Growing Trends for Meetings in Asia; IMEX Politicians Forum and Attracting Events

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TOP STORY
Maritz: Three Trends for Asia's Meetings and Events  
Ping He, global general manager for Asia Pacific Markets at Maritz Travel, shared top insights on how the region's industry is evolving.
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IMEX: Politicians Forum Examined Attracting Meetings to a Destination  
This year’s Forum provided politicians with an insight into and appreciation of how the benefits from meetings and events go beyond tourism revenue. It showed that by reaching into the fields of science, technology, education and regional commerce, the benefits are wide ranging and broadly integral to the economic development of a country, region or city.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
ibtm world Knowledge Program Set to Focus on Immersion and Change  
This year’s ibtm knowledge programme, set to be delivered at ibtm world in Barcelona this autumn, will include a series of sessions that have been lined up to challenge existing thought models.
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Kansas City Credits Upcoming Hotel With Large-Scale Event Bookings  
The 800-room Hyatt hasn't even broken ground yet, but local tourism officials are already signing conferences up to six years in advance.
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How Meetings and Events Helped Revive San Diego's Economy  
The city’s bayfront convention center annually hosts nearly 50 shows and conferences, drawing more than 500,000 attendees. The centerpiece of the city’s convention business is the annual Comic-Con event, which draws 130,000 attendees and accounts for nearly 60,000 hotel roomnights.
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CEIR Report: Exhibition Industry Shows Continued Gains  
After a sharp increase in the first quarter, the performance of the business-to-business exhibition industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, remained relatively strong during the second quarter of 2015, posting a year-on-year gain of 3.8 percent.
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PCMA: Six Simple Tips To Be Better At Networking  
With a friend by your side, making introductions can feel less daunting. However, networking solo doesn’t have to feel so intimidating.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Events Industry Needs to Address Equality and Diversity  
Industry debate EventHuddle launched with a passionate discussion of gender issues in the events sector.
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Portugal: Ryanair Adds New Routes  
​Ryanair will now connect Cologne and Copenhagen through Porto.
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South East Europe: It’s All About Medical Science in Ljubljana  
In the first week of September, Ljubljana and its two congress centres are crowded with roughly 2,100 medical scientists and other experts, attending two different European events. One covers regional anaesthesia and pain therapy, and the other focuses on dementia.
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Asia: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Makes Sound Investment  
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has invested RM1.8 million (US$430,221) on 190 new digital speakers and digital audio processors to raise the quality of event experiences at the Malaysian city’s main business event centre.
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Australia: WA Missing Out on Tourism Dollars  
Western Australia is missing out on massive growth in international tourist visitor spend, increasing only 1.2 percent compared to national average growth of 11.5 per cent, according to the latest International Visitor Survey data.
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Middle East: Extending an Arabian Welcome to Top Chinese Travel Buyers  
Seventy top Chinese travel buyers in town to discover the emirates first-hand enjoyed a glittering Welcome Reception at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi last night as part of MeetChina 2015.
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Americas: What to Do When Your Execs Are Terrible Public Speakers  
You have seen it hundreds of times. An executive you have been working with to deliver the perfect speech walks onto the stage only to panic and stare directly at the confidence monitor or teleprompter and give a laborious, sweat-drenched, and uninspiring speech.
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Americas: New Company Will Protect Planners’ Meeting Deposits  
Suppliers are not required to hold deposits in trust—or even to keep them separate from other funds—during the period before their program actually operates. To understand why this matters, consider what happened to one insurance conference planner a couple of years ago...
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Americas: Wish You Could Unsend that E-Mail? You Can!  
Here are some vital tips for making sure the right message gets sent to the right person with the right attachment.
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• TFI Group Names New CEO  (Source: MeetPie)
• Branson Adds Star Power in Brisbane  (Source: CIM Magazine)

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