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Curt Watkins, principal at Watkins Research, on what's changed in the CVB industry, and what planners are looking for now. by Curt Watkins October 1, 2018 Editor’s Note: Watkins Research Group Inc. is a Kansas City–based firm providing primary B2B research on the needs and views of meeting planners and third-party consultants in selecting destinations for their biggest meetings. The Watkins Report for U.S. and Canadian convention bureaus is published biennially, and the 2018 edition was recently released, featuring the responses of nearly 1,000...

CWT Meetings & Events released its 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, which predicts a growing demand for meeting and event space, and an increase in the average size of meetings in nearly every region.   [qodef_button size="" type="" text="LEARN MORE " custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Breaking-News/CWT-Trends-Report-Sees-Growing-Demand-and-Larger-Group-Sizes-for-2019-Meetings/?cid=mcFB" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin=""] ...

A troubling new report about hotel resort fees suggests mandatory room surcharges are spreading faster than a summer wildfire. It's sure to stoke the anger of travelers, many of whom are being burned by these nonnegotiable extras when they check out. In the last 12 months ending in July, the number of hotels charging controversial resort fees has grown by 14%, according to ResortFeeChecker.com, a site that tracks resort fees. "I'm continuing to see the amount charged per night increase dramatically," says Randy...

[embed]https://vimeo.com/283731475[/embed]   Belinda and I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who attended our DC Dirty Little Secret Beyoncé/Jay-Z “Suite” Client Event Saturday night! It was an Epic evening and I hope all of you had as much fun as we did!   Thank you again to our sponsors; *HPN Global (Mark Dallman & Bill Kilburg-CEO) *Gaylord National (Brad Mettler-DOSM & Ellie McKee-Sales) *Destination DC (Chris Petrucci) *Atlanta CVB (Heather Turner) *Milwaukee CVB (Lauren Hyps)   We will have additional photos and videos coming to you soon, and if you want these events to...

Forbes Travel Guide debuted its 2018 "Hotel, Restaurant and Spa" Awards on February 20, unveiling one of the most impressive batches of Five-Star hotels in the company’s history. Among the 27 new Five-Star hotels, winners spanned from all over the globe, from Star Tower at Studio City Macau and Mandarin Oriental, Munich to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto and Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.   Spectacular showings from across the map can also be seen at the Four-Star level. Of the 70 new properties...

Post Hurricane María Statement Milton Segarra President & CEO, CDME In our goal to keep you updated on our news and plans, we are pleased to share the week’s positive news for our industry – more cruises have been arriving in our ports; more attractions are opening; more hotels are accepting new reservations; and San Juan was just recognized by Lonely Planet as one of the World's Top 10 Cities for Travel in 2018! A list of attractions including the Bacardi Welcome Center, Plaza...

Quality face to face time to make valuable new contacts, strengthen existing relationships and seal some critical deals.  Every year more than 3,000 suppliers from every sector of the global meetings industry come together in Las Vegas and every year this is the best show I attend every. This is a must-attend show for all US domestic suppliers, global tourist offices and convention bureaus, major hotel companies, conference and exhibition centers, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, technology providers, event management specialists...

Hi all! We are working to compile a list of all damaged/closed properties in areas affected by the hurricanes from our NSOs. Please see below for what we have so far from Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Omni, Ritz-Carlton, Sonesta and Trump. We will update you when we have further information. Alyssa De La Fuente Manager, Sourcing Operations Hospitality Performance Network Global 13825 N Northsight Blvd., Suite 201 Scottsdale AZ, 85260 Hotel...