every corner of the universe expects record-breaking crowds in the months ahead, so it’s probably best if you accept the inevitable and plan accordingly.
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 […]
IMEX has built a new, free resource for any and everyone in the meetings and events industry. The IMEX Online Inspiration Hub, as it’s called, is home to more than 1,600 articles, blogs and industry research reports on various topics. The Hub, curated and managed by IMEX’s social media team, is designed to provide information […]
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 […]
Dear travel manager, have you thought about what the economic outlook for your small or medium-size business will be a year from now? Eighteen months? Well, according to America Airlines’ second annual survey, 71 percent of SMB travel managers project an increase in their companies’ economic outlook by December 2013. And with more money, comes more […]
Travelers probably won’t get a kick out of a ruling this week from the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA has abandoned efforts to find technology that would let travelers pass through airport security without shucking their shoes. Apparently no reliable method exists to irradiate shoes still on people’s feet. A report from Nextgov.com, citing industry […]
America used to be the No. 1 destination for foreign travelers. But since 2000, the United States has lost more than 30 percent of its share of the global travel market. Last week, President Obama issued an executive order he hopes will reverse that trend. Among the initiatives: Increase nonimmigrant visa processing capabilities for China […]
In 1994, nearly one of every 10 people traveling worldwide were headed to the United States. By 2000, the U.S. share of inbound travel had dropped from 9 percent to 7 percent; 10 years later, it was at barely 6 percent. So why has America lost 30 percent of the worldwide travel market in less […]
A trio of Florida destinations top the list of U.S. cities where travelers incur the lowest tax burden. Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach levy the lowest general sales and discriminatory travel taxes, followed by Detroit, Mich., and Portland, Ore. According to the GBTA Foundation, the cities taxing travelers the most are, in […]
Despite reassurances that the recession is over, corporate purse strings aren’t getting any looser. And that, coupled with increasing hotel and transportation costs and short booking windows, is leaving meeting and event planners feeling pinched. On the meeting supply side, hotel and convention sales managers are having a hard time connecting with potential clients and […]
Gadgets aren’t just for police inspectors in Disney movies anymore. Low-tech or high, they’ll make your travel experience more convenient, comfortable and fun. Since planners often are jet-setters, we thought you might enjoy this list of some of Mondial Assistance’s favorite travel products: Leather Passport Case – It doesn’t just protect your passport, it adds […]
Virgin, the company best known for its pop music label, trendy cell phones and affordable airline service, has announced that it will invest $500 billion into an eponymous collection of hotels. Virgin Hotels is expected to launch within 18 months as a four-star establishment, with properties offering 150-400 rooms and customized and efficient amenities that […]
Want to avoid the stress of time-zapping destination research? ZipSetGo.com, an online community-based travel Web site, features one-page destination overviews and detailed travel itineraries tailored specifically to meeting planners. The innovative site offers insider information about popular destinations and utilizes social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to create a knowledgeable community of […]
The travel industry employs 7.7 million Americans— one out of every eight non-farm jobs in the United States — and that number is likely to rise within the coming months. According to a forecast released by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), 90,000 new travel industry jobs will become available in 2010. This follows the loss […]
Since Delta Air Lines acquired Northwest Airlines last year, corporate travel buyers have been wondering if Delta would eliminate Northwest’s discounted fares for people flying to meetings and events. After all, when Delta eliminated its Delta Meeting Network in 2005, it inspired many other airlines to do the same. Instead, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports, […]
If you travel often, consider joining Connect by Hertz, a pay-as-you-go car membership program. With rates as low as $8.50 an hour, you can be off and running in a gas-friendly Mini Cooper, Ford Escape or Toyota Prius. Best of all, gas is included.
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM There is a downside to blogging at a convention: When do you have time to do it when the schedule is so full? Today at 8:00 a.m., I joined 100 other PCMA’ers who gathered to volunteer at Save Our Cemeteries. Founded in 1974, Save Our Cemeteries Inc. is a […]
The high cost of travel has made virtual tours a hot resource for meeting and event planners. But if you want to see more than one property in a destination, check out EveryScape. The Web site offers virtual tours of hotels, restaurants and attractions in cities from Keystone, Colo., to Krakow, Poland. Visitors can cross-reference […]
Don’t know whether you’re coming or going? E-mail your flight, car, hotel and restaurant reservations to email@example.com, and you’ll get back a unified travel itinerary you can customize with photos, notes and maps. You can also use TripIt to share your itinerary with friends and family. TripIt itineraries also may be accessed by mobile devices […]
More than 40 representatives from hotels, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), special facilities and other meetings industry suppliers recently gathered in Atlanta to discuss current economic challenges and potential solutions at the Plan Your Meetings (PYM) Town Hall: State of the Industry luncheon…
As airfares rise, planners are once again favoring drive-in markets for meetings. But with price of gas at an all-time high, how cost efficient is driving vs. flying? AAA’s Fuel Cost Calculator takes into consideration the make, model and manufacturer of each traveler’s car to determine the cost of one-way and round-trip travel. The Alabama’s […]
JetBlue Airways is expanding its CompanyBlue program incentives so individuals attending a meeting or seminar do not have to be coming from the same location or paying on the same bill to receive a discounted rate; individuals access the rate by entering a group code.
Travel guru Arthur Frommer put together this list of travel trends that may influence the decisions you make. Among his Top 15: the dramatic decline of the U.S. dollar, the ever-larger cruise ship and the emergence of airfare “aggregators.”
On Earth Day, April 22, resorts and hotels are joining the rush to be “green” by doing their part to reduce waste and curb carbon footprints. At several Disney World resorts, tree plantings are planned along with awareness activities such as “Party for the Planet” at Animal Kingdom and “Green Weekend, Bugs are cool!” at […]
Now is a good time to apply for a passport. The State Department is predicting no delays this year, crediting the new passport law, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), for a decision to hire more employees and add passport agencies in Dallas, Detroit and Minneapolis to handle special requests. The final rule for the […]
To go with its new “IN” campaign, the Birmingham [Ala.] CVB is compiling a list of the city’s “in” spots, as determined by locals. To see what’s cool in B’ham now, visit inbirmingham.org.
Tampa Bay & Company has launched an online 2008 Travel Planner with comprehensive information about the city’s attractions and an interactive regional map to help visitors navigate the Tampa Bay area.
Solar Impulse is creating a solar-powered airplane that needs no fuel and creates no air pollution. The company has partnered with the International Air Transport Association to develop the plane, which will begin test flights in early 2009. It is scheduled to circle the world (with five stopovers) in 2011.
Doug Kennedy, president of the Kennedy Training Network, has compiled a useful list of tips to help you and your attendees become green travelers.
Later this year, Sabre Travel Network plans to launch an Enterprise 2.0 Community Platform that will allow employees locally and globally to share their knowledge base about travel and other topics of shared interest.
Interested in seeing what Georgia has to offer? The 2008 State Travel Guide is available online at Georgia.org/travel or via 800-VISIT-GA.
The good news: Discount airlines are adding features aimed at catering to business travelers. The bad news: The airline industry (big carriers) may be shrinking again.
Mobil Travel Guide’s 2008 Five-Star winners include 41 lodgings, 17 restaurants and three spas, while Four-Star winners span 125 lodgings, 149 restaurants and 84 spas throughout the U.S. and Canada. And for properties at every budget, there are also Three-, Two- and One-Star picks. Learn all about the winners at MobilTravelGuide.com.
What are the top three issues facing the hospitality, travel and tourism industry? That was the main question in a survey sent out this month by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association Inc. (HSMAI).
People already use smartphones to listen to music, watch videos, surf the Web, send e-mails and track appointments; now they can use them to make and manage travel itineraries.
Attendees traveling to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda or the Caribbean will needs forms of ID to re-enter the U.S. under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
The future is here, along with more technology, more networking opportunities, more budget demands… in fact, more demands for everything, including your time. 2008 may be more of 2007, but pick up the tips from our planners and you’ll be ready for a (somewhat) fresh start.
Hotels are much more than a place to rest your head at night. They are social gathering places, places of commerce, luxury indulgences and much more.
Jeff Boyd, president of Luggage Free baggage shipping company, has some tips on how to minimize travel-related stress this holiday season:
Earthbooker. Plan your trips in Google Earth
Travel & Leisure magazine drew the line between business and leisure travel, releasing its readers’ picks for North America’s best business hotels.
Adding a local culinary treat to an event’s menu is an effective and easy way to introduce attendees to a destination’s local attractions. Since this is the “Year of Alabama Food,” the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel has several resources available, including Alabama food recipes, food-themed books and the PDF “100 dishes to eat […]
I almost lost my luggage on my way to the MPI World Education Congress in Montreal. Debarking from my flight behind most of the other passengers, I wound up in the back of the line through customs and arrived late at the luggage carousel. After watching it go round and round with the same few […]
Continental and Northwest are among the American airline companies to put in orders for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Dreamliner, available in three sizes, consumes 20 percent less fuel and has lower emissions than comparably sized aircraft, thanks to the use of composite (plastic) parts, which also reduces landing and maintenance costs. Due to its lower fuel burn, enhanced engine design and aerodynamics, the airplane can fly between 3,100 and 8,800 nautical miles, making possible more than 450 new non-stop flights world-wide.
Seeking to simplify the process of booking charter flights, Virgin Group launched a Web-based travel portal for private jets, VirginCharter.com. The search function is currently by invitation only, but the Web site is scheduled to become available to all users this fall.
If you or your attendees are still waiting on passports, you’re not alone. But the Department of State has instituted relaxed travel guidelines, effective through Sept. 30, and are offering refunds to travelers who paid to have passport applications expedited, but did not receive them in time.
With the arrival of hurricane season, travel vendors and hotels are working to make hurricane-prone areas less stressful places to do business this summer and fall.
According to an Expedia.com study, European hoteliers give American travelers top marks for attempting to speak the local language, always trying local food and spending a lot of money during their stay. They came second in popularity only to the Japanese, who generally were considered polite and tidy. “Quiet” and “considerate” Swiss travelers secured third place in the poll of 15,000 hoteliers.
New hires, hotels and developments throughout the Southeast.
Planners looking to raise attendance, align corporate concerns with a hot cause or present media outlets with an interesting story angle about their next event may want to go green.
This is the third part of a three-part series on planning international meetings. Part one focused on planning events overseas. Part two dealt with hosting cross-cultural meetings. In this section, we look at the resources available to the global planner.
Corporate meeting planners have a new outlet for booking group travel — this time with a low-fare airline.
A conversation with Vanessa Whitehead of Global Organization and Planning Services. This is the first part of a three-part series focusing on planning international meetings. Part two will focus on accommodating international attendees at stateside events.
Meeting planners know how important F&B is, but thrilling clients with banquet menus can be challenging. Try breaking out of the ballroom and turn a meal function into a culinary event.
Road warriors of the future may be a lot healthier, thanks to hotels giving trans fats the boot.
Todd Whalley, the director of sales for Louisiana’s Northshore Tourist & Convention Commission, was in Atlanta in February for a PYM event and gave us an update on New Orleans. He also told us a touching story from MPI’s Professional Education Conference (PEC) in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, 2007, and we asked him if we could share it with our readers.
Marriott International is one of the world’s most popular lodging companies, but many meeting and destination planners are ineligible to earn commissions when they book rooms at one of its 2,800 properties worldwide. In 2007, a new policy went into effect requiring travel agencies and all travel intermediaries gain certification from the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) or the International Air Transport Association (IATA/IATAN).
Pathfinders Travel Magazine singles out the best places for travelers of color.
The Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel declared 2007 the Year of Alabama Arts, kicking off a year-long media campaign focused on the state’s cultural, visual and performing arts attractions. The brochure “Must-See Arts Destinations in Alabama” is available here.
A monthly recap of new hotels, hires, air service, developments and attractions throughout the Southeast and Southwest.
Holland America Cruise Lines’ environmentally responsible policies were honored at Kuoni Switzerland’s 2006 Green Planet Awards.
The National Foreign Trade Council estimates the United States has lost $31 billion in international business between 2002 and 2004 due to tightened entry regulations that went into effect post-9/11. Bloomberg News predicts new U.S. visa requirements will mean even bigger losses as companies abroad choose to meet in countries that are easier to enter. […]
The American Automobile Association (AAA) announced the recipients of its 2007 Five-Diamond Awards. Here is a complete list of the winners, plus information on previous recipients of this award, which is based upon service, accommodations, amenities and overall experience.
It can’t be smelt or seen, but toxic carbon dioxide fumes can be detected if the proper equipment is present. Unfortunately, no security precautions were in place when carbon dioxide poisoning claimed the life of 26-year-old Thomas Lueders in room 416 of the Doubletree Grand Key Resort in Key West, Fla. on Dec. 29.
Ever since Michael Jackson took shelter in Dubai, it seems as if the city’s hospitality industry has been racing to become an international Neverland Ranch, with wacky multi-million- and billion-dollar projects such as palm-shaped island resorts, festival cities … even a marine world. Plans for the $500-million Hydropolis Undersea Resort in Dubai, however, have stalled. […]