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Texas House Passes New Bathroom Bill; What’s Next for Events Industry  
A new “bathroom bill” has passed the Texas House, prompting questions on what the legislation could mean for the state’s meetings and events industry if it passes. Here’s the latest.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
In Memoriam: SITE’s Jane Schuldt  
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has announced that Jane E. Schuldt, an incentive industry leader and advocate, died May 20 of pancreatic cancer. Find out more.
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Air Travel: BTC on Laptop Ban Impact; Icelandair’s Transatlantic Internet  
Also this week in air travel, Delta launches new nonstop flights to St. Kitts as Etihad puts the A380 on its Paris route. Find out more.
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GBTA: Brexit, Travel Ban, Laptop Ban Could Pull Events Out of U.S.  
The GBTA’s new “uncertainty forecast” predicts a $1.3 billion loss in overall travel-related expenditures in the United States this year. Here's a look at the latest data.
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DESTINATION NEWS
Vidanta Opens Nuevo Vallarta’s Biggest Convention Center  
The new Grand Vidanta Convention Center can accommodate over 2,400 guests. Here’s an inside look.
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A Meeting on the Beach Package in Fort Lauderdale  
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is offering a new package for meeting planners this summer. Take a look.
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London: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch to Open This July  
The highly anticipated hotel, and Nobu restaurant, will open on Saturday, July 1. Here's a quick preview.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Wins Bid to Host Africa’s Travel Indaba Until 2022  
The decision was announced by the South African Tourism board following a comprehensive bidding process. Find out more.
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Portugal: Meetings Industry... the Allure of Working With the Best  
Hosting events is one of the strategic assets of national tourism and a priority for Turismo de Portugal. Find out more.
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Australia: Sydney Stages Largest ATE in a Decade  
Tourism Australia’s annual business-to-business event Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) returned to Sydney this week. Here’s an inside look at the event.
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Asia: MICE Groups in Seoul Leaning Towards More Active, Craft-based Activities  
Active and craft-based programs are becoming increasingly popular for teambuilding and incentive groups that head to Seoul. Find out more.
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Americas: 10 Practical Ways to Maximize Your Webinars  
From marketing to scheduling to formatting, here’s how you can get the most people to get the most out of the webinars your organization produces.
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Americas: Diving Deep Into EIC’s 5 Top Trends for the Meeting Industry  
At a recent EIC meeting, members discussed changes in the industry, new tech trends, and the current political scene. Here’s an inside look.
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Americas: Las Vegas Hotel Launches Facebook Messenger Booking Chatbot  
The Venetian Las Vegas has launched a secure booking channel on Messenger giving guests the ability to book directly through the social messaging app. Here’s how it works.
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