The U.S. Travel Association bestowed the second annual Distinguished Travel Champion Award on five high-ranking U.S. officials. The recipients, who include Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (R-Minn.), U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), were honored for their exceptional leadership in advancing policies that strengthen travel to and across America.
The Michigan Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (MACVB) recently named its officers for the 2015 calendar year.
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) will dispense more than $725,000 for the 2015 academic year through their scholarship programs.
AH&LEF offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities for hospitality management students and lodging employees. Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen through graduate students. Awards range from $500 to $6,000, and unlike student loans do not have to be paid back. Applicants are judged based on a combination of factors, including hospitality work experience, academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need, and personal attributes. The deadline for all academic scholarships is May 1st. For more information on each scholarship and to access the application, click here.
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) launched its Vision2020 initiative in early February 2015 and announced its 2015 Board of Trustees.
The IRF’s Vision2020 is a blueprint for the future, ensuring that the IRF will continue to lead the global incentive and recognition industry with actionable research and education by focusing on unification, universal tools, and university alliances.
"In 2010, the IRF charted a new course by broadening its research footprint and expanding educational efforts led by the appointment of Melissa Van Dyke as President," says Sandra Daniel, Chair of the IRF 2015 Board of Trustees. “Now with Vision2020, we are well-positioned to take our unique role in the recognition and rewards industry to the next level.”
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has partnered with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) in an effort to help MPI members and non-members with sourcing locations for meetings and events. MPI recently incorporated the Destination Finder tool, powered by DMAI’s empowerMINT.com, into its website. Through the web portal, meeting professionals can quickly research and compare destinations as well as get connected to contacts at destination marketing organizations – also known as convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) – representing destinations, hotels and convention facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
To promote the importance of professional development, healthy lifestyles, strong chapters, and a robust meetings industry, MPI Foundation Chairman, Gus Vonderheide, is asking every MPI Chapter to host, or participate in a non-cause related 5K run or walk on a Saturday in March* 2015. And, also asks every member [of each chapter] to participate in their local chapter 5K run/walk event and independently raise at least $250USD for the MPI Foundation Education Endowment.
The process of ridding America’s thousands of employers and millions of consumers of destructive patent trolls took a critical step forward Friday, February 5, 2015, with the introduction of the bipartisan Innovation Act, patent reform legislation authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The American Hotel and Lodging Association is a leading member of the broad-based patent reform coalition, United for Patent Reform, which praised Rep. Goodlatte for introducing the bill.
The Michigan Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (MiSGMP) is proud to announce it will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2015.
The Michigan chapter of this National organization is dedicated to improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and management of government meetings through education, training, industry relationships and mutual support. Members will be celebrating the anniversary at monthly meetings held throughout the year in Lansing and other destinations throughout the state. MiSGMP currently has over 140 registered members.
Left: Sean Curtin, Senior Vice President, HCC Specialty
Right: Kevin White, CESP, ISES International President
The International Special Events Society (ISES) has today announced HCC Specialty as its latest Global Partner in its newly launched Global Partner Program.
During the partnership ISES will be working closely with HCC Specialty on a number of cross promotional, educational and study based initiatives, including a dedicated survey on event insurance trends and risk management. HCC Specialty will also partner with ISES at a number of international events.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, issued this statement following President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20, 2015:
“Tonight, by hailing an economic recovery in the works and speaking to the power of the American Dream, President Obama presented an optimistic future for our great nation – a future that can be seen in the hotel industry. With four straight years of consecutive growth and job creation, the hotel industry is responsible for strengthening communities and providing a solid path to promotion for those who have chosen lodging as a career seeking to climb the ladder of success, with good pay and benefits.