. Michael J. Shapiro | Northstar Meetings Group
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

Featured Stories by Michael

The Latest From Michael

Shangri La Group Hotels Medical Insurance Singapore
On-Site Covid Testing, Free Medical Coverage Are Among Hotels' Latest Health-and-Safety Protocols
Consult this roundup of hospitality company measures to help prevent Covid-19 transmission among hotel... Read More
Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions Broadcast
Hilton Expands Hybrid-Event Technology Guidelines for EventReady
The new Hybrid Solutions program identifies hotels that are ready to host small hybrid meetings.... Read More
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Venues Are Getting Ready for Hybrid Meetings
Convention centers and other facilities around the world are installing studios for events that cater... Read More
Where In-Person Meetings Are Happening Now
Where In-Person Meetings Are Happening Now
Updated Dec. 21, 2020. Face-to-face gatherings are taking place around the country — and... Read More
Marriott Connect with Confidence Hybrid Event Protocols
Putting Protocols Into Action With Marriott
At the hospitality giant's recent Connect With Confidence hybrid event, execs addressed Covid-era... Read More
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Webcast: What's in Store for Meetings and Events in 2021?
Tues., Dec. 1, 2020 2:00 PM EST... Read More
Hotel Update: Disney Increases Expected Layoffs to 32,000
Hotel Update: Disney Increases Expected Layoffs to 32,000
Updated Nov. 30, 2020. The company announced an additional 4,000 employees would be let go in... Read More
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PCMA to Acquire the Corporate Event Marketing Association
If the deal is approved, CEMA will become a wholly owned division of PCMA, with distinct memberships.... Read More
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STR Slightly Upgrades Forecast for 2020
A RevPAR recovery still isn't expected until 2024.... Read More
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Covid Vaccine Should Be Available to All By End of Next Year, Says CDC
Updated Nov. 12, 2020. The latest CDC guidelines for events, outlined here, continue to stress the... Read More
Virtual Event Tech Acquistion Community Brands Pathable
Community Brands Acquires Pathable, the Virtual-Event Platform and Meetings-App Designer
It's an exciting time to be in event tech, says Pathable president and cofounder Jordan Schwartz.... Read More
Planners Are Booking — and Meeting Again — in Mexico and the Caribbean
Planners Are Booking — and Meeting Again — in Mexico and the Caribbean
Northstar Meetings Group's Destination Mexico + Caribbean online event addressed successes and best... Read More
SISO, UFI Call for Increased Testing to Facilitate Safe Gatherings
SISO, UFI Call for Increased Testing to Facilitate Safe Gatherings
The industry organizations plead for unified, clear policies that would allow for travel and meetings.... Read More
Aventri Launches Digital-Event Platform
Aventri Launches Digital-Event Platform
The integrated solution is now available for all customers following a private beta period.... Read More
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Eager to Travel: Getting Back to Meeting in Mexico, and Beyond
International planners joined with suppliers from Mexico to discuss new possibilities during WITMEX,... Read More
Cvent Connect Power of Digital and Hybrid
The Benefit of Digital and Hybrid Events
Company cofounder Chuck Ghoorah discusses the Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub and his reasons for optimism.... Read More
Interact International Global Meetings Digital
Taking International Meetings Digital
Bring your expertise to virtual business events, Eli Gorin advised attendees of Northstar’s Interact... Read More
Hotel Data Conference Forecast Recovery RevPAR
Hotel RevPAR Forecast to Reach 2019 Levels in 2024 or Later
STR also downgraded its two-year forecast at its online Hotel Data Conference, as group-business... Read More
Transatlantic Cooperation Return Business Travel GBTA
Transatlantic Cooperation Essential to Restoring Safe Travel, Says GBTA
The Global Business Travel Association is calling on the E.U., Canada and the U.S. to coordinate... Read More
Hilton EventReady Flexible Meetings Offer
Hotels Offer Lower-Risk Cancellation Terms and More Flexibility to Entice Planners
Updated Aug. 3, 2020. Hilton's new EventReady Flexible Offer loosens terms through the end of May... Read More