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Meetings Focus

 •  December 11, 2015

The Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) voted to appoint longtime hospitality executive, David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., as its Executive Director.
Gibbons becomes the third leader in the history of the MCCA, and his appointment comes after a several-month search process led by executive search firm Korn...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 10, 2015

The Québec City Convention Centre, already recognized for its leadership in sustainable development, has added a new environmental certification to its collection in the form of LEED Canada-CI (commercial interiors) gold level.
The Canada Green Building Council has verified that the Québec City Convention Centre has met its very exacting...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 10, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 407 to 19 Tuesday to back the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015. The bill will impose restrictions making it more challenging for travelers to Iraq, Syria—and other countries listed as being proponents of terrorism—to travel visa-free to the U.S.
The legislation is expected to pass the Senate and...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 9, 2015

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED-EB facility at the Gold level—the group’s second highest rating.
The four levels of LEED certification include “Certified,” “Silver,” “Gold” and “Platinum.” Certification levels are determined by the number of points a project...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 8, 2015

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) recently took place in Mexico City (November 13-15), gathering the brightest thinkers from a diverse cross-section of industries to contemplate “Building a Better World.”
It was the largest, most cross-disciplinary Summit in its nine-year history, attracting 470+ delegates from over 40 countries. Many great minds...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 8, 2015

Hard Rock International revealed plans for Hard Rock Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie, a 372-room city hotel reflective of the area's musical past and spirited present, set to open in 2020.
Developed in collaboration with Trockland Development Group, the property will be centrally located adjacent to the renowned Checkpoint Charlie, one of the...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 8, 2015

South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, the largest full-service waterside resort hotel and conference center in Southeast Texas, announced a major multimillion-dollar renovation that hopes to energize the iconic hotel with a contemporary design and enhanced guest experiences.
Highlights of the major construction update and design refresh...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 7, 2015

ARIA Resort & Casino announced a series of new meetings developments that include a convention center refresh, the addition of The Event Space at Crystals and two new restaurants.
Scheduled for completion the end of December 2015, upgrades to the 300,000-square-foot convention space will feature new media walls, high-tech furniture, charging...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 7, 2015

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) released an updated version of its white paper, “Future Trends Impacting the Exhibitions and Events Industry,” created by the IAEE Future Trends Task Force, chaired by Francis J. Friedman, President of Time & Place Strategies, Inc.
Originally released in 2013, the report identifies and...

Meetings Focus

 •  December 7, 2015

The U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow responded to the passage of a multiyear highway and surface transportation bill by Congress on Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015:
“As the country’s first long-term transportation package in a decade, the Fixing America’s Surface and Transportation Act will enact infrastructure improvements with profound...