IMR Global: Research Report: The 2018 State of the Meetings Industry

This Week's News for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events
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February 21, 2018
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Research Report: The 2018 State of the Meetings Industry  
Expect rising prices, but overall strength in the meetings market, says a new report from Two Roads Hospitality. Take a look.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Air Travel: The 737 MAX 9 + Wine Flies Free on Alaska  
A new plane from Boeing and an update to Alaska Airlines' wine policy lead this week's air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry.
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Supplier News: Hard Rock Into New Orleans + A Restored Maryland Resort  
A number of big hotel updates lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Take a look.
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New Convention Sales Exec in Fort Lauderdale  
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that Ed Simon will be joining the bureau, as Senior Vice President of Convention Sales & Services. Find out more.
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DESTINATION NEWS
The Latest Meetings and Events Updates From Australia  
From new hotels to the latest flight updates, there have been a number of updates to Australia's meetings and events sector. Here's what meeting planners need to know.
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Hard Rock to Open New Orleans Hotel Near Convention Center  
The new Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and the Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans are set to open in spring 2019. Here's a look at what's in store for meeting and event planners.
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Historic Chesapeake Hotel to Reopen This April  
Harrison’s Chesapeake House, an iconic hotel on Maryland’s Tilghman Island that fell into disrepair during the 2008 financial downturn, is set to reopen as the completely renovated Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island. Here’s a quick preview.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: AACI to Lead South Africa in MICE Sector BRICS Forum  
The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) will act as the lead association for South Africa's participation in the newly established BRICS Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions Co-operation Forum.
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Portugal: The Algarve Promotes Meetings Industry Through a New Digital Guide  
The Algarve Tourism Association (ATA), the agency responsible for promoting the region as a tourist destination, has launched a new digital guide.
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Australia: AIME Show Floor a Portal to the Future  
Interactive technology, virtual reality, fashion, immersive cultural delights, competitions and games for all to experience are set to bring the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) show floor to life next week. Find out more.
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Americas: 7 Consequences of Marriott’s Commission Cut  
Following Marriott's announcement of a reduction in third party planning commissions, what's next?
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Americas: 7 Steps to Finding the Right App for Large Medical Conferences  
Not all apps can handle the size and complexity of large national and international medical meetings. These tips will help you find one that can.
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Americas: New EU Data Privacy Rules Are Coming  
Why it matters to you and how you can tame the beast.
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