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January 29, 2016
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Top Five Meetings Industry Stories of the Week




From the opportunity telemedicine poses for medical meetings to event venue updates in the Middle East, the Caribbean and beyond, here are the most-read meetings industry headlines of the week. 

PCMA: Why Telemedicine Means New Opportunities for Medical Meetings

A new report this week from PCMA pointed to the disruptive impact of telemedicine, both on the medical industry and medical meetings. 

Courtney Mesmer, director of meetings and events for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), told the PCMA that the organization saw a 30 percent year-over-year increase in attendance at the association's 2015 Fall Forum as more medical professionals turn to meetings for guidance. 

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PCMA 2016 - Interview: Claire Smith, VP, Sales & Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre from International Meetings Review on Vimeo.

PCMA: Vancouver Reveals Juxtaposition of Beauty and Brains

Earlier this month at PCMA Convening Leaders in Vancouver, James Latham got a chance to speak with Claire Smith, VP, sales and marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre, on what's new with the city as it becomes only the second city outside the U.S. to host PCMA's flagship event. 

From the city's natural beauty to a booming tech and startup scene, Smith says the city is attracting a lot of talent to its creative industries. 

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Venue Watch: Event Hotel Updates in Texas, Tokyo and Beyond

More hotels are announcing planned openings and updates to their meeting and event spaces as 2016 gets into full swing. 

From the addition of 86,000 square feet of meeting space at Gaylord Texan Resort to the debut of Tokyo's first Luxury Collection hotel, we rounded up some top recent developments in meeting and event venues. 

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Middle East: Oman’s New Hub for Business Events Gearing Up for 2016 Opening

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is set to open in September 2016. 

Located in its own precinct 10 minutes from the new Muscat International Airport, we break down what planners can expect from the major new Middle Eastern venue. 

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Hamilton Princess & Beach Club to Finish Renovations in June

In other venue news, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club announced plans to complete its $100 million renovation project this June. Over the course of the two-year process, the 400-room property has added 43 new suites designed by Botelho Wood Architects, three new restaurants, an exhale flagship spa, gym and boutique fitness studio, a private beach club, and a 60-berth marina.

For meetings and events, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club offers more than 22,000 square feet of newly restored indoor and outdoor event space. Custom-tailored programs meet the needs of busy groups and offer opportunities to positively impact the community such as Eco-Meet, an exclusive green conference planning option that lessens the environmental impact of a meeting through reduced resource consumption.

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