NEW FLASHES

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Workers at four casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, voted to authorize a strike if they don’t have a new contract by July 1. The strike would impact 6,000 cocktail servers, cooks, housekeepers and other hospitality workers at Tropicana, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, and Harrah’s Atlantic City. Unite  Here Local 54 workers are currently working under expired contracts….

Meeting Professionals International closed out its World Education Conference in with a tribute to the nearly 100 people killed and injured in a shooting spree in Orlando. The names of the slain were read out loud during a reception. Around 2,000 industry professionals attended WEC ….. Destination Marketing Association International created a new position overseeing its meetings and certification programs. Colleen Phalen will fill the role as Executive Vice President, Program Development and Meetings effective July 6. She had been Senior Director of Meetings and Conventions with the Association of Justice ….. SnowSports Industries America is moving its association headquarters west from the Washington area to Park City, UT this Summer. The move puts SIA, organizers of the annual Snow Show exhibition, in the heart of its customer base in the skiing and snowboarding industry. A small number of SIA employees will relocate to Utah ..…

UBM plc has completed the sale of its PR Newswire business to Cision for $841 million. UBM will return $369.3 million to shareholders through a special dividend on July 8. Tim Cobbold, CEO of UBM, said: “The disposal of PR Newswire is a signifcant milestone in the implementation of our ‘Events First’ strategy. UBM is now focused on the attractive, high-growth and high-margin events sector and we continue in the pursuit of our ambition to become the world’s leading B2B Events business.”….

Messe Dusseldorf is keeping its printing show drupa on a four-year rotation. The company announced last year it was moving to a triennial schedule, but announced at this year’s drupa in Germany that it was scrapping the plan. Officials said major exhibitors decided they preferred the current show cycle  ….. CeMAT will co-locate with the massive Hannover Messe beginning in 2018. CeMAT this year drew about 1,000 exhibitors in the supply-chain and logistics sector. Hannover Messe covers manufacturing technology and logged about 190,000 attendees from around the world …..

MGM Resorts International is converting its Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas into two distinct hotels. The creation of the Park MGM and the NoMad Hotel Las Vegas are part of a $450 renovation project that will be completed in 2018. The Park MGM will include 2,700 rooms while the NoMad will offer 292 rooms ….. RAI Amsterdam received two international certifications this Summer for event sustainability and workplace conditions. The specific certifications granted were ISO-20121 and OHSAS-18001. The announcement was made at the opening of GreenTech Amsterdam ..…

The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland has a new connected hotel. The Hilton Cleveland Downtown opened in June, ahead of the Republican National Convention. The hotel has 600 rooms, 50,000 sf of meeting and event space, and is also next to the Global Center for Health Innovation ….. The Iowa Events Center in Des Moines is getting a new attached hotel. Construction is underway on the 330-room Convention Center Hilton, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2018. The hotel will include 37 meeting rooms, a ballroom and a 150,000 sf exhibit hall ..… Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel near Orlando launched a $5 million upgrade of its meeting space. The work will be completed in December and includes a technology update. The resort has 329,000 sf of meeting space …..