IMR Global: Top Concerns for Meeting Planners in 2018

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Top Concerns for Meeting Planners in 2018  
Group representation firm Teneo Hospitality Group has gathered observations from top meeting planners to determine their most pressing issues and concerns. Here’s what you need to know.
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Air Travel: New Cancun Terminal, Iberia's A350  
A big new airport expansion and new product updates lead this week's air travel news in the meetings and events industry. Here's what you need to know.
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Supplier News: New in Massachusetts, Maryland  
A big new resort opening and an event space revamp lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry. Here's what you need to know.
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Research: What Worries Business Travelers Most and Least  
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has commissioned a report on what makes business travelers worried the most. Take a look.
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MMBC to Ramp Up Advocacy Ahead of Midterms  
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has announced plans to reinforce the value of face-to-face meetings during the 2018 midterm election cycle in the United States. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Staging Connections Rebrands to Encore Event Technologies  
The rebrand is to align with its wider Encore Event Technologies group. More here.
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A Pair of Big Atlantic City Openings  
Two major new resort openings in Atlantic City just brought a host of new meeting and event space to the destination, plus some major new entertainment venues. Here’s what meeting planners need to know.
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Mandarin Oriental, Grand Cayman to Bring Meeting Space to Island  
When it opens in 2021, the new Mandarin Oriental, Grand Cayman will mark the second property for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in the Caribbean. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Now Booking: MGM Springfield  
MGM’s new resort in Massachusetts is now accepting reservations for rooms and suites. Here’s what event planners can expect.
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Maryland Events: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club to Expand  
The property has embarked on construction of the second phase of The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, a multi-million dollar property expansion. Here’s a look at what’s planned.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Executive Mayor of Tshwane Inspires Confidence in a Greener Future, at the EGF Conference  
Councillor Solly Msimanga, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, officially opened the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) sixth annual conference on June 14. Here's an inside look at the event.
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Portugal: Obama Heads Climate Change Conference in Porto  
The 44th President of the United States will land in Portugal on Friday, to help companies handle environmental issues. Here's a look at what's planned.
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Australia: Emporium Hotel South Bank Unveils Meeting Space  
Emporium Hotel South Bank has unveiled its new event spaces ahead of its August opening. Here's an inside look.
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Americas: What Does the Travel Ban Decision Mean for the Travel Industry?  
The travel industry is weighing in on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Trump Administration’s controversial travel policy. More here.
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Americas: When in Rome, Drink What the Locals Drink  
Global brands can be comforting, but they don't give travelers a sense of place.
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Americas: Hotel Security Questions You Probably Forget to Ask  
From backup generators to active shooter “denial devices,” seven things to ask about when you need a meeting venue that makes risk management a priority.
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• AccorHotels to buy half of SBE Entertainment  (Source: Hotel Management)

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