Americas

Positive signs for US hotel industry as occupancy rates rise

US weekly hotel occupancy reached its highest level since October 2019, while room rates hit an all-time high, according to hospitality research specialists STR‘s latest data through 24 July. 18-24 July 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019): Occupancy: 71.4% (-7.8%) Average daily rate (ADR): US$141.75 (+4.0%) Revenue per available room (RevPAR): $101.24 (-4.2%) Historically, the mi...

IACC Americas Connect hosts trans-US hybrid event

The 40th edition of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC ) Americas Connect took place on 20 July using IACC’s MultiPOD format, enabling the event to take place across three in-person meetings across the US as well as virtually. IACC partnered with Encore, a hybrid event specialist, to stage the one-day conference, which had in-person sessions in Chicago, Dallas and Delaware a...

Québec City to welcome in-person Agro-Geoinformatics conference in 2022

Québec City will host the 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, organised in conjunction with the 43rd Symposium of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. This is a first for Canada, as previous editions of Agro-Geoinformatics have been held in China, Turkey, or the United States.  More than 300 experts, engineers, students, and decision-makers interested in remote sensing and geomat...

Three trends reimagining the future of incentive travel

How Canada delivers exceptional experiences for today’s travellers For all the changes we’ve seen over the past year and a half, one thing has remained constant: the strong demand for incentive travel programmes to reward top performers with unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, several microtrends have emerged that are reshaping incentive travel programme design and destination se...

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau appoints new CEO

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has appointed David Whitaker (pictured) to take over as president and CEO. The appointment is effective 16 August when long-time president and CEO, William Talbert III, will step down to a supporting role before becoming a consultant for the bureau in October. Whitaker’s appointment follows a six-month nationwide search, the bureau said. Whi...

New accent on The Venetian at Vegas expo and convention resort

The Venetian Resort has announced a name change and other updates at its 209,031sqm  convention centre and expo facility, the largest private convention facility in the United States. Las Vegas Sands Corporation sold the Sands Expo, Venetian and Palazzo resorts along with its other Las Vegas properties back in March, as the company shifted its focus to Asia. As of 2 September, the names of two ven...

IMEX America reports record uptake in registrations

The IMEX Group has reported a “surge in registrations” ahead of its IMEX America meetings industry trade show, which takes place 9-11 November at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on 8 November.  Ray Bloom, chairman of the IMEX Group, said: “Buyer registration is quickly gaining pace with hosted buyers registering in strong numbers. There is similar buoyancy among exhib...

Visit KC CEO resigns

On 9 July, Jason Fulvi, president and CEO of Visit KC (Kansas City, USA), announced his resignation, effective 3 September 2021. In a statement to Visit KC board chair Cindy Circo, Fulvi said: “I am confident that the sustainability and success of the organisation will be led by an effective and efficient team of tourism and hospitality experts to guide the destination forward as the travel indust...

Hopin’s Illuminate shines some California light on events

Hopin Illuminate, broadcast 7 July from Los Angeles, brought together event organisers and marketers from all over the world to explore the future of the events industry, best practices for hybrid events, and more.  Attendees heard from leaders across the industry, including Salesforce, Marriott and Gap Inc., as well as the youngest Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai.  Hopin made a series of announc...

US hotel results mixed for week ending 3 July

US hotel occupancy dipped although average daily rate (ADR) was up from previous weeks and the comparable period in 2019, according to hospitality research specialists STR‘s latest data from 3 July. 27 June through 3 July 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019): ·         Occupancy: 65.4% (-0.1%) ·         Average daily rate (ADR): USD$135.35 (+5.8%) ·         Revenue per available r...

Promotions in line in Washington as Events DC repositions

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the US capital, announced, 8 July, a repositioning of several members of its leadership team. The promotions, announced by president and CEO, Greg O’Dell, come as the city reopens without restrictions for in-person meetings and live special events.  Samuel Thomas, senior vice-president, and general manager of the Walter E. Washington Conv...

Ottawa’s autonomous road to development

According to the CBRE 2020 Tech Talent Analyser report, Canada’s capital has the highest tech talent concentration in North America. Ottawa outperforms even San Francisco, with tech talent representing 11.3% of total employment. In the country’s capital, two technology sectors that stand out and have attracted major conferences include connected cars and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology and sof...