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Carnival, Expedia Execs Talk the Value of In-Person Meetings  
The conversations are the latest in a series of video vignettes from the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC). Watch the latest entries here.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Karisma Launches New Offer for Group Travel  
As part of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ GREWPS special, groups will get one free room for every six paid plus a $250 resort credit at the company's properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Find out more.
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GES Grows Presence in North American Events  
The acquisition of ON Event Services, LLC, aims to help expand the North American event production capabilities of GES. Find out more about the deal.
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Questex Anticipates a Home Run in New Stadium Series of MICE Events  
The Stadium Series is a new one-to-one event concept from the organizers of the Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) and MEET National. Here’s how it works.
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DESTINATION NEWS
New KNect365 Partnership to Expand London Tech Week  
London & Partners has partnered with global events provider KNect365, part of Informa PLC, on the 2017 event. Take a look at what’s new.
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The Barbican in London Launches £644,000 Renovation of Frobisher Rooms  
The project is part of a £2.2m development taking place throughout the facility this summer. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Ritz-Carlton Cleveland Launches Ballroom Renovation  
The revamp is part of a property-wide renovation project that is planned to continue in phases until next spring. Here’s what’s planned.
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New Event Spaces at New York City’s Hotel Shorecard  
The Sho-Stopper Suite and the Ensemble Suite offer a place to host small events in a residential-like environment. Here’s a quick preview.
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Boutique Meeting Venues: New Moxy Hotel in Eschborn, Frankfurt  
The new hotel marks the second property for Marriott International’s lifestyle hotel brand in Germany. Here’s what meeting planners can expect.
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Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island Opens New Event Space in Beach House  
The new 3,000 square foot event space marks the completion of a $22 million restoration and rebranding project that began in March 2015. Here’s a quick look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Shhhh! It’s a Cicret  
The new Cicret bracelet ensures you never lose touch with your precious smartphone ever again. Kim Crowie lets the cat out the bag.
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Middle East: AccorHotels Expands Footprint in KSA  
French hotel chain AccorHotels has opened its first Novotel in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Here’s a look at the property.
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Australia: Biology Under the Microscope at National Science Week Events  
A series of free workshops and events exploring the world of biology will open to the public at The University of Western Australia on the weekend of August 20-21 as part of National Science Week. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Asia: New Guangzhou-Adelaide Flights a Boon for Events, Incentives  
China Southern Airlines will commence thrice-weekly service from Guangzhou to Adelaide starting December. Find out what this means for the MICE industry.
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Americas: ASAE Announces New Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives  
The idea, says the organization, is to “protect ASAE against possible discriminatory legislation that might threaten the success of a planned meeting or convention.” Find out more.
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Americas: Hilton's Room Service Replacement, Three Years On  
It’s been three years since the Hilton New York Midtown closed down room service and opened up Herb N’ Kitchen. Here’s how the change is shaping up.
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Americas: Create a Global Meeting Business Plan  
Your strategy comes first, then your planning. Here’s why.
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