IMR Global: Milton Segarra to Step Down as Meet Puerto Rico CEO as Recovery Continues

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Milton Segarra to Step Down as Meet Puerto Rico CEO as Recovery Continues  
Segarra has accepted a new position as CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here’s the latest on the destination’s recovery from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Air Travel: Atlanta Returns to Normal + Norwegian Expands U.S. Network  
A major outage at the Atlanta airport tops this week’s air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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Supplier News: Private Island Buyout in Venice, a New Netherlands Hotel for ALHI  
There have been a number of new hotel and personnel updates this week in supplier news affecting the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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BCD Acquires Grass Roots  
BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has signed an agreement to acquire Grass Roots Meetings & Events from Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. Here’s what the deal means for the two companies.
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Phoenix Convention Center Amps Up Sustainability  
The LEED-silver certified event venue has completed several sustainability upgrades. Here’s a look at what’s new.
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The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills to Debut Makeover in Jan.  
The hotel's $11 million renovation offers guests updated meeting and event spaces, renovated suites and a new restaurant and bar. Check it out.
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DESTINATION NEWS
ALHI Adds Global Sales Manager in Minnesota  
Michelle Russell will serve as the Global Sales manager based in Minnesota for Associated Luxury Hotels International. Find out more.
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Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin in the Netherlands Joins ALHI  
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) now represents the 254-room luxury hotel. Here’s an inside look.
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Meeting Planners Can Buy Out JW Marriott Venice’s Private Island  
The island of Isola delle Rose offers more than 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Get the buyout details here.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Meetings and Golf, a Winning Formula  
Holding events and conferences at golf clubs and resorts gives delegates the value add of mixing business with sport, spa and open spaces. Susan Reynard reports.
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Portugal: BTL 2018: Hosted Buyers Program Applications Are Open  
BTL's next edition runs from February 28 to March 4 at FIL. Here’s a quick preview.
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Australia: Victoria Tourism Industry Council Appoints New CEO  
The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) has appointed Felicia Mariani as its new chief executive, starting in the role in mid-January 2018. Get the details here.
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Americas: 5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Mean More  
The “Purposeful Meetings” model outlined in a recent white paper can help you plan events that change behavior, inspire creativity, and create moments of meaning, connection, and insight.
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Americas: Liftoff! Thoughts on Creating a Better Product Launch  
By neglecting this powerful tool, you could be hurting the product and your profit margins. Here’s how to make the most of it.
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Americas: Harnessing the Meeting Data Deluge  
You’re inundated with data from your meeting. Now what?
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