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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Costa Rica Convention Center

A First Look at Costa Rica’s New LEED-Certified Convention Center

A new LEED-certified Costa Rica Convention Center turns the country's sustainability focus toward meetings.
corporate entertainment

How Does the New Tax Law Affect Entertainment and Incentives?

There's no doubt that the new tax law will have an impact on companies' use of business meals and entertainment for clients.
Andrew David, meetings

5 Keynote Speakers Everyone’s Talking About

The Huffington Post calls Andrew Davis "one of the most entertaining speakers you will ever hear. Andrew will make you believe that you can ignite conversations around your brand and build moments of inspiration for your customers."
GDPR, meetings

5 Things You Need to Know About GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new data protection law in the EU, does into effect May 25. What does it mean for you?
commission cuts, meetings

What Planners Are Saying About the Marriott & Hilton Commission Cuts

"Just like all companies, hotels are looking for ways to be the most profitable. The 3 percent now goes straight to their bottom line."
NDS, meetings

3 Big Data Trends Affecting Meetings

Blockchain, for one, will shorten the "long tail of travel and meeting procurement,’" allowing for faster and possibly less expensive travel and meeting planning.
IMEX, meetings

5 Meetings Industry Events You Should Know About in 2018

Highlights from 5 key meetings industry events in 2018: IMEX America, MPI's WEC, the ASAE Annual Meeting, the WINiT Summit and the Duty of Care Summit.
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.

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