Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, city development, Middle East, new hotels

Crowne Plaza Riyadh Opens in Saudi Arabia’s New Tech Hub

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is only becoming more attractive for groups with the recent launch of Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center in the capital's new tech hub.
Prevue, meetings

Introducing Prevue’s 2018 Editorial Advisory Board

Prevue's editors will rely on the 15 members of its 2018 Editorial Advisory Board to advise them as they develop content for the brand's print magazine, web site, webinars, newsletters and Visionary Summit Series.
Wyndham Worldwide, La Quinta Holdings, hotel mergers, hotel acquisitions, hotel industry news

Wyndham Now Owns 9,000 Hotels After La Quinta Acquisition

Wyndham Worldwide recently announced the acquisition of La Quinta Holdings, which will officially take place in the second quarter of 2018.
aviation industry, airlines, CORSIA, carbon emissions, International Civil Aviation Organization, International Air Transport Association

Aviation Industry Urges Carbon-Neutral Growth by 2020

In order to keep airlines sustainable, the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly adopted the Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation agreement in 2016.
El San Juan Hotel, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, Aloft San Juan Convention Center, Sheraton Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Preps for New Hotels, Reopenings This Year

Puerto Rico is bouncing back in a big way this year with hotel reopenings, debuts and innovative F&B options.
Marriott International, industry news, Groups360, Kemp Gallineau, commission cuts, intermediaries, third-party planners

An Alternative View on Marriott’s Cut in Commissions

Kemp Gallineau, CEO of Groups360, weighs in on the Marriott announcement, addressingwhy it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, hotel renovations, virtual concierge, technology, hotel technology, Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan’s New Rooms Make Virtual Concierges a Reality

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is like a brand-new hotel again with two years of upgrades and additions that will give the property a whole new look by year’s end.
Comic-Con, unconventional conventions, quirky conventions, World Clown Assocation, Anthrocon, Merfest, International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, The Association of Lincoln Presenters,

Add the Unexpected to Your Event by Piggybacking on These 5 Conventions

Between Lincoln impersonators, furries and mermaids, these five quirky conventions know how to attract a colorful crowd.
The Bahamas, new hotels, Ireland, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Canada, Mexico, Riviera Nayarit

5 International Hot Spots Get Even Hotter With a Range of New Hotels

Five international hotspots grab the attention of meeting planners in search of new hotels and fresh experiences for groups.
Millennial attendees

Here’s How Your Millennial Attendees Like to Travel

58 percent of Millennials post more often on social media when traveling than at home with the goal of sharing their adventures with friends and family.
hotel renovations, Warwick Denver, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Playboy Bunnies Aside, These 5 Hotel Renovations Are Still Worth a Double Take

Playboy Bunny artwork, Southwestern themes and “dignified” lighting make these five major hotel renovations worth putting on your radar this year.

E-Sports to Atypical Speakers: Experiential Meetings Are on the Rise in Las Vegas

Atypical experiential meetings and events are on the rise in Las Vegas. You'll never believe what's next.

The New Caesars FORUM Proves Yet Again: Caesars Means Business

The two largest pillarless ballrooms in North America will debut in 2020 when Caesars Entertainment’s 550,000-sf Caesars FORUM conference center opens.
Rosewood Puerto Papagayo, Costa Rica, Latin America, Central America, Costa Rica Convention Center

5 Meeting Venues that Prove the Costa Rica Hype Is Real

Costa Rica continues to attract groups for its adventurous spirit, with tree houses and waterfall hikes aplenty.
Atlantic City, YouVisit, New Jersey, virtual reality, site visits, meeting technology

Atlantic City Goes Virtual with New Site-Selection Experience

Atlantic City, N.J., developed a VR experience for meeting planners to explore the city’s convention district from the comforts of their office.
Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami, Florida, renovations

Tech & Fashion Influence Hilton Miami Downtown’s New Look

A $35 million renovation to Hilton Miami Downtown brings groups a completely new option when visiting downtown’s Performing Arts District.
meetings, Benchmark

5 Meeting Trends for 2018

From live streaming of sessions to locavore teambuilding, here are 5 meeting trends for 2018 identified by Benchmark's properties.

It’s Austin’s Turn to Dominate Meetings & Conventions: Here Are 5 Reasons Why

It's Austin's turn to dominate meetings & conventions. Here are five, turn-your-head reasons why.

The Kessler Collection Blows the Dust Off of Savannah’s Power Plant District

This year will see the redevelopment of the cobblestone-lined waterfront along Georgia's Savannah River into the Plant Riverside District.
PCMA, ,Meetings

5 Lessons We Learned From PCMA

PCMA has always been the go-to for leading edge ideas, a melting pot of meeting-related experiments—some that work, some that don't.
The Jung Hotel & Residences, New Orleans, Louisiana, Roaring Twenties

NOLA’s Jung Hotel Becomes Social Hub of Biomedical Innovation District

New Orleans continues to expand with the recent opening of the 207-room Jung Hotel & Residences in the heart of the city’s Biomedical Innovation District.
The Edwin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tru by Hilton

5 Chattanooga Hotels to Have on Your Radar

With new property openings and renovations in 2018, Chattanooga will add more than 500 rooms to its current downtown inventory of 2,200.
Offshore Sailing School, Tarpon Point Ballroom, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Cape Coral, Florida,

3 Ways Westin Cape Coral Will Attract Groups in 2018

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village recently opened the 12,250-sf Tarpon Point Ballroom, the largest event space in Cape Coral, Fla.
amenity experience, meetings

Blue Jean Events Customizes Amenity Experiences

Sophisticated attendees have grown used to the standard corporate amenities, from watches to sunglasses to designer bags. A number of stars are shaking up the standard norm, among them Blue Jean Events.
hotel points, meetings

5 Planners Speak Out On Hotel Points

The goal of hotel points is to reward loyalty, but do they influence decisions—and if companies accept them, how do they put them to use?

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