IMR Global: Event Program Consolidation Is on the Rise

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December 13, 2017
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GBTA: Event Program Consolidation Is on the Rise  
Two thirds of travel, meeting and event programs could be fully consolidated by 2019, according to a new report from Cvent and the GBTA Foundation. Find out more.
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Air Travel: The Return of Supersonic Flights? + CA Fires  
Also this week the Department of Transportation’s withdrawal of a proposed rule regarding U.S. airlines and ancillary fees and United’s new apps for wearable devices lead this week’s air travel news in the meetings and events industry.
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Supplier News: New Hotels in Denver, Munich  
A new Hilton hotel near the Colorado Convention Center and a new Rosewood property set to open in Munich lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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Poll: Nearly Half of Event Planners Unwilling to Offer Virtual Attendance  
A poll conducted by the Barbican amongst 120 event buyers has revealed that 48 percent are not considering options for attendees to take part in events remotely. Find out more.
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The Fairmont Austin to Provide Extensive Meeting Space  
The 37-story hotel will offer 140,000 square feet of meeting space, along with over 1,000 guest rooms when it opens in early 2018. Here's an inside look.
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Hilton Opens New Hotel Near Colorado Convention Center  
The new Hilton Denver City Center has 613 rooms and flexible meeting space. Here’s an inside look at the property.
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New Rosewood Hotel to Bring Extra Event Space to Munich  
The new Rosewood Munich is set to open in 2023. Here’s what meeting planners can expect.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: The Future of Business Events  
Kim Crowie explores how conferences have changed their structure and content to appeal to a wider and younger audience.
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Portugal: Portugal Voted World's Leading Destination 2017 at World Travel Awards  
Portugal won a total of six awards at the World Travel Awards. Find out more.
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Australia: ICC Sydney Unveils Its Artistic Streak  
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is showing it is more than just a venue, as it launches a limited edition commemorative book showcasing its more than 30 local and international art works that celebrate Sydney. Here’s a quick look.
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Americas: Caesars Entertainment to Invest $375M in North America’s Biggest Ballrooms  
The casino and entertainment giant will develop a 550,000-square-foot conference center in Las Vegas.
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Americas: Case Study: Translating Meeting Data to Action  
ABET bets on data-driven decisions to evolve its events.
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Americas: How to Cook Up a Winning Trade Show Strategy  
Organizers of the 2016 Baking Expo increased attendance, exhibitors, and show floor sales by incorporating fresh ingredients.
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• Column: How to Be an Innovator  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• The Shelbourne Dublin Unveils Refurbishments  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• 5 things event planners look for in a venue  (Source: Hotel Management)

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