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ASAE Aims to Reinvent Meetings with Xperience Design ProjectEventsIndustry Events

The Center for Association Leadership, known as ASAE, unveiled Xperience Design Project (XDP) in National Harbor, Maryland, this week at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The two-day event brought together 1,816 association professionals and industry partners. Their challenge: to collaborate on ideas to reinvent their meetings. .@garibaldiarts keeping the #myxdp co-creators mesmerized and entertained…

Event-Planning Inspiration from Cannes Film Festival 2017EventsInternationalStyle

This month’s ongoing 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France is so much more than screening movies, red carpets, and ballgowns. The experience would not be what it is if not for the exquisite food, drinks, décor, and of course the swag bag. Swag Hopefully attendees left spare room in their suitcases to fill up with…

TSA to Require More Items to Be Removed From Bags at CheckpointsAirlinesNewsTravel

You may need to grab some extra bins and pack your patience at the security checkpoint next time you fly. Ten major U.S. airports are participating in a trial of a new Transportation Security Administration process. Checkpoints at LAX, Boston Logan, Detroit Metropolitan, and more will now require ticketed passengers to remove electronics larger than…

Answers to Your Burning Security QuestionsMeeting PlanningQ&As

11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of heightened security awareness, Arrive Management Group’s Alan Kleinfeld found himself answering a lot of event planner questions during the Smart Meetings webinar on Security May 25. While he is not a lawyer or a doctor, he was happy to provide…

Meeting Professionals Applaud Court Ruling on Trump Travel BanNewsTravel

The fog has yet to lift around whether nationals from six Muslim-majority countries will be able to travel freely into the United States for meetings, but meetings industry reaction was positive today as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, further delayed attempts by the Trump administration to institute the ban. The U.S. Court of…

Travel Industry Protests Trump Budget’s Plan to Cut Brand USAInternationalNewsTravel

Under President Trump’s proposed budget, Brand USA, the federally funded tourism marketing organization that promotes the United States to international travelers, is in danger of being eliminated. According to the proposal presented to Congress on Tuesday, the budget would shift Brand USA’s funds to Customs and Border Protection. Although the change may have the administration’s…

US Hotels See Strongest Demand Since 2015Hotels & ResortsNewsTrends

During the year’s first three months, consumer confidence drove demand for lodging at the strongest quarterly rate since 2015, reports PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Both occupancy and the average daily room rate saw modest growth, and revenue-per-available room increased 3.4 percent. Reinforced by rising employment, higher real income and increased household net worth, consumer confidence and sentiment…

Meetings Hit Hardest as US Travel Industry Set to Lose $1.3 Billion in 2017NewsTravelTrends

Since the announcement of President Donald Trump’s first travel ban in February, travel leaders have warned against its potential impact on the industry. One week after the executive order was signed, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) reported that the travel ban caused the United States to lose $185 million in bookings in one week. Although…

Hotel Building Buoyed National Economic Outlook in AprilHotels & ResortsNewsTrends

Westin Irving Convention Center Las Colinas Hotel Hotel construction groundbreaking ceremonies were bright spots in the April building report from Dodge Data & Analytics released May 19. Hotel construction starts rose 5 percent from the previous month, according to the report. Dodge specifically called out the $106 million hotel portion of One Beverly Hills, a mixed-used…

5 Tips for Organizing Better International MeetingsInternationalProfessionalTips & Tools

In our global world, international meetings have become a necessity for businesses of all sizes. Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and other mobile technologies make it easier than ever to meet virtually with clients or colleagues from around the world between in-person meetings—virtual meetings are less expensive and more convenient than boarding an international flight. That doesn’t…