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How Associations Can Attract Millennial Members  
Helen Burgess, marketing and membership manager at The Physiological Society, believes that associations need to tear down any obvious barriers to entry – even if that includes the membership fee.
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What Makes an Effective RFP?  
Célia Galeotti-Wulf, head of events at the European Wind Energy Association, thinks a lot of associations are getting RFPs wrong. Here's why...
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How PCOs and Associations Can Build (and Keep) Positive Relationships  
There are numerous examples of successful partnerships working for the benefit of not-for-profit membership organisations, but also many examples of broken down relationships.
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The New Normal for Associations  
Panos Tzivanidis, head of events and hospitality at the International Olympic Committee, has seen the landscape change from one based on a principle of ‘understand and adapt’ to one of ‘accept and act.’
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EDITOR'S CORNER
ICCA Names Top Cities, Countries for Meetings and Conferences  
Paris retains the top rank, with Vienna swapping places with Madrid and moving up from three to two, and Berlin and Barcelona swapping places at four and five, respectively.
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GBTA, American Express Partner on Debut Business Traveler Sentiment Index  
The GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index, created in partnership with American Express, is a proprietary, data-centered barometer based on business travelers’ attitudes toward several key components of business-related travel...
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PCMA: 10 Questions That Will Tell How Innovative Your Organization Really Is  
While everyone loves innovation, it’s a challenging concept to actually measure. You can track attendance numbers, exhibitor traffic and a range of other numbers at your meeting, but quantifying you organization’s level of innovation seems more difficult.
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AMITE to Bring Asia-Focused Planners to Singapore, Thailand  
Leveraging on last year’s event, AMITE 2015 will double the number of hand-picked high-volume buyers. The hosted buyer program will also expand from six days to nine days to offer a full experience of Asia.
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Association Meeting Conference Gathers PCOs, European Society of Association Executives  
In its third year, the Association Meetings Conference is held on the eve of The Meetings Show, and is free to attend for those attending The Meetings Show as hosted buyers.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Events Industry's Mixed Reaction to General Election Result  
The general election result has been described as ‘the best possible outcome’ for the events industry. See why...
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Portugal: Annual Meeting of ICCA's Iberian Chapter Sees Record Attendance  
One of the key issues addressed at the conference was how most tourist destinations, famous for their sun and sea, could compete in this sector.
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South East Europe: Conventa Meeting with Strategic Partners  
The seventh edition of Conventa brought the highest number of international meetings planners and meeting providers in the history of the show to Slovenia.
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New Zealand: Meetings Exhibitors Stretch Across NZ  
Eighteen regions of New Zealand will be ready to book business when CINZ Meetings 2015 opens in Auckland on June 10.
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Asia: Business Travel Demand Drives APAC Room Rates up in 1Q  
Hotel room rates were mostly up across the board in Asia-Pacific as business tourism surged this quarter, according to HRS Hotel Price Radar.
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Middle East: Mega Developments Spotlight Qatar  
Vying for global recognition as a tourism powerhouse, Qatar’s current slew of developments, valued at US$8.48 billion, are on track to transform the country's landscape with a series of state-of-the-art attractions and major investment in tourism infrastructure.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: The Best of South African Pre- and Post-Event Tour Opportunities  
Before or after a South African conference, there are plenty of opportunities for a unique tour of the country...
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Americas: Eight Quick and Easy Air Travel Apps for Road Warriors  
Air travel will probably never be easy, but with all the air travel-related apps we have nowadays, at least some things are a little easier.
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Americas: One Company’s Concession Wish List  
Take a look at this major company’s list of 45 potential concessions...
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Americas: Lobbying Washington--A Meeting Professional’s Perspective  
On the first day of the Global Business Travel Association Legislative Symposium 2015, nearly 100 GBTA members and business travel professionals received training on how to approach our meetings on Capitol Hill
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