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Executive Director Steps Down From GBTA  
Michael W. McCormick is stepping down from his role as executive director and chief operating officer of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) to pursue new opportunities. Here's what's next.
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Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange to Highlight Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica  
Questex Travel Group, publisher of International Meetings Review, will host its fifth annual Latin America Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (LAMITE) in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Here's a look at what's planned.
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Supplier News: Four New Incentive Options in Costa Rica  
Four new incentive options in Costa Rica should be on your radar this week. Take a look.
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Air Travel: New Flights in Europe and the Caribbean  
From Air Italy's winter schedule to a number of new flights to the Caribbean, here's the latest air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry.
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Meeting Space, Guestroom Reno at Intercontinental San Francisco  
Set to wrap this fall, the project is helmed by two Bay Area-based design firms. Here's what's planned.
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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Launches Ecology Experience  
Participants will start off the experience with a private plane ride over the coast’s tropical forests, mangrove canals and volcanic formations. Check out more.
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Ponant Creates New Cruise to Costa Rica, Panama in 2020  
The cruise will visit three national parks and feature a guest speaker with firsthand experience at nature reserves around Central America. See more here.
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Costa Rica Introduces Decarbonization Plans Through 2050  
The National Decarbonization Plan is divided into three periods: beginning (2018-2022), inflection (2023-2030) and massive deployment (2031-2050). See more below.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Travel is More Than an Incentive  
The business of incentive travel has a long and illustrious history, in South Africa and across the globe, but trends are showing that travel is more than just a reward for a job well done. The Event Africa reports.
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Portugal: Sete Vales Suspensos, "One of the Most Beautiful Trails in Europe"  
Lagoa's Sete Vales Suspensos (Seven Hanging Valleys) hiking route in the Algarve is considered the best hiking destination in Europe and is yet another suggestion for incentives in the region. Here's an inside look.
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Australia: Tourism Body Says $50m Needed to Market South Australia to the World  
The South Australian Tourism Industry Council has called on the government to boost the marketing budget to sell South Australia to the world. More here.
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Americas: “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” in Dubai  
The theme of Expo 2020 demonstrates the desert city’s commitment to meetings and events.
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Americas: Handle Your Meeting Influencers (Before They Handle You)  
Your stakeholders might be positive, negative, or neutral, but there are strategies for handling all types.
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Americas: How Audience-Engagement Monitoring Is Changing TEDx Paris  
In 2018, Michel Lévy Provençal, a cofounder of BOMA France, an innovation network that runs industry summits and other events, decided to experiment with biometric audience tracking. Here's what happened.
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