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Starwood and Marriott Hotels Are Headed to Cuba  
Havana's Hotel Inglaterra will join The Luxury Collection and Hotel Quinta Avenida will become a Four Points by Sheraton. Find out what's planned.
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Terror Attacks in Brussels Shut Down Airport  
Two explosions struck Brussels' international airport and one struck a subway station early Tuesday. Here's the latest on the situation.
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Starwood Accepts New Bid From Marriott Over Anbang  
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has accepted a new bid from Marriott International to acquire the company, moving forward the plan to merge the two organizations. Here's the latest.
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Voters Reject Miami Convention Center Hotel Plan  
Voters backed the proposal for the construction of a hotel adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, but failed to reach the required margin for the city to go ahead with the development. Here's a look behind the decision.
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Brazil to Waive Certain Visas for Olympics  
Brazil has announced a new waiver program for tourist visas from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Get the details here.
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Travel Leaders Group Rolls Out pinSIGHT Hotel Booking Solution  
The new hotel booking solution will ultimately be available to all agents, whether they book hotels via GDS or through pinSIGHT's dedicated online site, Travel Leaders said. Here's how it works.
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Scotland Debuts The Slàinte Scottish Experience  
Held in The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the new attraction offers guests food, drink and a show featuring bagpiping and music by renowned Scottish musicians. Here's what to expect.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Middle East: New Four Seasons Targets Business Travelers  
The Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Centre has now opened its doors to the public. Here's what planners can expect from the property.
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Australia: Tour Adelaide Convention Centre Virtually  
The Adelaide Convention Centre has launched Australia’s largest Google Virtual Tour. Find out more.
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Asia: The Vines Resort Launches New Outdoor Function Space  
The Pavilion, an outdoor event space that can accommodate up to 100 guests cocktail-style, recently opened on March 1. Take a look.
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UK: The Oval Declares £4.5 million of Events Revenue  
Flexible meeting spaces and a larger sales team have helped the venue post a four-fold turnover increase since 2011. Find out what's next.
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Portugal: Porto Airport Once Again Rated as Europe’s Third Best  
ACI-Airports Council International once again awarded Porto Airport with the distinction of being Europe’s third best airport for the year 2015. Here's a look at the award.
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Americas: 10 Must-Dos Before You Launch a Meeting Planning Business  
Jennifer C. Squeglia, CMP, founded RLC Events Inc. nine years ago. Here she offers some expert tips on starting your own business.
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Americas: How Do Your Meetings Measure Up?  
Do you rely on “smile sheet” evaluations to measure how well your meeting is progressing toward its goals and objectives? If so, you may be missing out - here's why.
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Americas: Engagement: It’s Not Rocket Science (But It Is Neuroscience)  
How can you drive engagement at your events? Neuroscience is offering new ways to tackle the issue.
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• United Airlines Submits Final Cuba Route Proposal  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• The Historic Presidential Visit to Cuba  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• CEOs fight to ensure Airbnb is no OTA replay  (Source: Hotel Management)

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