Category Archives: News


New & Renovated: Urban Luxury

Properties with pizzazz and central locations Hotel Commonwealth, Boston A $50 million expansion completed in December nearly doubled the number of guest rooms and meeting space at the official hotel of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Hotel Commonwealth (pictured) now boasts 245 guest rooms and suites, and 12,545 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event…

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AccorHotels Takes Major Leap

Acquisition of FRHI highlights tremendous growth AccorHotels continued its aggressive worldwide expansion in 2015 by opening 228 hotels and 36,000 guest rooms while spreading into new geographical areas. Some 45 percent of the properties unveiled are in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 39 percent are in the Asia-Pacific region and the rest are in Latin…

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Why Your Event Marketing Strategy is Dated

Event marketing has been functioning the same way for 850 years. Is 2016 the year it changes course? “The price-per-square-foot model measured by the number of attendees is very fuzzy math, and it’s the kind of math that doesn’t fly in the marketing world anymore,” says DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn. The founder of the award-winning…

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Best Hotels List Features Key Meeting Properties

It’s no surprise that some of our favorite meetings properties are on top of the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hotels in the USA” list that came out Jan. 28. Grabbing the No. 1 spot for best hotels is The Lodge at Sea Island, off the coast of Georgia on St. Simons Island. There are 40 luxurious…

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Hong Kong Tops 100 Cities for International Travel

Market Research Company Euromonitor International has releases their Top 100 City Destinations based on the international travel arrival statistics for 2014, a report they release annually. For the past five years, Hong Kong has placed as the number one destination, and this year is no different, with 278.8 million arrivals in 2014, an eight percent growth…

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NYC Hotels Go Green

NYC hotels are uniting in a pledge to go green. The New York Times reports that 17 properties, representing a combined total of more than 11,000 guest rooms, have joined the NYC Carbon Challenge, a program launched in 2007 by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participants include high profile properties such…

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Nevada Courts Tourism From India

In an effort to attract more business from India, Nevada is opening a tourism office in New Delhi. State Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison headed to India this week on an official visit. He will return Feb. 1. “Opening an office in India will provide Nevada with greater opportunities to promote international travel and tourism to…

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Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago’s Don Welsh to Head DMAI

Don Welsh, CEO of Choose Chicago, is leaving his post to head Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). He has been named president and CEO of the Washington DC-based tourism organization. “After a thorough search process that included a stellar group of candidates, we are thrilled that Don has accepted this position,” stated Bob Lander, chairman of…

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In-Flight Wi-Fi

In-Flight Wi-Fi Explosion Tops Airline Trends

A massive expansion of in-flight Wi-Fi and strategic use of accent lighting throughout cabins are among the top airline trends, suggests a short list of submissions for the 2016 Crystal Cabin Awards. The awards, which have been given out annually since 2007, are the only international prizes for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, and are…

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Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels

Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels Announce Merger

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Phoenix It seems as if 2016 could be the year of the merger. Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels are the latest hotel management companies to announce that they will combine their boutique and independent hotels and resorts under one operator. The merger was completed last Friday. The…

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