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MPI Gives Planners a Reason to be Optimistic

The 2018 Winter Edition of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has been released. Focusing on industry trends and predictions, MPI’s report concentrates on findings related to personalization of events through technology and data consumption, as well as the increasing importance of face-to-face meetings.

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Skies Not as Friendly for Comfort Animals, Airlines Say

Major airlines are tightening policies on bringing animals on board—in part, at least, because of situations such as the one United Airlines faced at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) recently. A woman tried to board a United flight with a peacock. She described him as her emotional-support animal.

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Wyndham Offers Discount Rates to Loyalty Members

Wyndham Hotel Group announced that it is providing a 10 percent discount—one of the highest in the industry—at all of its 8,000 hotels for the 53 million Wyndham Rewards loyalty members, if they book their rooms directly through the hotel. Why Now? Wyndham Hotel Group CEO Geoff Ballotti says the company waited to launch the…

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After Marriott Commission Cut, Event Tech Exec Urges Planners to Make Lemonade Out of Lemons

Not everyone reacted with outrage when Marriott International said it will cut third-party commissions recently. The hospitality giant will reduce commissions from 10 to 7 percent for U.S. and Canadian hotel bookings starting in April. Instead, some see an opportunity for professional planners to be paid what they are really worth. Case in point: Mike…

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Kimpton Hotel GMs Place Super Bowl LII Wager

There’s a lot at “steak” for Philadelphia during this Sunday’s Big Game, and it could only be cheesesteak. A Boston-area Kimpton hotel has challenged their brand’s Philly counterpart to give up their signature, artery-clogging sandwich and eat healthier “when” the Patriots beat the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

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