Business travel is back. Or at least business travel spending and volume during fourth-quarter (Q4) 2010, which were at their highest level since the recession began. The GBTA Business Travel Index’s Business Travel Quarterly Outlook showed Q4 growth outpacing projections (3.2 percent vs. a forecasted 2.3 percent). The GBTA Foundation predicts that business travel spending […]
Planners interested in taking groups to historically significant sites in the Daytona Beach area have one more resource at their disposal. “Share the Heritage” is a free guide to African-American historical sites and attractions in the Daytona Beach area that can be viewed and downloaded from daytonabeach.com.
According to dotwnews.com, the United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading is investigating whether Radisson, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Thistle participated in a price-fixing scheme. Click here for the full story.
MPI members can download a free iPhone app; versions for Blackberry and Android devices are in development. The application gives users access to membership directories and content. The association is partnering with developer QuickMobile to design mobile apps for IMEX in Frankfurt (May 24-26, 2011) and IMEX America in Las Vegas (Oct. 10-13, 2011).
The Marriott & Renaissance State Association Team of Florida recently held a bowling event with a food drive component that collected 386 pounds of food for America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend in Tallahassee, Fla. That donation was enough to feed 296 people in Tallahassee and surrounding counties.
The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisc., has partnered with Lake Geneva Cruise Line to create a water-based meeting experience available for groups Monday through Friday for eight to 50 people aboard one of three vessels. The 3.5-hour package includes either a breakfast meeting, a morning meeting that ends with lunch, or an afternoon meeting that […]
By 2015, virtual meetings and events will be an $18.6 billion industry, estimates Market Research Media. That industry will need meeting planners with the skills and knowledge to successfully plan, build, design and execute virtual programs that achieve business objectives. To this end, the Virtual Edge Institute now offers a certification program for digital event […]
New hotels, renovation projects, meeting space expansions and other hospitality news, both nationally and internationally.
A quick look at who’s been hired, promoted or won awards in the meeting and hospitality industry.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has teamed with six upscale hotels near the Broward County Convention Center to offer one-stop planning assistance for groups needing up to 2,700 rooms. In addition to accommodations and hotel meeting space, the “Lauderdale Convention Collection” offers special savings and incentives. “By creating a single hospitality experience […]
Visit Florida is offering complimentary event insurance to cover any costs directly related to re-booking a meeting due to a named hurricane. Limits and restrictions apply; meetings must be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date. Planners holding events during the months of August, September and October 2011 or August, September and October 2012 […]
As of April 3, rescue and recovery efforts were still underway in the Tohoku region, which suffered the most in the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports have reopened and public transportation in and around Tokyo has resumed, although periodic blackouts imposed for energy […]
Visit Orlando, its team members and partners contributed more than $515,000 to the local community through fundraising, marketing and in-kind support in 2010. Contributions included: clothing and holiday gift drives; educational initiatives and cash contributions raised during events; and in-kind marketing support for arts and cultural groups.
A free Lonely Planet guidebook and iPhone app about the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are available from the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel CVB.
Transporting attendees to and from New York City’s major airports just got a lot easier. GO Airlink NYC, a rideshare transportation company, now operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing for greater flexibility, convenience and peace-of-mind. “We want our customers to know that we are available whenever they require quality airport ground […]
How many meeting spaces can offer a 4,000-sq. ft. concave fresco, the largest in North America? Only the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, N.M. Muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco painted the fresco, which depicts over 3,000 years of Hispanic history. It includes themes such as science, literature, religion and technological evolution […]
The first step towards greening meetings and events is establishing a benchmark so all sustainability initiatives can be measured and improved upon. IMEX America, in anticipation of its first North American trade show, has hired MeetGreen to help it take those metrics and develop a sustainability strategy for this and future events. “We will have […]
Looking for green lodging, tours, cruises or activities for your group? Check out green.travel, a new website search engine that rates companies based on how they’ve incorporated sustainable travel principles into their business practices. The harder the company works to be sustainable, the higher their rating is. No commission fees or monetary incentives are involved […]
At a recent global owners meeting in Orlando, Hilton Worldwide distributed iPads to 1,700 attendees staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotels. Preloaded with a “virtual concierge” app, the iPads allowed attendees to schedule wake-up calls, request housekeeping, arrange transportation, make dinner reservations and even request drinks be brought to […]
A quick look at who’s been hired, promoted or won awards in the meeting and hospitality industry.
International Meeting Professionals International now offers a meeting planning mobile app that is free for members. National Grand Hyatt Atlanta’s General Manager Ruth Benjamin received Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s General Manager of the Year Award. Benjamin was one of 14 GMs nominated for the award from Hyatt’s pool of 132 full-service North American hotels. Arizona The […]
Looking to add some culture to your itinerary, but short on time? For the second consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Ky., as the No. 1 hotel in the U.S., and the No. 6 hotel in the world in the 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. The 90-room hotel integrates […]
Going through an obstacle course blind as a team-building exercise pales in comparison to the Wyndham Peachtree City [Ga.] Hotel and Conference Center‘s latest innovation — Dragon Boat racing. “It’s certainly out of the ordinary,” stated Wyndham Peachtree’s Director of Sales and Marketing Karen Pendleton. “But it’s a highly effective team-building exercise.” In racing, everyone […]
In this day and age, Web-based video is a highly effective way to engage audiences and relay information in a quick and interesting way. But what if the video wasn’t a one-sided conversation? HuStream’s 1:1 Conversational Video redefines viewer engagement for a “near-human experience.” Using a mix of psychology, Web-based technology and video savvy, 1:1 […]
A round-up of new hotels and developments, nationally and internationally.
A run-down of new hires, promotions and award-winners in the meeting and hospitality industry.
If you thought the revitalization of downtown Houston was over, you were mistaken. The city continues to reinvent itself — adding new hotels, attractions, urban parks and retail districts. Market Square Park, which opened in August 2010, occupies the site of Houston’s original City Hall in the heart of the historic district. The park’s lawn […]
Guests of the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa always have known the hotel was special. Situated on Mobile Bay in Point Clear, Ala., the Grand Hotel, which originally opened in 1847, offers fishing piers, a beach, bayview dining rooms, bicycles, boats and an array of resort amenities, but doesn’t charge resort fees. […]
Associated Luxury Hotels has acquired Hinton + Grusich, merging the two sales teams into a unified national ALHI sales network, representing a portfolio of more than 130 four and five diamond-quality member hotels worldwide. “After 25 years of each successfully and passionately serving the meetings and incentive industry with our national sales responsibilities for our […]
If the rash of newly re-named tourism authorities is any indication, “convention and visitors bureaus” are on the way out. In their stead is an assortment of organizations urging leisure and group business to “visit” or “discover” their destinations. Take, for example: Visit Oakland (formerly the Oakland, Calif., Convention & Visitors Bureau) Discover Torrance (a […]
Almost 75 percent of industry insiders find virtual events useful, but nearly a third are still struggling with how to generate revenue from them, says the 2010 Virtual Event Report. Here are some of its core findings: 2010 virtual event report For a free copy of the full report, click here.
The economy is slowly getting back on track. People aren’t afraid to meet anymore. This year is looking a little better than years past, so it’s time to think about making some improvements.
A round-up of the latest hotel openings, renovations, new airline service and more destination news, both nationally and internationally.
New hires, promotions and award-winners in the hospitality industry.
If you were one of the 160,000 Clear Registered Travelers left in limbo when parent company Verified Identify Pass Inc. went bankrupt in summer 2009, there’s finally some good news: Your membership will be honored by new Clear owners Alclear LLC. Clear, which offers expedited security lane access for members who have provided biometric information […]
Destinations wishing to book repeat business may want to bone up on customer service. Roughly 93 percent of the incentive planners surveyed by the Site International Foundation said they’d return to a destination if it offered quality service along with reasonable pricing. “The primary reason for choosing a destination is financially driven, which is no […]
In 2010, 116,000 international participants could not attend U.S. trade shows because of visa issues, says a new Oxford Economics study commissioned by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). The number includes 78,400 international attendees and 37,900 international exhibitors. Oxford Economics estimates that if visa barriers were removed, the U.S. economy would realize a […]
The world’s largest and most geographically diverse gaming company has a new name: Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “In recognition of Caesars’ status as the world’s preeminent and most respected casino brand, we have changed the name of our parent company to Caesars Entertainment Corporation,” stated Gary Loveman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment. […]
If you’ve dreaded flying because of the new security measures that went into effect before Thanksgiving 2010, you’re not alone. A study conducted by Consensus Research Group for the U.S. Travel Association found that respondents would take an average of two to three more trips per year if the hassle involved in flying could be […]
For the next two years, Hilton Worldwide is prohibited from creating any hotel brand that might compete with Starwood in the “lifestyle hotel or branded boutique space,” a federal court decreed. An independent monitor also will be keeping watch on Hilton to ensure trade secrets stolen from Starwood aren’t put to use. Starwood Hotels & […]
New hotels, renovations and hospitality news from around the world.
New hires, promotions and awards throughout the hospitality industry.
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 […]
International Accor is planning to sell 48 of its Eurpean hotels for $465 million, including the Novotel, Suite Novotel, Ibis and Etap brands. Belgium Aloft Brussels Schuman opened with 147 loft-like rooms and more than 1,400 square feet of meeting space. China In November 2010, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort will open with 150 rooms, […]
International India’s Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts named Thomas Lind its vice president of operations; Roger Wright became its general manager. Ana Maria Viscasillas was named board chairwoman of Best Cities Global Alliance. National Bob Gilbert became CEO of Travika, a specialized travel and hospitality consultancy group. David Gabri, president and CEO of the Association […]
PYM LIVE Events are a mobile events lab where planners can shop for vendors, learn essential skills and play with new technology.
If you think you can’t afford meeting in this economy, maybe you should give it that old college try. When meeting planners take their meetings and events on campus, they usually get more than they pay for.
An interview with Tony Conway, an Atlanta planner known for his extravagant events.