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Five Trends That Will Shape the Future of Meetings From Marriott and PCMA  
The new study headlined the Opening Ceremony at PCMA's Convening Leaders conference. Here's what it means for meeting planners.
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Tourists Killed in Istanbul Suicide Bombing  
The blast hit Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet tourist area on Tuesday. Here's the latest on the situation.
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New York's Javits Center to Add 1.2 Million Square Feet of Event Space  
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced a major expansion of the Javits Center in Manhattan. Get the details here.
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The Umstead Hotel and Spa in North Carolina Renovates Conference Facilities  
The Cary, NC, hotel has added a new meeting room and refreshed all elements of its event space. Here's what attendees can expect.
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Ljubljana Gets InterContinental Hotel, Named Green Capital for 2016  
Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been honored with the title of European Green Capital 2016. The city is also welcoming an InterContinental hotel in 2017. Get all the details now.
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Marriott Opens Big Hotel and Conference Center in Madrid  
The Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center joined the Marriott portfolio in November 2015. Take a look at the property.
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New York City to Get New Flagship Renaissance Hotel  
Set to open this spring, the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel will be located in the Garment District. Here's what meeting planners can expect.
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Marriott to Open Second Belarus Hotel  
The Minsk Marriott Hotel will open early this year with over 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Here's a quick preview.
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Hilton Adds Early Booking Package for Meeting Planners  
Hilton's Great Rates and Rebates promotion offers room rates starting at $99 and rebates of up to 5 percent for 2016 reservations. Get the details here.
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TSA Gives States Two More Years on Drivers License Rules  
The Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have extended the deadline, which was set to expire for some states January 10, 2016, to January 22, 2018. Here's the latest.
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PCMA: These Are The Most Innovative Cities Around The World  
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and convention bureau alliance Best Cities have published their picks for the most innovative cities worldwide. Find out what made the list.
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Fort Lauderdale to Host Seatrade Cruise Global  
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will act as the host for the cruise industry event for the next three years. Here's a quick preview.
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IBTM Arabia 2016 to Take Place at The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers  
The event will run February 9 to 11, with new exhibitors including Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, Alpha Destination Management, Attikos Ilios S.A., and more. Here's a quick preview.
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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz Receives Heart Transplant  
Munoz was placed on medical leave following a heart attack he suffered October 15. Here's the latest update.
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Enterprise Sets Sustainability Goals Through 2020  
Enterprise Holdings, owner of the Enterprise Rent A Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, has published its FY2015 sustainability report. Here's a quick overview.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: An A-Z Guide to Planning Your Association Conference  
The way in which you work is just as important as getting the job done. Kim Muller brings you a step by step guide with wisdom from local experts on how to make the most of conference planning. Part one in a two-part series.
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Portugal: Portuguese Association of Congress, Events, Outdoor and Cultural Activity Companies Debates “Capturing Business”  
The registration is now open for the 4th Congress of APECATE (Portuguese Association of Congress, Events, Outdoor and Cultural Activity Companies). Here's a quick preview.
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UK: Finalists announced for 2016 M&IT Awards  
The shortlisted nominees have been unveiled - with winners set to be revealed at the awards ceremony on February 26.
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Asia: Playground for the Corporates  
No longer just a wonderland of fun for kids, theme parks are making their spaces friendly for corporate hire and getting clients to see them in a new light.
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Australia: Qantas Return Caps Record Year for Sunshine Coast Tourism  
Qantas Airways has resumed direct daily services to the Sunshine Coast after a break of 10 years.
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Americas: 7 Ways to Drive Registration and Engage Audiences  
Scott Sherpe, marketing director, New Hope/Club Industry, Penton Media, shares seven foundational efforts that work best to grow attendance and audience engagement.
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Americas: Sign of the Times: CES Institutes New Security Rules  
The event is known as a premier showcase for new technologies, but organizers will also be introducing attendees to a new level of conference security. Find out what's planned.
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Americas: Using Micro-Learning for Conference Innovation  
Dave Lutz, managing director at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, believes there are pros and cons to this emerging trend at premium conferences. Here's why.
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