Glenn Hansen, CEO, BPA Worldwide, will lead a panel session at the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, May 27 in Washington, on “Is Sustainability a Must in the Exhibition Industry?" Panelists include Kimberly Lewis, Community Advancement, Conference and Events SVP, U.S. Green Build Council; Natasja O'Connor, Events Operations and Services group director, UBM EMEA; and Alan Peterson, Vice President Events Consulting Group, Scranton Gillette Communications
Meet AC sales team, of Atlantic City, N.J., brought 30 conventions and meetings to the Atlantic City Convention Center and another 19 to the city's hotel properties, an increase of more than 25 percent from the first quarter of 2014. Conventions and meetings booked directly by hotel sales staffs are not included in this count. The 49 events brought nearly 265,000 delegates to the city, a 38.3 percent increase over the same quarter of 2014. Those delegates used more than 45,433 room nights, a 56 percent improvement over first quarter 2014 figures. Delegate spending rose 32.7 percent from the same quarter as last year, to approximately $73.1 million.
American Hotel & Lodging Association announced the winners of this year's Stars of the Industry Awards. Individuals and properties were honored at an award ceremony at the W Washington D.C. The awards honor lodging employees and properties that symbolize the quality service of the industry. For the winners and their stories, click here.