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Hotel Brands Invest in Meetings Booking Platform

This investment by Marriott, IHG, Accor, and Hilton seems to be a major commitment by the hotel companies to bring a vision of a seamlessly operated, hotel-developed meetings booking engine to fruition. (Skift)

D.C.’s Convention Center Is Getting A Facelift

More than two years after announcing exterior upgrades to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, construction is finally set to begin later this year on more retail space, upgraded landscaping, improved lightning, and a rooftop terrace. (DCist)

Are Robots Coming for Your Job?

Oxford University researchers analyzed job data from the U.S. and the U.K. to calculate which jobs are likely to be automated by 2032 — where do event planners fall on the list? (pcma)

Travelers Are Secretly Extending Business Trips

About half of business travelers keep their extra time spent at a business destination secret, and around three out of 10 of them admitted to skipping a meeting or work event to nap or do something restful. (TravelPulse)

Best in Show 2019: Inspiring Meeting Design

There's no shortage of creativity when it comes to professionals designing their events. For this year's annual Best in Show, Convene shares how some organizers' innovative initiatives have set their events apart. (pcma)