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September 16, 2015
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Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal  
At last week’s HSMAI Meet National conference in Washington, D.C., Reggie Aggarwal—founder, chairman and CEO of Cvent—shared his story about developing the cloud-based event management platform, and offered advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and business professionals.
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PCMA: Three Things Your Attendees Care About (Other Than Education And Networking)  
Promoting the number of daily education sessions and nightly cocktail receptions can help motivate prospective attendees to participate in your upcoming conference, but these aren’t the only reasons they’ll decide to click the register button.
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IMEX America Announces Smart Monday Program  
Each year, IMEX works with education provider MPI and additional association partners to create a program of education and professional development that focus on knowledge, new skills, ideas, insights and best practices.
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IACC Report Highlights Generational Preferences of Event Planners  
A recent survey conducted by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), in partnership with Development Counsellors International (DCI), has found new generational preferences of meeting planners in the Australia Asia Pacific region, with global implications.
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Travel Bookings From China Drop Amid Economic Concerns  
Total outbound international bookings from China fell from a growth of 21 percent year on year, to just 1 percent, since the Shanghai Composite hit its peak.
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VisitOslo Director Meetings and Events to Step Down  
After 25 years managing the VisitOSLO convention bureau, Anne Wallin Rødven is set to retire, with Annie Kristi Korsmo taking over.
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UK: Almost Half of Buyers Would Refuse to Use Non-Living Wage Venues  
Results of M&IT reader survey reveal strong industry support for Living Wage.
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Portugal: Tourism Board Ranked Tops for Europe  
Turismo de Portugal (Tourism of Portugal) won the World Travel Awards 2015, known as the "Tourism Oscars" in the category of best European Official Tourism Agency
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South East Europe: Croatia Sees Growth in Tourism Records  
Increases in August are recorded in all Adriatic counties and in the City of Zagreb.
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Middle East: Saudi Arabia Sponsors GITEX 2015  
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will serve as the Official Country Partner for GITEX Technology Week 2015. The show, which is the largest technology event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, is taking place from 18 to 22 October 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and is set to attract more than 140,000 visitors, 20,000 C-level executives and over 3,500 exhibiting brands from 55 countries.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Why Space Tourism is the Next Great Frontier  
See how a giant telescope transformed the town of Sutherland, and how investment in space travel could lead to development in local economy, education and culture.
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Asia: Korea Tourism Organization Commits to Recovering Tourism Numbers  
South Korea is adding more sweeteners to its marketing and promotions aimed at the ASEAN region and China to salvage the MICE market which was nearly halved during the June and July MERS scare.
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Australia: Adelaide Secures Land Forces Expo  
Adelaide will host the Land Forces 2016 Exposition, marking the first time the event has been held in South Australia and bringing in an estimated $16 million to the state’s visitor economy.
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Americas: Hosts Global Alliance Earns Supplier of the Year Award  
HGA took home the Supplier of the Year award in the large DMC alliance/consortium category at the 2015 Maritz Collaborative.
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Americas: The 2015 CMI 25  
The CMI 25, now in its 9th year, includes the top meeting and incentive companies focused on the North American corporate market.
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Americas: Fund Launched to Help Meeting Planners in Crisis  
Check out The Meetings Industry Fund, a new foundation that aims to raise $100,000 in 100 days to help meeting planners facing a time of need.
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