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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.
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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."
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.
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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.
Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Centric Times Square New York, millennials, lifestyle hotels

Hyatt Plans to Double Hyatt Centric Brand by 2019

"Since its launch in 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has proven to be one of our fastest-growing lifestyle brands.”
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Luxury Hotel Market to Reach $20 Billion by 2022

The rise in number of business travelers and change in customer lifestyles have really fueled the demand for luxury stays.
CMP, meetings

Does a CMP Help Get You Hired?

How important is having a CMP when planners go through the hiring process? We asked 5 members of our editorial advisory board their opinions.
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Cvent Reveals 2017 Lists of Top Meeting Hotels

With the new APAC list, seven out of the top 10 meeting hotels from the region are from Singapore, while the other three are located in Sydney.
IMEX, meetings

5 Meetings Industry Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Year

The meetings industry's major convention, IMEX 2016 attracted 3,250 exhibiting companies and 3,216 hosted buyers from 60 countries.
Emirates, Africa, Middle East, TSA, Transportation Security Administration, electronics ban, travel ban

One Airline Finds Work-around to TSA’s 9-Airline Electronics Ban

The reason behind the restriction is that terrorists could smuggle explosive devices in the consumer items, although officials wouldn’t disclose why it was safer to have electronics in cargo instead of in the cabin.
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Pigs, Aquariums & Airport Amenities Ease Travel Stress

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) welcomed LiLou, the first known airport therapy pig in the U.S.
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Silversea Cruises to Transform Its Signature Silver Cloud Ship

“Corporations are always seeking new and innovative ways to inspire their top performers and distributors."

Are Hidden Travel Fees Taking a Bite Out of Your Planning Budget?

Hidden travel fees are on the rise from every direction, with recent estimates from IdeaWorks showing a near $68 billion annual profit for global airlines just from ancillary fees.
Uber, meetings

Life Without Uber and Lyft: One City’s Story

Last year, the City of Austin started requiring ride-hailing companies, both ride-share companies and taxis, to fingerprint its drivers, and both Uber and Lyft pulled out in protest.
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GBTA Poll Shows Travel Ban Will Affect U.S. Meetings

Not only do travel professionals see the ban affecting tourism to the U.S., but also having the potential to affect American travelers abroad.
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Visit These National Parks While the Gettin’s Good

Because of severe staffing shortages, seven historic sites in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park will shutdown in the coming months.
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Meal Caps Not Keeping Up With F&B Cost Increases

“You can get a hot breakfast at the Westin in St. Louis for $40 and a similar breakfast at the Westin in Times Square will cost $75.”

Air India Circles the Globe With First All-Female Crew

What better way to kick off International Women’s Day: Two New Delhi to San Francisco flights manned by an all-female crew.

GMIC’s Latest Research on Sustainability Reveals a Long Road Ahead

Sustainability is a narrative of many languages, according to “Sustainable Meeting and Event Practices: The State of the Industry,” a new study commissioned by the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC).
pharma, meeting, compliance

Compliance Challenges Pharma Planners’ Hotel Picks

Red flags for compliance departments include five-star ratings, resort or gaming destinations, such as Phoenix or Las Vegas; and on-site facilities, such as golf, a nightclub or a spa.

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