• The U.S. welcomed 62 million international visitors in 2011, a new record, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. International visitors spent $153 billion last year, also a record.

  • Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and chairman of U.S. Travel Association's board of directors, calls for a new national agenda to strengthen meetings.

  • The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and its labor supplier have agreed to eliminate the 8 percent labor management fee that has been charged to exhibitors for supplying unionized labor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

  • Philip San Filippo was hired as the executive director of the Las Cruces (N.M.) Convention and Visitors Bureau. San Filippo was the director of sales and marketing at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.