ICCA Shares Details on New Database; Associations Look at Value of Events

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VIDEO: How ICCA's New Database Can Match Events with Destinations  
By Jena Tesse Fox, James Latham
The redesign will let directors of sales, directors of marketing or C-suite level executives design a "smart filtered process" to identify which events they want to get from 200,000 events, ICCA CEO Martin Sirk explained.
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Associations Study Widespread Benefits of Meetings and Events  
By James Latham, Jena Tesse Fox
Associations like ICCA and JMIC are taking a broader look at the benefits of face-to-face events, including practice improvement, knowledge transfer and academic advancement.
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GBTA: Single-Use Virtual Accounts Gaining Popularity with Business Travelers  
A new study by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, has found that an estimated 20 percent of American businesses today pay for travel using cardless single-use “virtual” accounts, up from 13 percent last year.
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Bahamas' Baha Mar Resort Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  
The Meliá Nassau Beach resort will continue to operate normally during the Chapter 11, the company said in a statement announcing the decision.
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Following Attacks, Tunisian Suppliers Allow Free Event Cancelations  
No cancelations have been reported and local destination management companies (DMCs) say they are in regular touch with event planners to answer queries about security concerns.
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On Location at the Inaugural Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange  
The inaugural Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange wrapped up this weekend at the Real InterContinental in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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IAPCO Shares Stats on Association, Government & Corporate Meetings  
While association, government and corporate meetings have shown a steady rise in numbers, exhibitions seem to be less steady.
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MPI Announces 2015 RISE Award Winners  
The recipients will be honored at the annual MPI RISE Awards Presentation and Luncheon on August 3, during MPI’s World Education Congress in San Francisco.
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Asia: Events Will Go Paperless in Five Years  
With the advent of mobile apps for almost every aspect of life, mobile meeting and events app QuickMobile's CEO anticipates meetings will go paperless within the next three to five years.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Government Conferences in South Africa  
The government of any country has a robust, healthy event life. Not only are there international meetings where decisions are made that change the course of history, but many different kinds of events take place in both local and state government circles on a regular basis.
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Middle East: Consumer Exhibitions on the Rise in Saudi Arabia  
Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB) recently conducted a workshop in Riyadh to introduce the new policies and procedures for holding consumer exhibitions.
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Australia: Travel Industry Exhibition Gears Up for Opening  
The Travel Industry Exhibition (TIE) opens its doors to the Crystal Palace at Luna Park Sydney in two weeks (July 16-17) bigger and better than before.
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UK: Business Events Worth £195 Million to Bristol in 2014  
As well as a rise in the number of events, there was a slightly longer event duration and an increase in the average reported event size.
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Portugal: TAP Goes Private  
TAP Portugal ceased to be a public company and passed on to private owners.
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South East Europe: Prague Congress Centre Increased Revenues 9 Percent in 2014  
2014 was the last year in which the financial performance of the Prague Congress Centre (PCC) was effected by the debt arising from the reconstruction and expansion of the venue in preparation for the annual meeting of the board of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in 2000.
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Americas: Mission Before Margin? Or Vice Versa?  
Boards and/or chief execs are making annual meeting re-invention a high strategic priority.
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Americas: Are DMCs Still Relevant?  
The Incentive Research Foundation recently commissioned a study to explore the implications of "instant information" on the traditional destination management company business model.
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Americas: Why You Should Care About Duty-of-Care Risks  
Many organizations have avoided creating meetings management programs. See why, and see why they should...
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