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IMEX Revving Up Tech ToolsIndustry Events

In a major step that will affect event organizers and participants, IMEX is in the process of a technology upgrade that can be likened to the evolution of a Mercedes Benz from a 1970s model to a modern S-Class. The upgrade is being done through a collaboration with RefTech, which provides cloud-based registration and appointment-setting…

IMEX America Accelerates Sustainability EffortsEventsIndustry Events

IMEX America 2017 in Las Vegas is right around the corner (Oct. 10–12), and once again, sustainability will be a primary focus, as we noted in the IMEX Supplement in our September issue. So, Smart Meetings interviewed Dale Hudson, knowledge and event director for IMEX, about the importance of sustainability and the new features that…

Convention Centers Take on New Emergency RolesNews

As Houston residents seek refuge from Tropical Hurricane Harvey, assistance from the city’s most popular meetings venue, George R. Brown Convention Center, is playing a major role. Thousands of people have been taken to the center after being plucked from rooftops by rescuers and scooped up by volunteers in boats. The Red Cross initially set…

New Ski Conglomerate Purchases Deer Valley ResortHotels & ResortsNews

A new ski conglomerate has purchased Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, thereby adding another prestigious resort to its already-impressive portfolio. The new company, which has not been named, was created earlier this year by Henry Crown and Co. and KSL Capital partners to purchase Intrawest Resort Holdings and Mammoth Resorts. Squaw Valley Ski…

Melia Accelerates Digital Transformation EffortsHotels & ResortsNews

Hospitality giant Melia Hotels International (MHI) will be implementing the cloud-based solutions of revenue-strategy technology firm Duetto as part of the company’s ongoing digital transformation. The implementation of Duetto’s price optimization application, GameChanger, and revenue intelligence application, ScoreBoard, is intended to further boost Melia’s revenue-strategy marketing and distribution capabilities. “Melia’s revenue strategy includes next-generation pricing and…

5 Tips to Vastly Improve All-Hands MeetingsHow ToTips & Tools

One of the challenges for any company is to make everyone feel involved in a meaningful way. But unfortunately, many large companies, in particular, are structured and organized in such a way that only the leaders are aware of—and have a voice in—many important developments. Increasingly more companies have implemented regularly scheduled, all-hands meetings, in…

Jeju Shinhwa World, South Korea

Four Seasons to Open Luxury Resort on Jeju IslandDestinationsInternational

Jeju Shinhwa World, South Korea In a major boost to meeting planners, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to open a luxury property on scenic Jeju Island in one of South Korea’s most dynamic resort developments. Featuring 240 lavishly furnished guest rooms, condominiums and villas, Four Seasons Resort Jeju Island at Jeju Shinhwa…

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FAA to Reconsider Regulating Size of Airline SeatsAirlinesNews

Responding to concerns presented by a consumer advocacy group, a federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must reconsider its decision not to regulate the size of airline seats as a safety issue. A three-judge panel from the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit instructed the FAA…

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ALHI Adds 4 Key Meeting PropertiesHotels & ResortsNews

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has significantly enhanced its meetings and events portfolio by adding key properties in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Louisville, Kentucky. Two of the hotels—Omni  Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center—are currently open. InterContinental Washington D.C.-The Wharf is scheduled to debut in October and Omni Louisville Hotel…

Four Seasons Adds Intriguing Private-Jet ExcursionHotels & ResortsNews

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts unveiled a 24-day Private Jet experience that will transport participants to some of the world’s most intriguing locations. Participants in World of Adventures, slated for Oct. 19–Nov. 11, 2018, will gather in Seattle, and proceed on to Kyoto, Japan, where they will study sword fighting and enjoy a private dinner…