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Here’s 2017’s Top Cities for Meetings in the U.S., EMEA and Asia Pacific  
Cvent, Inc. has released its annual list of the top cities for meetings and events in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC). Here’s an inside look at the list.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Air Travel: Delta’s Facial Recognition Test, New Flights to Rio  
United Airlines has also added service between San Francisco and eight destinations in this week’s roundup of air travel news affecting the meeting and events industry. Find out more.
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Supplier News: Jacksonville’s New Hyatt, Design Hotels’ New MICE Forum  
A big new event hotel in Florida and Design Hotels’ inaugural event for MICE professionals lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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ALHI’s Jennifer Erney Named PCMA Supplier of the Year  
Erney just joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) as vice president of sales for the Mid-Atlantic region. Here’s a look at the award.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Roundup: New Event Hotels in Florida, Chile and Antigua  
Three new luxury hotels are entering the international and domestic market, bringing with them an assortment of amenities and event spaces. See more here.
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New 90k Square Foot Convention Center in Texas Moves Forward  
Construction has begun on the new Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen and Watters Creek Convention Center. Here’s the latest on the project.
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New Hyatt Hotel to Bring More Event Space to Jacksonville  
Located across the street from St. Johns Town Center, the 160-room hotel, Hyatt Place Jacksonville, is scheduled to open in late 2018. Here’s what’s planned.
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Design Hotels Launches New MICE Forum  
The inaugural CO-LAB MICE Edition is taking place at the Almyra in Paphos, Cyprus. Here’s a look at the event.
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Portugal: Porto Up 11 Places in ICCA's World Ranking  
Porto went up 11 places in ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)'s world ranking. Find out more.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Craig Newman Elected as UFI President for 2019  
The Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) is proud to announce that Craig Newman, Chief Executive Officer, has been elected as the President of UFI for 2019. Get the details here.
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Australia: Second Holiday Inn Express for Melbourne  
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and partner Pro-invest have announced plans to open a second Holiday Inn Express Hotel in the heart of Melbourne. Find out more.
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Asia: Preferred Hotels & Resorts Offers More Meeting Hotel Options  
The new additions range from resorts to city-centre hotels, and are all independent properties. Here’s a look at what’s new.
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Americas: Lessons from the Biggest Live Event You’ve Never Heard Of  
Planners and politicians can learn from the Eurovision Song Contest.
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Americas: Selfies at Security: Airports Test Facial Recognition Technology to Cut Down Queues  
Facial recognition software and other biometric technologies are being investigated to tighten security and shorten lines.
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Americas: Is Your Meeting Illegal, Impossible, or Impracticable?  
When and how you can call on a force majeure clause to cut your losses when the show just can’t go on.
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• On Site: Los Cabos Preps for Weddings Market  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• The Best New Hotel Openings in the Maldives for 2017  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• Jumeirah Group plans new resort in time for Expo 2020  (Source: Hotel Management)

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