Travel Industry Battles Dependence on Single-Use Plastics

On land, sea, and air, the travel industry is battling to overcome its dependence on single-use plastics, employing new technology with varying degrees of success while also acknowledging that more must be done. (Travel Weekly)

Uber’s Latest Attempt to Address Safety Concerns

As Uber faces continued pressure over safety issues, the ride-hailing company is set to test a controversial new safety feature that will allow riders and drivers to record audio during a trip within its app. (CNN)

New Memphis Convention Center Name Revealed

A $6.8-million, 10-year naming deal with Renasant Bank will add revenues to the convention center, which is in the midst of a $200-million renovation, expected to be mostly complete by late 2020. (WMC 5)

Paris Hoteliers Angered by IOC Sponsorship Deal With Airbnb

The newest Olympic sponsor has sparked the ire of French hoteliers, who have suspended their collaboration with 2024 Paris Games organizers over fears the IOC's agreement with home-sharing company Airbnb will create unfair competition. (ESPN)

What If All That Flying Is Good for the Planet?

 In this opinion piece, a sustainable tourism expert argues that shaming people to stop them from flying could accelerate the extinction of species and loss of wilderness. (The New York Times)

Taking Aim at Guns and the Events Industry

The threat gun violence poses to society — and specifically to face-to-face events — led Event Leadership Institute’s Howard Givner to spearhead an industry-wide campaign for reform. (pcma)

U.S. Hotel Revenue Forecast Downgraded Again

In their final forecast for the year, STR/Tourism Economics said they expect RevPAR to grow 0.8% for 2019 and 0.5% for 2020 — the lowest growth rate since the Great Recession of 2008. (Travel Weekly)

Booking Startup Makes Room Blocks Less Risky

A new booking platform aims to reduce risk for planners, matching attendees up with available hotels and circumventing much of the back-and-forth required in booking and negotiating rooms. (Skift)

This Is How to Crush Your Year-End Review

If you feel anxious about your yearly review, you’re not alone. These four steps will help ensure you can have a productive — and painless — conversation. (Fast Company)