IMR Global: 8 Trends to Watch in Meetings at Sea for 2018

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8 Trends to Watch in Meetings at Sea for 2018  
Landry & Kling has compiled some of the hottest trends in meetings at sea for meeting planners to keep an eye on in the coming year. Take a look.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Air Travel: Big Storm in U.S. + 2017 Marks Safest Year on Record  
Also this week is the launch of new budget service between Honolulu and Singapore. Take a look.
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Stats and Trends: Ranking Sustainable Destinations + Growth in Mexico  
A new ranking of sustainable destinations for meetings and tourism, plus a report on growth in Mexico, lead this week’s research in the meetings and events industry.
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Convention Space News: Top News From Vegas, ICC Sydney  
Convention centers in Las Vegas, Connecticut and Australia made headlines this week. Take a look.
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Supplier News: Delta Hotels Into Asia + New Execs  
A big hotel expansion and new convention sales contacts and executives in New York and Miami lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Conrad Cartagena Debuts in Colombia, Offers Extensive Event Space  
The hotel will offer 24,000 square-feet of event space – including a Grand Ballroom and five meeting rooms – and include facilities like a golf course, spa, Beach Club, and more. Here’s the latest.
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Germany, France Top Sustainable Destinations  
Looking for a sustainable destination to host an event in the next year? The Economist’s Intelligence Unit has released a report on how major destinations stack up.
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Caesars Completes Harrah’s Sale as Convention Center Moves Forward  
Plans call for 300,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and the largest column-free ballroom in the United States. Find out more.
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Mohegan Sun Signs Boat Show for New Expo Center  
The Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) will host its annual boat show in the new venue, which is currently under construction. Here’s the latest.
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Delta Hotels Expands Into Asia  
The new Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan has 339 guestrooms and a pillarless ballroom. Find out more.
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New COO at Miami CVB  
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has promoted Rolando Aedo to Chief Operating Officer. Get the details here.
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New York City Adds New Convention Sales Contact  
Watson Li has been named Regional Director, International MICE, serving the Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East regions for NYC & Company. Get the details here.
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Mexico’s Meetings Sector Up 6.7%  
The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) has launched a plan to continue driving growth in the country’s meetings and events industry. Here’s the latest.
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Portugal: Promoting Engagement at an Event: Some Tips  
To make a success out of your event it is essential to generate high levels of engagement with your guests. Here's how.
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Australia: Adelaide Finishes on a High  
The Adelaide Convention Bureau has had its biggest year ever, recording $247 million of business won in the last financial year. Find out more.
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ICC Sydney Marks One Year Anniversary  
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) celebrated its first anniversary December 20. Here’s a look at the conference and event venue’s first year.
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Americas: Questions for Your App Provider: Demographics, Stability, and Support  
Expert guidance on how to avoid a broken or boring event app.
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Americas: Top Tips for Reducing Your Event’s Impact on Climate Change  
With small changes, you can make your event more sustainable and begin to tackle climate issues. Here’s how.
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Americas: Sexual Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight on Vulnerability of Hotel Workers  
Safety measures are becoming more common for housekeeping and other staff routinely at risk of abuse.
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