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GBTA Launches Corporate Travel Team Program for Convention  
The Corporate Travel Team Program will provide unlimited complimentary buyer member registrations after five buyer members from the same company register at the standard rate.
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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to Get $210 for Expansion  
Stage two of MCEC’s expansion is expected to help keep MCEC as Australia’s largest convention and exhibition space.
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SISO, UFI Extend Collaboration Agreement  
Members of UFI’s Executive Committee and SISO’s Board of Directors met alongside this month’s SISO CEO Summit to agree how to expand the way in which they work together.
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Report: American Express Looks at Top Business Travel Destinations  
American Express Global Business Travel has released a report detailing the top 10 domestic and international destinations as well as top city pairs, based on actual booking data through GBT by US-based business travelers in 2014.
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World of DMCs Snapshot: New Airport Boosts Victoria Falls' MICE Appeal  
Direct longhaul flights seem poised to make Victoria Falls the new tourism hub of southern Africa.
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In Wake of Riots, Conferences Cancel, Postpone or Carry On  
The riots in Baltimore Monday evening over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody caused the closure of major tourist attractions and the cancellation of some events in the city. Other events, however, are continuing as planned and attracting standing-room-only crowds.
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Why Your Next Function Should Include Meat-Free Options  
With a growing focus on health and wellness, more hotels are offering a wider range of vegetarian fare. Here are some reasons why your next event should cater to this demographic...
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Speakers Announced for ULTRA Travel Summit  
Featured speakers include Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, who will speak about luxury trends and “future-proofing” your business. Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, will present “The Affluent Traveler: Motivations, Myths and Market Opportunities.”
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Portugal: Making the Most of Event-Focussed Social Media  
Events present us with unique opportunities for face to face networking, sharing and learning. By using social media we have an additional opportunity to engage with an online event community.
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UK: Bournemouth's £200m Economic Boost  
BH Live, the operator of the Bournemouth International Centre has generated business worth more than £200 million for the region’s economy in five years.
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Central Europe: Prague Set to Make IMEX Debut  
A result of cooperation between Prague City Tourism and Prague Convention Bureau, the IMEX stand will offer an opportunity to show their joint potential to another nine co-exhibitors involved in the convention tourism industry, from hotels and organizers of a wide variety of events to attractive conference venues.
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Australia: Exhibitions in May Boom  
May is set to be one of the busiest months for exhibitions around Australia with organisers presenting almost 50 shows including new shows in natural/organic products, printing and logistics.
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Asia: Ozo Wesley Hong Kong Offers New Meeting Package  
Planners can look to take up Ozo Wesley Hong Kong’s new meeting packages when they book its cheekily named meeting venue Talk.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: The New Industry Vogue of Casino Conventions  
The rise of casino resorts complete with convention and event facilities has been a growing trend as hoteliers and entertainment moguls the world over add to their portfolio of properties. One reason for this development has been the increase in demand for high-end entertainment for travelers as air traffic and international tourism continue on their upward trajectory.
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Americas: The Rise of the “Confibition” Raises Questions for CME Providers  
Recently, there has been a focus on a new hybrid model of education that blurs the lines between traditional continuing medical and exhibits, something that has been called “confibition.”
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Americas: Four Tips for Working With Event Photographers  
Here are some key things you need to know when working with professional event photographers.
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Americas: How Educators Can Use Social Media to Reshape CME  
Now that patients have greater access to information via blogs, chatrooms, and direct-to-consumer advertising, the physician/patient relationship is evolving into a two-way online conversation.
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