Michael J. Shapiro

Michael J. Shapiro

Editor, Technology

Michael writes, edits, photographs, interviews, moderates and otherwise develops content for Northstar Meetings Group's acclaimed brands. As the technology editor, he oversees all tech coverage across the group's publications and digital products. Among his other fields of expertise are the hotel, airline and business-travel industries and Latin American destinations. Before joining Northstar more than a decade ago, Michael wrote about digital photography, travel, movies and more. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied mass communications with a focus on film and television at Pennsylvania State University. He went on to found Northstar's satellite office in Guadalajara, Mexico.

What Michael Covers

In the United States: Great Lakes States (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania), California, Nevada

Internationally: Mexico, Central/South America, Spain, Japan

Industry Segments: Hotels, hotel consortiums, third parties, gaming, business travel, technology

The Latest From Michael

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MeetingsTech Roundtable 2021
Wed., Sept. 15, 2021, 2 p.m. ET... Read More
The Breakers Palm Beach
Booking Small Events Today
Planners are battling several challenges when finding and booking meeting venues — here’s what they... Read More
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IHG Launches Vignette Collection, a New Soft Hotel Brand
The global hospitality company's 17th brand will have a portfolio of independent luxury and lifestyle... Read More
Aventri Teams With Brandlive for TV-Like Virtual Events
Aventri Teams With Brandlive for TV-Like Virtual Events
Brandlive's Greenroom video-production software is now available on Aventri's Virtual Events 2.0... Read More
Proof of Vaccination Required CES
CES 2022 Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Attend
The massive electronics trade show will take place in Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2022, and will offer a... Read More
Webcast: Engaging Your Audience at Hybrid Events
Webcast: Engaging Your Audience at Hybrid Events
Wed., Oct. 6, 2021, 2 p.m. ET... Read More
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya Hyatt AMResorts
Hyatt Hotels to Acquire Apple Leisure Group, Parent of AMResorts
Luxury all-inclusive hotel resort brands such as Dreams and Secrets are part of the deal.... Read More
Intrado Hubb Acquistion
Intrado Acquires Event-Management Platform Hubb
The longtime provider of virtual and hybrid event technology aims to become an end-to-end solution by... Read More
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What's New in Las Vegas
Visitors are returning in droves to the nation’s gaming capital, and the city clearly wants to welcome... Read More
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Cvent Wraps Up First Hybrid Cvent Connect Conference
The event technology giant debuted Cvent Studio for video production, following its acquisition of... Read More
Miami Skyline STR Hotel Performance
U.S. Hotel Occupancy Is Highest Since October 2019
The average hotel rate hit an all-time high in the latest STR report.... Read More
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PCMA Expands Leadership Structure for International Regions
The meetings industry association aims to accelerate its global growth.... Read More
Bevy Eventuss Cofounders
Event-Tech Platform Bevy Acquires Software-Provider Eventtus
With the purchase, the enterprise community software company adds mobile-app engagement opportunities... Read More
Acquistion Hopin Attendify Puzzle
Hopin Acquires Event-Marketing Platform Attendify
The white-hot event tech provider's fifth acquisition in the past year expands Hopin's registration,... Read More
Encore Intrado Hybrid Event Tech Production
Intrado and Encore Partner to Provide Technology and Production for Hybrid Events
Top executives from both companies believe collaboration and consistency are key to reducing the... Read More
Cvent Encore Strategic Partnership
Cvent and Encore Form Strategic Partnership for Hybrid Events
The companies are joining forces to simplify technology and production requirements for conferences... Read More
Southern California Meetings Guide Destination
California
The Golden State offers limitless possibilities, including the revitalized Downtown Los Angeles, the... Read More
Groups360 Direct Booking Hilton Omni
Omni, Hilton Launch Group360's Direct-Booking Technology for Meetings
The long-awaited automation for groups is beginning to roll out, starting with Omni hotels in Dallas.... Read More
Bizzabo Acquires Tech Companies
Bizzabo Buys Two Tech Companies
The event-technology platform has acquired the X.ai scheduling tool and the startup Whalebone.... Read More
American Express Back to Blue Skies Business Travel
Two-Thirds of AMEX GBT Customers Have Eased Travel Restrictions
In a new study from AMEX, 77 percent of managers said virtual won't replace in-person meetings, and 82... Read More