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GBTA: Uncertainty Slowing Business Travel Growth  
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has released its GBTA BTI Outlook - United States 2016 Q1. Here's a look at the latest MICE industry statistics.
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European Commission Proposes Suspending Visa-Free Travel From U.S., Canada  
At issue are reciprocity requirements for visa-free travel from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. Here's what's next.
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Marriott - Starwood Merger Approved  
The deal between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is one step closer to completion. Get an inside look at the latest developments.
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Corinthia Hotel Budapest Launches Lounge for MICE Organizers  
The new Royal Lounge has offices, boardrooms and rest sections reserved exclusively for MICE organizers. Here's a quick look.
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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel Renovates Meeting Spaces  
The hotel has addd a new ballroom with views of the Chicago River, as well as a new rooftop bar. Here's a quick look.
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Houston to Get New Hotel RL  
Set to open in the second half of 2018, the future Hotel RL Houston Downtown will have 150 guestrooms, a retail space, the signature Hotel RL restaurant and bar, meeting areas, business center and fitness center. Here's a quick look.
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Perth, Australia, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Delayed  
The ongoing development of Perth, Australia's Elizabeth Quay seems to be hitting a snag. Get the latest update.
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New Homewood Suites Hotel for Cabo San Lucas  
Now under construction, the 75-suite property, owned by Posada Cabo San Lucas, is scheduled to open in Q4 2016. Take a look.
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Top Headlines From IT&CM China 2016  
A full slate of business activities and a focus on technology and the MICE industry outlook were on the agenda. Here's the latest.
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Convene 2016 Breaks Records as Convention Centre Set to Break Ground  
How is the Vilnius Convention Bureau driving the local knowledge economy? Top officials from Convene share the latest trends.
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Vienna MICE Sector Posts Record 2015  
The number of events rose 3 percent in 2015, leading to a 16 percent rise in economic impact. Here's a look at the latest numbers.
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Two New Sales Contacts at Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau  
Sales Manager Pam Payano and Director of Travel Industry Sales for Latin America and the Caribbean Joe Docal have joined the organization's team. Take a look.
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Patricia Herrera to Lead New York City MICE Growth in South America, Europe and SE U.S.  
NYC & Company, New York City's destination marketing organization, has announced that Herrera has joined the company’s Convention Development team as the new regional director of southeast and global. Find out what's planned.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Sub-Saharan Africa: Wakanow.com at WTM Africa 2016  
The Event Editor Katie Reynolds-Da Silva caught up with Wakanow.com‘s Founder and Managing Director Mr. Obinna Ekezie prior to their panel discussion at World Travel Market Africa 2016. Watch the interview here.
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Portugal: ICCA's Iberian Chapter Congress Experiments With Meeting Design  
The MindMeeting team, composed of the meeting designers Mike van der Vijver and Chema Gómez, thought to detail every step of the event, which this year took place in Marbella (Spain). Find out what happened next.
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Middle East: IMEX 2016 to Focus on Education  
The event, which will take place from 19-21 April, continues to grow, with 3,500 exhibitors expected this year. Here's the latest.
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Australia: Manuka Oval Upgrade Welcomed  
The proposed re-development of Manuka Oval in Canberra will provide a major boost for Canberra’s tourism, accommodation and events sector. Here's why.
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Asia: More Events as Chinese Associations Gain Independence  
Chinese trade associations are expected to generate more events in the near future as a result of greater autonomy granted to them by the government. Get an in-depth look at the new policy.
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UK: Conference Care Directors Launch Online Booking Site  
Chris Peacock, Andrew Deakin and Ian Hancock have launched DayDelegate.com to address short lead times for small meetings. Here's how it works.
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Americas: Incentive Survey: Bigger Budgets, More Personalization, New Destinations  
The latest survey by MeetingsNet and the Incentive Research Foundation points to a growing trend: Budgets are coming back! Here's the latest.
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Americas: DMAI Slashes Staff to Begin “Strategic Realignment”  
Destination Marketing Association International announced a major staff shakeup today. Here's an inside look.
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Americas: New Meeting Planner Certificate for Occasional Planners  
Meeting Professionals International is broadening its reach to what it calls the “non-titled corporate meeting planner” segment. Here's how.
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