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Top Five Reasons to Use a Professional Meeting Planner  
Really, how difficult could it be to set up a gathering of a few hundred people, serve them some food and have them listen to a few speeches?
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Australian Events Legend, David Grant, Dies in Sydney  
David Grant produced events across Australia and internationally in an outstanding career which spanned almost three decades.
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PCMA: These Are The Most Innovative Cities Around The World  
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and convention bureau alliance Best Cities have published their picks for the most innovative cities worldwide. Find out what made the list.
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Questex Appoints Business Development Executives for Events and Digital Products  
Questex has appointed Michael Driscoll Questex Events vice president, business development and Matt Kavney Questex Digital Media vice president, business development. Here's a look at the new hires.
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Top Three Travel Trends From the Business Travel Coalition for 2016  
The organization has released a list of travel issues that will have the most impact on consumers and travel agencies in the coming year. Take a look.
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Oman Convention Center to Get New JW Marriott Hotel  
The new hotel will be part of the upcoming Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, itself part of the new Al-Irfan City project. Here's a quick preview.
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Etihad Airways Appeals Decision to Revoke Some airberlin Codeshares  
Last week a German court had revoked approval of 29 of Etihad's codeshare flights with airberlin. Here's the latest on the case.
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China Southern Airlines and Virgin America Launch Codeshare Agreement  
The agreement applies to Virgin America flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to destinations in China and Southeast Asia. Get the details here.
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Michal Ben Yacov Appointed West Coast Regional Manager at EL AL Israel Airlines  
Ben Yacov will lead the sales and marketing efforts on the EL AL West Coast route, which offers the only nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Ben Gurion International Airports. Get the details here.
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Roman Muška Named New Director of Prague Convention Bureau  
Roman Muška has been named the director of the Prague Convention Bureau, following the decision by former director Lenka Jarošová to step down at the end of 2015. Here's the latest.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: African Exhibitions Industry Takes Centre Stage  
JEC CEO Craig Newman says Africa has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the development of the global exhibitions, conferences and events industry. Find out why.
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Portugal: The Added Value of Destination Management Services  
The effect of the last recession has had its toll on DMC services, but the companies can still add value. Here's why.
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Australia: Air Canada Boosts Brisbane Nonstop Flights to Daily  
Air Canada will increase its new non-stop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane to daily from three times weekly beginning June 17, 2016.
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Asia: When is a Hotel not a Hotel?  
Choosing a hotel strategically in line with client objectives is a great way to get more value out of the accommodation part of event planning than simply viewing it as a place for guests to lay their heads. Find out what to look for.
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UK: TFI Group Mourns Death of Founder Peter Franks  
The TFI Group managing board reports that Franks passed away on Sunday, December 27, following a short illness.
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Americas: 3 Foolproof Ways to Collect Event Feedback  
At events, your best customers are literally standing in the same room as you. Take advantage of this opportunity to get some feedback.
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Americas: What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Meetings?  
If you and your organization aren’t talking about the Internet of Things yet, you will soon enough.
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Americas: 4 Ways to Meet the Event Transportation Challenge  
To make your event successful, you must nail the same quality and aesthetic in your transportation as you do in the event itself. Here's how.
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• Travel Agent's Travel Industry Forecast for 2016  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• Experience More: Change Your Travel Pattern in 2016  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• 2016 tech forecast: Wearables to grow in function  (Source: Hotel Management)

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