IMR Global: Top 7 MICE Trends + IACC Rebrands

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April 20, 2016
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Top 7 Meeting Trends for 2016 From Benchmark Resorts & Hotels  
From pop-ups for meetings to the evolution of the CMP, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has rounded up the top trends to watch for meeting planners from its member properties. Take a look.
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IACC Launches Rebranding  
The association will no longer refer to itself as the International Association of Conference Centres, but will simply be referred to as IACC. Find out what's next for the organization.
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GBTA Expands Into India  
India is currently the 10th largest business travel market in the world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) said. Here's a look at the new initiative.
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Vista Equity Partners to Acquire Cvent  
The private equity firm will acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Cvent common stock for a total value of approximately $1.65 billion. Get the details on the deal.
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Malta Launches New Conventions Brand  
The new Conventions Malta brand aims to promote the Maltese Islands as a destination for conference and incentive travel, as well as association business. Find out what's planned.
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Meetings Mean Business Hosts Global Meetings Industry Day  
The day celebrates the MICE industry with over 100 events in over 85 locations, spanning more than 30 countries. Find out what's on the agenda.
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Associations World Congress Organizer Rebrands  
The Associations Network has changed its name to the Society of Association Executives. Here's a look behind the revamp.
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Inside Kimpton's First Caribbean Hotel  
The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa will represent Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' first hotel outside of North America (Kimpton has managed properties in Canada) and Grand Cayman's first hotel development on its famous Seven Mile Beach in about a decade. Check out our firsthand tour of the construction site.
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Thailand to Get Four New Best Western Hotels  
The signing of an agreement with real estate developer A.D. Houses Co. will open four Best Western Plus hotels in resort destinations across Thailand. Take a look at what's planned.
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Middle East: Dubai Hotels Launch MICE Campaign  
Dubai's Gloria Hotel and Yassat Gloria Hotel & Apartments have revealed a new MICE strategy dubbed Hello…MICE to meet you. Here's how it works.
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Australia: NSW Minister joins Sydney at IMEX Frankfurt  
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres MP, has flown to IMEX Frankfurt to share the importance of Australia’s business events sector. Find out more.
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Portugal: APECATE: The Portuguese Association of Events Is Looking at Europe  
The events industry gives clear signs of cooperation between international peers. Here's why that's important. 

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Asia: Club Med Guns for Bigger Share of MICE Market  
Following its acquisition by Fosun International in March 2015, all-inclusive holiday resort Club Med has created a new MICE-dedicated post, stepping up initiatives to offer meeting packages and more.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa Enjoys Spike in Tourist Arrivals  
The number of tourists arriving in South Africa every month has shot through the one million mark for the first time since 2009. Take a look at the latest stats.
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UK: Emotion Measurement Set to Be "Next Big Thing"  
An Eventopedia roundtable reveals that Return on Investment measurements will focus on delegate emotions. Here's how.
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Americas: Is Tweeting for Meetings a Thing of the Past?  
Twitter may still be the go-to social media channel for a lot of on-site participants at meetings, but is that where meetings professionals should focus their attention?
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Americas: Accor Acquires Home-Rental Site Onefinestay  
Like its well-known U.S-based rival Airbnb, onefinestay is a marketplace where individuals can rent out their homes. Find out what the deal means for both companies.
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Americas: The New Rule Threatening Incentives: Is There an Upside?  
Yes, say two organizations whose memberships are keenly interested in how the rule is going to affect them. Here's why.
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