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JW Marriott Opens in Mall of America

November 29, 2015 by Lori Smith
JW Marriott Mall of America

The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has opened.  The property, which was designed in collaboration with award-winning architects DLR Group and  hospitality industry leader Design Force, is the  brand’s first in Minneapolis and is part of Mall of America’s recent


Air Canada Expands Service to U.S.

November 25, 2015 by Lori Smith

Air Canada will begin new non-stop services between four key Canadian hubs and 12 U.s. cities this summer. The new transborder routes will introduce new destinations, such as Toronto-Washington-Dulles, Toronto-Salt Lake City and Vancouver- San Jose, CA. It will also


Air Canada Adds New Montreal to US Routes

November 19, 2015 by Lori Smith

Air Canada will begin new non-stop service between Montreal and three US cities next summer. The new transborder routes include Montreal-Denver, Montreal-Houston and Montreal-Philadelphia. “As one of the major corporations headquartered in Montreal and the largest airline serving the city,


Marriott and Starwood Announce Merger Agreement

November 18, 2015 by Lori Smith
Marriott and Starwood Merge

The boards of directors of Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will create the world’s largest hotel company. News of the agreement was made public on


Miami Grows Meetings Offerings

October 26, 2015 by Lori Smith
New Miami Beach Convention Center (artist's rendition)

Following a record-breaking year in overnight visitors to Miami and the Beaches, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) unveiled plans for the new Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). “We are breaking record upon record across industry indicators and


SITE Nite a Fundraising Success

October 25, 2015 by Lori Smith

This year’s edition of SITE Nite North America, the annual fundraising party hosted by the SITE Foundation during IMEX America, raised nearly $200,000 USD for incentive travel research and education. SITE Nite 2015 was held on October 12 at the


WestJet Ups Orlando Flights

October 20, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet is doubling its schedule of weekly flights between St. John’s and Orlando, effective January 2016. “With the addition of a second weekly flight from St. John’s, WestJet now offers Atlantic Canadians eight non-stop flights each week from St. John’s,


Mandalay Bay Opens Convention Center Expansion

October 14, 2015 by Lori Smith

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has opened its Convention Center’s $70 million, 350,000-square-foot expansion and welcomed its first group into the new space. Based on customer demand, the resort built new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and undergound parking in


New Resort Opening in Florida Keys

October 7, 2015 by Lori Smith
Pool, Playa Largo Resort & Spa (artist's rendering)

Playa Largo Resort & Spa, the first Marriott Autograph Collection Resort in the Florida Keys, is set to open in February 2016. The first resort to be built in the Upper Keys in more than 20 years, Playa Largo will offer indoor and


Boston Marriott Copley Place Reno Complete

September 20, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Boston Marriott Copley Place, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, has completed a renovation of its Grand Ballroom and Back Bay Conference and Exhibition Hall, as well as its Atrium Lounge. The 23,431-square-foot Grand Ballroom has been refinished in


San Diego's Paradise Point Adding Meeting Space

September 20, 2015 by Lori Smith

This October, Paradise Point, A Destination Hotel on San Diego’s Mission Bay will debut a new 15,000-sq.-ft. meeting and events space on its private island resort. The Sunset Pavilion, a modern space that will accommodate all types of functions, from corporate


New WestJet Route Connects NA Oil Capitals

September 9, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet has launched a  new non-stop service between Calgary and Houston, which will run six times a week. The inaugural flight left Calgary International Airport at 10:25 a.m. MDT on September 8, 2015. “As the two largest oil cities in