How Melbourne Won the INCON Digital Infrastructure Award

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How Melbourne Won the INCON Digital Infrastructure Award  
While praising Melbourne's buildings and infrastructure, Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, noted the talent of the city's professionals that drive the knowledge economy, and provide content for its conferences.
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GBTA Downgrades Business Travel Spend Forecast for Brazil  
Driving factors of this less-optimistic forecast include the struggling domestic economy, the lack of significant infrastructure improvements and the troubled regional economy.
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ICCA: Top Cities, Countries for Association Meetings by Participant Numbers  
For the first time, ICCA has published its country and city rankings by estimated total number of participants in 2014, as part of its public abstract of the ICCA statistics report, aimed at international associations.
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PCMA: Five Ways You Might Be Turning Off Your Attendees  
‚ÄčNothing matters more than attendee satisfaction. As you gear up for your next meeting, make sure your organization is doing everything possible to please your audience. Here are five ways you might be turning off your attendees...
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Incentive Travel Exchange 2016 Dates Announced After Record 2015 Attendance  
Questex Travel Group today announced that its next Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event will be held March 2-5, 2016, at The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.
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Luxury Travel Advisor's Awards of Excellence  
International Meetings Review's sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor has named the 2014 winners of its Awards of Excellence. Take a look at the top hotels, airlines and service providers selected by top industry professionals.
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NYC Hosts SITE Young Leaders; Promotes Unique Event Venues  
Last week in New York City, 50 meeting and incentive professionals gathered to celebrate New York City’s top attractions with the SITE NY Metro Chapter and its Young Leaders team.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Sub-Saharan Africa: EXSA Responds to Association Shake-up  
Brad Alder, chairman of the Exhibition Association of South Africa, discusses the group's recent shake-up and what it means for the country's exhibitions scene.
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Middle East: Rotana Continues to Grow  
Rotana's international expansion shows no signs of slowing down as the group announced the entry of its affordable lifestyle brand Centro into the Nigerian market.
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UK: QEII Centre Will Not House Parliament During Refurbishment  
Event planners have been assured that all QEII Centre bookings are secure after speculation that the venue is set to become the temporary home of Parliament.
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Portugal: The Power of Video at Events  
Ricardo Guerra, from Hello Movement, João Carrilho, from Dubvideo, Ricardo Constantino, from Shortfuse, and Hugo Raposo, from Favo Studio, all share with Event Point their vision of the importance of video and its potential in the sector.
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South East Europe: Sarajevo Business Forum 2015  
The conference has been positioned as one of the most important business and investment events for Southeastern Europe.
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Australia: Tourism Australia Strengthens Ties with Airlines  
Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia will spend $50 million over the next five years promoting Australia to leisure and business travellers in key international markets.
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Asia: BCD Travel Teams Up with New Partner in Sri Lanka  
Bringing its corporate travel expertise to Sri Lanka is BCD Travel, which this week announced a strategic partnership with local partner Travelpass.
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Americas: Exhibition Advocates Share Stats, Concerns on Capitol Hill  
Freeman’s Christie Greenleaf, senior vice president of sales and industry relations, was among the 112 exhibition industry professionals from 19 states who traveled to Washington, D.C., June 9 to impress upon policymakers the importance of exhibitions to the economy, and to discuss legislation and policies affecting the industry.
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Americas: Seven Trends to Watch for Tomorrow's Incentives  
‚ÄčIncentives may soon be undergoing a sea change, according to a panel of incentive experts at a recent industry conference.
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Americas: Interprofessional Joint Accreditation—It Keeps Getting Better!  
Learn what’s new in joint accreditation, and why it might be a good option for your continuing medical education activities.
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