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The Hotel Zags Portland, previously Hotel Modera, opened in downtown Portland. The 174-room hotel underwent a full renovation, transformation and rebranding. The property is now the sixth “Z Hotel” in the “Unofficial Z Collection,” the company’s individually curated portfolio of urban lifestyle hotels, and the first Z Hotel located outside of San Francisco.


At the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina groups can now get a taste of San Diego’s diverse culinary scene without leaving the property. Neighborhood is a new food and beverage program for meetings and events inspired by the flavors, local specialties and cultural offerings of San Diego’s neighborhoods.


MGM Resorts International confirmed another round of layoffs on Thursday, May 30, 2019. A letter to employees announced that 557 positions were eliminated. This second round of cuts follows the elimination of 2,054 management positions in April 2019.


Moves by Disney, IHG and Marriott International as well as a bill in the California State Assembly could result in the elimination of small plastic bathroom amenity bottles in the name of sustainability. Shampoo, conditioner and soap—the only personal care products that would fall under the mini toiletries restriction—would be offered from bulk dispensers.


Meetings industry attorney Tyra Hilliard shares legal contract tips for meeting and event planners faced with destination boycotts, such as corporate bans on travel to Alabama, Missouri and Georgia following a surge of strict anti-abortion laws. She also explains what a frustration of purpose clause is and how it can protect your event from liability.


Legislation strictly limiting abortion rights in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri has resulted in numerous states and cities forbidding the use of civic funds for employee travel to these destinations. The potential impact on meetings and conventions from destination boycotts is creating fear of an industry-wide calamity.


Majestic Las Vegas hotel gets approval from Clark County commissioners. The new, $850 million, 720-room nongaming hotel on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is being developed by Lorenzo Doumani. The property will feature 10 floors of convention and meeting space, multiple dining outlets and a wellness medical spa.


Taco Bell will welcome guests to The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs beginning August 6, 2019, for five days. The hotel will offer a number of Taco Bell brand flourishes, including a Taco Bell gift shop and special menu items available nowhere else.


The restoration of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 former Trans World Airlines terminal is complete and the TWA Hotel is now open at JFK Airport. On May 15, thousands of guests watched New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR and MORSE Development, cut the ribbon for the 512-room hotel in the iconic Sunken Lounge.


Renaissance Dallas Hotel completed the final phase of its multimillion-dollar renovation. The 30-story landmark hotel features new furnishings and an updated design of all 484 guest rooms and 30 suites.


Phillip Jones is stepping down after 15 years as president and CEO of VisitDallas. Jones came under fire January 4, 2019, after a negative audit of the DMO was released by Dallas’ city government.


The Las Vegas City Council voted 4-1 in favor of allowing marijuana lounges in the city. The vote will allow people to consume marijuana products on-site at so-called “social use venues.”


Tulsa Club Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton opened its doors. The 11-story, 96-room property is a historic boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Tulsa’s Deco District. The hotel is one of the many Art Deco buildings in the area. In addition to its modern interior, the hotel has maintained the building’s original 1927 Art Deco exterior designed by world famous architect Bruce Goff.


The list of top event and incentive destinations for 2019 are in. Pacific World, a global destination and event management company, announced its annual destination list that is based on requests and number of events confirmed for 2019.


My Hard Rock journey began in 1970, when we moved from Los Angeles to London. The Great American Disaster, Peter Morton’s first burger joint, was our neighborhood go-to. His next venture switched me onto rock music for life: the high-decibel Hard Rock Cafe and its guitar-decked walls, co-launched with Isaac Tigrett in June 1971. Rock is also my Atlantic City touchstone, since first coming here in 1989 to see the Stones at Boardwalk Hall.

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