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A Look Back at Marriott’s Record Year  
Marriott International’s recent partnership with Sandals Resorts International to bring a new conference center to Jamaica caps a record year that included the merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts and more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Convention Space News: New Conference Centers for Jamaica, New Mexico  
A pair of proposals for new conference centers are making headlines this week in the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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Supplier News: New Event Tech Partnership, New Hotels  
A big new event technology partnership leads this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Find out more.
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Five Technology Providers Unite to Form Event Tech Tribe  
The new group includes Hubb, Glisser, ShowGizmo, Swoogo and TRC. Here’s what the new deal means for planners.
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Inside the Future of Marriott’s Aloft Brand  
Marriott International has launched its first pop-up hotel innovation lab in downtown Los Angeles. Here’s an inside look.
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Marriott Opened 55,000 Hotel Rooms in 2016  
The openings marked a record for the company, and excluded its merger with Starwood. Here’s the latest.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Wyndham to Open Hotel and Conference Center in New Mexico  
Following a $5 million renovation, the Hotel Cascada will be renamed the Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center. Find out more.
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Marriott, Sandals Partnership to Bring Conference Center to Jamaica  
The 10,000 square foot conference center is part of a plan to bring the AC Hotels by Marriott plan to the Caribbean. Here’s an inside look.
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Strong Convention Spending, Tourism Record for San Francisco  
Event attendees spent an estimated $754 million in 2016. Here’s a look at the latest numbers.
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Los Angeles Sets Visitation Record in 2016  
47.3 million visitors traveled to the city in 2016. Find out more.
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Renaissance Opens New Event Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria  
The new property marks the first opening for Renaissance Hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa. Take a look.
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W Hotels to Open New W Budapest  
The new boutique hotel will offer planners three event spaces. Here’s a quick preview.
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Ritz-Carlton Opens First Golf Resort in China  
The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou on Hainan Island has 3,500 square meters of banquet facilities for conferences and celebrations. Here’s what planners can expect.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Wesgro: Cape Events Boost SA Economy by R374m  
Cape Town is on the map for tourism, and with the help of the Cape's official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency Wesgro, the Mother City has grown to become a world-class contender for conference and business travel too. Here's how.
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Portugal: Global Presentation of Peugeot 5008 in Portugal  
Portugal was chosen to host the world presentation of the New Peugeot 5008 to the media. Find out what to expect from the event.
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Australia: What’s on in Uluru in 2017  
Uluru’s Ayers Rock Resort will host a line-up of major events in 2017. Here’s a look at the schedule.
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Asia: Sparks Fly as Government Plans to Shut Tokyo Big Sight for 2020 Games  
The industry says the decision means the largest purpose-built venue of its kind in the city will be unavailable for exhibitions between April and October 2020. Here’s the latest.
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Americas: Airport Security to Stop Accepting Driver’s Licenses as ID in 8 States  
These driver’s licenses will not get them through airports’ TSA checkpoints after January 22, 2018. Here’s what planners need to know.
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Americas: Bold Campaign Works with the U.N. to Raise the Profile of Events  
The new initiatives will dovetail with the 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Find out more.
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Americas: Need to Learn Something? Book a Brain Date  
Brain dates function as a one-on-one knowledge exchange, proving it is better to give and receive.
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