Sodexo goes sporty with acquisition of Centerplate

Global event manager and catering company Sodexo has signed an agreement to acquire Centerplate, Inc. a hospitality services provider specialising in sports facilities, convention centres and entertainment facilities in the United States, but with operations also in the UK, Canada and Spain. Sodexo paid US$675m to Centerplate owner Olympus Partners for the business. Stamford, Connecticut-based…

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Yuen to head Boston CEC ‘food hall’

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has presented its new executive chef of the culinary team at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). Christopher ‘Kaeo’ Yuen (pictured) brings 20 years of experience in the hotels and hospitality business to the team. Hailing from his native Hawaii, Yuen has grown his career in five-star hotels…


Susan Sell joins AlliedPRA as CFO

Destination management company (DMC) AlliedPRA has appointed Susan Sell (pictured) as its chief financial officer. Sell comes to AlliedPRA from SAP, where she most recently served as CFO of SAP Fieldglass. She had previously been vice-president, finance at Fieldglass leading on the sale of the company to SAP for $1bn. The announcement comes at a…


Etihad Airways halts all flights to Dallas-Fort Worth in spat with American Airlines

Etihad Airways has announced it will halt all flights to Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas next year after the US carrier American Airlines said it would terminate its codeshare with the Abu Dhabi-based airline in March. The airline said the route would become commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with Etihad….

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PCMA announces city for 2021 Convening Leaders

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to return to Texas for its Convening Leaders 2021. Having held the 2017 event in Austin, the association goes to the United States’ fourth-largest city, Houston, 10-13 January. The event continues to grow and now attracts 4,200 global professionals over three days for senior-level education, community building and…

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