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

The Latest From Michael

Gaylord National Resort Business Events Industry Week
Execs Detail Plans to Co-Locate Meetings for Business Events Industry Week
At PCMA Convening Leaders, more industry organizations sign on to participate in the March 23-25... Read More
ASAE to Develop Association Insight Center
ASAE to Develop Association Insight Center
The hub for industry data will offer research insights and evolving best practices for association... Read More
Event Tech Providers Aventri and MeetingPlay Merge
Event Tech Providers Aventri and MeetingPlay Merge
The two meetings management and virtual event platforms will eventually rebrand under a new name.... Read More
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Meetings Industry Forecast 2022
Signs point to a continued, slow recovery for events, and experts see reasons for optimism.... Read More
California's JW Marriott Desert Springs Reveals Major Renovation
California's JW Marriott Desert Springs Reveals Major Renovation
The Greater Palm Springs area luxury hotel debuted a redesigned ballroom, refreshed spa and new... Read More
Knowland US Meetings Recovery Forecast Hero
Meetings Volume Projected to Recover to 2019 Levels by 2024
Knowland releases its first U.S. Meetings Recovery Forecast, with predictions for event volume over... Read More
STR TE Forecast 2022 Update Recovery
U.S. Hotel Demand and Rate Could Near Full Recovery in 2022
STR and Tourism Economics have shaved a year off the rebound timeline with their new forecast update.... Read More
Webinar: Event Trends to Watch in 2022
Webinar: Event Trends to Watch in 2022
Wed., Dec. 15, 2 p.m. ET... Read More
Meetings Volume Monthly Growth
October 2021 Meetings Volume Shoots Up by 30% Month-Over-Month
The average number of attendees at those meetings significantly exceeded the 2019 benchmark.... Read More
Video Suite Tools Bizzabo
Event-Tech Provider Bizzabo Buys Video Platform TeeVid
The acquisition will power Bizzabo's forthcoming Ultimate Video Production Suite.... Read More
Los Cabos Arch Tourism Rebound
Los Cabos Tourism Arrivals in Q3 Top 2019 Levels By 20%
The Mexican resort area welcomed a record number of international visitors in September.... Read More
Virtual Event Technology Investments
Virtual-Event Platform Hubilo Raises $125M in Funding
As investors anticipate the shift to hybrid, the event-technology company is the latest to benefit.... Read More
Webinar: Engaging Your Audience at Hybrid Events
Webinar: Engaging Your Audience at Hybrid Events
Wed., Oct. 6, 2021, 2 p.m. ET... Read More
TripActions Team Travel Meetings Events
TripActions Adds Meetings Support to Team Travel Platform
The latest solution incorporates the service and expertise of the Reed & Mackay travel and event... Read More
Miami Skyline STR ADR Increase
Group Hotel Demand Surges, ADR Highest Since February 2020
According to STR, for the week ending Sept. 25 group average daily rate eclipsed $200 for the first... Read More
MeetingsTech Roundtable 2021
Wed., Sept. 15, 2021, 2 p.m. ET... Read More
The Breakers Palm Beach
Booking Small Events Today
Planners are battling several challenges when finding and booking meeting venues — here’s what they... Read More
Hotel X IHG Vignette
IHG Launches Vignette Collection, a New Soft Hotel Brand
The global hospitality company's 17th brand will have a portfolio of independent luxury and lifestyle... Read More
Aventri Teams With Brandlive for TV-Like Virtual Events
Aventri Teams With Brandlive for TV-Like Virtual Events
Brandlive's Greenroom video-production software is now available on Aventri's Virtual Events 2.0... Read More
Proof of Vaccination Required CES
CES 2022 Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Attend
The massive electronics trade show will take place in Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2022, and will offer a... Read More