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

Domestic: California, Nevada, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska

International: Central/South America; Mexico; China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Spain

Industry Associations: AHLA, GBTA, IBTM (etc.), PCMA, ASAE

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

The Latest From Michael

Meetings Volume Recovery Quickens
Meetings Volume Recovery Quickens
The pace of industry growth in the U.S. has again picked up, with a 12.5 percent increase in May over... Read More
Event Tech Acquisition MeetingPlay Aventri eventcore
MeetingPlay + Aventri Acquires Registration Platform Eventcore
The event technology provider believes Eventcore's customizable offering will appeal to organizers of... Read More
Event Technology That Gets Us Back to In-Person Business
Event Technology That Gets Us Back to In-Person Business
These tech trends are helping to ease the transition to a new normal for the meetings industry.... Read More
Gloved Hand Bell Hotel RevPAR Recovery
STR Now Expects Full Hotel RevPAR Recovery in 2022
Higher-than-anticipated average daily rate has accelerated the projected lodging revenue recovery by... Read More
Reno Events Center
Visit Reno Tahoe Resumes Management of Convention Venues
The convention and visitors authority is again operating four key group facilities that had been under... Read More
Making Sustainability a Priority in Events
Making Sustainability a Priority in Events
Beyond recycling and reducing carbon output, business events require sustainability initiatives that... Read More
Meetings Volume April Knowland
Month-to-Month Growth of Meetings Volume Slows
April's numbers, while a lofty 323 percent higher than April 2021, represented 3.7 percent increase... Read More
Tammy Blount-Canavan Visit Seattle
Job Changes in the Events Industry
New and noteworthy career moves among meeting planners and suppliers.... Read More
Las Vegas
New developments — and new meeting spaces — abound in a city that mixes hefty doses of business and... Read More
Knowland US Meetings Volume Up
March U.S. Meetings Volume Up 55 Percent Over February
Last month's events volume, which skyrocketed 428 percent year-over-year, represents 47.5 percent of... Read More