News

January 2019

In September 2018, Hurricane Florence deluged parts of the Carolinas. Hardest hit was North Carolina, with an estimated $17 billion in crop, infrastructure and other losses. Florence went easier on South Carolina, which reportedly saw some $607 million in damages. Experiencing varying impacts, from minimal to destructive, the region’s coastal destinations have made significant recovery efforts.

January 2019

Sarah Kloepple and Christoph Trappe discuss recent airport travel experiences during the government shutdown and provide some general tips for navigating security and reducing stress for everyone. Remember to be nice to TSA workers and definitely arrive a little earlier at the airport!

January 2019

A number of issues impacted the meetings industry in 2018, from strikes and other labor actions in various destinations across the U.S. to major hotel chains cutting their traditional commission level for independent planners. Meetings Today polls its readers every year on how their jobs and programs fared, how they expect their budgets  will shape up, the sites they typically use for their programs and other questions that help shine a light on the state of the profession. 361 meeting planners answered the call. Following are some highlights.

January 2019

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center opened its doors as the largest combined resort and convention center in Colorado. The resort is the fifth Gaylord Hotels property in the U.S., under the Marriott International umbrella. It is located about 10 minutes from Denver International Airport.

January 2019

Hilton Birmingham at UAB, The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s flagship hotel on campus, completed its multimillion-dollar renovation, officially converting from a DoubleTree by Hilton property.

January 2019

While women have an outsized representation in the hospitality industry—especially in the role of meeting planners—the number of females in upper management and c-suite roles continues to lag behind those of men. Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, is a hotel, CVB and meetings industry veteran who took a hammer to the glass ceiling years ago.

January 2019

With a background in financial analytics, one could argue that Mulberry Development Principal & CEO Michael Buono was as equipped as anyone to weather the economic collapse of 2008 that tore through the construction and real estate industry like a Category 5 hurricane.

One thing is undeniable: The close-shave timing of his entry into the hospitality development business couldn’t have been worse. “The word on the street was we were the last project that was funded [as a lender] in Manhattan by HSBC before the financial meltdown took place,” Buono said of his Ace Hotel New York project. “What I saw was fear and lots of instability because the market just imploded.”

 
 

Newsletter Subscriptions

Newsletters
Meetings Today Newswire – Up-to-the-minute industry news distributed Tuesday - Thursday.
New & Renovated – Monthly highlights of facilities in various stages of renovation.
Meetings In A Minute – Brief video tips from planners and suppliers - distributed twice a month.
Friday With Joan – Monthly update from Joan Eisenstodt.
Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™ – Michael Cerbelli identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing events marketplace. Distributed every other Monday.

Newsletters

Subscribe today to stay up-to-date on the meeting industry.

Check the boxes of the newsletters that interest you, enter your email, then submit the form.