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February 17, 2016
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Dubai on Track to Meet 20 Million Visitors by 2020  
Investments in tourism infrastructure and marketing appear to be paying off as Dubai awaits the arrival of World Expo in 2020. We spoke with Dubai Business Events Director Steen Jakobsen to learn more.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
PCMA: Why Washington DC Is More Than A Political Gateway  
The Democrat and Republican caucuses are reaching fever pitch as US parties conclude their candidates for election on November 8 and when the US capital will welcome its latest President.
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Triptych Miami Design District to Join Hilton's Curio Collection  
The new boutique hotel will open during the 2017 - 2018 high season. Here's a sneak preview.
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Virgin America Expands Palm Springs Service Year-Round  
The new flights build on Virgin America's previously existing seasonal service between San Francisco International Airpot (SFO) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). Here's what travelers can expect.
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Inside Meet Puerto Rico's New Social Media Offerings for Meeting Planners  
Meet Puerto Rico recently launched Eleventes, a suite of social media services making outreach simple and affordable for today’s busy planners. Here's how it works.
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Events DC Expands Free Wi-Fi at Walter E. Washington Convention Center  
The expanded service is expected to roll out this spring. Find out what attendees can expect.
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Travel Leaders: Zika Virus Has Little Impact on Leisure Travel  
A new Travel Leaders Group survey shows that the Zika virus has had little impact on vacation bookings.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Middle East: Intensive Meetings Define IBTM Arabia  
Shinu Pillai, exhibitions manager for ibtm Arabia, talks how the event's change to a one-on-one meetings format is driving ROI. Watch the conversation here.
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Southeast Europe: The Filming of New Star Wars Episode in Dubrovnik  
The city of Dubrovnik is preparing to go intergalactic as “the force” will be with the city for at least 10 days during the filming of the 8th episode of Star Wars.
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Australia: The 2016 DMS Connect Roadshow Scheduled for March  
The Destination Marketing Services (DMS) network to hit the road for its 2016 DMS Connect Roadshow in March. Find out what to expect.
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Asia: JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok Rolls Out Business Travel Deal  
The package offers daily buffet breakfast for two people, roundtrip airport transfers in a Mercedes-Benz S Class, complimentary Wi-Fi, 20 percent off laundry services, and free local calls. Here's how to book.
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UK: MCI to Expand Latin America Reach Into Colombia  
Global events company announces plans to open seventh Latin American office in Bogotá. Take a look.
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Portugal: Portuguese Irmarfer Builds the Largest Tent in the World  
It will be assembled for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the numbers are impressive: 75 meters wide, 22 high and 400 long. Here's a quick preview.
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Americas: SummitSync—the Tinder of Conference Apps?  
The new app, which officially launched this week, wants to be a “universal connection app” for conference networking. Find out how it works.
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Americas: E-RFPs: What Needs Fixing, the Tool or the Users?  
Both planners and hoteliers seem to want different things at different times. Financial & Insurance Conference Planners event attendees talk solutions.
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Americas: Kenes Group, BestCities Global Alliance to Create Worldwide Scientific Conference Series  
Kenes Group has signed an agreement with BestCities Global Alliance to create and manage a series of conferences around the world that will bring together doctors, researchers, specialists, and communities. Here's what's planned.
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