Event Planning

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings has partnered with World Meetings Forum (WMF) to bring their events to Latin American, Central America, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean destination management companies (DMC). "The increased presence of such destinations will meet the increasing demand...

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to enhance their on-site and hybrid events, providing education for their employees by developing a Digital Event Strategist Introductory Certificate Course for...

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

The city of Charlotte's new Charlotte Convention Center expansion opened this week after nearly two years of construction. The $126.9 expansion was welcomed by the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). The new center broke ground in...

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii is looking to ease restrictions on gatherings, according to a news conference held by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Friday, Oct. 8. In August, after a spike in COVID-19 infection rates, Mayor Blangiardi restricted large gatherings,...

What will the events industry look like in the future?

What will the events industry look like in the future?

COVID-19 and 2020 has changed the way event planning is handled, but how much of that will continue on after the pandemic is over? Joanne Dennison, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration adjunct professor of hospitality meeting and event planning, and...

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Although the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was meant to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, a new grant program is specifically looking to help venue operators. The Small Business Administration (SBA) set aside $15 billion from the latest stimulus for...

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott International has announced a series of health protocol options to help event planners and guests into 2021. Those options include COVID-19 testing for groups and events, beginning in January 2021. Marriott recently announced their Connect with Confidence...

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TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

If you are looking to renew your TSA Precheck any time soon, your fee just got a lot lower. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the renewal fee for online renewals will be going from $85 to $70, effective Oct. 1. “TSA PreCheck was launched 8...

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott will be rolling out their hot breakfast options for a "limited number of hotels" in their brands, including Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Travel trend: Wellness is an...

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney theme parks are staying closed for the foreseeable future, with Walt Disney World in Florida the only one to open so far. Disneyland in California has been closed for nearly 10 months, with no immediate plans to reopen, and Disneyland Paris just announced...

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to sell their Azamara brand to a private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. "Royal Caribbean Group will work closely with Sycamore Partners to ensure a seamless transition of services as we move through this process, and you should expect...

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