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Marriott - Starwood Merger Hits Further Review in China  
Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have agreed to extend the time period for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) to complete its review. Find out more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
MEET National Offering Two Keynote Addresses at 2016 Event  
MEET National, organized by the Questex Travel Group, will take place Sept. 7-8, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Take a look at the agenda.
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AXUS Travel App Integrates With Sabre  
The app leverages Sabre’s API to provide real-time itinerary updates to travelers and travel agents. Here’s how it works.
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HotelPlanner, Meetings.com Expand Planner Services  
The new services are part of a partnership with e-destinACCESS. Get the details here.
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“Pick a Perk” Meetings Offer From Chateau on the Lake in Branson  
Available for bookings by December 31, the new promotion enables a group to receive a choice of incentives. Here’s what’s on offer.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Officially Opens New Event Space  
The opening is part of a $107 million investment in the property’s meeting and event offerings. Take a look.
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New Meeting Space at Kimpton Morrison House in Alexandria  
The hotel in Old Town Alexandria, VA, just wrapped a renovation that added a new event space to the property. Here’s a quick look.
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Griffin Gate Marriott Adds New Overlook Events Space  
The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, KY, recently unveiled its new event venue renovations. Take a look at their transformation here.
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Dallas Fort Worth Achieves Carbon Neutral Status  
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has become the 23rd airport worldwide to achieve the milestone. Get the details here.
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Middle East: Jordan to Host 6th Arab Aviation Summit  
The two-day summit will be held at the Movenpick Resort & Spa – Dead Sea. Here’s a quick preview.
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Portugal: High-density Wi-Fi to Receive Web Summit  
An agreement with Portugal Telecom (PT) will provide FIL (Lisbon International Fair) and Lisbon Congress Centre (CCL) with new Wi-Fi technology. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Australia: ICC Sydney to Spend $250k on Staff Development Program  
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is investing $250,000 into professional development for its operational workforce. Here’s a look at the program.
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Asia: Indonesia on the Radar of Longhaul MICE Planners  
Longhaul MICE planners who attended the Business Matching session in Jakarta last week have said they are keen to organize events in the country. Here’s why.
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UK: Conference Aston Introduces the Living Wage  
A Birmingham academic venue has begun paying staff a minimum £8.25 an hour, above the recommended £7.20 for over 25s. Here’s a look at the new policy.
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Americas: Do Meeting Planners Provide a False Sense of Security?  
Get an inside look at duty of care best practices for meeting and event planning.
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Americas: 5 Weird Ways Legal Marijuana Could Affect Your Events  
Sooner or later, chances are one of your meetings will land in a state that welcomes cannabis. Here’s what you need to know.
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Americas: Marketing and SMM: The New Power Couple  
GBTA is on the precipice of moving the business of meetings forward again, by looking into best practices for collaborations between meeting and marketing departments. Here’s how.
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