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MPI: 12 Percent Drop in Planners Predicting Meetings Growth  
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook 2016 Summer Edition. Here’s a look at the highlights of the report.
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6 Meetings of the Future From the German Convention Bureau  
The new meeting scenarios are the latest development in the GCB’s Future Meeting Space research project done in partnership with the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAO). Find out more.
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Inside Travel Leaders Corporate’s New Meetings iQ Solution  
Travel Leader Corporate has announced the details of its new meetings management program, Meetings iQ. Here’s a quick look.
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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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Planners Can Earn One Million Honors Points at Hilton Milwaukee City Center  
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center has launched a new promotion for meeting planners. Get the details here.
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IPEC Las Vegas Rebrands as Conference Center of Las Vegas  
The venue offers 20,000 square feet of conference space, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and 48 onsite guest rooms. Here’s what’s behind the name change.
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Waldorf Astoria Chicago Adds Nearly 8,000 Square Feet of Events Space  
The luxury Chicago hotel has added four new meeting and event venues. Take a look.
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AEG Facilities to Manage Puerto Rico Convention Center  
Jorge Perez has been named general manager of the facility. Find out what’s next.
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Miami Beach Convention Center Begins Next Phase of Renovation  
Contractors have begun pouring concrete for Halls A and B of the new facility. Take a look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Cape Town’s Hidden Gems  
The jewel of the Western Cape is the vibrant city of Cape Town, bedecked with stunning, world-class meeting venues that cater to any and every business event. Here are just a few of the shining stars in Cape Town’s bustling business-events industry.
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Middle East: New Business Address For Deira  
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has unveiled plans to open an Aloft hotel in Deira. Take a look at the new property.
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Australia: Sale of Daintree Discovery Centre Marks New Chapter  
The Daintree Discovery Centre has been sold to the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (ADBT) by founders Ron and Pam Birkett. Here’s what’s next.
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Asia: Meeting Venues Need to Keep up With the Times: PCMA  
According to PCMA president and CEO Deborah Sexton, clients are moving away from individualism and towards "tribal communities of like-minded, passionate individuals”. Here’s what that means for the meetings industry.
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Portugal: Did You Ask for Portable Accommodation?  
Snoozy Dreams has just launched in Portugal portable accommodation solutions for events. Find out more.
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UK: New Look EVCOM Leadership “Must Pool Energy" as it Ponders Brexit Strategy  
The new EVCOM board meets for the first time to discuss effects of Brexit and future plans for association.
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Americas: Listen Up: What You Need to Know About Sound Checks  
Learn how meeting planners, AV pros, and speakers can make their next sound check their most productive yet.
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Americas: The Man With the Plan for a Likable TSA  
Peter Neffenger was confirmed as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration only a year ago, but he’s already made plenty of changes. Here’s what’s next.
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Americas: Are Fam Trips Ethical?  
A recent Professional Convention Management Association Ethics survey got an already chatty online chat into even higher gear. Here’s what planners were saying.
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