. 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

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The Latest From Michael

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Without Aid, 74 Percent of U.S. Hotels Expect to Lay Off More Employees
Updated Sept. 21, 2020. More than two-thirds of properties say they won't be able to last six... 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
Hotels Ramp Up Cleanliness and Safety Protocols as Many Add Mask Mandates
Hotels Ramp Up Cleanliness and Safety Protocols as Many Add Mask Mandates
Updated Aug. 13, 2020. Marriott is the latest to add specific guidance for meetings, with new... 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
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Are You Making These Mistakes When Moving Your Meeting Online?
A streaming platform provider executive weighs in on the most common planner misconceptions about... Read More
CES Trade Show Las Vegas Going All Digital
CES 2021 to Be All Digital
The enormous annual technology trade show had been expected to mark the debut of the Las Vegas... Read More
Vegas Gets Back to Business as Hotels Reopen and Prepare for Small Meetings
Vegas Gets Back to Business as Hotels Reopen and Prepare for Small Meetings
Many construction projects are ahead of schedule, the LVCVA's Chris Meyer told attendees of... Read More
Sample Hotel Clauses for Getting Back to Business
Sample Hotel Clauses for Getting Back to Business
Planners are using these clauses to navigate current hotel negotiations.... Read More
Evolving Hotel Contracts in Today's World
Evolving Hotel Contracts in Today's World
Everybody wants to get back to the business of meetings, but planners are looking for more flexibility... Read More
American Express Global Business Travel Travel Vitals COVID19 Tool
American Express GBT Launches Platform for Travel Information and Risk
Travel Vitals provides business and leisure travelers with the latest restrictions and rules.... 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
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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