IMR Global: The Five Most-Read Meetings and Events Industry Stories of 2015

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December 16, 2015
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The Five Most-Read Meetings and Events Industry Stories of 2015  
From leading research on industry growth to the saga of Baha Mar, it's been a big year for the meetings and events industry. Don't miss a thing with our roundup of the five most-read stories of the year.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
Destinations Look to Grow Meetings Sector in 2016  
With 2016 rapidly approaching, global organizations around the world are looking to increase their presence throughout the meetings sector. Here are the top developments to keep on your radar.
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New Incentives and Packages for Meeting Planners  
We've rounded up the latest incentive and packages for meeting planners to keep in mind when booking an event in the near future. Take a look.
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New Luxury Hotel Meeting Venues  
A number of properties across the globe are announcing big developments this month, with a few offering high-tech and unique meeting spaces. Find out more here.
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Study: Consumers Won't Shop With Companies After Tech Breach  
A recent survey by digital security firm Gemalto highlights the impact of data breaches on customer loyalty. Here's a look at the latest data.
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Air Travel: Heathrow's New Luggage Service, New Flights From Norwegian and Delta  
From a new luggage service to added flights from Norwegian and Delta, here’s the latest air travel news from around the globe.
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Air Travel Watch: Free Snacks on United, International Premium Economy for American  
Whether you're heading off to your next meeting or looking to book group air travel, we've rounded up the latest headlines in airline amenities to keep on your radar.
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What's Behind the Visa Waiver Program Fight  
Terrorism concerns have prompted a bipartisan measure to tighten restrictions to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Here's what that could mean for the U.S. meetings industry.
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AIM Group, The Herlitz Company to Merge in U.S.  
AIM Group International’s New York office will absorb the current Herlitz portfolio of clients and maintain Kristofer Herlitz as managing director of AIM’s New York office. Get the details on the deal.
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AccorHotels to Purchase Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel Luxury Hotel Brands  
Less than a month after Marriott International announced that it would acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the hotel brand consolidation game continues apace. Get a look at the latest deal.
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UCLA to Open New Conference Center  
The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center is set to open in August 2016. Here's a quick preview.
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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to Open in Paraguay  
Hilton Worldwide has signed a Letter of Intent with Grupo Cartes to bring the flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to Paraguay. Here's what to expect from the new hotel.
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GBTA to Host 2016 Convention in Denver  
Registration is now open for the event, which will take place July 16-20, 2016. Find out what's on the agenda.
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Hilton Combines Operations of Three All-Suites Hotel Brands  
Hilton Worldwide is taking stock of its three all-suites hotel brands and folding them into a single operational umbrella known as the All Suites category. Here's what that means for business travelers.
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Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Completes $22 Million Renovation  
The Hawaii hotel update encompassed the lobby, porte cochere, front desk registration, new interior design and furniture, lighting fixtures, water features, main ballroom and meeting space. Here's a quick look.
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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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Lori Cassidy Named AVP, Global Corporate, Incentive and Charter Sales at Royal Caribbean  
Cassidy is responsible for all sales, service, and marketing efforts pertaining to global meeting, incentive and full-ship charter business. Here's a look at the recent promotion.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: CityJet Signs Two Year Deal With ExCeL  
The partnership will provide ExCeL’s clients with competitive air pricing and access to charter flights.
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Middle East: Salalah Rotana Resort Launches "Bleisure" Package  
Planners can now avail daily delegate packages starting from US$205 (OMR79) per room per night inclusive of breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks, complimentary Wi-Fi and more. Get the details here.
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Asia: Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Unfazed by Singapore Michelin Guide  
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which will be held in Bangkok next year after being staged in Singapore for the past three years, said the move had nothing to do with Michelin’s announcement of launching a guide in Singapore.
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Australia: Clock Ticking for ICC Sydney  
International Convention Centre Sydney has begun the countdown to its official opening in 12 months.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Top 10 Reasons to Visit South Africa  
Ahead of Meetings Africa 2016, The Event asked South African Tourism for their top 10 reasons why a business or leisure traveller should plan a trip to our beautiful nation.
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Portugal: New Routes in Portugal  
The airline Germania started on November three new connections to Funchal, Madeira, from Germany. Here's a look at the schedule.
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Americas: Crisis in Your Meeting Site: Do You Carry On or Cancel?  
The planner at one Fortune 500 company shared with us the process and timeline she used when having to decide whether or not to pull a conference headed to a Greece while that country was experiencing economic turmoil and riots.
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Americas: World Trends and Your Meetings: Get Ready for What’s Ahead  
For participants at the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference in November, the senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM International offered takeaways for meeting negotiation over the next couple of years.
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Americas: Meetings Industry Fund Aims to Raise $100,000 for Peers in Need  
The founders created the non-profit fund after identifying a gap in existing foundations: An inability to provide support to individuals in need.
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