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The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) board of directors has unanimously selected Michael Massari, Chief Sales Officer for Caesars Entertainment, as its next co-chair. Effective January 2021, Massari will join Fred Dixon, President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC & Company, in guiding the coalition through a pivotal moment for the meetings industry. Under their leadership, MMBC […]

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Due to the advocacy of the Washington Meeting and Convention Coalition (WMCC), Governor Inslee has modified the state’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 restrictions around business meetings, professional development training and testing, and similar activities, effective Sept. 21. According to the new guidance, the Governor’s Safe Start reopening plan will permit meetings and business events to be held at an […]

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The majority of Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) companies expect their employees to return to in-person events in 2021. Almost half (45%) expect attendance to resume in the first half of the year, according to the latest poll conducted between September 15-19, 2020, by GBTA, with an additional 25% expecting a return to in-person events […]

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Trump Administration will award $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 80 airports in 25 states. “Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local […]

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JetBlue has announced it is expanding service in Hartford, Conn., with four new nonstop routes between Bradley International Airport (BDL) and Los Angeles (LAX), Las Vegas (LAS), San Francisco (SFO) and Cancún, Mexico (CUN). These routes are part of JetBlue’s strategy to add routes with high potential for leisure demand, and will set the airline […]

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As buildings across Miami Dade County reopen at reduced capacities, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) has developed and deployed health and safety measures to support a safe return to live events and gatherings at the recently reimagined $620-million dollar renovated venue. “The health, safety, security and wellbeing of all who enter our venue has always been […]

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A global pandemic, racial unrest and economic uncertainty has resulted in association leaders being called on to provide unparalleled levels of leadership and strength. Unprecedented Leadership During Unprecedented Times is the focus of the 2020 Association Leadership Forum, created by ASAE, which takes place at PlanetIMEX on Thursday, October 15th. The program has been developed […]

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“We are aware of the publicized incidents on the studied flights (London to Hanoi and a Boston to Hong Kong), as well as other flights where secondary transmission on board the flight has potentially occurred. IATA references incidents of onboard transmission in its Medical Evidence for Possible Strategies (pdf) to help the industry in its efforts to keep flying […]

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The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been selected as one of the city’s “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness, a weekly business newspaper. The Convention Center earned this honor in the “Large Businesses” category, which includes companies with over 50 employees. This is the second time the Convention Center has received this prestigious honor. […]

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  As devastated industries wait for Congress to pass another round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry remains on the brink of collapse because of the pandemic. Results show 68 percent of hotels have less than half of their typical, pre-crisis […]

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