Hyatt Cuts Commissions for Independent Meeting Planners

Just when it seemed like the ripple of planner commission cuts—10 to 7 percent—throughout the industry was fading, another major hotel company follows suit.
California fire victims, meetings

How to Help the California Fire Victims

A total of 44 people have died, 90,000 acres have burned and more than 6,700 structures have been destroyed. Here's how to help the California fire victims.
Caesars Palace, Caesars Entertainment, MGM, hotel merger, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Industry News

Will MGM & Caesars Be the Next Big Merger?

A recent report has the meetings industry abuzz: Will MGM and Caesars Entertainment merge?
FICP, meetings

Veteran Planners Offer Meeting Planning Advice at FICP

At FICP's Annual Conference, three industry veterans—Prudential's Debbie Moran, Bank of America's Sara Parker and FM Global's Wayne Robinson—shared meeting planning advice on everything from work-life balance to site inspections.
Marriott, Marriott strikes, Oakland, California, contract negotiations, Industry News

Strikes at 21 Marriott Properties Continue, Despite Settlements

Employee contract settlements are finally being made — while several others still need to be negotiated at Marriott properties that are still on strike.
FICP, meeting

FICP Annual Conference in Orlando Knocks It Out of the Park

From education to CSR to a fun-filled private evening at Universal, this week's FICP Annual Conference was a huge success.
working mothers, meetings

Working Mothers in the Meetings Industry Report Flexibility From Employers

New research by Prevue Meetings & Incentives and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) found that working mothers in the meetings industry are finding a fairly supportive environment.
tourist tax, tourism tax, Croatia, Japan, Barbados, Edinburgh, New Zealand, meeting budgets, Industry News

Popular Meetings Destinations Are Increasing Tourist Taxes

Meeting planners may need to factor tourist taxes into their event travel budget if meeting in any of these five destinations in the coming years.
Innovation Meetings, meetings

Meet Prevue’s Planner of the Month, Ira Ozer of Innovation Meetings

This month's Planner of the Month, Ira Ozer, is at the forefront of a new category of meetings and recognition travel events known as "Innovation Meetings."
FAA law

New FAA Law Seeks to Make the Flight Experience More Tolerable

A new law aims to protect airline passengers from cramped seats and getting bumped from flights, but won’t eliminate airline fees.
Meeting Professionals International, MPI, MPICares, #MeToo, #StrongerTogether, sexual harassment

MPICares Makes Sexual Harassment Reporting Easier

Meetings Professional International recently launched MPICares, a reporting tool for confidential harassment complaints and concerns.
glass ceiling, meetings

Glass Ceiling Still Exists in Meeting Industry

About half of respondents to the soon-to-be-released joint survey of 708 women by Prevue Meetings & Incentives and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) reported a glass ceiling—being in jobs where they believed that being a woman had prohibited them from advancing any further.

Hyatt Set to Buy Two Roads Hospitality

Under the terms of the $480 million sale, all of the Two Roads brands will join Hyatt’s global portfolio.

Airbnb Wants to Give Hosts a Stake in the Company

For this to happen, the rules must change to allow Airbnb to issue equity to hosts while still functioning as a private company.
Waymo, technology, meetings technology, self-driving cars, autonomous cars, Toyota

Self-Driving Cars May Soon Be An Option for Meetings

The future is inherently now as companies vie to become the first to make self-driving cars mainstream.
Virgin Atlantic, airlines, jet fuel, biofuel, recycled waste gas

Virgin Atlantic Completes Flight Using Recycled Waste Gas

Virgin Atlantic completed the first commercial flight using recycled waste gas.
Sargassum seaweed, Florida, Caribbean, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, Industry News, Hot Topics

Sargassum Seaweed Invades Gulf of Mexico

Groups visiting Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean this fall may be in for a new kind of natural disaster: Sargassum seaweed.
Boston hotels strike. meetings

Boston Hotel Strike: Marriott’s Convention Hotels Affected

The Boston hotel strike affects several Marriott properties surrounding the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.
airport protests

Service Workers Launch Worldwide Airport Protests

Higher pay, better working conditions and union rights are the focus of the organized protest, which began this past Tuesday.

Hyatt Bans Hate Groups

A line has been drawn, sending a clear message of acceptance at a time of unprecedented—in-your-face—intolerance.

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