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February 28, 2018
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Research: Meetings Industry Is Critical to a Healthy Economy  
A new report from the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) shows that the meetings industry has a big impact on the U.S. economy. Here’s an inside look.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Questex Amps Up the Networking Program at Incentive Travel Exchange  
Questex LLC, organizers of Incentive Travel Exchange and publishers of International Meetings Review, has incorporated more education, activities and interactive receptions into their upcoming event for an optimal networking experience. Here's a quick preview.
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Air Travel: AA, Qantas Attempt Another Link + Airbnb Flights?  
Another proposal for an association between American Airlines and Qantas and Airbnb's talk of a push into air travel lead this week's air travel news in the meetings and events industry.
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Supplier News: ALHI Expands in California, Protea in Zambia  
A number of new hotel and hotel collection expansions lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Here's a quick look.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Las Vegas Breaks Ground on New Stadium  
A new stadium will be the future home of the Las Vegas 51s, the first professional baseball team for the destination. Find out more.
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Esports and Events: DC Inks Deal for New Home for Overwatch Team  
Events DC its investment in esports with a deal with NRG Esports for a new training home in Washington, DC, for its Overwatch team. Here’s what’s planned.
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New Protea Hotel Planned for Zambia With Big Amphitheater  
Officials from Protea Hotels by Marriott say the 2,000 seat, standalone amphitheater will help to attract mega events to the country's capital of Lusaka. Find out more.
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ALHI Adds Two California Hotels  
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has added the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay and the InterContinental San Diego, which is slated to open this fall. Find out more.
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Portugal: Forum Braga Opens in April to Position the City as a Reference Destination  
The venue will feature the second largest auditorium in Portugal and the largest auditorium in the North. Here's a quick preview.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Make AV a Feast for the Senses  
Sound and light and so much more is the promise of the latest audio-visual technology for business events. Susan Reynard reports.
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Australia: A New Virtual Experience of Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves  
Brisbane’s riverfront lifestyle, dining, tourism and event destination Howard Smith Wharves (HSW) is launching a virtual reality experience to give event planners a taste of what to expect before it opens in late 2018. Find out more.
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Americas: Two Minutes with Tina Gaccetta  
Tina Gaccetta is the new head of events for the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.
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Americas: How You Can Adapt to the Changing World of Hotel Commissions  
Marriott’s recent commission reduction could be a game changer. Here’s a five-step plan to keep from being left behind.
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Americas: The New Economic Significance Study: Making Sense of the Numbers  
The newest study from Oxford Economics on the economic significance of the meetings industry is out, illustrating the size and impact of meetings, conferences, incentive travel programs, and trade shows. Here's an inside look.
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