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Medical Melbourne: Why Intellectual Capital Matters  
Business events are strategically imperative to a city’s growth and intellectual competitiveness. Top Melbourne officials explain why.
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Sydney Shines 2016: A City on the Move  
In the first of six films from the New South Wales capital – and alongside Business Events Sydney’s International Advisory Board - we take a cruise across the city's famous harbor. Watch it here.
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CEIR: Why Quality of Booth Interactions Is the Most Important Part of Your Event  
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. Here’s an inside look at the study.
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Travel Leaders Study Points to Dropping Airport Security Satisfaction  
While a majority of Americans remain “satisfied,” a new Travel Leaders Group survey points to a decline in how travelers view airport security. Here’s the latest.
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London Breaks Top 5 Congress Destinations  
The city now ranks #5 in terms of international congress destinations according to new data from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Here’s what’s behind the surge.
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Paris Launches Charter to Attract Congress Organizers  
Major Paris tourism leaders met to launch a bid to boost the city’s MICE appeal. Find out what’s planned.
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The Travel Corporation to Relaunch Old Town, Kissimmee, FL  
The project includes a new website aimed at promoting the destination. Get the details here.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: 5 Common Mistakes Planners Make When Creating Sustainable Events  
As President of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) with over 14 years’ experience in designing and delivering winning sustainability strategies and organizing sustainable events, Roger Simons looks at the five common mistakes planners make when creating sustainable events.
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Portugal: Volvo Ocean Race: Portuguese Capital Is First Leg Destination  
Lisbon has been chosen as the destination for a flying start to the next edition of Volvo Ocean Race. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Middle East: New Westin Hotel Opens in Downtown Doha  
A new Westin hotel has opened its doors in Qatar’s capital. Find out more.
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Australia: Virgin Australia Unveils the “Business”  
Flying across the Pacific has been given a makeover, with Virgin Australia unveiling its new International Business Class cabin on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Take a look.
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Asia: MICE Gets Its Own Day at ITB Asia 2016  
SITE and Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) have been announced as new show partners. Find out more.
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UK: £30 Million Conference Venue to Take Off in Farnborough  
The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is expected to be completed by 2018. Here’s a quick preview.
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Americas: Pharma Forum 12.0: Meeting Innovations that Engage  
The primary goal of the Pharma Forum hasn’t changed much since its debut 12 years ago—to provide an engaging and invigorating environment where meeting managers in the life sciences can learn and network. But the creative elements that achieve that goal have evolved.
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Americas: Tap Into Brain Science to Make Learning Environments Better  
Good learning designers and meeting managers can enhance their own skill sets by tapping into the science behind learning. Find out how.
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Americas: How to Create a Meeting Even the Most Introverted Introvert Will Love  
On the Meetings Community (MeCo) listserv today, someone asked what planners were doing to accommodate their more introverted participants, and for the introverts among us (ahem), what makes us uncomfortable at events. Here’s a quick look.
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