IMR Global: Hotels Up Group Commissions After Marriott Cuts

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February 7, 2018
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These Hotels Aren’t Following Marriot’s Lead on Group Commissions  
Wyndham Hotel Group is holding commission levels steady, while three hotels are increasing them for a limited time. Find out more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
South Seas Island Resort Ups Group Commission  
As part of the Captiva Island, Florida, resort’s “Lucky 13” promotion, commission on group business will increase to 13 percent on bookings made before April 30. Get the details here.
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Author and Motivational Speaker Jennifer Martin to Keynote Incentive Travel Exchange  
Jennifer Martin will keynote the next Incentive Travel Exchange, taking place April 18-21, 2018 at the Delano Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. Find out more.
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Air Travel: United Updates Animal Policy + Flights to Delhi  
New flights and a new policy on emotional support animals lead this week’s air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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Supplier News: Ritz Into St. Kitts + Protea Into North Africa  
Major hotel brands announced their expansion into new destination this week in supplier news affecting the meetings and events industry. Find out more.
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MICE Industry Set to Hit $1.245 Billion in 2023  
The global MICE industry is poised for continued growth. Here’s a look at the latest trends.
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DESTINATION NEWS
New Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman to Have Island’s Largest Function Space  
The new Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residents is expected to open by the fourth quarter of 2020. Here's what's in store for meeting planners.
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Ritz-Carlton to Bring More Luxury Event Space to St. Kitts  
Ritz-Carlton has announced plans for a new luxury resort in St. Kitts. Here’s what meeting planners can expect.
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Marriott’s Protea Brand Expands Into North Africa  
The Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine, Algeria is now open in the “City of Bridges.” Here’s an inside look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Greenwashing Is Not an Option  
Instead of fudging the numbers and faking sustainability at your next event, take a leaf from the experts and make greener choices now. Susan Reynard examines the options.
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Portugal: Portugal on its Way to Event Consolidation in 2018  
Convention bureaux in Portugal are reaping the fruits of a very good year and are expecting a new similar one. Here’s a look at the latest trends.
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Australia: Wanda Sells Circular Quay Mega Development in Firesale  
Two mega projects in Sydney’s Circular Quay and the Gold Coast have been sold by Chinese developer Wanda to another Chinese company, AWH Investment Group. Find out more.
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Americas: Marriott’s Commission Reduction: Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned!  
Is it time to explore new funding models for meetings management programs?
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Americas: Meetings Due Diligence in the Aftermath of a Disaster  
Seven steps you need to take to safely decide whether or not to cancel when your meeting destination is hit by a hurricane or other devastating event.
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Americas: How to Design Great Event Swag: A Checklist  
Bad swag is boring, forgettable and useless. Here are six ways to keep from falling into the trap.
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• Jamaica Extends State of Emergency Through May  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• New in Nicaragua: Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• The hotel of the future looks like this  (Source: Hotel Management)

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