Category Archives: News

New VWP Rules Focus on Overstays and Information Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security enacted new rules Friday aimed at limiting overstays and enhancing airport security for 38 largely European countries, whose citizens are allowed to travel to the United States without a visa—and the travel industry applauded. New requirements to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) require participating countries to share information with…

Read more
net neutrality

What Does the Net Neutrality Appeal Mean for Planners?

You’ve probably seen a lot of headlines today about the repeal of Net Neutrality. So, what’s all the controversy? What comes next? And, the big question is what does this mean for meeting and event planners? A Little Background After weeks of controversial buzz and protests, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to overturn internet…

Read more

3 Dramatic Changes that Could Hit Event Industry in 2018

Photo credit: Steve Pate-Newberry Attendees at the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) Seasonal Spectacular opening session were given a heads-up about changes coming in the industry that could impact how they plan meetings in the coming year. Get Ready for Change Mike Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, warned that the speed of…

Read more
master's program

MPI, SDSU to Debut First-ever Master’s Program for Event Planning

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the San Diego State University (SDSU) L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management have announced that they will create the first graduate-level meeting and event program in the United States for mid- and senior-level professionals. They also intend to develop a related academic certificate program for nontraditional students….

Read more

Island Hotel Newport Beach Changes Name to Fashion Island Hotel

A staple in the Newport Beach hospitality sector is updating its name to reflect its unique place in Southern California. Island Hotel Newport Beach changed its name to Fashion Island Hotel to emphasize its location as an iconic luxury destination, explained Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties, in a statement on Dec. 8….

Read more
preferred hotels new

Check Out this Baker’s Dozen of New #ThePreferredLife Options

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, has announced 13 new properties scheduled to launch in 2018. These properties span the globe, from Houston and Shanghai, to Vienna and Charleston and will join more than 650 properties in 85 countries under the Preferred quality standards and rewards program umbrella. Each location offers…

Read more

Everything Planners Need to Know About Jerusalem Today

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” President Donald Trump said in a statement from the White House Diplomatic Reception room today, Dec. 6. .@POTUS: “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” — Fox News (@FoxNews) December 6, 2017 With…

Read more