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Some Companies Could Avoid Marriott Commission Cuts  
Certain third-party businesses could maintain their 10 percent commission level on group bookings with Marriott International. Find out more.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Air Travel: New Flights to Guadalajara, USVI  
Also this week in air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry: what’s ahead for Iberia this year.
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Marriott to Cut Commission on Group Bookings in U.S., Canada  
The cut will apply to all group intermediaries on bookings at properties in the U.S. and Canada, effective March 31. Get the details here.
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Steigenberger Belvédère Hosts 2018 World Economic Summit in Davos  
The Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère recently hosted the 2018 World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. It has acted as the host for the event for 48 years.
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Hawaii Convention Center Signs Tournaments for New Sports Courts  
Three national sports organizations will host fustal (indoor soccer), basketball and volleyball tournaments at the new courts. Get the details here.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Benchmark Adds New Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center  
The new hotel on the Texas A&M University Campus is set to open this fall. Here’s what meeting planners can expect.
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Portugal: Pestana Porto – A Brasileira City Center & Heritage Building to Open in March  
The new hotel will have 90 rooms and suites spread over six thematic floors. Here’s an inside look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Winning Incentive Strategies  
Incentive or reward travel planners are under pressure to deliver dynamic experiences. Two experts share what they’re excited about this year with Susan Reynard.
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Australia: New Year Marks Change of Leadership at Adelaide Convention Centre  
Simon Burgess has stepped into the role of general manager at the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) moving up from his previous role as director – convention and exhibition sales. Find out more.
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Americas: Marriott Commission Cut: “Short Sighted” or Business Necessity?  
How are meeting professionals reacting to Marriott’s commission cuts? Find out here.
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Americas: Girl Scout Cookies and a Talking Stick: What It Takes to End a Government Shutdown  
Senators brokered a deal to end the U.S. government shutdown by using an age-old meeting tool.
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Americas: 3 Ways to Make Your Contracts More Cyber-Secure  
The company supplying the Internet connectivity must warrant that your group’s data will be safe, and take measures to ensure that it stays that way.
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