May 26th, 2020

4 Essential Coronavirus Contract Tips You Probably Don’t KnowThere has been a lot of ink spilled over force majeure and cancellation clauses since COVID-19 became a household word. Here are some legal insights that may just save your bacon.What more could there possibly be to say about force majeure and cancellation clauses in relation to the novel coronavirus now known as COVID-19? Actually, Joshua Grimes, an industry attorney with Grimes Law Offices in Philadelphia, has…

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May 20th, 2020

What will hotel visits be like? Here’s your room-by-room look at the future Published Friday, May 15 2020 Monica Buchanan PitrellHotels are cautiously reopening for the summer travel season, but it’s anything but business as usual in the hospitality industry.Last week, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) introduced its Safe Stay guidelines developed under the guidance of an advisory council that includes Accor, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriot International,…

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March 12th, 2020

Caroline Beteta, President and CEO Visit CaliforniaMarch 10, 2020 – AMID a challenging and changing global landscape, nearly 800 travel industry leaders gathered at Outlook Forum 2020 in San Diego to set a vision to ensure California’s travel industry continues to thrive.The sellout crowd celebrated the unprecedented 95% approval of Visit California’s Marketing Renewal, a vote of confidence from Visit California’s 21,000-plus investor businesses. The successful renewal ensures…

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January 20th, 2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to share some exciting news: the SDTA board of directors has appointed Julie Coker to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently serving as the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Julie will join the San Diego team in March, taking the helm from Joe Terzi, who announced his retirement in 2019 after 10 years with the SDTA.Julie has an extensive record of success in the tourism…

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October 12th, 2018

From the start, my company, Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network, MCCSN, like other third-party meeting and event managers, has traditionally relied on a 10 percent commission that the lodging industry paid them for booking hotel room block business.We research and solicit clients, assess their needs, arrange initial property site tours, review proposals, negotiate concessions, confirm agreements, and then hand their group business over to the hotels. All packaged neatly with a bow on…

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