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Conference Venues Performing Well: IACC Report

September 29, 2016 by douloff

CHICAGO — Conference venues are doing good business, according to the 2016 edition of an IACC report, Trends in the Conference Venue Industry, released in late September. “The industry growth theme of the last four years continues. This comprehensive trends report,

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Getting Up to Speed on Social Media Marketing

September 27, 2016 by douloff

By Don Douloff In an increasingly digital and connected world, social media has become integral in marketing meetings and events — and it’s a tool that planners cannot ignore. Certainly, a good number of planners already embrace the technology, according to

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Curio Opens in Former St. Louis Train Depot

September 26, 2016 by douloff

LOUIS — Following a $40 million renovation, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton has opened in a former St. Louis train depot, it was announced Sept. 26. The property features 539 guestrooms and suites in what was

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New education, networking opportunities at IMEX

September 25, 2016 by douloff
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LAS VEGAS — Planners attending IMEX America will have access to new education streams and networking opportunities at the show, which runs Oct. 18 to 20, in Las Vegas. IMEX America’s education program runs all week after its usual professional

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Nashville Marks Music Anniversaries in 2017

September 24, 2016 by douloff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Next year will mark major anniversaries for many of Nashville’s most iconic music establishments, it was announced Sept. 22. In 2017, Music City celebrates the genesis of some of music’s most popular and historic music venues, museums

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Naples Beach Hotel Golf Reno Nears Completion

September 23, 2016 by douloff
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NAPLES, Fla. — The substantial renovation of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s championship golf course is expected to be completed in November, it was announced in mid-September. The course at the AAA Four-Diamond resort in Southwest Florida is

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China Approves Marriott Starwood Merger

September 21, 2016 by douloff

BETHESDA, MD. — Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced on Sept. 20 that their merger transaction has received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Since this was the last regulatory approval required to complete the

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MPI Adds CMP Prep, HMCC Course to IMEX Monday

September 21, 2016 by douloff

DALLAS — Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has added new program elements, including a CMP master class and Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) course, to the schedule for Smart Monday (Oct. 17) at IMEX America, which runs Oct. 18 to 20.

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DoubleTree Myrtle Beach Unveils Renovation

September 20, 2016 by douloff
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront has unveiled its expanded and renovated property, it was announced Sept. 15. Following a 12-month, multimillion dollar renovation and expansion, the 30-acre seaside hotel, formerly known as the

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Porter Resumes Seasonal Service to Orlando, Fla.

September 13, 2016 by douloff
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TORONTO — Porter Airlines returns to Orlando, Fla. with an enhanced schedule for a second year of seasonal service, it was announced Sept. 12. Flights will increase by almost 50 per cent over last year, with more flights during peak

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Hilton Expanding Meet with Purpose Program

September 12, 2016 by douloff

MCLEAN, VA. — Hilton is expanding its Meet with Purpose program, introducing its health-focused initiative to meeting and event professionals in Europe and the UAE, it was announced Sept. 7. Additionally, more than 40 U.S. hotels now offer menus that

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Meetingmax Providing Online Housing Software to NASC

September 12, 2016 by douloff

Cincinnati, OH and Vancouver — Vancouver-based Meetingmax will provide online housing reservation software to the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), it was announced Sept. 7. Through the agreement, Meetingmax’s online accommodation platform will handle hotel room bookings for NASC’s