. 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

Monterey Conference Center Bay Hybrid
Venues Are Getting Ready for Hybrid Meetings
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Long Beach, California
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Aventri Launches Version 2.0 of Virtual Events Platform
The event-tech company rebuilt the software to offer enhanced networking and provide a more... Read More
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How to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2021
The annual day of advocacy is being recognized with both virtual and in-person events.... Read More
The Latest on Hotel Reopenings and Closings Due to Covid-19
The Latest on Hotel Reopenings and Closings Due to Covid-19
A look at movement on the hotel front, including job losses, hotel-company trends, bankruptcies and... Read More
Business Looking Up for Battered Hotel Industry
As leisure business surges, executives at the Hotel Data Conference were cautiously optimistic about... Read More
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Mobile Health Passport Hotels Travel Hyatt
Hyatt to Use Mobile Health Passport for Meetings
The hotel company plans to incorporate the VeriFLY + Stay mobile app solution for attendees.... Read More
The CDC’s Latest Pandemic Guidelines for Events
New guidance has been released for fully vaccinated people, but the CDC still advises against... Read More
Long Beach Bay Los Angeles California Reopening Plan
California Tourism Industry Lobbies Governor for Reopening Plan
Without guidelines in place for resuming meetings, business events and conventions, the state is... Read More
Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions Broadcast
Accor, Marriott, Omni and IHG Join Hilton in Offering More Hybrid-Event Options
The hotel companies want to facilitate the planning and execution of hybrid meetings.... Read More
Loews Miami Beach Hotel Partnership Omni
Loews and Omni Form Cross-Selling Partnership
The deal between the two independent-hotel companies initially targets leisure travelers but the... Read More
Arne Sorenson Bill Marriott Endowment Center Howard
Marriott Foundation Endowment Will Establish Hospitality Program at Howard University
The Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership will honor the memory of Arne Sorenson with a... Read More
Marriott Names Capuano as CEO and Linnartz as President
The world's biggest hotel company promoted the longtime executives who had been handling Arne... Read More
Suzanne Neufang GBTA Executive Director
GBTA Names Suzanne Neufang as Executive Director
The industry veteran will help to complete the integration of the Global Business Travel Association... Read More
Arne Sorenson Marriott President CEO Cancer Treatments
Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson Passes Away
The hotel company's top executive had been battling pancreatic cancer since May 2019.... Read More
Groupize Next meetings management technology
Groupize Debuts Redesigned Meetings-Management Technology Platform
Groupize Next provides a simplified booking interface, as well as tools to manage expense, travel and... Read More
Volan Positioning System Contact Tracing Technology
Volan Technology Launches Contact-Tracing Solution for Meetings
When someone tests positive for Covid-19, the new Volan Positioning System allows planners to alert... Read More
Arne Sorenson Marriott President CEO Cancer Treatments
Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson Will Reduce Schedule for Cancer Treatment
The hotel company has named interim managers to share the responsibility for day-to-day operations... Read More
GBTA Predicts Business Travel Will Fully Recover by 2025
GBTA Predicts Business Travel Will Fully Recover by 2025
The association's BTI Outlook forecasts a 21 percent increase in business travel spending this year... Read More