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4 Loyalty Programs You Should Know About

Budgets are tight, even during this period of robust growth in the meetings industry, and some under-the-radar loyalty programs can help to make a big difference. USA Today identified several loyalty programs that offer airline miles, points and more, including these four that are particularly relevant to meeting planners and their groups. 1. Thanks Again: This…

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McCarran International Airport Welcomes 45 Million Passengers

Las Vegas is a happening tourist destination. McCarran International Airport (LAS) welcomed 45 million passengers to the city in 2015, the third highest passenger count in the airport’s history, according to the Clark County Department of Aviation. The department reports that this represents a 5.8 percent increase over 2014, which saw 42.9 million passengers pass…

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millennial mindset

Inside the Millennial Mindset

Generation Y is taking the meetings industry to new heights A new element is taking hold of the meetings industry. Younger faces are appearing more frequently at conferences and events. Different agendas, program formats and technologies are taking shape, and there is a general sense of change in the air. Within the same time frame,…

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American Airlines Boosts Coach Amenities

American Airlines will begin offering a host of free amenities, including snacks and more free movies, to coach passengers this month. Passengers will receive Biscoff cookies on flights departing before 9:45 a.m., and a choice of Biscoff cookies or pretzels for flights leaving after 9:45 a.m. Beginning this month, the snacks will be available on…

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14 Hot Hotel Trends for 2016

Event professionals who spend a lot of time in hotels will be happy to learn that a lot of innovative ideas will transform hotels in the near future. Many are already in place at select properties. Blogging for U.S. News & World Report, Lyn Mettler  illuminates 14 hot hotel trends for 2016. Quicker check-in.  At an ever-expanding number…

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Survey Results: Is TSA PreCheck Worth It?

A survey conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) foundation in partnership with American Express asked business travelers with and without TSA PreCheck about their travel experiences to find out if the risk-based program really does make a difference in travel experience. The online survey was conducted between September 21-29, 2015 and polled 804 business…

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CDC Reports of Zika Virus Outbreak

CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This alert follows reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in…

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New Technologies

The Future for New Technologies Is Now

Meetings and tourism industries are proving grounds for new technologies During the 2016 Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference last month in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tourism Victoria of Canada introduced its newest staff member, a robot. A leader when it comes to embracing new technology, Tourism Victoria created buzz at the key meetings industry…

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golf for special business events

Bottom Line: Join the Club

Lots of ways to use golf for special business events Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” He could have easily used the words “golf” and “business golf” instead because using golf for business purposes—especially in a time-restricted setting…

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