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Meetings Firm Sees Increase in RFPs Since Labor Day

Meeting Spotlight recently spoke with Mike Ferreira, owner and founder of Meetings Made Easy, a global site selection and meeting/virtual event services company. We discussed what business has been like during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and how it will change going forward for the company that celebrates its fourth anniversary in January 2021.

How has your segment of the industry changed since March?  ​

Conversation With: John Paladino, Owner and Founder of Milestone Meetings

Meeting Spotlight sat down with John Paladino, owner and founder of Milestone Meetings, to discuss what business has been like during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and how it will change going forward. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, Milestone Meetings is a full-service meeting planning agency that provides a full service solution for meeting planners throughout the world.

How has your segment of the industry changed since March? 

Travel Coalition, Executives Call on Congress to Pass Relief Legislation

Last week week, a coalition of almost 200 travel, hotel, franchise, and state and local government groups called for Congress to not go on recess without providing relief for sectors devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, a group of 17 CEOS of the largest U.S. travel companies sent a statement to leaders in Washington, pleading to advance a subsequent round of legislative relief from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

EventsAIR Launches Latest Version of OnAIR Virtual and Hybrid Event Solution

EventsAIR this week has announce the launch of the latest release of its OnAIR virtual and hybrid event solution. Version 3 includes AIRCast streaming and studio, giving event organizers the ability to raise the bar on how virtual sessions are produced and staged.

Corporate Travel Management Announces Acquisition of Travel and Transport

Corporate Travel Management Limited (CTM) has agreed to acquire Travel and Transport, Inc. (T&T) including its Radius Travel business for $200.4 million, creating one of the world’s leading global mid-market corporate travel managers, with combined CY19 global TTV of $7.6 billion.

Hickory Global Partners Announces Alliance With Partnership Travel Consulting

Hickory Global Partners, a global corporate travel alliance for travel management companies (TMCs), corporate travel departments (CTDs) and corporations has engaged Partnership Travel Consulting (PTC), a corporate travel management consulting firm comprising travel industry veterans with an average of 20-plus years of experience. PTC will deliver unbiased corporate hotel sourcing and optimization solutions to corporate clients of Hickory’s membership.

GBTA Collaboratory Series Explores How to Drive Procurement Changes During a Pandemic

As part of this week’s GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) Collaboratory 2020 webinar series, Robert Schott, managing director and chief procurement officer for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and GBTA interim-executive director Dave Hilfman discussed navigating procurement changes during a pandemic and how to use this period to improve processes and strengthen partnerships.

ABC Global Services Acquires CCRA

ABC Global Services has announced that it is acquiring the assets of CCRA (The Travel Commerce Network) in an integration of the two largest providers of hotel content and travel agency services. Combined, the two organizations will prove mutually beneficial to their travel management company (TMC) and agency clients by providing travel and hospitality products and personalized service administered by the industry’s best account management team.

GBTA Calls on Congress to Expand Relief for Distressed Business Travel Industry

As the U.S. Congress negotiates a new coronavirus relief package for individuals and businesses, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has called on Congressional leadership to enact measures to renew business travelers’ confidence and to curb the devastating effect of the pandemic on this sector of the global economy.