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July 25, 2018
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Cvent Research: Event Budgets, Numbers on the Rise  
Cvent’s latest Global Planner Sourcing report has a positive outlook for the meetings and events industry. Find out more.
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Supplier News: Marriott, Wynn Make Sustainability Moves  
It's been another big week for sustainable events. Here's what you need to know.
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Air Travel: New Tech Test Aims to Keep Laptops in Bag  
New security technology and new airline partnerships lead this week's air travel news.
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Sustainable Events: Marriott to Ban Plastic Straws  
Marriott International will ban plastic straws at all of its properties worldwide, while the Oetker Collection is banning additional types of plastic items. More here.
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Management Changes at Los Angeles Convention Center  
Ellen Schwartz has been promoted to general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. More here.
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New "Smart Rooms" in China's InterContinental Hotels  
The company has partnered with Baidu on AI-powered voice controls for its guestrooms. More here.
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Wynn Las Vegas Earns Four Green Globes  
The award is the highest sustainability designation from the Green Building initiative. Find out more.
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Portugal: Algarve Is a Choice Destination for International Traineeships  
A number of different international sports teams are choosing the destination for their training.
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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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Australia: Dedicated Great Barrier Reef Events Venue Opens  
The first dedicated events venue on the Great Barrier Reef has been launched in Cairns offering bespoke corporate events and private parties in the middle of the Coral Sea. Here's an inside look.
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Americas: Where’s the Beef? Not at WeWork’s Meetings  
The New York–based company that rents shared office spaces around the world has instituted a new policy stating that it will not serve poultry, pork, or red meat at company events. More here.
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Americas: Design a Must-Connect Social Media Strategy  
Many meeting planners obsess over metrics such as likes, tweets, and shares, but successful social campaigns focus on macro- not micro-level goals.
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Americas: NAACP Lifts Travel Advisory for American Airlines  
The airline has introduced new processes to avoid a repeat of bias incidents.
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