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Starwood and Marriott Move on Cuba

Planners on a quest to come up with new and exciting destinations have had their eye on Cuba since late-2014 when President Obama announced plans to normalize long-strained relations between the U.S. and the Caribbean island. But by and large the

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Marriott Grabs Starwood: 7 Takeaways for Planners

Hotel companies, owners, managers and analysts woke up Monday morning to some startling and unexpected news: Marriott International had agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in a $12.2 billion deal. The scope of the combined

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A Bold Move on Tipping

While planners are tasked with carefully budgeting for the meetings and events they handle, there’s always been one unknown: the amount attendees opt to tip for service in hotels, restaurants and even taxis on their trip. Most tips get added onto

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“Teachable Moments” Abound with IMEX America’s Smart Learning Line-Up

At next month’s IMEX America in Las Vegas you can not only broaden your business power and contact lists but also your horizons thanks to the extensive IMEX America education program that show organizers and partners have in store. The learning

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When Hotels Change Operators: A San Francisco Story

Planners find themselves facing a thorny issue when they’ve got an RFP out to a hotel for an upcoming group event, they’re in active negotiation with the hotel or even have a signed contract on that piece of business, and the hotel suddenly changes

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Where Are You Booking? Cvent Reveals the Top 50 Destinations

Each year Cvent unveils the Top 50 destinations for meetings and events, based on booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network. That’s after reviewing data from some 5,000 cities compiled between July 2014 and June 2015. While the top 3 spots,

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The Stakes Have Been Raised for IMEX America 2015

Can you hear it? That electric buzz of excitement? The contagious whirr of business in progress? That’s the sound of IMEX America celebrating its 5th year with renewed enthusiasm. This topnotch event has been growing in popularity since its

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Sheraton Announces New “Grand” Plans at Hospitality Conference

A brand known mostly for “big box” convention hotels, Sheraton has trophy properties in cities ranging from New York to Phoenix to Orlando. But Sheraton has apparently fallen behind competing brands like core Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt among meeting

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The Intriguing Habits of Millennial Meeting Planners (Infographic)

Everyone in our industry is talking about the rise of the millennial (Gen Y) planner generation. Their online-first behaviors, early-technology adopter mentalities, and aversion to conflict are fundamentally changing the way hoteliers and

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Forbes’ Most Stressful Jobs for 2015: And the “Winners” Are…

When I saw the results of the survey, my first reaction was stunned disbelief. How could event coordinators rank only No. 8 on Forbes' Most Stressful Jobs of 2015? Who has it worse? I'll give Forbes their first three: I wouldn't trade seats

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Loews Launches New Luxe Brand

The rebound in the luxury lodging segment notched another milestone on April 15 when Loews Hotels & Resorts unveiled plans to create a luxury Loews Regency brand separate from its portfolio of 23 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and

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Soaring Profits: The Airline Baggage Business

Not so long ago, one of my biggest fears of flying was that the airline would lose my luggage. These days? I wish! Now that baggage fees have become the cash cow of the airline industry, my greater fear is that they won't lose my luggage, and

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EMA Education Session: Creating Awareness of Human Trafficking

It was shocking to learn that worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million children are enslaved through prostitution. Much of this trafficking is done in hotels. At the EMA meeting in Las Vegas, we were given advice on what to look for and what to do if we

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San Diego Resort Goes the Brand Route

Independent luxury hotels and resorts pride themselves on offering individual experiences. Branded properties, on the other hand, are more likely to prize consistency and, therefore, be more standardized. This would seem inevitable, considering

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The Explosion in Soft Hotel Brands

What started as a trickle has become a wave. Yet another major hotel company has rolled out a soft brand, the industry term for a collection of independent hotels that want to retain their individual identity yet believe they can benefit from access

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Arianna Huffington to Deliver Keynote Address at Cvent CONNECT

Arianna Huffington will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Cvent CONNECT conference. As the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group—an influential online news organization with a prolific digital

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Airlines Put the Squeeze on Seats

You might want to sit down for this blog. On second thought, you may be more comfortable standing, along with me, as we wedge ourselves into a subject area increasingly unfit for human habitation: airline seating. Admittedly, I'm a tad

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3 Epic Makeovers for 2015

For me, 3 legends of hospitality jumped out among the 23 hotels listed by Forbes Travel Guide as the most anticipated renovations of 2015. Even the most jaded of high-end groups will be licking their chops to see: Ritz Paris
 Ernest Hemingway

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New Hotels in the Bahamas, Blooms at Bellagio, and Robots at the Front Desk

News You Can Use for Meetings & Events… Bimini, Ahoy!  How about a quick cruise combined with a sun-splashed island sojourn for your next meeting or incentive? Hilton Worldwide is launching a   305-room luxury hotel this summer at Resorts

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Hospitality on Horizon: Caribbean & Mexico

Luxury hotels opening in the Caribbean and Mexico in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here's a

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