IMR Global: Egencia Study Spotlights Importance of Face-to-Face Meetings

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Egencia Study Spotlights Importance of Face-to-Face Meetings  
86 percent of travelers surveyed in the latest Egencia Business Travel and Technology Study said an in-person meeting is more effective and productive. Here’s an inside look.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
AccorHotels Launches North American Meetings Offer  
Groups can receive a 2 percent rebate and more. Get the offer details here.
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Hilton’s Latest Event Hotel News  
It’s been a busy few weeks for Hilton Worldwide. Here’s the latest event hotel news from the company.
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DESTINATION NEWS
A New Event Venue in Yosemite  
Rush Creek Lodge, which just opened its doors, marks the first new resort in the Yosemite region in more than 25 years. Here’s a quick look at the property’s event spaces.
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Portugal: Events by tlc Merges With Brazilian Case Imagine  
Events by tlc agency and Brazilian Case Imagine have just merged. Find out what the deal means for the two companies.
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Middle East: OCEC Expects 400,000 Visitors in 2017  
As the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre nears its August opening date, its general manager is hoping to attract 400,000 visitors in its first year of operations.
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Australia: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s New Crew  
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s management team is falling into place with Greg Brady appointed as new general manager and Marie-Cecile Heritage as director of sales and marketing. Take a look.
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Asia: JNTO Singapore to Lead Japan's APAC MICE charge  
The Japan Convention Bureau and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) have established their fourth international MICE office. Here’s a quick look.
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UK: Luxury W Brand to Crown £850m Edinburgh Development  
The W Edinburgh will boast 214 rooms plus 200 square meters of event space when it opens as part of the St James regeneration. Find out more.
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Americas: Why DMOs Need Strategic Relationships With Airbnb  
Jack Johnson, DMAI’s chief advocacy and board compliance officer, talks about working with one of the biggest players in the collaborative economy.
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Americas: Science Says These Are the Top 60 Event Pro Influencers  
Find out the event professionals you should be following on Twitter to get the freshest, coolest and best of the twittersphere.
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Americas: What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen at Your Meeting?  
It’s not enough to just hope something awful won’t happen at your meeting—you have to prepare for every contingency.
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• Travel Leaders Adds Seven New Agencies to Associate Program  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• An Africa Debut  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• Airbnb, L.A. and Paying Taxes  (Source: Hotel Management)

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