IMEX Kicks Off in Frankfurt; What Are the Top Concerns for Associations?

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On Location at IMEX: Carina Bauer Details Show's Growth  
IMEX 2015 has kicked off in Frankfurt, with buyers and suppliers from around the world gathering to catch up on the latest developments and trends in the meetings and events industry.
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What Are the Top Concerns for Associations?  
This year's International and European Associations Congress explored a range of topics around membership, meetings management, governance, and growth.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
MPI Report Indicates Optimism for Meetings Industry  
The newest installment of the quarterly special report indicates 2015 is shaping up to be the year of intelligent growth for the meeting and event industry due to continuing periods of stability and moderate economic improvement.
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Survey: Free Wi-Fi Tops Business Travelers' Hotel Demands  
Free wireless Internet access is the favorite hotel amenity for both leisure and business travelers in the United States, 25 percent and 49 percent of who, respectively, ranked it their top selection factor when choosing a hotel, according to a Hotels.com survey.
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Australia Increases Budget for International Marketing  
This budget helps convention bureaux partnering with Tourism Australia to continue international marketing efforts and ensure future growth in the sector.
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Adelaide Gets New Hotels as Business Events Increase  
International hotel developers are building a wide range of new properties to accommodate an ever-growing influx of business travelers to Adelaide, Australia.
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Questex Travel Group’s GMITE Events Look to Break Records  
The growing portfolio of GMITE events are selling out and breaking records.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: London 'Proving its Credibility' on World Stage  
The capital moved up one place to sixth in the annual tables, having hosted 166 association meetings that meet ICCA’s strict qualifying criteria.
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South East Europe: Training Event for 1,400 Held in Split  
In April, 1,400 top leaders of a global essential oils company gathered in Croatia to attend their annual recognition and training event.
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Portugal: Meo Arena Sets Up Team to Gather More Events  
Meo Arena Corporate Events is the new identity of the brand that identifies the Meo Arena team dedicated to the meetings industry, corporate events and conferences segment.
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Middle East: Al Khozama Adds to its Saudi Portfolio  
Bringing to an end its 20-year partnership with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Al Khozama Management Company has assumed direct management of the Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Cruise Conferencing and Incentives Create a World of Opportunity at Sea  
According to a SITE Index study, Focus on Cruises for Incentive Travel, around 73 percent of meetings industry professionals expect to use a cruise line for a client’s incentive group within the next three years, while 53 percent of the 735 professionals surveyed in the US and Europe, said they were likely to organise a meeting or conference on board a ship.
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Asia: MACEOS to Offer Conference and Exhibitions Management Courses  
The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) will start conducting short training courses for junior executives and those keen on entering a career in the conference and exhibition industry from this November.
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New Zealand: 100 Percent Pure New Zealand Redux  
The latest evolution of Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure New Zealand campaign has further defined the country’s offer to travellers with a focus on the range and closeness of New Zealand’s attractions.
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Americas: Behind the Scenes of a Green Hotel  
The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta is offering meeting attendees a Green Tour, a look at how the convention hotel maintains its Green Seal Silver Level certification.
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Americas: Speaking Out Against Human Trafficking  
Most large companies have a detailed corporate social responsibility code of conduct and apply these principles when they organize meetings, events, and incentive travel. However, there are still many societal impacts of the travel and tourism industry that need to be addressed. Sexual exploitation of children is a growing problem affecting every corner of the world.
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Americas: Cvent Buys SignUp4 for $22.4 Million  
SignUp4, which mainly services small to medium-sized meeting providers, is expected to contribute $1.5 million in revenues over the course of the rest of 2015.
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• UK buyers are still tops for Germany  (Source: MeetPie)
• Gold Coast on the up  (Source: CIM Magazine)

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