How South Africa is Leveraging Knowledge Development for Conference Appeal

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Meetings Africa 2015: Behind South Africa’s Knowledge Development  
In South Africa, the City of Tshwane is leveraging its educational strengths to bring in top-tier conferences.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
Top Five Reasons to Bring the MICE Industry to Universities  
While speaking at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, IMR Blogger Stephanie Selesnick came up with some reasons you can use to promote meetings and events education.
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CONVENE -- Four Lessons Every Meeting Planner Should Take From TED’s Content Strategy  
As more organizations begin to operate with a “content is king” mindset, TED’s strategy offers a clear path to success.
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Following Germanwings Disaster, Europe's Airlines Change In-Flight Policies  
Air Canada, WestJet Airlines and Air Transat have also announced that they will voluntarily adopt the "rule of two." Germanwings' parent company, Lufthansa, as well as Air Berlin, easyJet, Icelandair and Virgin Air, have also said that they will change their rules.
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Groups, Businesses Respond to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act  
Three conventions threatened to pull out of Indianapolis if Gov. Pence signed the measure, including Gen Con, one of the largest gaming conventions in the country, which had a record attendance of 56,614 people last year.
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Incentive Travel Exchange to Sail on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas  
ITE at Sea is now accepting applications for its debut sailing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas in October.
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GBTA Opposes Proposed Airport Tax Hike  
​The Global Business Travel Association has joined several traveler groups in support of Airlines for America’s opposition to the proposed near doubling of the Passenger Facility Charge, or Airport Tax.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Government Reveals New Events Blueprint  
Leading figures from the events industry will be invited to sit on a new Business Visits & Events Board to help represent the sector within government.
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Portugal: Vila Galé Douro to Open in May  
Situated in Régua and framed by the Douro Valley, the hotel has 38 rooms, a restaurant & bar and two meeting rooms.
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Scandinavia: Copenhagen Selected for Europe’s Largest Fintech Event  
The world's largest conference covering payments and financial service innovation, Money20/20, organised by i2i Events Group, has chosen Copenhagen as the host city for the first European event taking place in 2016.
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South East Europe: Top 10 City Meeting Hotels  
Kongres Magazine analyzed 26 meeting-focused hotels throughout South East and Central Europe. Take a look at the top 10...
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Middle East: Cruising is a Sea-Change for Meetings  
As the GCC ramps up its cruise offering with new terminal facilities, more ship stopovers, plus the establishment of an official entity to promote the sector, opportunities abound to stage more meetings and events on the water.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Bradley Brouwer, South African Tourism’s President for Asia-Pacific  
"Our objective is to meet our targets, in terms of arrivals, spend, and increased awareness of South Africa," Brouwer said.
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Asia: Asian Association Leaders Sign Historic Charter for Advancement  
The first bricks in building an umbrella body of national societies of association executives in Asia-Pacific have been laid, signifying a breakthrough in efforts to advance the sector and a huge boost to the MICE industry in the region.
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Australia: Infrastructure ‘Key for Queensland’s Tourism Growth’  
Queensland needs to continue to invest in the state’s infrastructure to cope with a projected boom in Asian tourism, according to Barry Robinson, president and managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim, speaking at the Property Council of Australia’s recent Foreign Concepts forum in Brisbane.
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Americas: Panel to Pharma Planners--Your Job is Not to Plan Meetings  
2015 Pharma Forum conference co-organizers MeetingsNet and CBI invited a panel of meeting professionals from outside the pharma industry to bring some fresh ideas to pharma planning.
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Americas: The Traveler’s Tipping Guide  
Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore shares her advice on who (and how much) to tip when traveling for business, pleasure or both.
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Americas: U.S. Fails to Make Top 10 (or Even Top 29) Best Airports  
North America squeaks in at #11 (Vancouver International Airport) but then disappears until Cincinnati pops up at #30.
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