Meena Ramakrishnan

Health and Wellness Predictions

8 Health and Wellness Predictions for 2017Health & WellnessNewsTrends

According to the Global Wellness Summit, human health will be addressed from a more holistic perspective in 2017 and beyond. From the reinvention of the sauna to health and wellness in architecture design, more than 500 wellness experts from 46 countries discussed future trends affecting the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy during the international gathering,…


Nashville EatsFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

Nashville’s music scene has churned out hit singles and legendary musicians since the early days of the Grand Ole Opry and Music Row. But in recent years, Music City has become the hot new place to open a restaurant. Talented chefs are descending on the Buckle of the Bible Belt, bringing with them new renditions…

meeting planner tips

Best Meeting Planner Tips, Tricks and Trends of 2016PlannerTips & ToolsTrends

There’s no question that the meetings industry is constantly changing. In recent years, business travel has been impacted by everything from the sharing economy and lifestyle hotels to rising security concerns and the evolving needs of attendees in the digital age. Smart Meetings has identified some of the most important tips, tricks and trends from this year, in order to help meeting…


Power Players: Hospitality Industry Promotions and AppointmentsAppointments & PromotionsMeeting Planning

Smart Moves Cheryl Little Team San Jose promoted industry veteran Cheryl Little to director of sales and destination services for the destination management organization in California’s Bay Area. Little will lead group sales efforts by driving room night production and facility revenue. She will also lead and promote destination management company services offered by Team…

Xperience Design Project

ASAE Offers Sneak Peek at Xperience Design ProjectEventsIndustry Events

This month, ASAE hosted a successful pilot for their newest event, Xperience Design Project (XDP) on Dec. 16. The exclusive, one-day sneak peek of XDP was held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. More than 80 association meeting, marketing, programming, and technology professionals, including industry partners, were brought together to test and…

J.D. Power Destination Experience Satisfaction Study

Las Vegas, Austin and Orlando Earn Top Marks in J.D. Power Destination StudyCVBsDestinations

Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, accepted the J.D. Power and Associates 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Award. When visitors enjoy their travel experience in a particular city, they spend considerably more during their stay than the average traveler, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study released this week….

Banyan Tree and AccorHotels

Banyan Tree and AccorHotels Form Strategic PartnershipHotels & ResortsNews

Banyan Tree Holdings has entered into a heads of agreement with AccorHotels, which will develop and manage 43 Banyan Tree branded resorts and hotels located in 28 countries. Under a long-term partnership, AccorHotels will invest $16.7 million in Banyan Tree, giving it a 5 percent stake in the Singapore-based hotel group, with the option to…


Wyndham Hotel Group Acquires Argentina’s Fen HotelsHotels & ResortsNews

In December, Wyndham Hotel Group announced its acquisition of Fen Hotels, based in Argentina with 22 properties across the Americas, including Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and the United States. Fen Hotels joins Wyndham’s portfolio of nearly 8,000 hotels across the globe. With the addition of Fen Hotels’ Esplendor Boutique Hotels and Dazzler…