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SITE and MPI Announce Co-located Event in 2018

March 7, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to provide a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The event will take place January 12-14, 2018


PCMA Reports Record Attendance at Convening Leaders 2017

March 1, 2017 by Lori Smith

Convening Leaders 2017 drew 4,175 delegates, making it the most successful edition of the conference ever, reports its organizer, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). The conference was held January 9-11 at the Austin Convention Centre in Austin, Texas. In addition to


Speakers' Spotlight Annual Showcase

March 1, 2017 by Lori Smith

WHO: Speakers’ Spotlight WHAT: The bureau’s annual charity event, which gives planners the chance to hear six speakers and give to a worthy cause. Speakers this year were:Dr. John Izzo; Melissa Agnes; Timothy Caulfield; Chris Bailey; David Segal; and Margaret Trudeau.


Shift Away from Strictly Seller's Market, reports MPI

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

There are indications that the industry is finding some equilibrium and moving away from being strictly a seller’s  market, according to the latest edition of Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook™ quarterly report. The 2017 Winter Edition, which is available online at, also


Kayak Reveals Top 10 Trending Destinations

January 20, 2017 by douloff

TORONTO — Havana, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, in. Osaka, Istanbul and Kahului, out. Travel search engine KAYAK has revealed the Top Ten Trending Destinations of the Year, according to Canadian traveller search data, it was announced Jan. 17. “Canadians are seeking experiences both


Hottest Luxury Hotel Trends for 2017

January 14, 2017 by douloff

NEW YORK —Virtuoso, the global network of luxury travel agencies, has released the top trends and insights seen among recent additions to the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts collection, it was announced Jan. 9. Luxury Hotel Boom in Emerging Destinations: According


Play Time

November 8, 2016 by ROGER HASKETT
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Ask yourself: “How many times do we expect teams, meetings, conferences to work in an environment that produces dead rats?” Huh? A 2014 study conducted by a group of psychologists and neurologists found that if you take play away from


Thinking Outside the Box

November 7, 2016 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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When we meet, we change the world—unless we’re bored, that is. How many times have you sat in a conference session and: Texted every person from your phone in 30 minutes (yes, it is possible)? Fallen asleep (you may or


Aloft Unveils Voice-Activated Guestrooms

August 31, 2016 by douloff

STAMFORD, CT — Starwood Hotels & Resorts has debuted the voice-activated guestroom, giving guests new ways to interact using “Hey Siri,” it was announced Aug. 25. Each Aloft voice-activated hotel room is equipped with an iPad running a custom Aloft app used


IMEX America Debuting Latest Tech Innovations

August 29, 2016 by douloff

LAS VEGAS — Meetings industry professionals attending IMEX America this year can preview the latest business innovations, many of which will come from the technology sector, according to nearly 40 per cent of meeting professionals. Imex America will be held


Ritz-Carlton adding Charging Stations

August 16, 2016 by douloff

CHEVY CHASE, MD — Ritz-Carlton has installed two charging stations at each property, offering guests the ability to charge up for 150 miles in two and a half hours, it was announced Aug. 9. “Commitment to the community and environment


Top 10 Holiday Luxury Travel Destinations

August 11, 2016 by douloff

NEW YORK — International luxury travel network Virtuoso has revealed the hottest upscale destinations for this year’s holiday season, it was announced Aug. 9. Virtuoso has sourced data from its warehouse of more than $35 billion in transactions to disclose