Premier Inn appointed V.V. Giri as regional director of operations for South Asia. Steven Daines became COO of Accor’s HotelServices in the United Kingdom, Benelux, Switzerland and Russia; Laurent Pincheral became CEO in Germany, Poland and Central Europe; and John Ozinga became COO of the company’s HotelInvest division. Gerard J. Inzerillo was named CEO of Forbes […]
This Friday is National Groundhog Job Shadow Day (NGJSD), a national campaign that gives college students a chance to learn about many industries, including the hospitality industry. The event is a joint effort of America’s Promise-Alliance for Youth, Junior Achievement and the U.S. Department of Labor. Nationwide, more than 1 million students and 1,000 businesses […]
When was the last time you thought about a meeting or event from the attendee’s point of view? What you see might surprise you.
It began with pillow choices. Then customized iPod playlists. Now some olfactory-inclined hotels are catering to customers with “fragrance butlers.” The New York Times reports that scent servants were introduced at eight Rosewood properties at the first of the year. Rosewood has hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. Each fragrance menu […]
The June 2010 MPI Business Barometer contains more good news than bad for meeting planners, especially those who work in the United States. The bottom line: Current conditions are better than they were a year ago, according to 61 percent of respondents, but the industry recovery that began in February 2010 after 18 stagnant months […]
Yes, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has sullied some of America’s favorite beaches and messed mightily with the meetings and event industry, but smart planners see opportunities beyond the tar patties. From Florida to Texas, the main message from travel and tourism officials is that it’s business as usual. Most attractions, hotels, restaurants, exhibits, […]
At least 40 meetings have been canceled in Arizona in the past four months, ever since the state passed a tough new immigration law. But the politician who began the call for an economic boycott has since changed his mind. In an interview with the Arizona Republic, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalya (D-Ariz.) said a federal […]
Nashville’s 2,881-room Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will be closed until at least November due to flooding from the nearby Cumberland River. The resort, the largest meeting facility in Tennessee’s capital city, has refunded deposits made on reservations through August and moved 70,000 room nights to various hotels in the downtown area, nearby Franklin, […]
A roundup of hotel openings, new developments and other amenities now available to meeting and event planners, both domestically and internationally.
The proposed merger of United and Continental airlines is unlikely to raise fares in the short term, industry experts say, even though it would create the world’s largest airline. The deal would, however, make United the only choice for travelers on certain routes at 17 U.S. airports, including Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Denver International, Honolulu, Houston, […]