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Democratic National Convention Forecast to Bring $180 Million to Philadelphia  
The U.S. Travel Association estimates that the convention will bring $180 million in direct spending to Philadelphia. Here’s what else meeting planners need to know about the event.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Travel Industry Luminaries to Participate on MEET National’s Town Hall Panel  
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will be among the featured panelists in an interactive town hall meeting at the close of MEET National 2016. Take a look at the lineup.
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MPI Launches Resource to Help Planners Measure Meeting ROI  
The “Measuring Meeting Value Guidebook” is now available for download from Meeting Professionals International. Take a look.
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Marriott Launches New Online “Meetings Imagined” Platform  
To celebrate the launch, Marriott is offering meeting planners a chance to win a monthly $5,000 meeting credit giveaway through December 31, 2016. Get the details here.
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Royal Caribbean Launches New Digital Experience for Meeting Planners  
The cruise line just launched a major overhaul to its meetings, events and incentives website, RoyalCaribbeanIncentives.com. Here’s an inside look.
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DESTINATION NEWS
New York Side Trips: Brooklyn  
You might be in Manhattan for a meeting, but we say it’s wise to get yourself over to Brooklyn for some authentic drinking and dining experiences. Here’s where to go.
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Phoenix Convention Center Gets Approval for Public Safety System  
Smart City Networks has received final approval for a public-safety distributed antenna system (DAS) it installed last year at the Phoenix Convention Center. Here’s how the system works.
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Meeting Space Renovation at Hyatt Regency Austin  
The expansion included the addition of the 14,000 square foot Zilker Ballroom. Find out what’s new.
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Portugal: Ministry of Economy Launches M&I Portugal Program  
The M&I Portugal (Meetings & Incentives Portugal) program aims to support the search and holding of conferences and corporate events in Portugal. Get the details here.
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Middle East: Conrad Opens New Business Address in Saudi  
Conrad Hotels & Resorts has opened its first hotel in Saudi Arabia. Here’s a quick look.
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Australia: Convene Queensland Kicks Off  
Convene Queensland has opened its doors at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Take a look at the event.
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Asia: New World Millennium Hong Kong Introduces New Meeting Package  
New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel has recently introduced an All-round Meeting at Your Hand package for planners. Get the details here.
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UK: UK Hotel Prices to Rise 7 Percent in 2017  
The GBTA's 2017 Global Travel Price Outlook also reveals UK airfares to rise 2 percent while group sizes increase 6 percent. Here’s a look at the latest stats.
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Americas: Incentive Attendees Meet and Eat With Locals  
Meals can offer incentive groups a chance to connect with the local culture. Here’s how.
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Americas: Meet the Women Planning the Republican and Democratic Conventions  
During the next two weeks, voters in the U.S. will turn their attention to Cleveland and Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at these two major events.
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Americas: Are You Prepared for Gun-Toting Attendees?  
Now that many states allow guns in public spaces, pistol-packing participant could be coming to your next meeting. Are you prepared?
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