Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

Joe D’Alessandro and Ernest Wooden Jr. to Be Inducted Into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

Travel industry leaders Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, and Ernest Wooden Jr., former president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, will be honored as the 2020 inductees into the U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders, the organization announced this week.

Long Beach CVB and Convention Center Launch Hybrid Events Solution

The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (Long Beach CVB) and Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center (LBCEC) have introduced Long Beach Live, a turn-key solution to blended in-person and virtual conventions, conferences, meetings and events. Long Beach Live integrates localized micro-community, in-person gatherings with interactive, fully produced digital broadcasts to distant attendees. It is availabe in four experiences: Live, live stream, interactive and on-demand.

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.

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First Live Event Staged in New York City As etc.venues Partners With NECTR

The events industry of New York City came together virtually and live for the first time for many months when the event "The Future is Now" took place at etc.venues360 Madison Avenue as a result of a partnership between etc.venues and event agency NECTR.

New Orleans' Higgins Hotel & Conference Center Joins Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts announced the addition of The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center to its growing portfolio. Operated by Davidson's lifestyle and luxury division Pivot Hotels & Resorts, the 230-room, Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel is part of Curio Collection by Hilton.

Brand USA Launches “Always-On” Virtual Platform

On Wednesday, Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, announced the launch of Brand USA Global Marketplace—a one-stop shop for U.S. travel partners and international audiences to interact. Brand USA Global Marketplace is a custom-built, always-on, virtual platform that provides access to a diverse range of U.S. destinations, attractions and points of interest for the international travel industry. Brand USA calls the platform a “reimagined version of traditional trade shows and industry events.”

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.

Washington Governor Advances Statewide Meetings and Events Guidance

Due to the advocacy of the Washington Meeting and Convention Coalition (WMCC), Washington governor Jay Inslee has modified the state’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 restrictions around business meetings, professional development training and testing, and similar activities, effective from September 21. According to the new guidance, the governor’s "Safe Start" reopening plan will permit meetings and business events to be held at an indoor capacity of 30 percent or 200 guests, whichever is less (excluding venue staff)