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Houston’s Convention Center Shelters Harvey Victims  
In the wake of catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center is acting as an emergency shelter. Flight and hotel updates are also available here.
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Air Travel: Nonstop New York – Sydney Flights?  
Etihad’s new codeshare agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas and new routes for Alaska Airlines also lead this week’s air travel news impacting the meetings and events industry.
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Supplier News: Venue Updates in Vegas and Miami  
A pair of big event venue updates leads this week’s supplier news in the meetings industry. Find out more.
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Little Rock’s Robinson Center Wins LEED Gold Rating  
The Arkansas convention space implemented a number of sustainability initiatives during a recent renovation. Find out more.
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Vegas Venues: Palms Casino Resort Updates Meeting Space  
The updated meeting and convention space will be unveiled September 16. Here’s an inside look.
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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort Set to Add New Meeting Space  
The historic, wellness-focused hotel is undergoing a major renovation project. Here’s what’s in store for meeting planners.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Immersive Tourism About Innovation  
The annual celebration of Tourism Month in September underscores the importance of the industry to growing South Africa’s GDP, job creation, empowerment, transformation, conservation and sustainability. Susan Reynard examines the business landscape.
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Portugal: Games Are Not Just for Fun Anymore  

With gamification growing, using game techniques in real life is "invading" companies, events and congresses. Find out more.
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Australia: Event Planners See a Different Side of the NT  
The NT Convention Bureau recently hosted a four-day Unconventional Darwin Showcase which attracted 20 business events planners from the interstate association and corporate sectors. Take a look.
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Americas: For a More Powerful SMMP, Partner With Procurement  
Procurement managers can bring a lot to your strategic meeting management program—including transforming data into business intelligence you can really use.
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Americas: Geek Speak: What to Ask When Buying Meeting Technology  
Educational Measures’ "Meeting Technology Buyer’s Guide" helps meeting planners to decide what products they need, and the questions to ask vendors before signing up.
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Americas: 19 Tried-and-True Tactics to Engage Attendees  
Here are ideas planners are using now to get, and keep, the attention of their meeting participants before, during, and after the show.
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• Hyatt Continues Wellness Push With Exhale Acquisition  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• The Orania.Berlin Opens in Restored Historic Building  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• How hotels are handling Hurricane Harvey  (Source: Hotel Management)

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