IMR Global: IHG Cut + Vegas Strike + Top Meeting Hotels

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May 16, 2018
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IHG to Follow Hilton, Marriott on Cutting Group Commissions  
The commission cuts go into effect January 1, 2019. Here’s what meeting and event planners need to know.
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Citywide Strike Could Be on Tap for Vegas  
Members of unions representing casino resorts on the Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas will hold a strike vote May 22, with strikes potentially starting June 1. Find out more.
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Cvent: The Top Meeting Hotels of 2018  
Cvent has released its annual lists of Top Meeting Hotels for meetings and events worldwide. Here’s a look at who made the cut.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Air Travel: New Flights to Tahiti, South Africa  
Also this week in air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry: American Airlines updates its rules for emotional support animals. Here's what you need to know.
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Research: Business Travelers Won’t Trade Privacy for Safety  
While a large majority of business travelers acknowledge the value of traveling for work, a varying percentage are reluctant to comply with company travel policies, according to new data from American Express Global Business Travel. Find out more.
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Honduras Promotes New Convention Center, Unusual Venues  
Honduras has a number of unusual attractions for meeting and event planners, tourism officials report. Here's what's available.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Despite Hurricane, Orlando Set Convention Record in 2017  
Despite Hurricane Irma, 2017 saw Orlando set a record for convention visitors and also become the first destination in the United States to pass the 70 million visitor milestone. More here.
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Renaissance Denver Renovates Meeting Spaces  
The $15 million project also revamped the hotel’s guestrooms and public spaces, as well as adding a new restaurant concept called Fifty300. Here’s an inside look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Tourvest Destination Management: Investing in Tourism’s Future Talent  
The Tourvest Destination Management Guide Academy offers students the chance to qualify as a National Culture Tour Guide. Get the details here.
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Portugal: Forum Braga: A New Venue In Northern Portugal  
Forum Braga, a new meetings and events venue in northern Portugal, opened April 27. Here's an inside look.
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Australia: New Vibe for Melbourne in 2019  
Construction has started on a new Vibe Hotel at the former Fletcher Jones showroom in Melbourne’s CBD. Here's what's planned.
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Americas: What to Do When Headlines Threaten Your Meeting  
Even though the threat to your meeting may be nil, the volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island can still have attendees saying they don’t lava the idea of attending your Maui event.
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Americas: The Landscape of Change  
Understanding the forces at work in the fast-moving world of global life sciences meetings
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Americas: SITE Introduces New Specialist Certification Program  
Qualified candidates can take the two-hour exam at IMEX to earn Certified Incentive Travel Professional certification.
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