IMR Global: Despite Terror Attacks, Signs of Confidence in Events Industry

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December 9, 2015
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Despite Terror Attacks, Signs of Confidence in Events Industry  
Despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and threats in Brussels, recent travel industry statistics point to the continued resilience of the events industry. Here's everything you need to know.
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GBTA Defends Visa Waiver Program  
Following President Obama's Sunday night address on terrorism and ISIS, GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick published a blog post defending the Visa Waiver Program. Here's what he had to say.
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Details Released on Las Vegas' New $2.3B Convention Center  
The Las Vegas Convention Center is on the books for a $2.3-billion update and expansion, a four-phase plan that started with the $182.5-million acquisition of the Riviera.
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Four Seasons Appoints Peter Nowlan EVP and CMO  
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Peter Nowlan executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Here's a look at the new hire.
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UK: Airbnb Growing at 'Breakneck' Speed in the UK  
London listings surpass 31,500, while hotel room numbers tally 141,500 in 2015, says PwC.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: When Aquila Beckons, Give In  
Katie Reynolds takes her fiancé on a visit to the Aquila Private Game Reserve. Here's an inside look at what MICE professionals can expect from the destination.
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South-East Europe: ECM and MKG Confirm Good Health of Hotel Industry  
The results from the latest ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report are in, showing Southern European cities are performing well.
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New Zealand: Hamilton and Waikato to Host CINZ Conference  
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced that the Hamilton and Waikato region will host the 40th CINZ annual conference and AGM in 2016.
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Asia: MyCEB Begins Formation of National Society For Association Executives  
The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is spurring association executives to group themselves into an association by next year.
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Middle East: ibtm Arabia Gears Up For Focused Event  
ibtm Arabia 2016 ( is expecting to expand its MICE event for the region in 2016 as the rapid pace of change continues to have an impact on the growth of the sector.
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Portugal: Tourists Feel Safe in Lisbon  
Lisbon is considered a safe destination for 98 percent of tourists who visit it, according to a safety survey by the Observatório do Turismo de Lisboa.
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Americas: Taking Risks With Meetings: Is Different as Good as Better?  
Steve Bova, executive director, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, talks about meeting planning and the pressure to deliver more, better, faster, and with less.
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Americas: How Transient Travelers Are Messing Up Meetings  
Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, MGM International, launched a recent keynote presentation.
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Americas: IACC Reinvents its Meeting: A Grand Experiment  
Now in its 35th year, the International Association of Conference Centres is reinventing its annual meeting, to be held in New York City April 19–20.
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