solar eclipse, The Great American Eclipse, St. Joseph, Portland, Oregon, Columbia, South Carolina, Kansas City

Top 5 Places for Attendees to Watch the Solar Eclipse

While the solar eclipse will be visible from almost anywhere in the country, here are the top five places for groups to get the best views of this historic event.
Emirates, Qatar Airways, airlines, World Airlines Awards, airports, Singapore Airlines

Skytrax Announces Top 5 Airlines of 2017

Despite a tough year for airlines facing travel bans and poorly executed passenger relations, Skytrax celebrated the industry’s best by highlighting the world’s Top 100 Airlines in 2017.
GBTA, meetings

Duty of Care Tops the Agenda at Global Business Travel Association Convention

Keynote speakers at the Global Business Travel Association Convention, including former General David Petraeus, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia Barry Diller and Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian, all touched on current political uncertainties.
3-D Face Scanning, technology, iPhone 8, software recognition, face scanning

How iPhone 8’s 3-D Face-Scanning Technology Could Affect Events

Face scanning could become much more commonplace for event check ins and even payment authentication or access control.
Heathrow Airport, airports, London, FlyFit, airport fitness studios, wellness, fitness

Heathrow Encourages Wellness with First Airport Fitness Studio

Instructor-led and on-demand interactive strength and cardio classes as well as restorative yoga will be available for attendees looking to spend their layovers wisely.
Gastro Garage. meetings

5 Ideas from Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List

Special event guru Michael Cerbelli wowed the audience at Meeting Professionals International's WEC in June with a hands-on extravaganza featuring his top picks for...
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Marriott International, cruises, yachts

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Sails into Cruise Market

Dubbed The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the venture will bring the timeless sophistication of the brand to the sea.
MPI, WEC, B-52's

Meeting Professionals International WEC: Engaging Experiences & Real-Time Learning

The theme of this year's Meeting Professionals International WEC was, "Stop planning meetings, start designing experiences."
channle incentives, tesla, meetings

Successful Channel Incentives

"Designing an effective channel incentive strategy needs to reinforce the sales processes, highlight product information and reinforce the sponsoring company’s value proposition. It’s about helping channel partners and their salespeople sell effectively, while answering, 'What's in it for me?'"
FICP, meetings

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Delivers Industry-Focused Education

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has five live events a year focused on industry-specific education.
laptop ban, meetings

Laptop Ban: Your Questions Answered

Make sure attendees traveling from the affected airports are aware of the new regulations so that they arrive at the airport with electronic equipment appropriately stored in hold luggage.
hotel seller's market, meeting

Continuing Hotel Seller’s Market Affecting Meeting Planners

Meeting planners report getting turn-downs or pressure from hotels to commit and limited hold times.
channel incentives, meeting

5 Key Strategies for Channel Incentives

If incentive travel in general or a certain destination in particular did not have appeal, the channel incentive program is less likely to succeed.
meeting planner, meeting

Wanted: New Job Titles for Meeting Planners

Some meeting planners, mostly the CMPs in the group, spoke up for the professionalism of the role. Said one: "How about everyone just know you are a Meeting Professional? Why? Because you deserve that respect!"
Chase Park Plaza, Royal Sonesta, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri

Chase Park Plaza Embraces Luxury in Sonesta Transition

When the 338-room hotel transitions to the Royal Sonesta brand, it will provide the same luxury accommodations that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Carter back in its hey day.
Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, meetings

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Expands Online Education

SITE, which is known for incentive industry education, now has a new offering of 12 online courses.
duty of care, meetings

Understanding Duty of Care

How exactly does duty of care apply to international travel and meetings?
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Hyatt, Hyatt Convention Alliance, Hyatt Regency Seattle, convention alliances

Hyatt Triples Booked Revenue with Hyatt Convention Alliance

“Due to the collaboration among our hotels in the Hyatt Convention Alliance, we have seen booked revenue nearly triple from multiyear agreements over the last few years."
HMCC, meetings

What is an HMCC Certificate?

The HMCC program is worth 4 clock hours and after completing a 4-hour training course, participants receive a certificate of achievement and hold the designation for two years.
CMM, meetings

Does a CMM Earn More?

According to a recent member survey from MPI, the average salary of a meeting professional with a CMM is $107,877 for planners and $114,868 for suppliers.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Marriott International, Starwood, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, hot deals, meeting deals

Marriott Launches Meeting Deal for Both Starwood & Marriott Rewards Members

The Connect 2 Meetings promotion gives meeting planners double the rewards points and an up to 5 percent discount on food and beverage.
Hotel Contessa, Benchmark Hotels, Benchmark Hospitality, food trends, food and beverage, Chef Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles

Benchmark to Reimagine F&B with Chef Stephan Pyles Partnership

“Our challenge to get the creative focus and unique innovations that makes Chef Stephan Pyles so acclaimed will be a key priority and focus."
human trafficking, meetings

Human Trafficking & Meetings: One Planner’s Efforts

"Our hope is that we can begin next steps and grow this grass roots conversation to create some solid information, training and more."
automotive incentives, meetings

4 Trends in Automotive Incentives

With ample budgets and worldly travelers, and free from the regulatory restrictions faced by pharma and financial, this sector can be more...creative.
Amtrak, trains, transportation, federal spending, Trump administration, Trump, Trump budget

Planners May Have to Say Goodbye to Long-distance Train Routes

Currently, 23 states (and more than 500 communities) are only served with long-distance trains and would therefore have no passenger rail under the new administration’s proposal.

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