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In partnership with the nonprofit organization KultureCity, MGM Resorts International announced plans to make its major Las Vegas arenas, theaters and event centers sensory inclusive for individuals with autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and other sensory-sensitive conditions. It’s the most recent set of venues to commit to making their environments more accessible to people with autism and other sensory needs.


The Events Industry Council (EIC), the umbrella group representing more than 30 meetings and events industry organizations, appointed a new CEO. Amy Calvert, who currently works as senior vice president of convention sales and services for Visit Baltimore, was announced as the EIC’s new leader. Calvert replaces Karen Kotowski, who resigned from the EIC in January 2019 after 10 years leading the organization.


Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel completed its multimillion-dollar renovation. Included in the project is a newly revamped 53,000 square feet of meeting and event space as well as newly designed guest rooms. The property is located minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.


Conrad Washington, DC opened its doors on New York Avenue at the gateway of the high-end, mixed-use CityCenterDC. The 360-room, 10-floor hotel features 30,000 square feet of retail space on its ground floor and 32,000 square feet of meeting space.


The InterContinental Houston - Medical Center opened next to the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex. The 354-room, 21-story hotel features Club InterContinental Lounge, a Mediterranean restaurant Safina Restaurant & Bar, an outdoor pool, fitness center and meeting and event space.


Sycuan Casino Resort completed its $260 million hotel and resort expansion. The newly expanded resort, located in east San Diego County about 30 minutes from downtown, features a 12-story hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 suites. The property also boasts state-of-the-art amenities including an expanded gaming area, new restaurants and bars, meeting and event space, a full-service spa and fitness center and a pool and gardens area.


The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel unveiled a new program for meetings that, as the property states, can make any event more “pawsitive.” And who wouldn’t want more of that? The Puppy Meeting Package brings 30 minutes of puppy playtime for groups of 25 or more attendees.


The Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) chose Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa for its annual SPINCon gathering, which will take place November 3-5, 2019. 


March 25, 2019, marked the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed-In For Peace” in room 702 of the Amsterdam Hilton. Hilton Hotels & Resorts, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary May 31, 2019, is marking the occasion by promoting two “Room 702” videos that showcase its mission of connecting people around the world to bridge our differences through travel.


American Airlines announced it will be extending flight cancellations through April 24, 2019, as it waits for information from the Federal Aviation Administration on the grounded Boeing 737 MAX jets, following a Lion Air crash in October and an Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. American Airlines says this extension will result in about 90 flights cancelled per day.

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