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April 6, 2016
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USTA: U.S. Business Travel Declines Amid Market Volatility  
The latest Travel Trends Index (TTI) from the U.S. Travel Association shows a decline in February for U.S. business travel. Here's why.
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Convene 2016 Breaks Records as Convention Centre Set to Break Ground  
How is the Vilnius Convention Bureau driving the local knowledge economy? Top officials from Convene share the latest trends.
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Brussels Airport Resumes Flights  
The first flight since the March 22 terrorist attacks departed April 3 on Brussels Airlines. Here's the latest.
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Watch: Meetings Mean Business' New Business Leader Video Series  
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has launched a new business leader video series to showcase why meetings matter across all professions. We're kicking off the series with a discussion by Mike Gallagher, CEO at the Entertainment Software Association, on how trade shows like E3 showcase new products and generate industry sales.
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GBTA Assesses Risk Management Plans After Brussels Attacks  
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has released a new study examining the effectiveness of risk management plans following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels. Here's a quick look at the data.
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No More Starwood Bid From Anbang  
The consortium led by China's Anbang Insurance is withdrawing its bid to take over Starwood Hotels and Resorts, leaving the way clear for a merger with Marriott International. Here's an inside look at the deal.
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The Latest New and Newly Renovated New York City Event Spaces  
From the InterContinental New York Barclay's new ballroom to renovations at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, here are some top venues to keep in mind.
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Monterrey, Mexico to Get New Westin Hotel in 2019  
The signing marks the debut of the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in Monterrey, which is Mexico's second largest city. Find out what's planned.
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Mövenpick to Open New Jeddah Hotel  
The Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Tahlia will be located next to Jameel Square. Here's a quick look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Meetings Africa Tours  
The Event speaks to some of the hosted buyers and association guests at Meetings Africa this year to find out what their highlights were and which pre- and post-event tours they participated in.
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Middle East: Upgraded Business Facilities at Millennium Airport Hotel  
The revamped MICE and leisure offerings follow the launch of the hotel’s additional rooms. Check out what's new.
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Australia: NSW Regional Tourism Board Goes Under  
The Inland NSW Regional Tourism Organisation has collapsed into voluntary administration. Here's what that means for the organization.
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Asia: UFI to Recognize, Reward New Exhibition Talents With Grant  
The Next Generation Leadership Grant rewards exhibition industry professionals who show clear initiative in driving change and innovation. Find out more.
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UK: £80 Million Welsh Convention Centre Moves a Step Closer  
The National Assembly for Wales has agreed to a partnership with Celtic Manor owner Wesley Clover to build a 20,000 square meter venue.
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Portugal: Next ICCA's Iberian Chapter Annual Meeting Will Be in Madeira  
The island of Madeira, in Portugal, will receive the ICCA's Iberian Chapter Congress in 2017. Find out what's planned for the event.
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Americas: Cuba: When Will It Be Group-Ready?  
As trade restrictions fall away, the island welcomes U.S. hotel companies and U.S.-Cuba cruise itineraries.
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Americas: Rule that Could Limit Incentives Prompts Industry Response  
A rule proposed by the Department of Labor would require all financial sales representatives advising clients on individual retirement investments to act as “fiduciaries.” Here's what that could mean for the industry.
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Americas: The Magic Words That Will Win Your Meeting Negotiation  
We are well into the seller’s market -- here's how to keep your negotiating strength.
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• Jumeirah Al Naseem Now Accepting Reservations  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)
• The smarter front desk of tomorrow  (Source: Hotel Management)

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