The Eastern Canadian cities of Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto offer planners a cornucopia of outstanding choices when planning group itineraries. Each satisfies even the most discriminating planners’ wish lists—rich history, tantalizing culinary options, fabulous attractions, world-class hotels and other superb meeting spaces. The choices can be narrowed down for groups seeking hyper-local experiences—including themed attractions—that are central to the cities’ identities.
Marriott International has launched a home-sharing program that will allow clients to book a stay in more than 200 homes in London. The six-month pilot program marks Marriott’s official debut in the home-sharing market scene. Marriott could eventually be competing with Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation is viewing the overall, long-term financial impacts as it decides whether to cut its commissions paid to third-party planners for North America group bookings, which Marriott and Hilton already have decided to do.
Colorado’s soaring, mountainous terrain, punctuated by striking red-rock outcroppings and snow-capped peaks, is complemented by its vast plains, deserts, canyons and mesas. These stunning landscapes lure and inspire creative people from throughout the world. Painters and other visual artists can be found in abundance throughout the state, including the major meetings destinations.
Some participants spontaneously drew on windows, while others built Lego structures or engaged in other fun team-building activities. It resembled a festival—which was the intention—but it actually was the opening day of AccorHotels’ Global Meetings Exchange (GME) 2018 at Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal last month.
It started with a hug in an elevator with Marilyn Monroe. Harris Rosen, head of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts hospitality giant, was 10 years old: “I said to myself, ‘If you can meet someone like Marilyn Monroe in an elevator where you work, maybe I need to start thinking about working in the hotel business.'”
Las Vegas had 47 shows on Trade Show News Network’s recently released list of the top 240 trade shows in 2017, thereby earning the top spot for the 24th straight year.
It’s wonderful, albeit a bit disconcerting, to visit the three Rosen full-service convention properties in Orlando. They are 12 to 27 years old, but everything about them, from the fresh smell of the immaculate common areas to the recently redesigned guest rooms, suggests that these are brand-new hotels.
Attendees are saying it, loud and clear: Bring on the surprises! It’s their rallying cry, based on the recently released State of the Meetings Industry white paper from Two Roads Hospitality.
Some cities are known worldwide for their outstanding hotels, while others are noted for their superb culinary offerings or exciting entertainment options. And many cities boast all of these—and more.