Submissions are now being accepted for the EIC's Global Recognition Awards. Image here shows a gold winner's cup on background of gold stars. Photo by inkpot | Canva.

Submissions open for EIC Global Recognition Awards

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Events Industry Council’s annual Global Recognition Awards. The awards celebrate and honour exemplary achievements and focus on leadership at all levels and areas of focus within the global business events industry. “Our Global Recognition Awards…
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Reimagined Fairmont Century Plaza opening this month

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The Fairmont Century Plaza will reopen on September 27, 2021, following a complete reimagination. An icon of mid-century modern design from renowned architect Minoru Yamasaka, the renowned Los Angeles hotel is now the centerpiece of a $2.5-billion USD mixed-use development project on…
IBTM World Barcelona will take place at Fira Barcelona, November 30-December 2, 2021. Image here shows buyers and exhibitors entering show floor at 2019 edition of the fair. Photo courtesy of IBTM | RX.

IBTM World Barcelona confirms first exhibitors and hosted buyers

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IBTM World Barcelona, IBTM’s flagship event, has revealed the first details about the in-person event, taking place November 30 to December 2, 2021, at Fira Barcelona. Under the theme of “New Business, New Tech, New World,” IBTM World Barcelona will focus on…
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport opened September 9, 2021. Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport celebrates grand opening

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Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, the largest hotel project to open in the Massachusetts capital in decades, celebrated its grand opening last week. Located in the city’s burgeoning Seaport, South Boston Waterfront District, the two-tower, 1,054-key property is a joint venture…

Covid-safety plans and entry requirements released for IMEX America

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Covid-safety plans and entry requirements for the 10th edition of IMEX America will include proof of full vaccination. The show’s organizer, IMEX Group, published its covid-safety plans for the show last week—in ample time for attendees to take the steps necessary to…


Cascade Investment is set to acquire controlling stake of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Photo here is Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River has a number of water features. Photo courtesy of Four Seaons Hotels & Resorts.

Cascade Investment affiliate to acquire controlling stake in Four Seasons

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A long-standing shareholder in Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire controlling interest in the luxury hospitality company. An affiliate of Cascade Investment, L.L.C., which holds investments of Microsoft’s Bill Gates, currently has a 47.5 percent…
Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa opened September 1, 2021. This image shows an aerial view of the 141-villa resort. Photo courtesy of Marriott International.

Le Méridien brand makes debut in The Maldives

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Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is now open, reports Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts and Singaporean developer Chiu Teng Enterprises. The 141-villa resort is the Paris-born brand's first property in the Maldives. Located on Thilamaafushi, it is accessible via a 35-minute…
Carbon offsets are now being offered for meetings of 10 or more people at 60 Hilton EMEA properties, including Hilton Vienna Plaza, the entrance of which is shown in this image. Photo by Jonathan Cash. © Hilton 2021.

Carbon neutral meetings offered at 60 Hilton EMEA properties

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Hilton has partnered with social enterprise South Pole to offset the carbon footprint of meetings and events across approximately 60 hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at no extra cost to the customer. Launched in The Netherlands in May 2021,…
Buyers are registering in strong numbers for the 2021 edition of IMEX America, taking place November 9-11, 2021, at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Photo here shows Mandalay Bay sending welcome back message to attendees and exhibitors. Photo courtesy of IMEX Group.

Buyers continue to register for IMEX America 2021

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More than 3,000 buyers have already registered to attend IMEX America, which is being held November 9-11, 2021, at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Buyers already registered come from across the planner community—event agencies (47%), associations (9%), corporate planners (22%), independents (18%) and…