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New York Becomes First State to Launch Digital COVID-19 Health Platform for Venues

New York has recently announced the launch of a digital platform, called Excelsior Pass, to track an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues. The platform is voluntary and would work in a similar way to a mobile airline boarding pass.

Why One Incentives Exec Thinks Hybrid Meetings Will Become "King"

To get a gauge on the industry for 2021 and beyond, Meeting Spotlight spoke with John Williams, president of American Guest, which offers corporate clients tailored incentives, events, meetings, and VIP travel experiences. Williams expects virtual/hybrid meetings to become "king" and also discussed how companies became more supportive of each other.

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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.

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

Acela Service Resumes for Amtrak Customers on the Northeast Corridor

As recovery across the country continues, Acela service on the Northeast Corridor resumed June 1 on a modified schedule with the restoration of three weekday Acela roundtrips utilizing the new safety initiatives for customers and employees that Amtrak has implemented.

As a welcome back to our customers ready for travel, Acela fares are available for as low as $69 in select markets through June.