Business Travelers Like the Sharing Economy; ICCA Leverages Big Data

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ICCA IDs 25,000 Potential Association Ambassadors With Big Data  
ICCA has announced an upgrade to its Big Data Search tool. The upgraded edition, which was launched this week, identifies 25,000 high-potential association meeting ambassadors using Big Data—10,000 more than before. These local association representatives are likely to be interested in bidding for an international association meeting.
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Travel Leaders Report: Business Travelers Opt for Sharing Economy  
The “sharing economy” is growing within business travel: 44.4 percent of participating corporate travel specialists have clients who have used an alternative supplier for accommodation and 66.2 percent indicated their clients have used an alternative supplier for their ground transportation.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
PCMA: Three Pricing Predictions That Will Affect Meetings In 2016  
The findings from a new report from the Global Business Travel Association Foundation and Carlson Wagonlit Travel reveal some areas where meeting professionals can expect to see significant price increases.
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IAEE Teams with IEIA For CEM Designation in India  
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has entered into an agreement with the India Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) to offer IAEE's Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation program to its members.
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ibtm africa Confirms Dates for 2016 Show  
The event, set to run next year from April 4 to 6, offers three days of face-to-face business meetings and networking for African exhibitors and international decision-makers.
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Waterfront Conference Center Opens at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City  
The Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center has already booked meetings and conventions through 2019.
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Denver Seeks Voter Approval for Convention Center Expansion  
This Election Day, Denver voters will get to approve more than $700 million to expand the Colorado Convention Center and to build a new National Western Center, a year-round events, equestrian and educational facility that will also be home to the National Western Stock Show.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Showlite Opens London Office Following Contract Wins  
The new exhibitor sales office in Enfield is managed by electrical sales manager Roger Cogan.
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South East Europe: Ljubljana Sees Strong Results for Summer 2015  
Activities of Ljubljana Tourism during the summer months can be divided into three sections. The first summer priority was concern for summer events...
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Portugal: Algarve Tourism Association Has New Platform for Meetings Industry  
A search engine, technical brochure and form that allow getting to know the event offer in the Algarve are now available.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa To Host Exchanges Associations Conference  
South Africa is set to host the 19th Annual African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) Conference, which will be taking place at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg from 15 – 17 November. This is the first time that this event will be hosted in the country.
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Middle East: Dubai World Central Names Landmark Project Dubai South  
The 145-square-kilometre masterplanned city in the pipeline at Dubai World Central has been officially named Dubai South.
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New Zealand: International Convention Centre Progresses  
News the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has received resource consent approval is being welcomed by the industry.
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Asia: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Unveils a New Club Lounge for Events  
Suite and club floor guests of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong can now look forward to a refreshed Grand Club Lounge where all-day dining options and free-flow champagne is served alongside other exclusive amenities.
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Americas: Why Bother With a Pre-Meeting Survey?  
If, for a moment, you ask meeting owners to put on their marketing glasses and view the meeting as a customer experience, they might realize that the meeting experience is like a product that has to be designed to satisfy the real needs of the attendee/customers as well as the meeting owners.
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Americas: Creating an Event for the Underserved Vet Tech  
While WVC’s 15,000-person annual conference, held in February at the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, offers tracks for veterinary professionals, the small, hands-on workshops WVC provides at the Oquendo Center for veterinarians were just too expensive a proposition for veterinary technicians—until now.
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Americas: How to Stop the Productivity Killers that Plague Virtual Meetings  
With a little thoughtful planning, you can host productive virtual meetings on a global scale that leave your teammates feeling respected, accomplished, and closer than they were before.
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