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US Equity Firm Set to Acquire Cvent

April 25, 2016 by Lori Smith

Event management company Cvent Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in software, data and technology-enabled businesses. Under the terms of the agreement, Vista will

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Delta Branded Hotel Opens in US

April 21, 2016 by Lori Smith

Delta’s first branded hotel in the United States, the Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista, celebrated its official grand opening today. A new Delta logo was also revealed as part of the integration of the Delta brand into the Marriott family. “The Delta Orlando

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U.S. River Cruise Line Launching Flagship Riverboat

April 12, 2016 by Lori Smith

US river cruise line French America Line is introducing “a new era of boutique US river experiences” this summer with the launch of its 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane. Formerly the Columbia Queen, the Louisiane is undergoing a multimillion dollar refurbishment and

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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Completes Reno

April 12, 2016 by Lori Smith

The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel has completed a $32 million total renovation, which includes a new ballroom with views of the Chicago River, an additional 4,000 square feet of meeting space and one of the city’s hottest rooftop bar concepts. The first

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ALHI Adds La Jolla Property to Portfolio

April 4, 2016 by Lori Smith
Estancia La Jolla -- Garden Courtyard -- Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), La Jolla, California

The Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, which is situated on 10 acres in La Jolla in northern San Diego, has been accepted as the newest Member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The popular Southern California hotel is part of Pacific

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MPI Reimagining World Education Congress

March 23, 2016 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is rewriting its own rules for its World Education Congress (WEC), scheduled this year for June 11 – 14, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The conference, which will be taking risks in design, format and content,

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Marriott Gets Go-Ahead to do Business in Cuba

March 23, 2016 by Lori Smith

Marriott International’s application to pursue a business transaction in Cuba has been approved by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. Marriott released the news yesterday during US President Barack Obama’s historic trip

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Convention Attendance Powers Las Vegas Visitor Growth

March 22, 2016 by Lori Smith

Convention attendance powered Las Vegas’s visitor growth last year. Overall visitor attendance was a record 42.3 million, up 2.9% over 2014, while convention attendance rose 13.4% in 2015, according to a Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) commissioned Economic

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WestJet Inaugurates Service to Boston

March 15, 2016 by Lori Smith

WestJet Encore began service from Toronto to Boston, Massachusetts today with the departure of flight 3600 at 7:05 a.m. EST. The new service will operate three times daily on Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. In June, WestJet Encore will also launch

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Las Vegas Convention Segment Sees Double Digit Growth

March 12, 2016 by Lori Smith

Convention attendance significantly contributed to Las Vegas having a record number of visitors  in 2015. According to a Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) commissioned Economic Impact Study by Applied Analysis, it increased 13.4 per cent over 2014. The report also

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SPINCon 2016 Host Announced

March 5, 2016 by Lori Smith

SPINCon 2016 will be held November 13-15, 2016, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The announcement was made March 1st by SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network) and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB).

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Marriott Marquis San Diego Adding to Event Space

March 4, 2016 by Lori Smith
Marina Terrace, Marriott Marquis San Diego (artist's rendition)

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is working on a groundbreaking expansion that will open this summer. The iconic hotel is building a two-level stacked ballroom along with Marina Terrace, an outdoor area right on the bay, coupled with the public