• Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     

Nearly 700 MPI members gathered in Grapevine for Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC). Held at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the hybrid convention’s in-person attendees were joined virtually by 1,000-plus additional participants, all coming together under the theme “Reunite for Recovery.” The 2020 WEC set the tone for future events and raised the bar with its Duty of Care health and safety procedures. These included sending name badges, lanyards, masks and personal hand sanitizers in advance to attendees, requiring temperature checks each day as delegates entered the event, incorporating responsible F&B/seating/ barriers precautions, and having social activities with made-to-order and individually packaged food items.

The meetings and events industry has faced its fair share of ups, downs, and everything in between since early 2020. There have been lessons learned, approaches changed, and flexibility fostered to keep moving ahead during the pandemic. Let’s take a quick look at what to expect for 2023 through the lens of the 12th annual Global Meetings & Events Forecast, produced by American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel. 

 

The brand will operate City Express properties in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Marriott International has reached an agreement to acquire the City Express brand portfolio comprised of 152 hotels.

The City Express portfolio includes hotels in 75 cities in Mexico, one hotel each in Costa Rica, Columbia, and Chile, along with five under-construction projects. The new brand name will include the signature “by Marriott” endorsement, joining 30 other brand names in the Marriott franchise system.

 

Transaction is expected to close no later than the first half of 2024.

Spirit Airlines Inc. of Miramar, Florida, announced that its stockholders approved a merger agreement with JetBlue Airways Corp. of Long Island City, New York.