Cvent Names Top U.S. Event Cities; AIPC Looks at Talent and Tourism

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AIPC: How Cities Can Boost Economies with Talent, Industry and Events  
By Jena Tesse Fox, James Latham
How can cities go from being postcards to business cards? Several experts shared their insights at the recent AIPC Conference in Boston.
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Cvent Names Top U.S. Cities for Meetings and Events; Orlando Leads  
Orlando reclaimed the top spot on the 2015 list, a position the city last held in 2013. Las Vegas climbed one spot on the ranking compared to last year, while Chicago dropped two places from number one in 2014 to round out the top three.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
MPI Breaks Fundraising Record at World Education Congress  
The foundation raised more than $270,000 during MPI’s 2015 World Education Congress in San Francisco, exceeding the $170,000 raised during WEC last year.
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Why Paris' Hotels are Worried About Airbnb  
The Bristol reportedly suffered a 20-percent drop in revenue in the first half of this year and an occupancy rate that fell to 61.2 percent from 69.2. The Four Seasons George V saw a 5-percent dip in occupancy to 66 percent in the same period. The Plaza Athenee cut its prices by 20 percent last winter.
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ABPCO to Study Social Media at Liverpool Roundtable  
Social media will be the leading topic at the next roundtable event organized by The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, to be held at the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
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Tips for Picking the Right Sustainability Battles at Conferences  
Flip chart sheets, note cards, and sticky notes produced during interactive exercises are rarely kept afterwards. But they are needed for the experience of creation. Event industry pro Adrian Segar explains why...
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Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Kicks Off in Punta Cana  
CMITE, held in partnership with SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, brings hosted North American meeting planners and incentive buyers together with Caribbean suppliers for two-and-a-half days of exclusive networking opportunities and prescheduled one-to-one meetings in private suites.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Portuguese Technology Companies Prove Attentive to the MICE Industry  
Technological companies are offering tools and Portuguese applications in increasing numbers.
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UK: Central London Venue Set for £4 Million Overhaul  
Westminster conference, meetings and events venue One Great George Street will undergo an extensive refurbishment next year.
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South East Europe: Turkish Pharmaceutical Companies in Belgrade  
A congress of Turkish pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors took place for the first time outside of Turkey, in Belgrade’s Crowne Plaza hotel.
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Australia: SMC Named Sydney’s Greenest Venue  
SMC Conference & Function Centre (SMC) has won the Sydney region Excellence in Sustainability award at the recent NSW Business Chamber Business Awards 2015.
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Asia: UIA to Host Round-Table Discussions in Bangkok  
The Union of International Associations (UIA) will be holding its annual Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the support of IT&CMA and Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Event Tech Trends in 2015  
Steve Mackenzie, Vice-President of the Global Channel at event software company eTouches shared some of the things shaping the industry in 2015.
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Americas: The Value of DMCs and More Hot Topics at the 2015 HGA Forum  
About 225 attendees at the third annual Hosts Global Alliance Forum enjoyed a solid education program along with plenty of the creativity that destination management companies offer meeting planners.
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Americas: In Global Business Travel, What’s a Dollar of Prevention Worth?  
The report, “Return on Prevention: Benefit/Cost Analysis of Prevention Measures for Business Travelers and International Assignees” finds that $1 spent on pre-travel health checks can return up to $2.53 in costs that would be incurred should an employee require evacuation, repatriation, or be unable to complete an assignment.
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Americas: Five Tips for a Successful Corporate Retreat  
Young executives are looking for a sense of purpose beyond their paychecks. They need a close connection to the “why” of what they do at work.
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