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March 16, 2016
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New Bidder in Starwood - Marriott Merger  
A consortium of investors led by Anbang Insurance Group has launched a new bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ahead of the closing of that company's merger with Marriott International. Here's what that means for both companies.
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Questex Travel Group Announces Revitalized 2016 MEET National Event  
Questex Travel Group has announced that it will be launching a fresh, revitalized program for the annual MEET National event, formerly known as HSMAI’s MEET National. Take a look at the latest plans.
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ICC Sydney Preps for December Opening  
The new exhibition center just passed a construction milestone that saw a lift of the facility's roof. Here's the latest on the project.
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Top 50 Meetings Hotels in Europe From Cvent  
Results were collated using meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network. Find out who made the list.
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New Dubai, Qatar and Oman Hotels From Centara  
Centara Hotels and Resorts is planning a big expansion in the Middle East. Find out where the company is headed next.
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New Ballroom at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel  
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel recently unveiled Hawaii Island’s newest venue for meetings and social functions, Kaunaoa Ballroom. Take a look.
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World Marketing Group to Represent Mercury80 DMC in Canada and U.S.  
World Marketing Group (WMG), which was founded by former SITE President Jane E. Schuldt, will provide business development and representation services for South African DMC Mercury 80 in the U.S. and Canada. Here's a look at the deal.
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GBTA Convention Names TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger Speaker  
Neffenger will be a featured speaker at this year's event from the Global Business Travel Association. Find out what else is in store.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Is It a Job? Is It a Career?  
ConCept G explores the idea of a job versus a career in the context of the exhibition and events industry.
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Portugal: BTL 2016 Increases in Visitants  
BTL, the Portuguese tourism exhibition, hosted this year 75,428 visitants, an increase of 4 percent compared to 2015. Take a look at the latest stats.
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Australia: Victoria Secures Hockey Tournament  
The Hockey Australia International Tournament will be held in Victoria for the next three years. Take a look at the successful bid.
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Asia: New Association for Macau's Event Players to Enhance Destination Promotion, Industry Standards  
The new association was a year in the making following an announcement by the Macau government making the MICE sector a priority in its tourism strategy. Find out what's planned.
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UK: £100m Nottingham Hotel and Conference Centre Plan Takes Shape  
Nottingham City Council has chosen a developer as its preferred bidder to regenerate the Guildhall site. Get the latest.
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Americas: 5 Myths About Attendees that Can Wreck Your Meeting  
You know your meeting’s attendees. You even love them—well OK, some of them. But are you unintentionally doing them a disservice?
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Americas: We Want Your Nominations for Our 2016 Changemakers  
MeetingsNet is looking for planner and supplier nominations for its annual Changemakers list!
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Americas: Leaving Your Job, Starting a Business: How it's Done  
What does it take to walk away from 26 years at a Fortune 500 company and go back to square one? Deborah Costa, CMP, is finding out.
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• Lufthansa Sues Sabre Over GDS Surcharge  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• Why Anbang, China is infatuated with U.S. real estate  (Source: Hotel Management)
• What to Watch in Mexico All-Inclusives  (Source: Travel Agent Central)

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