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May 11, 2016
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A New Gold: The Transformative Outcomes of Business Events  
At IMEX Frankfurt 2016, government officials from New South Wales (NSW), Australia revealed the role of business events for developing an international profile, collaboration, and job creation. Watch what they had to say.
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PCMA and Melbourne Deliver Soft Landing Into Asia  
Melbourne Convention Bureau, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and PCMA have begun a three-year strategic partnership which will provide a landing pad for U.S.-headquartered associations and corporations venturing into Asia. Here’s an inside look at the deal.
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Sydney Books Ticket to Asia’s Future With P3 Infrastructure Investments  
At the recent IMEX Politicians’ Forum in Frankfurt, the Hon. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Events, Stuart Ayres revealed a planned AUS$65bn of investment in Sydney’s MICE sector. Find out what’s on the agenda.
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Incentive Travel Exchange Announces New Springtime Event Dates for 2017  
Questex Travel Group has announced that its next Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event will be held April 24-27, 2017, at The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Here’s what to expect.
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IAPCO Survey: Managed Participants Up 10 Percent  
The 9th IAPCO Annual Survey 2015 is now available. Here’s a quick breakdown of the highlights.
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Travel Leaders Corporate: Hotel Rates Down in New York and Chicago  
Travel Leaders Corporate has released a new analysis of its business travel clients' aggregated booking data from the first quarter of 2016. Here’s a look at the latest stats.
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New CMP Exam Prep App From PCMA  
Powered by SpotMe, the new app from the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is an add-on to the recently released updated CMP Online Prep Course. Find out more.
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Western Australia Reverses Funding Cuts for Perth Convention Bureau  
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) welcomed the announcement by Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan. Get the details here.
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Inside the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia’s New Meeting Spaces  
The luxury hotel just wrapped a $24 million refresh of 26,000 square feet of meetings, event and conference space. Take a look.
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IPEC Las Vegas Partners With The Kagency  
The Kagency is a venue booking agency that works with top event producers. This is The Kagency’s first Las Vegas venue.
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The Westin Nashville Appoints Pre-Opening Team  
The Westin Nashville has appointed Michael McDavid as director of entertainment, Richard Yamaguchi as director of group sales, and Jessica Burd as sales manager. Get the details here.
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GBTA Announces New Allied Leadership Council Members  
The Allied Leadership Council (ALC) represents GBTA’s Allied Members by acting as a voice for the Allied community within GBTA. Here’s a look at the newest membership changes.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: What Value does Your Passport Hold?  
Ever wondered which passports are the most powerful for travelers? No more – The Passport Index shows just which countries have the most leverage internationally.
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Portugal: Turismo de Portugal Launches TravelBI  
TravelBI is a new platform to support decision making. Here’s a quick look.
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Middle East: Record Numbers Attend Meeting & Incentive Forums' Europe Spring Edition  
The event is a collaboration between M&I (Meetings & Incentives) Forum and Dubai Business Events (DBE).
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Australia: Medical Minds Head to Brisbane  
More than 1500 of the country’s leading medical and surgical minds met in Brisbane last week. Take a look at the event.
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Asia: Global Social Dining Platform Wants to Feed Asian Event Groups  
Since coming into operations in 2014, VizEat now has a network of 17,000 hosts in more than 100 countries. Here’s a quick look at the program.
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UK: Liverpool Wins £2.5m Health Systems Global Conference  
The city will welcome 2,000 delegates for Health Systems Global (HSG) Symposium in October 2018. Here’s a quick preview.
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Americas: Here’s the Deal: 6 Things to Know About Casino Resort Negotiations  
In any hotel negotiation, dates, rates, and space are the critical factors, but casino resorts have a few more bells and whistles to consider. Find out what you need to know.
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Americas: How to Do a Site Inspection With Your Smartphone  
Looking to get a “live” view of a venue you can’t visit? We break down the ins and outs of a virtual tour.
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Americas: Is There Opportunity Waiting in Your Misfit Meetings?  
Does your company have certain meetings that don’t quite fit under your strategic meetings management program? Here’s why you should take a closer look.
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