. 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

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
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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
4 Million Hospitality Jobs Could Be Cut as Hotels and Casinos Close Over Coronavirus
Updated March 26, 2020, at 12:45 p.m. EST. Hotel executives say the impact already has been... Read More
Travel Industry Seeking Federal Relief as Catastrophic Coronavirus-Related Losses Accelerate
Travel Industry Seeking Federal Relief as Catastrophic Coronavirus-Related Losses Accelerate
Updated March 24, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. A U.S. Travel Association report projects an economic hit of... Read More
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Coronavirus Business Travel Stoppage Could Cost Industry $119.4 Billion Monthly
The latest GBTA poll confirms corporate travel has all but stopped across the globe.... Read More
5 All-Inclusive Riviera Cancun Resorts for Meetings
5 All-Inclusive Riviera Cancun Resorts for Meetings
A surge of development has brought more beachside event space to a spot now known as the Riviera... Read More
Coronavirus Update: Trump Extends European Travel to UK and Ireland; EU and U.S. Officials React
UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020 2:00 p.m. EST Twenty-eight countries will be affected by the ban, which critics... Read More
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GBTA Poll: Coronavirus Could Cost Business Travel Industry $46.6 Billion Per Month
Nearly all respondents have had to cancel meetings or events.... Read More
How Will Coronavirus Affect Your Meeting?
Your best defense depends on staying informed and communicating honestly with attendees.... Read More
Simplifying the Small Meetings Booking Process
Simplifying the Small Meetings Booking Process
Small meetings with replicable requirements make up at least half of all events. Here's how some... Read More
Las Vegas
New developments — and new meeting spaces — abound in a city that mixes hefty doses of business and... Read More
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GBTA Survey: Coronavirus Likely to Cause Massive Disruption to Business Travel
Eight in 10 travel managers say it's likely their travelers will change plans, as restrictions and... Read More
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Singapore consistently ranks among the top meetings destinations worldwide, thanks in part to its... Read More
Webcast: Audience Data: How to Get It and How to Use It
Wed, Mar. 11, 2020 2:00 PM EDT... Read More
Webcast: Data Privacy Essentials for Meeting Professionals
Webcast: Data Privacy Essentials for Meeting Professionals
Wed, Apr. 22, 2020 2:00 PM EDT... Read More
A Chat With New Aventri CEO Jim Sharpe
A Chat With New Aventri CEO Jim Sharpe
What's next for Aventri and the event-tech landscape... Read More
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Orange County, California
Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Orange County.... Read More
Northern California
This region offers many benefits, among them natural wonders, fine cuisine, environmental... Read More
Next-Level Trade Show Technology
Next-Level Trade Show Technology
While show organizers and exhibitors might be impressed by the latest and greatest, it's important to... Read More
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International SOS: 2020 Travel Risk Outlook and Top 10 Threats
Geopolitical concerns are number one on the list of top 10 health and security risks.... Read More