How Maritz Developed Its Global Meetings Network

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How Maritz Developed Its Global Meetings Network  
The network is a collection of diverse companies that cover different aspects of the market. "We're proud to be associated with [these brands]. We've chosen companies that are best in class for what they do to mirror what we do in the U.S."
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London Launches 'Heart Trail' to Celebrate European Society of Cardiology Congress  
“It is fantastic that in London we are able to make the best of both worlds – drawing in investment while promoting a healthy lifestyle for future generations of Londoners and visitors to our city,” Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, said in a statement.
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Following Attacks, Bangkok Sees Few Event Cancelations  
“Few corporations will take the risk of sending their best employees to an incentive or corporate meeting if there is any possibility of a terrorist attack,” James Reed, CEO/group managing director of Destination Asia, told IMR partner TTG Asia.
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London Launches 'Heart Trail' to Celebrate European Society of Cardiology Congress  
“It is fantastic that in London we are able to make the best of both worlds – drawing in investment while promoting a healthy lifestyle for future generations of Londoners and visitors to our city,” Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, said in a statement.
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IMEX America Expands Sustainability Initiatives for 2015  
Attendees at this year's IMEX America—taking place in Las Vegas from October 13 to 15—can expect a greener event thanks to several new sustainability initiatives focusing on waste-reduction and education.
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Los Angeles Conventions to Generate $429M in 2016  
Los Angeles already has 32 conventions booked for next year, the most for the city since 2001.
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FCC: Convention Centers Cannot Block Personal Wi-Fi Devices  
A U.S.-based telecom company must pay a $750,000 fine for blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots at convention centers. “All companies who seek to use technologies that block FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections are on notice that such practices are patently unlawful,” the FCC declared in a statement.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Australia: International Guests Get Sneak Peek of ICC Sydney  
Business Events Sydney international guests recently received an insider’s look at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) that will open next year.
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Asia: Beijing Prescribes Chinese Medicine to Improve MICE Health  
Collaboration among the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development (BMCTD), traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associations and inbound tour operators are underway to invigorate Beijing's MICE industry.
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Middle East: Dubai to Welcome 6,000 Delegates from China  
​As visitor numbers from China hit new heights, Dubai has secured another major business event from the country.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Limpopo in the Spotlight as September Commences  
Speaking at Euphoria Golf Estate in Limpopo in August, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom stressed the significance of cultural and heritage tourism, saying it “brings people together and promotes mutual understanding and a real sense of a common humanity, despite what are mostly quite artificial differences.”
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UK: Brighton i360 Defends Venue Costs  
Brighton's newest venue, the i360, has defended its hire costs after claims it would cost more than central London landmarks The Shard or Gherkin.
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South East Europe: Cyprus, Slovenia Offer Best Value Within Eurozone  
New research by John Lewis Foreign Currency finds the pound is strongest against the lira, with Cyprus the best value in the Eurozone.
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Portugal: European Diabetes Congress Returns to Lisbon  
The largest medical congress ever held in Portugal brought about 18,000 delegates from 127 countries and generated revenues of 50 million euros in the areas of accommodation, catering and tourism in 2011.
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Americas: Accurate Ground Transfer Manifests in Seconds  
Pow Wow Smart was born several yeasr ago when a ground transportation company hired software developers to fix what was broken—the laborious manual process of checking manifests for consistency and accuracy of flight information and then grouping the arrivals for pickup.
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Americas: Three Ways One Hotel Shows Its Love for the Pharma Meetings Market  
Chicago is the top city for medical meetings, according to recent MeetingsNet research, so it’s not surprising that medical meetings are a particularly good chunk of business for the historic 1,544-room Hilton Chicago.
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Americas: The Case for Twitter  
What’s so great about about Twitter, especially for meeting and event planners? Plenty. Here's what you need to know...
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