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July 18, 2018
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Caesars Breaks Ground on New Vegas Conference Center  
The new, 550,000-square-foot Caesars Forum is the first facility of this size built on one level, Caesars said. More here.
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Could China Trade Dispute Hit U.S. Events?  
A state-run media outlet in China is calling for the travel and tourism sector to be the “main battlefield” in the ongoing trade dispute between the two countries. Here's the latest.
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Air Travel: New for JetBlue  
JetBlue’s big fleet upgrade leads this week’s air travel news. Find out more.
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Supplier News: New, Expanded U.S. Meeting Hotels  
A number of new and newly expanded meeting hotels are in the news this week. Take a look.
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Questex First to Partner With Newly Formed Quintana Roo Tourism Board  
Questex Travel Group, organizer of the Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE) and publisher of International Meetings Review, will be the first event partner of the newly formed Quintana Roo Tourism Board. Details on the deal here.
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Seminole Hard Rock Tops Off Events Expansion  
The $1.5 billion Florida project is set to bring 120,000 square feet of meeting and convention space to the property. More here.
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More Details on Loews’ Big St. Louis Hotel  
The new Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO, hotel adjacent to Busch Stadium will bring 17,000 square feet of additional event space to the destination. Here’s a closer look.
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New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel Updates Ballroom  
The hotel is also adding a new poolside bar and more as part of a property-wide refresh. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: South African National Space Agency to Host SpaceOps 2020 in Cape Town  
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in partnership with the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau has won the bid to host the SpaceOps 2020 conference. Here's what's planned.
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Portugal: Michelin Gala Visits Portugal for the First Time  
The ceremony is taking place at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon on November 21. Here's the latest.
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Australia: Added Capacity to MCEC to Attract More International Events  
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has welcomed the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), which has resulted in a 25 percent increase in event space.
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Americas: California Passes Strict Data Protection Law  
With strong parallels to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, California’s new law will have implications for hotels and meeting professionals at large organizations.
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Americas: High-Tech Hello: Marriott Pilots Facial Recognition Check-In System  
Is a kiosk the future of the hotel front desk?
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Americas: International Device Company Ethical Codes Affect U.S. Meeting Attendance  
Here's what U.S. medical meeting professionals can do to get international HCPs back to their meetings.
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• Germany: Culture, Design and Entertainment  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• MGM sues Mandalay Bay shooting victims  (Source: Hotel Management)

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