Americas

MMGY launches global Travel Safety Barometer

Global marketing firm MMGY’s Travel Intelligence division has launched a sentiment tracking tool, Travel Safety Barometer, designed to monitor American travellers’ perceptions of how safe it is to engage in specific travel behaviours as the country embarks on its reopening and recovery efforts. The Barometer measures Americans’ perceptions of safety on a scale from 0 (Extremely unsafe) to 100 (Ext...

EventsAIR bags ‘Best Event Technology Solution’ at CODiE Awards

Centium Software’s EventsAIR 6th Gen has been named the best Event Technology Solution of 2020 at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The CODiE Awards recognise the companies producing the most innovative business technology products across the US, and around the world. The awards are the software and digital content industry’s only peer-reviewed aw...

Tourism Vancouver announces new President and CEO

Tourism Vancouver has announced the appointment of Royce Chwin (pictured) as President and CEO of the destination marketing organisation. The announcement was made on 15 May by Board Chair Robyn McVicker (Vice-President, Operations and Maintenance, Vancouver Airport Authority). Tourism Vancouver’s Board of Directors conducted a global search to fill the role, and cited Chwin’s experience in senior...

Covid-19 Recovery Task Force for Canadian sports tourism

To combat the way the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the sport tourism industry, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) has formed a Covid-19 Recovery Task Force. The task force is working on an action plan for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of the CA$6.8bn (US$4.8bn) sport tourism industry. The task force will include representatives from stakeholders, including national/multi-...

Las Vegas Convention Center completes the Loop

Construction has been completed on the second of two vehicular tunnels that make up the underground transportation system located beneath the Las Vegas Conference Center (LVCC). The transportation tunnels were proposed by South African billionaire, Elon Musk. On 14 May, the two one-way tunnels designed by known as the Convention Center Loop were completed, marking the first commercial endeavour of...

Philadelphia CVB appoints new President and CEO

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Gregg Caren as President and Chief Executive Officer. Caren previously worked as the Executive Vice-President, Sales and Strategic Business Development for ASM Global (formerly SMG), operator of over 350 venues worldwide. He worked for the company for over 20 years. PHLCVB Chairman, Nic...

Las Vegas goes red for hospitality workers and the spirit of travel

On 5 May, Las Vegas was lit up in red on as resorts, landmarks and attractions honoured hospitality workers during National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW). The annual celebration is a national initiative of the US Travel Association, and aims to recognise the contributions of the US travel industry. The venues and establishments that participated in the Red Takeover were: Welcome to Fabulous Las...

US travel industry issues guidance in the new normal

Following a collaboration between medical experts and a broad array of businesses and organisations, the US travel industry, which also embraces meeting venues and event organisers, submitted, 4 May, to the White House and governors a document containing detailed guidance for travel-related businesses to help keep their customers and employees safe as the country emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic...

IMRA announces new officers and directors

The Incentive Manufacturers Representatives Alliance (IMRA), a Strategic Industry Group (SIG) within the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA), has elected its new officers for 2020-2021. Vice-President for Target Marketing Associates, Inc., Randy Renz has been elected the 2020-2021 IMRA Board President. Renz has been a member of IMRA since 2012, and has over 35 years of experience in the incentiv...

McCormick Place could reopen as early as July, officials say

It was announced on 1 May that McCormick Place, in Chicago, a convention centre-turned Covid-19 treatment facility, could begin to host tradeshows again as early as July. A spokesperson for the venue told CBS 2 channel in the US that management was “hopeful” events could begin again in July. Organisers of the huge IMTS manufacturing technology tradeshow due in September 2020 at McCormi...

ASM Global launches environmental hygiene programme

Global venue management and services company, ASM Global, has announced plans to launch a new environmental hygiene protocol to address growing guest expectations following the Covid-19 pandemic. VenueShield, a comprehensive environmental hygiene programme, will be deployed at more than 325 ASM Global facilities around the world. The programme has been developed in partnership with medical profess...

STR: US hotel profits plunge 101.7% in March

US hotel gross operating profit per available room fell 101.7% during March 2020, according to the first-ever monthly P&L data release from hospitality data benchmarking specialists STR. In a year-over-year comparison with March 2019, the industry posted the following: GOPPAR: -101.7% to US$-2.10 TRevPAR: -64.0% to US$104.93 EBIDTA PAR: -116.8% to US$-15.44 LPAR (Total labour costs): -31.2% to...