September 22, 2014

Meetings News-in-Brief

Association News

Three association leaders have been named to the International Association of Conference Centers Meetings Trendsetters 2014:

- Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International. He is IACC board VP.
- Jacques Horovitz is president of Chateauform which specializes in conference centres and alternative learning environments.
- Joan Eisenstodt, a long-time meetings industry consultant, trainer, and facilitator, and is chief strategist for Eisenstodt Associates.

Global Business Travel Association board approved a new member benefit structure that expands the benefits available to GBTA chapter members. The new GBTA Community Level benefits include free access to GBTA’s Global Business Travel Magazine, GBTA Daily News Brief, webinars and the GBTA Career Center. GBTA will also add a new “All Access” member level that will provide expanded benefits and an annual discount for business travel professionals who want to take advantage of education and networking opportunities at the local, national and global levels. GBTA also formed a San Antonio chapter.

U.S. hotels will collect $2.25 billion in fees and surcharges in 2014. That is an increase of 6 percent over the $2.1 billion hotels collected in 2013, and almost double what it collected in 2000, according to the Trend Analysis Report, released this week by the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. The increase in fees reflects a combination of 3.5 percent more occupied hotel rooms in 2014 compared to 2013, as well as more fees and surcharges being charged at hotels. Fees are being levied for resort amenities, early departure, Internet access, room service, minibar restocking and baggage holding, among others. Group-specific fees include increased charges for bartenders and other event staff, charges for the setup and break-down of meeting rooms, and fees for master folio billing.

Association TRENDS