Americas

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 ...

Warm up to winter ski incentives

While travel may be paused at the moment, that doesn’t mean we can’t all dream of the day when we can reward top achievers for their valiant efforts with the ultimate winter perk: a trip to Canada where deep powder skiing, adventure activities, a rollicking aprés ski scene and wide array of luxurious accommodations await. When the time is right to travel again, Canada will be ready. Here are the c...

Greater Miami CVB books its first major citywide 2021 conference

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), in partnership with the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), has secured its first conference booking for 2021 and is cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the New Year. The Aesthetic Society will bring its annual meeting and 600 expected attendees to Miami Beach, 30 April-3 May, 2021. The signing, along with the MBCC Ready plan, r...

Vegas moves closer to Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnel with monorail acquisition

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has completed its transaction to acquire the assets of the Las Vegas Monorail Company. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale on Nov. 24, 2020. The transaction also allows for other transportation options on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard by eliminating the non-compete area around the monorail system. It further paves the way for t...

Caesars Entertainment invests $325m to transform Harrah’s New Orleans

Caesars Entertainment, Inc., parent company of Harrah’s New Orleans, says it will invest US$325m in transforming the property into a Caesars New Orleans. The reconstruction project is set to be completed by 2024. The plans have been presented the New Orleans Building Corporation and detail a large-scale renovation of Harrah’s, the only land-based casino in New Orleans. Embracing the iconic Caesars...

PCMA acquires Corporate Event Marketing Association

Professional convention management association, PCMA has announced it has acquired, 8 December, the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a community for event marketers. It becomes a wholly-owned division of PCMA. The deal between the two organisations was signed after members of CEMA voted overwhelmingly in favour of the acquisition by PCMA. Based in Sacramento, California, CEMA began ov...