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Marriott International is in the hot seat, accused of charging hidden fees. On July 9, 2019, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against the hospitality giant for “hiding the true price of hotel rooms.”


Meeting and event technology giant Cvent added 3D interactive floor plans for the thousands of venues in its database and launched the Cvent Community online network for planners. The news was announced at its annual Cvent Connect conference in Las Vegas.


The Marriott Marquis Chicago offers 1,205 guest rooms, including 44 suites, at the entertainment and convention district of McCormick Square. Marriott Marquis Chicago is directly connected to the McCormick Place and is adjacent to the new 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena. When it opened in late 2017, it was the largest hotel to open in Chicago that year and the largest Marriott property to open in North America in 2017.


News that PCMA CEO Sherrif Karamat, a Canadian citizen, has yet to obtain a post-hiring EB-2 Green Card, and that PCMA has posted his position on its job board, has led to a great deal of confusion at the association and in the industry. PCMA Chair of the Board of Directors Greg O'Dell updates Tyler Davidson on the situation.


Workers at Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are striking to protest working conditions. Ramp and cargo workers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants employed by Eulen America, an airline contractor for American Airlines and Delta, are protesting unfair labor practice complaints, unpaid wages and health and safety problems.


Offer more engaging and immersive meetings experiences with six tips from the PCMA Foundation and Steelcase Event Experiences. Their robust report includes attendee feedback captured via live interviews at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019.


Reno-based Eldorado Resorts and Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment are about to make history. On June 24, 2019, the companies announced they had entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in the creation of the largest U.S. casino operator. Under the transaction, Eldorado will acquire Caesars for approximately $17.3 billion, including the assumption of outstanding debt.


New Jersey will be the first state in the U.S. to require hotels to provide panic buttons for workers. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill June 11, 2019, that will require hotels with 100 guest rooms or more to equip hotel workers with wearable panic buttons, or employee safety devices (ESD), which can be pressed to get help in an emergency.


The Hotel Zags Portland, previously Hotel Modera, opened in downtown Portland. The 174-room hotel underwent a full renovation, transformation and rebranding. The property is now the sixth “Z Hotel” in the “Unofficial Z Collection,” the company’s individually curated portfolio of urban lifestyle hotels, and the first Z Hotel located outside of San Francisco.


At the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina groups can now get a taste of San Diego’s diverse culinary scene without leaving the property. Neighborhood is a new food and beverage program for meetings and events inspired by the flavors, local specialties and cultural offerings of San Diego’s neighborhoods.

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