Spring 2016 MEET Med Issue

May 31st, 2016

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STR: US hotel pipeline for January 2017

February 16th, 2017

STR_FLAT_TEAL_WHITE_PMSSTR’s January 2017 Pipeline Report shows 575,907 rooms in 4,763 hotel projects Under Contract in the United States. The total represents a 16.1% increase in the number of rooms Under Contract compared with January 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages, but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. Read More »

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Hospitality SLUnited

February 7th, 2017

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THEME: Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Save the date for the upcoming Hospitality SLUnited event: Thursday, April 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Wool Ballroom at Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center. Hosted by SLU’s Hospitality Management Program, this is a unique opportunity to network with fellow hospitality professionals from many facets of the industry. The theme this year will be hospitality entrepreneurship and innovation. The agenda includes a presentation by Amy Pham, a hospitality scholarship recipient, and SLUnited planning updates. An industry panel and discussion starts at 4:30, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, followed by a 6 p.m. roundtable and networking. A suggested $15 donation will help support the Hospitality Management Program through scholarships and industry-specific networking and educational events.

Click here to see flyer

To register: alumni.slu.edu/hospitalityslunited17

More info? Email: devanyk@sluedu

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U.S. hotel occupancy rates decline for week ending October 15

October 20th, 2016

STR reports that the U.S. hotel industry experienced negative results for the week ending October 15.

Comparing year-over-year numbers, the industry’s occupancy fell 1.4 percent to 70.7 percent.  Average daily rate stayed nearly flat (-0.2 percent, to US $123.84).  And revenue per available room fell 1.6 percent to US $87.57.

The Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., area experienced the only double-digit increase in occupancy (up 16.1 percent to 65.9 percent).  It also saw the largest lift in RevPAR (up 20.7 percent to US $60.22).

Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., saw the only double-digit rise in ADR (up 10.6 percent to US $120.24), and the only other double-digit rise in RevPAR (up 10.9 percent to US $85.89).

Houston posted the largest declines across the three performance metrics.

For more information, visit www.str.com.

 

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New Joplin Holiday Inn is on the way

October 5th, 2016

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Construction kicks off this week on a brand new, 115-room Holiday Inn in Joplin, Mo.

The property is expected to offer exciting new prefunction and conference options for medical and other meeting groups.  There will be 3,500 square feet of event space, accommodating up to 350 guests; the facility also will feature an outdoor patio, indoor saltwater pool, large fitness center, lounge, and full service restaurant.

The hotel is set for completion in 2017.  It will be located at 3402 S. Arizona.

The area also is home to the brand new, 600,000-square-foot Mercy Hospital Joplin.

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Oct. 20 “Future of Health-Care Compliance” webinar announced

September 28th, 2016

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Involved in medical meetings?  Join Maritz Travel’s senior director of health-care compliance, Pat Schaumann, for a free webinar on the current health-care meeting landscape.  Read More »

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New hotel and space options for medical events in NC

September 19th, 2016

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Raleigh, N.C.-based developer MJM Group has announced it will open a new, 188-room, dual-brand hotel in Charlotte under the Marriott name.  The facility will consist of a 94-room Courtyard by Marriott, and a 94-room Marriott Residence Inn.  It will be managed by St. Louis-based Midas Hospitality.

Construction of the seven-story, $45 million facility is slated to begin in September 2016.  It will be located at 9110 Harris Corners Parkway, Charlotte, NC, and offer  flexible event options for medical groups and other organizations.  The property will include dining, two patio areas with an outdoor pool, a large fitness room, and meeting space.  It’s expected to use alternative energy technology and provide charging stations for electric cars.

Plans are for construction to be complete in March 2018.   MJM Group also is building the new Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlotte Airport, which is expected to open in October 2016.

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Bayer and Monsanto agree to merger terms

September 16th, 2016

 

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German pharmaceutical and crop chemical company Bayer AG announced this week that it is acquiring Monsanto Co., the St. Louis-based producer of seed and herbicide technologies.

According to a Reuters report, the agreement is the largest all-cash deal on record, at $66 billion ($128 per share). It’s the latest of three attempts the two firms have mounted to reach an agreement. If the deal is finalized, it will result in a company that controls more than one fourth of the world market for pesticides and seed products.

To read the Reuters report, click here.

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Texas resort expands, welcomes medical meetings

September 16th, 2016

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The Gaylord Texan Resort in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine has announced it’s on the cusp of a $120 million expansion project.

The project will add 303 new guest rooms, for a total of 1,814; and 86,000 square feet of new meeting space, for a total of 490,000 square feet.

The expansion also includes a new 30,000-square-foot ballroom, terrace spaces, and more.  The Gaylord is accepting reservations for its new meeting facilities beginning with the 2019 calendar year.  It is owned by publicly traded Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc.

The Gaylord books key medical gatherings such as the annual meetings of the American Medical Group Association, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.  For more information about the property, visit www.gaylordtexan.com.

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Snapping a picture of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking

June 24th, 2016

The TraffickCam app enables travelers to submit pictures of hotel rooms around the world. The images are matched against a national database used by police. For more on the story watch the video by Fox2 News:

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MPI Academy Unveils New Offerings During 2016 World Education Congress

June 14th, 2016

mpi logoMeeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the MPI Academy is launching several new education offerings, including seven web-based courses and two Experiential Event Series programs. This announcement was shared yesterday during a media briefing event at MPI’s 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City.

The new courses include online versions of MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) and Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC) programs as well as the Meetings & Events at Sea program presented in partnership with the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). In addition, the academy has developed two web-based Experiential Event Series Case Study courses, which provide key learnings from its CES® and South by Southwest (SXSW) experiential event programs in an on-demand format, and will offer the Venue Sales Certificate Program I and II online courses, which focus on three foundational areas of the sales process—pitch, positioning and proposals. All of these courses align with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS), and will be available online starting July 1, 2016.

“At MPI, we strive to be the first choice for professional career development by delivering comprehensive and relevant education during conferences and events as well as online,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We are excited to launch these new MPI Academy offerings, which are part of ongoing efforts to expand our digital content and make our education more accessible to members, and look forward to introducing more courses later this year.”

The MPI Academy is also preparing for two upcoming programs from the Experiential Event Series featuring pre-event access and education, just prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention and behind the scenes access and education during the Toronto International Film Festival. Program dates and locations are as follows.

Democratic National Convention
July 18 – 20, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MPI Certificate Program: Event Management Certificate
20 Clock Hours

Toronto International Film Festival
September 8 – 11, 2016 Toronto, Ontario
MPI Certificate Program: Festival Production
20 Clock Hours
For more information about the MPI Academy and its full suite of educational offerings, visit http://www.mpiweb.org/mpi-academy.

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