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Survey Reveals a Significant Amount of Planners are Holding Next Face-to-Face Event This Year

July 23, 2021

Etc.venues recently collected results from 405 meeting planners between the U.S. and U.K. about how their plans for face-to-face meetings.  Their survey reveals that 76% of U.S.-based meeting planners are holding face-to-face functions this year.  Of those planners, 59% are solely focusing on the face-to-face component of these events, rather than making these events hybrid […]

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U.S. Hotel Occupancy Reaches Highest Level Since October 2019

July 23, 2021

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy reached its highest level since October 2019, according to STR‘s latest data through 17 July. 11-17 July 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019*): Occupancy: 71.0% (-8.7%) Average daily rate (ADR): US$139.19 (+1.8%) Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$98.87 (-7.1%) Despite a four-point, week-over-week improvement in occupancy, ADR dipped slightly […]

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Mohegan Sun Names Stephanie Zapata Director of Business Development

July 23, 2021

Mohegan Sun is excited to announce that business development expert, Stephanie Zapata, will join its meetings & conventions sales team, led by VP of Exhibitions and Sales, John Washko. Zapata will be based in and dedicated to the Northeast market, and driving business opportunities from this key area to Mohegan Sun. Zapata was recently the National Sales Manager […]

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Deborah Ward Named Executive Director of Visit Omaha

July 23, 2021

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has named Deborah Ward the executive director of Visit Omaha, the official tourism authority for the City of Omaha and Douglas County. Ward had served as the interim director since July 2020. “During the most challenging year for the tourism and hospitality businesses, Deb managed the OCVB and did a tremendous […]

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GBTA Relaunches its Certificate in Corporate Travel Execution (CCTE)

July 23, 2021

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced the relaunch of the GBTA certificate in corporate travel execution (CCTE) in partnership with Cornell University Executive Education and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business’s, School of Hotel Administration, a global leader in hospitality business education. “The CCTE program is an industry recognized qualification for business travel […]

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Hotel Industry Launches ‘Hotels Are Hiring’ Ad Campaign to Fill Open Jobs and Promote Benefits Of Working In The Industry

July 23, 2021

To help fill thousands of open hotel jobs and communicate the benefits of a career in the hotel industry,  the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) announced a new advertising campaign across five major hotel markets. The new advertisement will run until early August on digital […]

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Attention Hotels: Make Your Voice Heard at the 2021 Virtual Action Summit

July 2, 2021

From July 21-22, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is hosting the 2021 Virtual Action Summit.  This is a direct line to your Members of Congress, attendance for this virtual event is free. Hotels across the country are struggling to hire back employees and thousands of hotel jobs are at stake. The industry needs […]

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Four Seasons Hotel Planned for the Shipyards in Downtown Jacksonville

June 18, 2021

Developer Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars is planning a new development that would cost $441 million and include a Four Seasons Hotel & Residences plus sports complex. The project named 1st Downtown Jacksonville would be located at in downtown Jacksonville Florida at the shipyards.  Additional information on this project is forthcoming and will […]

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Construction on Osage Casino Hotel is Underway

June 18, 2021

The Osage Nation broke ground on new casinos locations in Bartlesville and Pawhuska Oklahoma. First announced in June 2020, the projects will relocate and expand the tribe’s existing casinos in Pawhuska and outside Bartlesville in Osage County. Completion of the facilities has been delayed throughout the planning process, but both are expected to open in fall […]

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Let’s Meet There Whitepaper Shows Scientific Evidence for Safe Face-to-Face Events

June 18, 2021

Nine months ago, The U.S. Travel Association launched the Let’s Meet There campaign to encourage Americans to consider making plans for travel.  This association held a press conference earlier this week that shared scientifically-backed evidence that it is safe to meet face-to-face and conduct professional meetings and events (PMEs). This report examines mitigation and risk […]

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