Americas

Safeture and Traxo announce new partnership

Sweden-based employee safety company Safeture and Dallas-based Traxo, which provides corporate travel data capture and intelligence, have announced a new partnership. Through Traxo, Safeture customers are able to access detailed corporate travel itinerary data for bookings that were made outside their travel program. The increased location awareness insight enabled by Traxo’s travel data capture s...

US Travel Association welcomes Biden emergency relief plan

US Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow (pictured) has issued a statement welcoming president-elect Biden’s announced plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic and provide direct relief to Americans. Dow said: “Accelerating the distribution of vaccines is the key to getting travel back to normal, and we applaud president-elect Biden’s emphasis on a robust federal leadership role to get as ...

US Travel reacts to CDC’s international travel testing mandate

US agency, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that those arriving by air to the United States must provide written documentation of a negative Covid-19 test or documentation of having recovered from Covid-19. The order is expected to go into effect from 26 January. “Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmi...

PCMA’s CL21 opens up its omnichannel showcase via MBS Singapore’s Global Broadcast Center

PCMA’s Convening Leaders (CL21) has kicked off, 11-15 January, this year as a global omnichannel showcase of business events.  Audiences this year have the flexibility to participate how and where they choose. While Houston, Texas, had initially been chosen to host the in-person event, the spread of the Covid pandemic, meant that PCMA moved to connect its CL21 participants in different regions/cou...

Virtual platform Hopin acquires StreamYard for USD$250m

Virtual events platform Hopin has acquired video streaming studio StreamYard for USD$250m. StreamYard is a browser-based studio that allows users to stream high quality live video directly to social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Hopin will be replacing its own built-in video streaming studio with StreamYard’s moving forwards. Hopin is an 18-month old virtual event platform wh...

INVNT appoints new executive creative director for EMEA

International branding agency INVNT has appointed Neil Mason to the role of executive creative director, EMEA. The appointment follows Claudia Stephenson becoming managing director in September 2020. Mason (pictured) brings more than 20 years’ experience to his new role. Based in London, Mason joins from Identity Group where he was executive creative director. He has also held senior creative posi...

New CEO to fill the gap at Visit Orlando from 1 February

Casandra Matej has been appointed the new president of Visit Orlando, the global marketing not-for-profit organisation for the Florida city’s tourism and meetings sector. Most recently, Matej served as president & CEO of Visit San Antonio for the past four years. She will assume her new position 1 February 2021. It is a role that has been vacant since the August retirement of previous CEO Geor...

Pacific Hospitality Group acquires Hotel Granduca Austin

California-based Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) has announced its expansion with the purchase of Hotel Granduca Austin in Texas. The deal represents PHG’s third hotel in the lone star state – with two Marriott-branded hotels in Dallas, Texas. PHG will be taking over operations of the hotel immediately with plans to rebrand the property as part of the Meritage Collection of independent hotels in t...

SITE announces new leadership roster for 2021

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has announced its leadership line-up for 2021, welcoming four new directors to the SITE International Board of Directors and three new Trustees to the Board of the SITE Foundation. Following the resignation of Didier Scaillet in September 2020, Rebecca Wright, head of chapter Engagement at SITE, has been appointed interim executive director. She s...

IBTM Americas 2021 postponed to August

Reed Exhibitions Mexico, organiser of IBTM Americas, has announced the postponement of IBTM Americas 2021 from 19-20 May to 18-19 August. The event will take place at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City. This decision was made based on the country’s predictions about health conditions, indicating that the second half of the year will be more conducive for holding events. Commenting on the announceme...

Corporate spotlight – Fiesta Americana Grand Meetings Mexico & Beyond

CMW heads down Mexico meetings way to find how one high-end incentives specialist resort group is recognising new routes back to market.   Fiesta Americana Grand Meetings Mexico & Beyond comprises a set of destination resorts and hotel brands with 50 years of heritage. It continues to grow, with recent new openings in Tulum, Riviera Maya and Punta Cana and Dominican Republic. The brand co...

CVB chiefs step down Stateside in Phoenix and GreenvilleSC

Steve Moore (pictured), the president and CEO of Visit Phoenix, has announced his retirement, effective 31 March 2021. A search committee to find his successor has been formed. Moore has led Visit Phoenix for 19 years and had previously spent 14 years as CEO of Visit San Antonio and 13 years with Visit Houston. He played a key role in efforts to secure an expanded convention centre in what is now ...