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Mexico's Velas Resorts Debuts Group Takeover Program

Velas Resorts is banking on more companies—those with remote workers and others who have returned to the office—looking to energize staff, boost creativity and productivity to change routines while providing "the ultimate social distancing." To that effect, Velas Resorts has come up with the new "Group Takeover Program," a twist on the "workcation." It guarantees companies exclusive use of the hotel, offering total privacy for meetings, teamwork, teambuilding and more.

InterContinental Hotels Group Enhances "Meet with Confidence" Program

As the world adapts to new expectations and plans for responsible gatherings, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has enhanced its "Meet with Confidence" program to provide appropriate and creative meeting and event solutions, without compromising on the experience or the flexibility that meeting planners require. 

The Statler Offers ‘Work With Us’ Initiative With Custom Work Spaces During COVID-19 Crisis

In light of the increased work-from-home economy, The Statler, Curio Collection by Hilton in Dallas, TX, has launched a "Work with Us" initiative, which allows people—even those not staying as overnight guests in the hotel—to use the hotel’s workspaces and technology.

Three U.S. Airports Achieve GBAC STAR Accreditation

Three U.S. airports have received GBAC STAR facility accreditation from The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. They are: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport (the first airport in the world to earn the accreditation), Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, FL, and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH.

The Royal Lancaster London Debuts the XR SmartStudio

In a time when hosting an event seems an unlikely possibility, the team at the Royal Lancaster London hotel has introduced a timely piece of equipment to allow businesses and individuals to host a virtual, hybrid or live event in the heart of London. The new XR SmartStudio, in partnership with Smart AV, features a 215-square-foot "Extended Reality" (XR) stage with an LED backdrop and floor, audio, broadcast cameras and TV-ready lighting allowing clients to have both a live audience and virtual attendees.

Marriott International Debuts Digital Content on Update Meetings Processes

Following the announcement of Marriott International’s "Commitment to Clean" and "Global Cleanliness Council," Marriott has introduced digital content about redefined processes and reimagined spaces guided by cleanliness experts and best practices to help hosts, organizers and attendees plan and execute meetings and connect with confidence 

Hilton Launches "EventReady Flexible Offer" for Meetings and Event Planners

Event planners, whose daily jobs have always involved building contingency plans for contingency plans, are now facing the ultimate challenge: The unknown. To that end, Hilton is launching a new solution, complementing its global cleanliness and client service program, "Hilton EventReady with CleanStay."

M&R Hotel Management, Magnuson Hotels Rebrand 285-Room New Jersey Conference Center

M&R Hotel Management, a U.S. management company with operations across five states, has selected Magnuson Hotels, a "fast-growing franchise alternative," to rebrand its 285-room Magnuson Grand & Conference Center Somerset-Bridgewater located in New Jersey

Small Meetings Are On the Rise at The Broadmoor

Many are exhausted from video chatting and are wanting the connection of getting things done together, in person.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs says it is seeing this trend first-hand as it hosts an increasing number of small corporate groups and associations drawn to the resort because of its 5,000 acres and ample space to spread out, both indoors and out.