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Post-Irma, Miami Looks Ahead to Convention Center Revamp Debut  
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau reports that the storm did not delay the project’s anticipated rollout in September 2018. Find out more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
How Meetings Can Help Cope With Natural Disasters  
While destinations in the Caribbean and U.S. continue to assess the impact of the recent hurricanes on their meetings and events sectors, David Gabri, chairman of Associated Luxury Hotels, has released an article on how meeting professionals can help.
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Air Travel: Hawaiian - Japan Airlines Codeshare + More Flight Disruptions  
A big codeshare agreement and continued disruptions from hurricane season are this week’s biggest air travel stories affecting the meetings and events industries. Take a look.
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Meet Puerto Rico Begins Assessing Hurricane Maria Damage  
The destination’s hurricane plan is in place and damage assessments are ongoing, reports Meet Puerto Rico CEO Milton Segarra. Here’s the latest.
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Jacksonville’s Meeting and Convention Venues Open Post-Irma  
All but one of the destination’s Downtown Convention hotels are now open, Visit Jacksonville reports. Here’s the latest.
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GBTA, MPI to Partner on Education for Frankfurt Conference  
The GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR will take place November 28 - 30. Here’s a quick preview.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo to Open With 37K Square Feet of Meeting Space  
The new hotel in Sri Lanka is set to open this November. Find out more.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: South African Tourism Appoints Chief Strategy Officer  
Bashni Muthaya has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer of South African Tourism. Find out more.
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Portugal: Delta Airlines Connects Azores to New York and Lisbon to Atlanta  
The airline is back in Portugal, after connecting Lisbon to New York earlier this year. Find out more.
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Australia: ICC Sydney Secures 1000th Event  
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has welcomed its one millionth visitor and booked its 1000th event, less than 12 months after opening. Find out more.
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Americas: Are These 4 Hotel Sales Practices Costing You Money?  
You have your secret strategies to get the most out of every meeting dollar. Hotel sales departments do, too.
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Americas: Penalties Are for Hockey Games, Not Meeting Contracts  
What you need to know about the difference between penalties and damages to keep your contract off thin ice and out of the penalty box.
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Americas: Why Hotel Negotiations Are Like a Game of Tetris  
Hotel execs explain how flexibility and communication are essential to the negotiation game.
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