event venue, meetings

4 Web Sites for Sourcing Special Event Venues

These 4 web sites allow you to search for special event venues by your exact parameters, including group size, dates, neighborhood—even look and feel.
Omaha, Nebraska, riverfront, convention district, city developments, Midwest

Omaha Reveals $290 Million Riverfront Convention District Plan

Visit Omaha unveiled the $290 million plan for a completely new development that will connect the convention district, riverfront and downtown Omaha.
voco, IHG, upscale brand, InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG Launches New Upscale Hotel Brand: voco

IHG announced its latest hotel brand, voco, which will bring more upscale offerings to meeting planners.
pop-up event

Make Your Pop-Up Event a Success

When it comes to pop-up events, don’t disappoint with anything less than extraordinary and innovative.

Royal Caribbean Acquires Majority Stake in Silversea Cruises

The cruise giant is poised to make a giant splash in luxury and expedition cruising.

3 Takeaways from MPI’s WEC 2018

Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) annual World Education Congress (WEC) 2018 ended with a closing celebration at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
human trafficking, meetings

Signs of Human Trafficking to Look Out for This Summer

Learn the signs that could indicate an individual is being trafficked, and what to do if you see an incidence of human trafficking.
IRF Invitational, meeting

On Site at the IRF Invitational at The Grand at Moon Palace

The proceeds from the live and silent action fund the IRF's research all year long.
Norma Jean Suite, The Lexington Hotel, New York, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, hotel renovation

Lexington Hotel Honors Marilyn Monroe with Updated Suite

The Lexington Hotel in New York wished Marilyn Monroe happy birthday on June 1 with the unveiling of a suite in honor of the famous Gemini.
Vegas Strike, Vegas employees, Las Vegas, Culinary Workers Union, MGM, Caesars

Vegas Strike: Negotiations Continue with Deadline Approaching

Meeting planners organizing an event in Las Vegas may be in for a surprise next month as casino employees anticipate a strike that could be very costly to major Las Vegas resorts and casinos located on the Strip.
emotional support animals, airlines, American Airlines, United, Delta, airline restrictions

The 411 on Flying with Emotional Support Animals

A recent rise in passengers taking advantage of the lax airline rules regarding emotional support animals has led to stricter guidelines.
Marriott International, sharing economy, Tribute Portfolio, home-sharing, home stays, Hostmaker

Marriott Ventures into the Home-Sharing Market

The sharing economy is officially making waves in the hospitality world, with Marriott International recently announcing its foray into the home-sharing market.
duty of care, meetings

New Survey: Duty of Care Often Falls on the Meeting Planner

Many companies have not distinguished that meetings come with their own specific set of risks—whether that be attendees walking around cities wearing badges or a chartered bus full of meeting attendees traveling through a dangerous area.
meeting, meeting planners unite

Meeting Planners Unite: New Association to Hold Conference

The first live event for the brand-new association for independent meeting planners, Meeting Planners Unite, will be December 4 to 6 in Washington, D.C.
Miami Beach Convention Center, renovations, expansions, Miami, Florida

Re-envisioned Miami Beach Convention Center Touts Art & Sustainability

Miami preps for the debut of the Miami Beach Convention Center’s (MBCC) $620 million renovation and expansion this September.
planner commissions, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton, Marriott, Dream Hotel Group, third-party planners

IHG Cuts Commissions, Other Hotel Companies Raise Them

InterContinental Hotels Group announced that it will be the third major hotel brand to cut independent planner commissions from 10 percent to 7 percent.
MPI, meetings

MPI Has Meeting Planning Certifications in Every Flavor

Meeting planning certificates range from Cruise Meetings to Emergency Preparedness to Healthcare Compliance.
Sands Montego Bay, Jamaica, renovation, conference center, resort expansion

Sandals Montego Bay Debuts New Conference Center

A new 3,000-sf conference center at Sandals Montego Bay adds to the property’s appeal for groups planning to meet in Jamaica this summer.
Hard Rock Hotels

Hard Rock Gets Down to Business With a Number of New Hotels

On the heels of opening new digs in Daytona Beach and its first hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Hard Rock Hotels is set to amplify the Big Easy.
GDPR, meetings

How GDPR Affects Your Data Collection

Moving forward, planners must require that EU attendees actively opt in and offer explicit consent to store and use their data.
ocean course, golfing

Beware of The Bear Claw at Hammock Beach Resort

The newly renovated Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort has the brag worthy title of “most oceanfront holes in Florida.”
Grand View Lodge Spa and Golf Resort, Minnesota, Gull Lake, hotel expansion, resort expansion

Grand View Lodge Becomes Minnesota’s Largest Resort

A new 60-room boutique hotel is coming to Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort on Gull Lake, Minn., as part of a property-wide expansion.
incentive travel, Incentive Research Foundation, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals, Incentive Travel Industry Index, market research

New Incentive Travel Study Will Help Planners Predict Market Trends

A trifecta of incentive travel orgs are collaborating on the industry’s first joint index study to help meeting planners make better business decisions.
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, Margaritaville, Margaritaville at The Pointe, Bahamas, New York, Georgia, Lanier Islands, new resorts, new hotels

3 New Margaritaville Openings for Groups in Search of Paradise

The Margaritaville brand continues to expand its “5 O’Clock Somewhere” state of mind, announcing several new properties and restaurants.
Mount Airy Casino Resort, Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania, resort expansion, outdoor events

Mount Airy Casino Resort Elevates Group Experience in New Expansion

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, Pa., is investing in its future with plans for a multimillion-dollar expansion.

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