IMR Global: Post-Hurricane Event Updates From Puerto Rico

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February 14, 2018
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Puerto Rico Shares Post-Hurricane Event Hotel Updates at Caribbean Travel Marketplace  
The destination kicked off 2018 with its first major convention with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace. Here’s the latest on the island’s recovery.
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Air Travel: Singapore Airlines First to Fly 787-10  
Singapore Airlines is upgrading its fleet this week in air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry.
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Supplier News: Marriott’s New Vegas Resort + Ritz’s St. Louis Reno  
A big new resort and some major renovations lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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American Express GBT Acquires Hogg Robinson  
The all-cash acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, pending regulatory approvals. Get the details here.
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Denihan Hospitality Latest Company to Raise Group Commissions  
Denihan joins a number of hotels who have raised group commission levels after Marriott announced they would cut them at its U.S. and Canada properties. Get the details here.
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What’s New in the Florida Keys for Meeting Planners  
New and newly reopened hotels, restaurants and attractions are on the horizon for corporate meetings and incentive groups. Take a look.
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Marriott’s New Vegas Resort to Have Over 500K Square Feet of Event Space  
Marriott International is planning a major new resort on the Las Vegas strip. Here’s what’s in store for meeting and event planners.
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Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Revamps Meeting Space  
The complete remastering of the luxury hotel’s 30,000 square feet of event space was highlighted by a technical makeover of the property’s Amphitheater. Here’s an inside look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Shared Economies in the Spotlight at Meetings Africa 2018  
The annual must-visit event on the travel trade calendar, Meetings Africa, will highlight the benefits to the country and the continent of shared economies. Susan Reynard reports.
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Portugal: Vodafone Portugal's Annual Meeting Wins International Award  
Last year's annual meeting of Vodafone Portugal, entitled "All Hands Meeting”, won the award for Best Internal Communication Event at FEIEA Grand Prix 2017. Get the details here.
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Australia: Crikey! Tourism Australia Bets $36m on Son of Hoges  
‘Son of Dundee’ kicked off Tourism Australia’s new $36 million push to lure big spending Americans over to the destination. Take a look.
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Americas: Commentary: My Letter to Marriott  
What I think the chain needs to do to justify its decision to cut third-party commissions by 30 percent.
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Americas: Who Goes to Events?  
The Future Meeting Space Project is exploring who today’s event participants are and what makes them tick.
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Americas: Meeting Planners Unite Founder to Launch Association, Meet with Marriott  
David Bruce, managing partner at CMP Meeting Services, launched LinkedIn and Facebook groups called Meeting Planners Unite to show the power of the independent planner. Here’s the latest.
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