Americas

Zoom to launch ticketed events platform OnZoom across US

US-based video communications company Zoom has announced that it will be launching OnZoom, an events platform and marketplace able to hold ticketed online experiences. The new platform is launching in beta with live events for fitness, music and more. Events can host up to 1,000 attendees, and the number of attendees allowed at each event is dependent on the host’s Zoom subscription level. While t...

Las Vegas to host major series of NCAA events through to 2026

The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that it has selected Las Vegas to be the host site for nine preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held for the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years. Steve Hill, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), said: “We’re thrilled with the NCA...

Calgary convention venues to receive GBAC STAR

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) and BMO Centre at Stampede Park (BMO Centre) have announced that both Calgary-based venues have achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR. Under the guidance of GBAC, the venues join a group of venues that have implemented GBAC-approved protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in their facilities. GBAC STAR helps o...

Travel safety sentiment on the rise in US, according to MMGY Global research

MMGY Global, a travel and hospitality marketing agency, has been tracking the impact of Covid-19 on US traveller sentiment and behaviours since March 2020 and finds that, for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, its Domestic Travel Safety Barometer score rose above 50, indicating that travellers are “increasingly confident” about the idea of travelling. The latest findings...

ASM Global to lead sponsorship partnership for Westgate Entertainment District

ASM Global, international venue management and services company, has announced that it has entered into a Billboard Lease and Sponsorship Sales Agreement with YAM Westgate, with respect to Westgate Entertainment District (The District) in Glendale, Arizona. The District is a mixed-use urban development. Upon full build completion, it will include several million square metres of shopping, dining, ...

FIEXPO director, Sergio Baritussio, passes away

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we learn of the passing of the director of leading Latin American MICE industry show, FIEXPO, Sergio Baritussio Scalone. He was a great man, outstanding journalist, publisher and events professional and much-loved by the global MICE Industry. Sergio worked tirelessly for Latin America and leaves a huge legacy. Mash Media Group joins in expressing deep condo...

Nevada governor issues new directive to enable conventions for up to 1,000 people to go ahead

Nevada State, US governor Steve Sisolak (pictured) has raised the legal limit on public gatherings from 50 to 250 people, and to 1,000 for conventions. Sisolak told a press conference in Las Vegas on 29 September that declines in the states Covid-19 test positivity rate warranted an increase in the 50-person maximum of gatherings, which had been in place since May. The new directive is active from...

Simpleview sales promotion

Kevin Bate (pictured), former senior director of business development, has been promoted to Simpleview’s vice-president of global sales. Simpleview is an Arizona, US-based provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organisations (DMOs) and employs 350 staff worldwide. During his 15-year tenure at Simpleview, Bate has worked as part of...

Corporate Travel Management goes on the TMC acquisition trail Stateside

Australia’s Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has agreed to acquire Travel and Transport, Inc. (T&T) including its Radius Travel business for AUD$274.51m (US$195.36m). T&T is a US travel management company while Radius Travel is a global network of corporate travel agencies in more than 100 countries, with a hotel programme that offers corporate rates across 44,000 hotels in 160 coun...

Meetings Mean Business Coalition announces new co-chair

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) board of directors has announced the appointment of Michael Massari (pictured), chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, as its next co-chair. Established by the US Travel Association in 2009, the MMBC is comprised of organisations across the meetings and travel community who came together during the last economic crisis to “bolster appreciat...

Los Angeles Convention Center earns LEED gold recertification

The Los Angeles Convention Centre (LACC) has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) for the third time. LEED was developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), and is a green building rating system that ensures that through design, construction and operations practic...

MMGY Global research reveals increase in US confidence in domestic travel

MMGY Travel Intelligence’s Travel Intentions Pulse Survey Wave VIII (TIPS) and MMGY Global’s Travel Safety Barometer have revealed that positive perceptions of lodging safety, car travel, business and domestic travel are at their highest in the US since the start of the pandemic. The company’s executive vice-president of insights and strategy, Chris Davidson, said: “We’re seeing this m...