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Live Updates from Park City, Utah

Park City is home to two world-class ski resorts. Those who like to shred powder may be hard-pressed to find better ski conditions. But while it prides itself on having the Greatest Snow on Earth®, Park City is more than simply a ski town. Visitors enjoy year round concerts, film festivals and special events. Planners…

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Detroit: The Comeback Kid

At the height of the economic crisis in Detroit, the city’s outlook had never seemed so bleak. Detroit had suffered decades of population decline, urban blight, political corruption and high crime rates that left the former capital of the auto industry in shambles. The city hit rock bottom, filing for bankruptcy in 2013, as the rest of the world wondered how things had gone so wrong.

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Meetings at Mohegan Sun: Come for Convenience, Stay for Comfort

The 2016 Event by William Raveis was promoted in the hotel lobby Perhaps the biggest draw for most vacationers and meeting planners heading for Mohegan Sun (other than its three casinos, luxurious 1,200-room hotel and countless onsite amenities) is its undeniably ideal location: a short drive from Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island, and easily…

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Major Reorganization Planned for DMAI

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) is undergoing a major reorganization under new President and CEO Don Welsh (pictured below). According to a press release issued on April 4, DMAI has vacated nine positions for further evaluation as it moves forward with the realignment. Charles Jeffers, COO and interim CEO since September, is expected to remain with DMAI through May to ensure…

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How 6 Creative Hotels Are Appeasing Young Travelers

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotels ready to appeal to the newest wave of business travelers have their ears to the ground discovering what features are going to win over the millennial and Gen Z travelers against their competition. The more data that comes out about the trends and experiences these groups are looking for, the more…

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3 Smart Suitcases Revolutionize Travel

From weighing too much to getting lost in transit, standard bulky luggage has plagued travelers with a seemingly endless set of inconveniences. Fortunately, there is a silver lining. Innovators have come up with lightweight, durable designs equipped with built-in tracking technology and collapsible materials for maximum efficiency. With these three suitcases, you’re guaranteed to have…

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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Announce $2.6 Billion Merger

An eventful week of bidding wars in the travel industry has come to an end, for now. Ending competition from JetBlue Airways Corp., Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced their consolidation this morning amid Virgin’s accumulated debt and aircraft operating leases, valued at $4 billion. Alaska Air will acquire the airline for $2.6 billion, paying $57…

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Marriott-Starwood Merger Nears Finish Line

Meeting room at Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, a Starwood property The back-and-forth negotiations that began in November when Marriott International, Inc. made its initial offer to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will likely come to a happy ending on April 8. That’s the date that Starwood stockholders are expected to approve the Marriott-Starwood merger, which will create…

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South Florida: More than Just a Vacation Spot

For many people, South Florida means one thing—vacation. The area’s semitropical climate, fabulous beaches, superb resorts, easy accessibility and natural attractions such as the Everglades draw millions of visitors from around the world to enjoy its pleasures. In recent years, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Palm Beaches have worked hard to prove that they are also serious about business. After investing billions of dollars in upgrading their convention centers and hotels, these South Florida cities want planners to know that they have what it takes to make meetings a success.

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Techno Files: Unwrap Results

Digital gift bags are efficient, economical and best of all—measurable If you haven’t received one yet, it’s coming. It’s lightweight, you won’t forget it under your chair after the keynote, you won’t feel guilty tossing out what you don’t use and there’s no need to make room in your suitcase to bring it home. Swag…

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