. 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

U.S. Hotel Demand Won't Fully Recover Until 2023, Says STR
Updated June 29, 2020. Occupancy levels rose for the 10th consecutive week, but it will likely... Read More
Travel Begins its Comeback in the Great Outdoors
Travel Begins its Comeback in the Great Outdoors
As people look to get out of the house, DMOs remind travelers that safety is a shared responsibility.... Read More
Virtual Hybrid Events Bizly Expanded Update
Bizly Expands to Handle Virtual and Hybrid Events
The meetings-tech platform has applied its self-service model to digital meetings.... Read More
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Travel Spending to Plummet by 45 Percent This Year
A new study from the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics accompanies lobbying efforts for... Read More
Marriott Cleanliness COVID19 Electrostatic
Hotel Companies Begin Implementing New Cleanliness Protocols
Updated June 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. As hotels and resorts reopen, Hilton and many others are... Read More
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San Diego's cool surf-town scene makes it a hip spot for groups.... Read More
Hotel CEOs Slow Meetings Recovery Beginning
Hotel CEOs Prepare for Recovery of Meetings Business
Group bookings are reappearing for late 2020, but it will take years to come back from the COVID-19... Read More
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Aventri to Launch Virtual Events Platform
The homegrown technology addresses client needs for digital and hybrid events.... Read More
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Hotels Offer Lower-Risk Attrition, Cancellation Terms to Entice Planners
Updated May 28, 2020, at 3:45 p.m. EDT. Properties and entire destinations are rolling out meetings... Read More
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Managing Vendor Payments and Refunds in the Age of Coronavirus
The escrow process can be used as a way to manage financial risk for meetings.... Read More
Casino Workers Health Safety Unite Here COVID19
Unite Here Calls for Strict Health and Sanitation Guidelines Before Reopening Casinos
The union representing casino and hospitality workers wants to ensure the safety of its members and... Read More
GBTA Hotel RFP Postponement 2021 COVID-19
GBTA Endorses Postponing 2020 Hotel RFP for Corporate Travel Until 2021
There is still too much uncertainty around business travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to... Read More
Hotel Profits Down More Than 100% in U.S., Asia-Pacific
Hotel Profits Down More Than 100% in U.S., Asia-Pacific
March profit-and-loss data from STR and HotStats paint a bleak picture for hoteliers in the thick of... Read More
UNLV to Award $1 Million for Hospitality and Travel Innovations That Address COVID-19 Challenges
UNLV to Award $1 Million for Hospitality and Travel Innovations That Address COVID-19 Challenges
The Lee Business School's investment prize is being dangled for entrepreneurs worldwide to help the... Read More
Airbnb Dining Area Cleaning Protocol COVID-19
Airbnb Announces New Cleaning Protocol, Mandatory Period Between Bookings
The home-sharing platform will launch a cleaning-protocol learning and certification program for hosts... Read More
Freeman Go LIVE Together Event Industry Relief
Freeman Launches 'Go LIVE Together' Coalition to Advocate for the Events Industry
The 80-member group will advocate with government legislators for industry recovery from the pandemic... Read More
Virgin Hotels New York City Construction Pipeline
U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline Hits All-Time High as Development Goes Into Holding Pattern
With COVID-19 restrictions eliminating demand and causing construction delays, opening dates are being... Read More
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In the City of Brotherly Love, a renovation and rebranding has introduced the Philadelphia Marriott... Read More
Coronavirus Legal Considerations Force Majeure Insurance Coverage
Assessing Force Majeure and Insurance Coverage in the Time of Coronavirus
Updated March 27, 2020 at 4:20 pm EDT. Tackling the legal and insurance questions meeting planners... Read More
Hotel Hallway Empty Dark Coronavirus
U.S. Hotels Report Steepest RevPAR Drop Ever Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
Group occupancy dropped nearly 100 percent. 'Get comfortable with discomfort,' advised STR.... Read More