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Registration Open for SPINCon 2018

July 11, 2018 by Lori Smith

Registration is now open for SPINCon, SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network’s annual conference. The 2018 edition of the conference is being held November 11-13, 2018 at The Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, FL with hosts Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC). “Each year SPINCon


Industry Insider: Should Canadian M&E be more political?

July 11, 2018 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

My mother always told me not to discuss politics or religion with people you didn’t know.  Good advice to avoid any conflict, but I am going to ignore it for this blog. Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the


Inclusion-Focused Education Program Being Developed by MPI

July 4, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is developing new education and resources to help meeting planners design more inclusive experiences. The association announced the initiative at its 2018 World Education Congress (WEC), held June 2-5 in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the


AccorHotels Enters Strategic Partnership with sbe Entertainment Group

July 3, 2018 by Lori Smith

AccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group (sbe) have signed a Letter of Intent and entered into exclusive negotiations for AccorHotels to acquire a 50 per cent stake in sbe. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. It should be completed by


Marriott Purchases Sheraton Grand Phoenix

June 28, 2018 by Lori Smith

Marriott International has purchased the 1,000-room Sheraton Grand Phoenix for $255 million USD, and plans to transform the property into a cutting-edge model for the Sheraton brand. “The hotel will provide a living and breathing showcase of our new vision


Teneo Hospitality Releases Results of Planner Poll on Industry Issues

June 26, 2018 by Lori Smith

Budgets, greater quality control, cost and reliability of audiovisual (AV) and technical services, security of content and the challenges of meeting the increasingly complex dietary demands of a more diverse demographic are among the major concerns of meeting planners, reports


Caesars Entertainment Recognized for Positive Community Impact

June 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has been recognized for the fourth year as one of the most community-minded companies, and for the third time as the leader in the consumer discretionary industry, by Civic 50, a Points of Light initiative. The Civic


Memphis CVB Rebrands as Memphis Tourism

June 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has rebranded as Memphis Tourism and launched a refreshed music-inspired logo and tagline. “Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do, staying true to who we are as a city and destination will


Meliá Eliminating Single-Use Plastics in All Properties

June 13, 2018 by Lori Smith

Gabriel Escarrer, executive vice-president and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, has announced that Meliá Hotels International will eliminate all single-use plastics in all its hotels within the year. The move will see plastic bottles, cups, bags, straws and coasters immediately


MPI Plans and Partnership to Enhance CMM Program

June 8, 2018 by Lori Smith

One of the biggest pieces of news from the 2018 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC) is the association’s announcement that it is collaborating with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, its executive education program, and


Team-Building & Travel: The Perfect Combination

June 8, 2018 by JONATHAN HILTZ

Today’s business world is vast and diverse, but the one thing all companies have in common is the need to build strong teams of employees. Anyone who has been in the corporate world long enough knows that spending time chatting


Solid Attendance and Superior Fundraising at WEC18

June 7, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Visit Indy played host to 2,200 planners and suppliers at this year’s World Education Congress (WEC), MPI’s flagship event. Held June 2-5, 2018 at the Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana,