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Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels & Resorts, along with Groups 360, have announced a new instant booking experience for groups and meeting spaces. GroupSync is Group360's proprietary online booking marketplace, and is available now at the Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas, and will...

Survey: Majority of business travelers are ready to return to travel

Survey: Majority of business travelers are ready to return to travel

Business travel was one of the segments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world got used to online work, there were concerns that it would never return — at least not to the same level it was in 2019. But a new study found good news when it comes to the return...

Marriott CEO sees new desire for travel

Marriott CEO sees new desire for travel

Marriott is seeing the desire for travel — both domestic and international. Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano spoke during their third quarter earnings call, and is optimistic for the future. “It's been wonderful to see so many people traveling again and to...

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings has partnered with World Meetings Forum (WMF) to bring their events to Latin American, Central America, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean destination management companies (DMC). "The increased presence of such destinations will meet the increasing demand...

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to enhance their on-site and hybrid events, providing education for their employees by developing a Digital Event Strategist Introductory Certificate Course for...

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

The city of Charlotte's new Charlotte Convention Center expansion opened this week after nearly two years of construction. The $126.9 expansion was welcomed by the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). The new center broke ground in...

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii is looking to ease restrictions on gatherings, according to a news conference held by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Friday, Oct. 8. In August, after a spike in COVID-19 infection rates, Mayor Blangiardi restricted large gatherings,...

What will the events industry look like in the future?

What will the events industry look like in the future?

COVID-19 and 2020 has changed the way event planning is handled, but how much of that will continue on after the pandemic is over? Joanne Dennison, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration adjunct professor of hospitality meeting and event planning, and...

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Although the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was meant to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, a new grant program is specifically looking to help venue operators. The Small Business Administration (SBA) set aside $15 billion from the latest stimulus for...

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott International has announced a series of health protocol options to help event planners and guests into 2021. Those options include COVID-19 testing for groups and events, beginning in January 2021. Marriott recently announced their Connect with Confidence...

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A&K Travel Group acquires Crystal Cruises’ name, 2 ships

A&K Travel Group has announced the acquisition of the Crystal Cruises name, as well as two ships: the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. A&K's goal is to relaunch the ships in 2023 after "extensive refurbishment" and will operate under the name "Crystal...

US to end COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers

The White House is expected to announce on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lift their COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers re-entering the United States from other countries, according to CNN. The new ruling will go into...

Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Things have begun to return to normal in the travel industry, but most agree that travel will likely never be exactly what it was prior to 2020. For the companies who survived through the pandemic, the world of travel is a very different place. Companies have adapted,...

Discover Puerto Rico invites visitors to ‘Live Boricua’

Discover Puerto Rico unveiled their latest brand campaign: 'Live Boricua.' Discover Puerto Rico is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of the island, and is launching their campaign along with others in the Puerto Rican tourism industry. "A movement born out...

Diamond Head State Monument to implement reservation system, timed entry

The State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced that reservations will now be needed for visitors to Lē‘ahi – the Diamond Head State Monument, starting on May 12, 2022. "Diamond Head State Monument is one of Oʻahu’s most sought-after...

‘City of Museums’ Xi’an, China opens 2 major museums

Xi'an, China has two museums for travelers and locals to learn the history of the area. The Shaanxi Archaeological Museum was recently completed in Xi'an, China and will be open to the public on a trial basis from April 28. The Xi'an Museum had also officially...

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