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Westin Hotel Breaks Ground in Irving, TexasHotels & ResortsNews

The city of Irving just took a big Texas step toward completion of its modern convention center. The Westin Convention Center Hotel at Las Colinas began construction this week on a 350-room property. Scheduled to open in late 2018, the upscale hotel will include 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The…

Trump Pushes Ahead with New Hotel BrandHotels & ResortsNews

Last year, Trump Hotels announced plans to launch a new millennial-focused hotel brand. Dubbed Scion, the chain will be the first of the company’s brands to not bear the Trump name. In January, Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger told The Wall Street Journal that 17 letters of intent had already been signed with potential Scion…

Rosewood to Debut Ultra-Luxurious Resort in VietnamHotels & ResortsNews

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is undergoing a major global expansion, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The hotel group currently has 19 properties in development around the world, with 11 planned for Asia. The most recent addition is Rosewood Hoi An, which is scheduled to join the collection in 2019. Rosewood Hoi An…

Infographic: Is Your Event ROI Up to Par?Meeting PlanningTrends

Experiences have never been more popular. Millennial travelers crave purposeful experiences. Attendees call for unique adventures they can’t find anywhere else. As this shift changes the landscape of events, the way we measure event ROI must change along with it. So what can planners do to ensure solid event ROI? AgencyEA, an agency that specializes…

DMAI to Become Destinations InternationalDestinationsNews

Palais des Congress de Montreal Following last year’s major reorganization under new President and CEO Don Welsh, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) is making another significant overhaul. Welsh and DMAI Chairman Gary C. Sherwin, CDME, have announced that the leading association for destination marketers will soon go by another name. This July, DMAI will debut…

Marriott Invests in Experiential TravelHotels & ResortsNewsTravel

PlacePass users can tour Downton Abbey filming locations Meeting planners have a new tool to entice business travelers who attend corporate events, thanks to Marriott International. The world’s largest hotel company announced this week it has invested in PlacePass, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, travel-tech company. PlacePass has developed a web-based meta-search platform to assist travelers in…

Crowne Plaza Gets Personal with Business TravelersHotels & ResortsNews

Smart meetings are all about leveraging business opportunities, but they can be personally rewarding, too. To attract business guests, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts recently launched its biggest consumer media campaign for the Americas in the past 10 years. “We’re All Business, Mostly” is part of the larger Crowne Plaza Accelerate campaign. With $200 million…

Electronic Devices Prohibited on Some Flights to the United StatesAirlinesNews

Passengers flying to the United States or United Kingdom from specific countries in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to bring carry-on electronic devices larger than a standard-size smartphone, representatives from both countries announced this week. Citing “evaluated intelligence,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated in a press release…

Record-Breaking 145 Million Travelers to Fly This SpringAirlinesNews

Apparently, now is the time to fly. Airlines for America has released impressive new predictions for the spring season—and they are breaking records. U.S. airlines expect 145 million passengers to fly around the world during the months of March and April. That number represents an increase of 4 percent from last year, which saw 140…