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Another Hotel Merger: AccorHotels Acquires Mövenpick  
The deal will accelerate the hotel company’s growth in emerging markets such as the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Find out more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Supplier News: Big New Openings in Tampa, New England  
Two big new venue openings are on the radar this week in the meetings and events industry. Find out more.
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Air Travel: Potential Norwegian Bidding War + JetBlue's Private Jets  
A potential bidding war over Norwegian and JetBlue's foray into charter jets lead this week's air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. Here's what you need to know.
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Research: Lyft Use Doubles Among Business Travelers  
The use of Lyft by business travelers nearly doubled in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report. Find out more.
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Global Meetings Industry Day 2018 Sets Records  
This year’s Global Meetings Industry Day was the biggest yet. Here’s an inside look.
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BCD Launches Self-Service Meeting Booking Platform  
The new online tool is called Simple Meetings. Here’s how it works.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Sustainable Events: AEG Wins Green Award in LA  
AEG Facilities recently received the 10th annual Los Angeles County Green Leadership Award. Find out more.
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Tampa to Get Big New Hotel Complex Next to Convention Center  
The complex will have three hotels, including a new JW Marriott and EDITION property, and 150,000 square feet of combined event space. More here.
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MGM to Open 8,000 Seat Venue in New England August 24  
The new MGM Springfield, which will have an 8,000 seat entertainment venue and 42,500 square feet of event space, is set to open this August. Here’s a quick preview.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Growing Eco-Tourism  
Sun City partners with Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust to help conserve the rhino. More here.
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Portugal: Next ICCA's Iberian Chapter Annual Meeting Will Be Held in Porto  
Porto will be the next destination of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)'s Iberian Chapter Annual Meeting. Get the details here.
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Australia: Darwin Convention Centre Scoops MEA Award  
The Darwin Convention Centre has won the Meeting Venue – 500 delegates or more category at the Northern Territory 2017 Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Industry Awards. More here.
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Americas: Ready Planner One: Esports and the Meetings Industry  
Meeting and conference planners face schedule and space disruption from a new industry player.
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Americas: Help Your Attendees Warm Up With These Awesome Icebreakers  
Icebreakers can be fun and memorable, but you have to know your group. Check out our collection of icebreaker ideas for all segments of your meeting.
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Americas: Education for the “Other 50 Years”  
With today's massive influx of new learning options, do associations continue to play a key role in adult education?
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