Australia Closes Year on G20 High as Incentives Return

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Australia Closes Year on G20 High as Incentives Return  
By James Latham, Jena Tesse Fox
Following the recent G20 summit in Brisbane and several high-profile initiatives to bring in bigger business, Australia's events scene seems to be on target for a strong 2015.
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UK: Travel Risk Management Has To Improve In 2015  
Increasing global instability and weather events mean clients want more security, forecasts Hogg Robinson Group.
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Portugal: Ryanair and Easyjet Now Fly to Azores  
Both airlines have announced they will fly to Azores in 2015. Ryanair will have in Ponta Delgada (capital city) the fourth base in Portugal, having one airplane that, in the beginning of the routes, will complete 20 flights a week between the Azores, Porto, Lisbon and London.
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Scandinavia: The Sound of Minds Opening  
Magnus Lindkvist deals in provocation, but not the kind that angers people. He poses a challenge to provoke people into taking a step forward.
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South East Europe: Trade Shows as a Marketing Tool—The Effectiveness of ROI  
Trade show participation is coming under increasing scrutiny; marketing budgets are shrinking and directors are requiring maximum ROI. Therefore, it is really important that in accordance with the trade show Pareto Principle, you choose the right trade show that will deliver your business objectives.
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Middle East: Oman Tourism Chiefs Reach Out to UAE-Based Travel Buyers  
Oman’s Ministry of Tourism and its key industry stakeholders have courted the UAE travel trade with a roadshow and educational workshops in a bid to foster further growth in visitor numbers from the country to the sultanate.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Golfing Events are a Branding Exercise that Lasts a Lifetime  
Despite a number of clubs merging thanks to a decided drop in club membership and time spent on the course, the golf conferencing and events industry is performing better than ever.
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Asia: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, SACEOS Sign MoU  
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) today entered into a MoU with Singapore’s SACEOS to enhance business opportunities for exhibition organisers and visitors in both countries.
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Australia: Value of Business Events Under Discussion  
The strategic and economic value contribution the business events sector makes to the Australian economy was under discussion at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) conference, held in Sydney this week (December 9).
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Canada: Choice Hotels Canada Adds to Meeting Space and Room Offerings  
​Choice Hotels Canada, the country’s largest hotel franchisor, added more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and 290 guest rooms to its portfolio in 3Q 2014.
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Americas: What Difference Can Tourism Organizations Make for the Meetings Industry?  
As meetings buyers, walking along the alleys of MICE tradeshows, on any of the world continents, did you ever wonder about the real business impact of these mega-booths from cities, regions, or countries’ local tourism organizations?
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Americas: Is Your Meeting Scrooged?  
Some meeting planners come up with a meetings-speak equivalent of “Bah, humbug!” when it comes to applying some proven adult learning principles to their own events.
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Americas: Would You Get Hired as a Pharma Planner Today?  
Four pharmaceutical and third-party meeting professionals talked about the challenges they’re facing—and how these challenges are fundamentally changing aspects of what they do, how they train, and who they hire—at the 2014 Pharma Forum, held last spring in Orlando and co-organized by MeetingsNet and CBI.
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