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May 19, 2009
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Survey: Companies Managing Travel, Not Cutting
from MiMegasite
Rather than cutting travel across the board, companies are managing their travel spend and focusing on travel that generates revenue, according to a new survey of financial executives by American Express and CFO Research Services. More    E-mail article

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Cvent: A Full Suite of Upgrades
from MeetingsNet
Cvent has made a number of announcements recently. Major hotel chain partnerships will enhance its free electronic RFP supplier network of more than 75,000 hotels and venues; a new budget-friendly toolset is available for organizations launching strategic meetings management programs; and a partnership with Cisco WebEx Meeting Center adds webinar technology to Cvent's other online meeting management offerings. More    E-mail article

Maritz Building e-Meeting Partners Program
from MeetingsNet
Maritz has announced a partnership with a satellite broadcasting company, Velocity Broadcasting, as the first prong is a new suite of technology services called Maritz LIVE (Local Interactive Virtual Events). More    E-mail article

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Meeting Strategies Worldwide Changes Name to MeetGreen
from Green Lodging News
With a commitment to use less ink on business cards, to reduce the amount of CO2 generated when greeting callers and to slash the number of keystrokes needed to find the website, Meeting Strategies Worldwide is now MeetGreen. More    E-mail article

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel to Convert Shop Into Learning Facility
from Green Lodging News
Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of lodges, gift shops, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone National Park, will convert its gift shop in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel into an interpretive facility dedicated to informing park visitors about climate change and offering environmentally friendly products. More    E-mail article

Marriott Announces Commitment to Expand LEED Participation
from Green Lodging News
In support of its environmental strategy to address climate change, Marriott International has announced that its global headquarters building and more than 30 of its hotels in design, development or under construction are expected to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). More    E-mail article

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HSMAI's Event Technology Expo Issues Call For Speakers
from HSMAI
Event Technology Expo (ETE), the National Expo and Conference addressing all aspects of Technology for Tradeshows, Meetings/Conventions, and Special Events, has issued its call for speakers for the upcoming national event. The show will be returning to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Sept. 9-10, 2009, as a co-located event with HSMAI's Affordable Meetings® National. More    E-mail article

In Other News

CDC Lifts Warning on Travel to Mexico
from MiMegasite
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has downgraded to "precaution" a warning that was put in place last month, advising against nonessential travel to Mexico due to the outbreak there of the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu. More    E-mail article

Westin Bonaventure Raises Bar on Supporting Meeting Planners, Nixes Attrition and Internet Fees
from PR Newswire
Officials of the Westin Bonaventure today announced the hotel is raising the bar on supporting meeting planners who are faced with smaller-than-expected turn-out by doing away with attrition and Internet fees for group bookings. More    E-mail article

The Road to Ruin
from MiMegasite
How the banking industry got into its present crisis, and how financial and banking meetings can recover from it. More    E-mail article

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