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

Cvent Encore Strategic Partnership
Cvent and Encore Form Strategic Partnership for Hybrid Events
The companies are joining forces to simplify technology and production requirements for conferences... Read More
Southern California Meetings Guide Destination
The Golden State offers limitless possibilities, including the revitalized Downtown Los Angeles, the... Read More
Groups360 Direct Booking Hilton Omni
Omni, Hilton Launch Group360's Direct-Booking Technology for Meetings
The long-awaited automation for groups is beginning to roll out, starting with Omni hotels in Dallas.... Read More
Bizzabo Acquires Tech Companies
Bizzabo Buys Two Tech Companies
The event-technology platform has acquired the X.ai scheduling tool and the startup Whalebone.... Read More
American Express Back to Blue Skies Business Travel
Two-Thirds of AMEX GBT Customers Have Eased Travel Restrictions
In a new study from AMEX, 77 percent of managers said virtual won't replace in-person meetings, and 82... Read More
AHLA Relaxes Face Mask Policy at Hotels
American Hotel & Lodging Association Relaxes Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Guests
Hotel employees and unvaccinated guests should continue to wear face masks on property, however.... Read More
Cisco to Acquire Socio
Cisco to Acquire Event Technology Platform Socio for Hybrid Events
The technology giant will further enhance the capabilities of Webex to include large-scale events with... Read More
Stronger-Than-Expected U.S. Hotel Demand Drives Updated Forecast
Stronger-Than-Expected U.S. Hotel Demand Drives Updated Forecast
STR and Tourism Economics have upgraded projections for 2021, although they say full lodging-industry... Read More
Cadmium Merger Tech Puzzle
CadmiumCD Owners Merge Assets, Relaunch Platform as Cadmium
Symphony Technology Group has unified its recent acquisitions — CadmiumCD, EthosCE, Warpwire and... Read More
Visit Omaha Nebraska Rent for Recovery
Visit Omaha to Close Offices, Rent Meeting Space from Local Venues
Through its Rent for Recovery initiative, the CVB will support hotels and restaurants with its weekly... Read More
American Express Global Business Travel Acquiring Egencia
American Express Global Business Travel to Acquire Egencia From Expedia
The Egencia brand will continue as a digital-travel platform under the GBT umbrella.... Read More
Save Hotel Jobs AHLA Unite Here Legislation
Hotel Industry and Workers Union Unite to Support the Save Hotel Jobs Act
The new legislation seeks urgent support for hospitality employees who have been disproportionately... Read More
EventProfs EventTech Migration
To the Dark Side? Why Meeting Professionals Are Working for Event Technology Platforms
Meetings industry influencers are taking roles with technology companies. Will the trend bring... Read More
Webinar: Which Technology Will Benefit Your Events Most Right Now?
Webinar: Which Technology Will Benefit Your Events Most Right Now?
Thurs., June 17, 2021, 2 p.m. ET... Read More
Visit San Antonio Texas Marc Anderson
Choose Chicago's Marc Anderson Will Head Up Visit San Antonio
Effective June 1, the Chicago CVB's current COO will become president and CEO of the Texas city's... Read More
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Beyond Green
Preferred Hotel Group Launches Beyond Green Portfolio of Sustainable Resorts
The new brand represents a collection of 27 properties worldwide.... Read More
Monterey Conference Center Bay Hybrid
Venues Are Getting Ready for Hybrid Meetings
Convention centers and other facilities around the world are installing studios for events that cater... Read More
Aventri Launches Version 2.0 of Virtual Events Platform
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
How to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2021
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