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December 23, 2015
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The Latest on New Meeting and Event Venues  
This week has seen a flurry of announcements regarding new and in development event venues around the world. Here's what you need to know.
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Travel Leaders: Business Travel Set to Grow in 2016  
Travel Leaders Group has released the results of its 2016 Business Travel Trends Survey. Here's what to expect from the year ahead.
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PCMA: Foundation Invests at College Level, Prepares for Convening Leaders  
What's next for PCMA's education program? We spoke with COO Sherrif Karamat to find out.
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"Clustering" of Tech Events Delivers Scale-Up Benefits to Entrepreneurs in London  
We spoke with London & Partners Director of Business Tourism and Major Events Tracy Halliwell MBE on London's growing reputation as a tech hub following London Technology Week. Watch the conversation here.
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etouches: Chukwu Refuses to Be Drawn on IPO  
Oni Chukwu, chief executive of etouches joined IMR to discuss the continued growth of the company as one of the largest event management software providers worldwide. Watch the conversation here.
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Davidson Sets Homework for Students, Industry and Policymakers  
Rob Davidson of MICE Knowledge and former lecturer at Westminster University unveiled the second edition of `Marketing Destinations for Conferences, Exhibitions & Business Events` at the recent ibtm world in Barcelona.
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Social Media, Sharing Economy Top Event News of the Week  
From a big case study on social media at the 2015 ICCA Congress to a new sharing economy resource from the German Convention Bureau, here are the top event technology tips to keep in mind from this week.
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CEIR Announces Board of Directors for 2016  
Aaron Bludworth will serve as the 2016 chair of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). Here's what's next.
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SITE Foundation Names 2016 Board of Trustees  
Denise Dornfeld, CIS, president North America, Allied PRA will serve as SITE Foundation President 2016. Here's a look at the rest of the board.
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Commercial Flights to Cuba From U.S. to Resume  
The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to resume commercial air travel between the two countries. Here's the latest reaction from airlines.
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Japan Airlines to Temporarily Halt Tokyo Narita Flights to Paris  
The airline said that demand to the city had fallen 60 percent after November's terrorist attacks. Here's the latest.
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Singapore Signs New Medical Events  
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia Congress and SpineWeek 2016 are among new medical industry events coming to Singapore. Here's the latest.
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IBTM Arabia Celebrates 10th Anniversary  
This year's event will take place February 9-11, 2016. FInd out what's in store.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Meetings Africa 2016 Events Programme Highlights  
Meetings Africa 2016 will kick off with the annual BONDAY (Business Opportunity Networking Day) on Monday, 22 February 2016. Find out what's next.
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Middle East: IHG Launches Two New Business Travel Initiatives  
InterContinental Hotels Group has launched two new initiatives aimed at aiding corporate clients and business travelers. Get the details here.
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Australia: MCEC Reveals Open Space 2016 Speakers  
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) industry event Open Space has revealed its two speakers for 2016. Find out who.
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UK: Pharma Company Faces Sanctions Over "Lavish" Meeting  
Stirling Anglian's board meeting for 12 NHS staff was deemed "unacceptable." Here's why.
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Portugal: Congress Participants Spend an Average 1700 Euros in Lisbon  
According to a survey from Observatório do Turismo de Lisboa of foreign participants who attended conferences in Lisbon this year, 82.7 percent consider returning to the city and 99.3 percent recommend Lisbon as a tourist destination. Here are the latest stats.
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Americas: What Will Wi-Fi Coalition Standards Mean for Planner Choices?  
Several things happened after the Federal Communications Commission fined Marriott International $600,000 in October 2014 for blocking attendees' personal Wi-Fi devices. Here's a look at the impact.
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Americas: Association for Women in Events in Growth Mode  
The Association for Women in Events, which was founded in March by volunteers to focus on professional development, personal brand development, and assisting young professionals to attain career goals, is moving into a growth mode. Here's how.
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Americas: Do You Know the 6 Major Forces Shaping Medical Meetings Today?  
CME providers must understand the forces that are driving change in the way healthcare is now perceived and delivered in the U.S.
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