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IMEX Sets Agenda for Politicians Forum  
The 14th annual IMEX Politicians Forum will take place at Hotel Villa Kennedy Frankfurt on April 19. Find out what's planned.
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Group Upgrades at Washington DC Hilton  
The Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport is offering special packages for spring events. Take a look.
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Georgia's Sea Island Adds Junior Ballroom and More  
The resort's expansion project has added a new 5,000 square foot Mizner Ballroom to its meeting space. Get the details here.
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Boston Gets Dual-Branded Aloft, Element Hotel  
The 330-room Aloft Boston Seaport and attached 180-room Element Boston Seaport are across the street from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Take a look at the property.
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Mori Deal Means More Marriott Hotels in Japan  
Marriott International and Japanese lodging company Mori Trust Group have signed deals for five hotels in Japan that will operate under the Marriott Hotels brand. Here's what travelers can expect.
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New Meetings Space From Clayton Hotel Chiswick  
The West London hotel just rolled out a big revamp to its meeting and events space. Take a look.
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Starwood Announces New Aloft, Element and Four Points Hotels in Florida  
The three brands from Starwood Hotels & Resorts intend to grow by more than 40 percent in Florida by 2019. Here is the latest on the new meeting venues.
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European Association of Urology Congress Returns to London  
2017 will mark the first time London has hosted the event in almost 30 years, London & Partners reports. Here's what to expect.
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The Hague Marriott Hotel, The Hague's Largest Hotel, Opens  
Marriott Hotels opened the property following an extensive four-month refurbishment. Here's an inside look.
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UFI Open Seminar: How Can Asia's MICE Sector Face Disruption?  
Almost 270 delegates from 21 countries and territories gathered in Chiang Mai this week to discuss and debate the future of the exhibition industry. Here are the key trends.
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Tokyo to Host IAPCO Meeting and General Assembly in 2018  
The 49th Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers will take place in Tokyo following Council Meetings in Osaka. Find out what's planned.
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AIME Charts Course for Australia's Events Sector  
Speakers at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) press conference at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre talked what's next for the event. See what they had to say.
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Experiential Design and Personalization Are Key to Future Event Success  
At PCMA's Convening Leaders annual conference in Vancouver in January, keynote speaker Anthony Miller, chief marketing officer of Lanyon discussed what's next for event design. Watch the highlights here.
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GBTA: For Buyers, Hotel and Ground Contracts Come Easier Than Airlines  
A new GBTA Foundation survey examines how business travel buyers are faring when negotiating ground transport, hotel and airline contracts. Here's a look at the latest stats.
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UK: Istanbul "Still Safe," AIME Buyers Told  
The Turkish city says there has been no reaction in conference bookings following the Ankara car bombing. Here's the latest.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on PCOs in Africa  
Professional Conference Organisers play an integral role in our continent’s business events growth trajectory. Kim Muller catches up with some of the companies working in this sector.
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Portugal: Luís Araújo Is the New President of Portugal's Tourism Board  
Luís Araújo, from Pestana hotel group, succeeds, in a interim basis, João Cotrim Figueiredo as President of the Portugal Tourism Board. Find out what's next.
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Middle East: The Outlook Is Bright for Incentive Travel  
Global incentive travel remained strong in 2015 – despite a year marked by turmoil in many areas. Here's why.
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Australia: Darwin Double for AccorHotels  
AccorHotels has welcomed the Novotel Darwin Airport and the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort into the fold. Take a look at the new properties.
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Asia: Bintan Lagoon Resort Invites Groups to Meet for Free  
Bintan Lagoon Resort in Indonesia is dangling a free full-day meeting with coffee breaks and other perks to corporate groups that are staying overnight at the complex. Get the details here.
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Americas: 7 Ways You Can Explode Your Meeting's Instagram Following  
Instagram can be a great social media tool for meeting and event planners—but first you need to build a following. Find out how.
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Americas: Why Pharma Meal Caps Must Be Increased  
Meal caps are one of the reasons a hotelier from a major chain said his chain’s properties are becoming increasingly reluctant to accept business from the life sciences sector. Here's why.
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Americas: Planners Are Mad as Heck, and They’re Not Going to Take it Anymore  
In a new study planners weigh in on their biggest peeves when it comes to venues. Get the details here.
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• NY's Metropolitan Museum to 'Suggest' $25 Ticket  (Source: Luxury Travel Advisor)

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