How Leaders are Attracting More Meetings and Events to Their Destinations

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June 3, 2015
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VIDEO: How Do I Attract More Meetings and Events to My Destination?  
At the annual IMEX Politicians Forum, held last month in Frankfurt, delegates shared examples of what they had done to attract large-scale events to their destination.
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Cvent Report Studies Millennial Event Planners  
Millennials value the venue’s cost as most influential, while members of older generations value the venue’s customer service department when sourcing their next meeting location.
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Travel Leaders Group Cheers Maryland Tax Veto  
Last week Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that would have extended the state's sales tax to accommodation fees.
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Remembering American Express President Ed Gilligan  
On May 29, American Express President Ed Gilligan died suddenly after taking ill on a flight home to New York. The GBTA released the following statement about Gilligan and his work in the meetings industry...
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GBTA Foundation, Project ICARUS Accepting Nominations for Sustainability Award  
The awards recognize travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best in class sustainability programs, products and services within the region.
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Canada Reaches Out to Life Sciences Events  
Canada’s expertise in Life Sciences sectors--including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and research and development--is strong enough that the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world all have operations in the country.
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UK: IMEX Organiser Sees Profits Soar 62 Percent to £4.4 Million  
IMEX organiser Regent Exhibitions has recorded pre-tax profits of £4.4 million – a £1.7m increase on figures for the previous 12 months.
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Portugal: Algarve Invests in Congresses and Incentives  
Among those who have already discovered the Algarve are car brands, which are increasingly choosing this destination for the presentation of new models and activities with the sales teams.
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South East Europe: Croatia’s Limitless Airways Launches Operation  
New Croatian start-up, Limitless Airways, launched operations last Saturday from its base in Rijeka with plans to further expand its fleet and destination network in the coming months.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Greening Your Event in 2015 (Part One)  
In South Africa we are lucky enough to be riding the crest of the green wave on the continent, with a number of unique initiatives that have been top of mind in recent years. But, according to the Event Greening Forum (EGF), we are still nowhere near where we need to be, especially in terms of standardising the system and ensuring that companies aren’t simply ‘greenwashing’ their products and events...
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Middle East: Dubai World Trade Centre Saw 2.45 Million Business Visitors in 2014  
Record traffic of trade delegates and exhibitors driven by expanding event portfolio and strategic investments to expand capacity
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Asia: Cebu Ramps Up MICE Capacity with Planned SMX Convention Centre  
The MICE hub of the Visayas will get its first major convention centre in the SMX Convention Centre Cebu when the new facility opens its doors in 2017.
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Australia: Sunshine Coast Increased Funding for Five Major Events  
The Sunshine Coast has been the major beneficiary of new funding allotments by the Queensland State Government for growing regional events tourism in the State.
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Americas: Time to Take a Survey of Your Survey  
When it comes to designing an event survey, you need to know the desired outcome prior to taking action.
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Americas: Three Ways to Avoid Budget Envy  
No matter the size or budget of a meeting, there are some key areas that meeting and event planners can leverage using basic meetings technology.
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Americas: Five Things that Keep Pharma Planners Up at Night  
When pharmaceutical and other life sciences meeting managers get together at the annual Pharma Forum, there’s a lot of commiseration, and a lot of brainstorming for solutions to the most vexing issues.
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