IMR Global: What the Starwood - Marriott Merger Means for Meetings and Events

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Marriott CEO Talks Starwood, Meetings Biz at PCMA/Convening Leaders  
Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, was front and center at the PCMA/Convening Leaders conference last week, speaking about what the company’s purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide may mean for meetings. Here's what he had to say.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
Marriott Likely to Keep All Luxury Brands in Starwood Merger  
When Marriott announced it would buy Starwood last year, one of the first questions to arise was what would happen to the brands each company owns. James Latham caught up with Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson and asked him how things will fare for the luxury brands in the mix.
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Venue Watch: Event Hotel Updates in Texas, Tokyo and Beyond  
With 2016 kicking into high gear, more hotels are announcing openings and updates. Here's what meeting planners need to know.
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PCMA: Why Telemedicine Means New Opportunities for Medical Meetings  
Remote services such as HealthTap and Doctor On Demand are set to disrupt the U.S. health-care industry. Here's how medical meeting planners can keep pace.
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CEIR: Exhibitions Up 3.5 Percent Over Five Years  
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released the 2015 CEIR Exhibition Industry Census. Here's a look at the latest data.
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Mandalay Bay Convention Center Expansion Now Complete  
The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center expansion is now complete with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. Here's what event planners can expect.
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Destination Hotels Announces New Event Producers Program  
The new D?P (pronounced "deep) program aims to train catering and conference service professionals in the Destination Hotels portfolio to design extraordinary experiences for customers.
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Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels Announce Merger  
The combined company will be based in Denver, Colorado, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Singapore and Shanghai and will be under the leadership of Jamie Sabatier and Niki Leondakis. Get a look behind the deal.
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New Meeting and Event Updates From Greater Palm Springs  
The latest meeting and event news out of Greater Palms Springs includes travel convenience, new event spaces and a new promotion for meeting planners. Find out what you need to know.
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10 Percent Off Meetings and Events With FRHI Hotels and Resorts  
The parent company of Fairmont, Swissôtel and Raffles Hotels & Resorts is offering event planners 10 percent off the total bill. Get the details here.
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W Madrid Hotel to Open in 2018  
The W Madrid will be located on the Plaza de Canalejas in a 19th-century building. Find out more.
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Aspen to Get New W Hotel  
The W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen is set to make its debut in time for the 2017 winter ski season. Find out what guests can expect.
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Choice Hotels Opens Cambria Hotel & Suites NY - Times Square  
The 196-room Cambria Hotel & Suites NY – Times Square is located in Manhattan's central business district. Here's a quick look at the property.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Scandinavia: International Line Up of Speakers for 4th Edition of CONVENE  
The professional education program for CONVENE 2016 has announced its lineup of speakers. Find out who will be there.
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Middle East: Oman’s New Hub for Business Events Gearing Up for 2016 Opening  
Opening in September 2016, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is located in its own precinct just 10 minutes from the new Muscat International Airport. Find out what planners can expect.
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South-East Europe: C-IN Strengthens Its Position in the Organization of Veterinary Congress  
The 4th Congress of the European Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (EAVLD 2016) will take place from November 6 to 9 in the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague. Here's a quick preview.
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Australia: Peppers Arrives in Melbourne  
The hotel is part of the $100 million M Docklands project being developed by Capital Alliance Investment Group. Take a look.
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Portugal: BTrust Integrates Global Network The Staffing Collective  
The Portuguese agency BTrust has joined The Staffing Collective, an international network of agencies specialized in event implementation, staffing and entertainment. Here's a look at the deal.
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Asia: Jakarta's Terror Attack Barely Dents MICE Demand  
The recent terrorist bombing in Jakarta appears to have marginal impact on business travel sentiments to Indonesia, going by the muted reaction of international buyers at ATF 2016 to the tragic event. Here's the latest.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: EXSA Members Give Insight Into Trends for 2016  
A group of key Exhibition and Event Industry of South Africa (EXSA) members sat down to discuss what we can expect from EXSA in 2016, as well as the key trends for the coming year.
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UK: Put Sustainability "Back on the Agenda", Says Thomson  
Gallus Events' William Thomson is calling for the events industry to rediscover sustainability in 2016. Find out what he has to say.
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Americas: Industry Groups Form to Boost Women in Travel and Meetings  
About 400 women and men (but mostly women) packed a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last summer for the second annual Women In Travel Summit. Here's a look at the event.
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Americas: SmithBucklin Buys Corporate Meeting and Incentive Company SDI  
Association management giant SmithBucklin has acquired SDI, a Chicago-based meeting and incentive company. Get a look at the deal.
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Americas: A New Way to Launch a Strategic Meetings Management Program  
Many organizations still have not adopted the three core requirements of strategic meetings management. Here's how to stay on track.
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