Convene 2015 Demonstrates the Value of the 'Knowledge Economy'

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Convene 2015 Focuses on Lithuania's Knowledge Economy  
By James Latham
The event was notable for the strategic importance that both national and local government expressed in relation to attracting business events as catalysts for growth beyond their tourism and hospitality sector.
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Meetings Africa Focuses on Specialist Associations; Improved Communication  
The Sandton Convention Centre hosted a showcase of Africa’s diverse offering of services and products at Meetings Africa 2015 from February 23 to 25. The three-day event is a quintessential platform for African associations and international meetings industry professionals to partner and strive to grow the industry.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
Reed Exhibitions Cancels 2015 ibtm India  
This year's edition has been canceled in order to "assess the meetings and incentives market in India," according to organizers. The show is expected to resume in 2016.
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HSMAI's Adrian Awards Celebrate Cleveland, Australia  
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recently celebrated the 58th annual Adrian Awards at the New York Marriott Marquis. Take a look at the winners...
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MPI Names Michael Woody as new Chief Operations Officer  
In his new role, Woody will lead the daily operations and marketing efforts of the association. He will officially begin the role on March 23, reporting to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer.
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AIPC Convention Center Summit Looks at Collaboration Potential  
More than 50 senior-level convention center management executives, industry advisors and representatives from key client groups met in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 23 in an all-day session to share insights and discuss the way forward for the development of the African venue product.
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Starwood Partners with Uber for Rewards Program  
Social media transportation giant Uber Technologies is teaming up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to give travelers reward points by booking cars through the Uber app.
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Starwood Launches New App to Aid Event Planners On-Site  
ProMeetings planners who are SPG or SPG Pro members can submit on-property requests – from an extension cord, to coffee service, to a change in lighting – directly to associates who can fulfill requests in real time.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Conferences Worth £5 Million Heading to Aberdeen by May  
Congresses set to bloom at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) include the Scottish Liberal Democrats Annual Conference, which takes place on 20–22 March and is expected to attract around 500 party members to the city.
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Portugal: Estoril Congress Centre Improves Wi-Fi Connection  
Starting this month, the Estoril Congress Center (ECC) will now have a wi-fi network "fully adjustable", which allows "up to 1,000 concurrent users" with adequate bandwidth to customer needs.
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South East Europe: Content Marketing Words that Sell  
The debate about content marketing often revolves around theory and concepts; however, there are only a few colleagues who actually know how to use it.
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Asia: New Exhibition Centre Boosts Sendai's MICE Venue Options  
A new major exhibition and event centre will open in Sendai on March 14, providing one more venue for large-scale conventions in the city.
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New Zealand: New Infrastructure to Fuel Growth  
New Zealand’s proposed major infrastructure projects have been a hot topic at this week’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo in Melbourne.
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Middle East: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi's Skydome Attracts GCC, India Markets  
With its flexible convention facilities developed especially for the meeting market, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi is enjoying a rise in bookings from the GCC and India.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Meetings Africa 2015 Includes Incentive Tour of South Africa's Tshwane  
The Event contributor Carryn Gabriels attended an incentive-focused tour of Tshwane, South Africa.
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Canada: Vancouver Begins Banner International Convention Year  
2015 will be one of Vancouver’s strongest years for international conventions, according to the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver.
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Americas: Darn that SMM Data!  
Corporate meeting professionals understand the need for strategic meetings management while simultaneously disparaging SMM for not putting the needs of meeting stakeholders front and center.
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Americas: Get Ready to Rally for Meetings  
Just this month, our industry drew criticism from Michael Wolff at USAToday.com when he referred to conferences as “parties.” This type of rhetoric is damaging to our industry, which is why it is essential for us to come together with one voice to prove the value of meetings.
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Americas: Food Allergies and Preferences—How Far Do You Have to Go?  
Where do your attendees’ responsibilities to take care of themselves end and your need to accommodate their appetites begin?
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• Dublin's hotel business to boom in 2015  (Source: MeetPie)
• ACC opening to showcase versatility  (Source: CIM Magazine)
• Vegas to Get New "Ultra Lounge"  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)

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