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Despite Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico to Host Major Tourism Event  
Despite the damage sustained during Hurricane Maria, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has announced that it will host its tourism marketing event in the destination. Here's a look at what's planned.
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Air Travel: Potential New Laptop Ban + New Flights From Interjet  
The FAA has reportedly proposed a new laptop ban, this time on checked luggage. Find out more.
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Supplier News: Big Venue Updates in Chicago, Waikiki  
The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and Sheraton Waikiki both announced big meeting space updates this week. Take a look.
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Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange to Host 2018 Event in the Dominican Republic  
The event will feature private one-to-one appointments, an educational component, and culturally immersive activities and receptions. Here's a quick preview.
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U.S. Travel Buyer Compensation on the Rise for 2017  
Average compensation was up 5.5 percent, reaching $107,000. Find out more.
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ALHI, Regent Tout Advantages of Hosting Meetings on Cruise Ships  
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently hosted MICE professionals onboard the Seven Seas Explorer. Here’s a look at the event.
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Sheraton Waikiki Debuts Major Ballroom Update  
The $1.4 million project included enhancements to one of Waikiki’s largest hotel ballrooms. Take a look.
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Chicago Marriott on Magnificent Mile to Renovate Event Space  
The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile announced that the hotel’s meeting and event space will undergo a complete renovation to be completed in February 2018. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Wesgro Welcomes Lufthansa Group’s Launch of 1 New Route and 2 Route Expansions to Cape Town  
Lufthansa will fly from Frankfurt to Cape Town five times a week Edelweiss will fly from Zurich to Cape Town three times a week. Get the details here.
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Portugal: Meo Arena Is Now Altice Arena  
One of the most important venues in Portugal, the space was built between 1996 and 1998 for Expo98 in Lisbon. Here's a look inside the rebrand.
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Australia: Ovolo Woolloomooloo Joins Elite Global Collection  
Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) of the World has welcomed Sydney’s Ovolo Woolloomooloo to its collection of small, independently owned hotels. Get the details here.
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Americas: Why London’s ExCel Can’t Wait for the Elizabeth Line  
A new subway line under London could be “the events super highway.” Here’s why.
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Americas: Master These 4 Phases of Program Management  
An expert explains how to develop a project plan with timelines, stakeholders, and resources, and implement practical tools for communication.
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Americas: 7 Meeting Tools Changing the Way You Do Business With Hyatt  
Look for help with billing, on-site requests, small-meeting booking… You might even get a “magical pink unicorn.”
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