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GBTA's 2016 Global Travel Price Outlook Predicts Six Business Hotspots  
The 2016 Global Travel Price Outlook provides global, regional and country-by-country projections for air travel, hotel, ground transportation and meetings & events prices in 2016.
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Report: How Many Group Room Nights Are Booked Outside the Room Block?  
While on average 34.1 percent of rooms are being booked outside the contracted room block, study findings showed significant variation in the proportion of rooms booked outside the block.
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GBTA Releases First-Ever Global Business Traveler Sentiment Index  
Mobile technologies – including Wi-Fi, travel apps and digital wallets – are transforming business travelers’ experience around the globe.
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Back to Basics: Top 11 MICE Industry Tips  
​If you're new to the international MICE scene, IMR blogger Stephanie Selesnick has compiled some quick tips to keep in mind as you take your business global.
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IAEE: Crazy Ideas That Work  
Want something original and eye-catching to keep attendees engaged at your next expo or trade show? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has some top tips for making sure your suppliers and buyers are intrigued, involved and in touch.
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ICCA: #AssociationBidding Hybrid Panel Discusses Latest Bidding Trends  
Strategic objectives are crucial in successful association bidding, emotional factors are still important in the final decision, but associations are paying even more attention to their bottom-line results.
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MPI Announces Keynote Speakers, Education Program for IMEX America  
MPI is the strategic partner and premier education provider for the tradeshow and will once again present the daily keynotes as well as power IMEX’s Smart Monday program on October 12.
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Report: Hotel Guest Satisfaction on the Rise  
Occupancy and rates aren't the only industry numbers climbing high. J.D. Power and Associates' 19th annual survey of North American hotel guests shows that guest satisfaction in hospitality reached a score of 804 in 2015, a 20-percent increase over 2014.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Sub-Saharan Africa: The Latest Updates from Africa's Airlines  
Not only have many flag carriers received government bailouts on multiple occasions, but some have simply not survived the continent’s somewhat unfriendly skies.
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Middle East: Dubai World Trade Centre Unveils Mega Expansion  
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced plans to build a 15,500-square-metre extension to its current indoor complex space, taking the available multipurpose indoor event and exhibition capacity to over 122,000 square metres.
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UK: Industry Welcomes "Whole UK" Tourism Plan  
Industry leaders say government plan to boost tourism will be positive for meetings and events.
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Portugal: Congress Generates 20 Million Euros for Lisbon  
​The 31st edition of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Congress had over 10,200 attendants, 9,550 of whom were foreigners.
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South East Europe: Interview with Elvira Krupič, Head of Sales at Sava Hoteli Bled  
Elvira Krupič of the Sava Hoteli Bled shares details of the challenges she faces as head of sales, her management style and top tips for professionals.
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Australia: Queensland Tourism to get $400 Million Boost  
The Queensland Government has earmarked more than $400 million in funding over the next four years for Queensland tourism.
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Asia: LICC Kicks Off a Busy First Year, Raises Langkawi's MICE Appeal  
The New Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC) has secured 10 regional conferences in its first year of operations as well as played host to high profile events such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting in March and the ASEAN Leaders Summit in April, since its opening on March 1.
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Americas: Justifying Jets in the Midst of Climate Change  
“How do we reconcile the need to serve all corners of the globe, to help boost development, and to support sustainable tourism, whilst also taking care to reduce CO2 emissions?”
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Americas: How to Win the Meeting Budget Battle  
How do you persuade your organization to increase meeting budgets in line with the changing marketplace?
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Americas: First Apple Watch Conference App Launches at CEMA  
At the Corporate Event Marketing Association Annual Summit, which ran July 12–14 at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., a handful of first adopters followed their conference schedules and received notifications with a twist of the wrist.
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