January 18, 2023

News to Know

Report: U.S. Meeting Volume Exceeds 2019, Signaling End of Recovery Efforts

U.S. meeting volume in December 2022 exceeded monthly pre-pandemic levels for the second month in a row, up 3.1 percent from December 2019 benchmarks, according to meetings data provider Knowland’s monthly report. 

Meetings and events volume in December also increased 141.5 percent year over year, possibly in part due to Covid-19 variants causing cancellations during December 2021. However, December 2022 meeting volume declined of 16.4 percent compared with November 2022 benchmarks due to “native seasonality,” according to Knowland.  

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Experts Predict the Airline Trends We’ll See in 2023 (AIRPORT TECHNOLOGY)

Lounges Are Quickly Becoming the Hottest Airport Amenity (INSIDE HOOK)

Analysis: Airlines Face Hurdles to Cashing in on China Reopening (FM MAGAZINE)


Choice Hotels Becomes One of the Largest Members of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (4HOTELIERS)

Hertz and Uber Bring Electric Vehicle Partnership to Europe (BTN EUROPE)


From Digital Keys to Contactless Payments, Here’s How Hilton’s Consumer-Centric Tech Innovations Are Delivering a Frictionless Travel Experience (HOSPITALITY NET)

Improving Corporate Travel Augurs Well for Hotel Companies (ECONOMIC TIMES)

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

France - Labor unions in France call for nationwide strikes and demonstrations Jan. 19; business and transport disruptions likely.

Indonesia - 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Molucca Sea near Indonesia at around 15:06 Jan. 18. Tsunami warning rescinded.

Mozambique - Militant threat likely to remain elevated in Cabo Delgado, Nampula, and Niassa provinces, Mozambique, through February.

United States - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of the central US through at least Jan. 18. Hazardous travel conditions are likely.

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