IMR Global: Forecast: Meetings Industry Headed for Prosperous 2018

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October 11, 2017
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American Express M&E Predicts Prosperous 2018 for Meetings  
The meeting and events industry can be optimistic next year, according to the 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast from American Express Meetings & Events. Find out more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
SITE to Continue With Events Following Vegas Shooting  
The organization says its thoughts are with those impacted by the attack. More here.
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Air Travel: Turkish Airlines Offers Refunds to Those Affected by Visa Dispute  
Also this week in air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry are two new flights from Finnair. Take a look.
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Supplier News: Big New Venues From St. Louis to Cancun  
A number of new meeting venues announced their debut this week. Here's what you need to know.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Austin’s AT&T Hotel and Conference Center to Debut Major Expansion  
The venue will add 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space when its new expansion opens this January. Here’s a quick preview.
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El Cid's New Event Hotel to Open in Cancun  
The all-inclusive Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort Cancún Riviera Maya is set to open this November with five event venues. Here's a quick look.
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Loews’ First St. Louis Hotel to Open With 17K Sq. Ft. of Event Space  
The Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO, will be directly across from Busch Stadium. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: CTICC 2 Impresses With First Event  
The Cape Town International Convention Centre’s newest expansion successfully hosted the 21st Annual Congress of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC). Here’s an inside look at the event.
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Portugal: 14 Portuguese Projects in Line for Best Event Awards  
There are 296 projects from 27 countries competing. Here’s a look at the contenders from Portugal.
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Australia: Melbourne Convention Bureau’s Five Year High  
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has achieved its strongest results from the past five years, exceeding all targets in the 2016-2017 financial year. Find out more.
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Americas: What Planners Need to Know About Cruising Contracts  
Industry attorney Joshua Grimes offers some tips that will keep meeting professionals from feeling at sea when they take their groups on a cruise.
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Americas: Are You Forgetting to Socialize Your Sponsorships?  
Everything can be sponsored—including your event’s social media activities. Here are six monetization opportunities you don’t want to miss.
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Americas: AV Answers: Cutting Through the Haze on Haze  
Things you’re not thinking about (but your production company should be) when employing this special effect.
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