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February 1, 2017
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TOP STORY
What Trump’s Immigration Ban Means for the Meetings and Events Industry  
With protests set to continue this week at airports across the United States over U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, meetings industry officials are taking stock of what the policy means for their attendees. Here’s the latest.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Convention Space News: The Borgata’s New Conference Center  
A big new conference center in New Jersey is the headline to watch in this week’s meetings industry news.
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Supplier News: Four Seasons Into China, Park Hyatt Into St. Kitts  
A host of new luxury venues and executive appointments lead this week’s meetings industry supplier news.
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BCD Meetings & Events Names Therese Kelleher SVP Enterprise Solutions  
Kelleher has more than 23 years of international business development experience across multiple industries. Find out more about the new site.
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New Team Building Offer From Disney Business Solutions  
The new meetcentives offer consists of short team-building activities designed to create strong memories. Here’s a quick look.
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DESTINATION NEWS
London: February Brings Hotel Renovations, Romantic Breaks  
From the newly redone luxury Franklin Hotel in Knightsbridge to a romantic day trip for bleisure travelers, here’s what to watch in London this February.
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Conventions, Events Aid Bednight Record in Vienna  
Vienna hosts more than 3,500 conventions and corporate events per year. Here’s a look at the latest stats from the destination.
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New in China: Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin Has 31k Square Feet of Event Space  
Four Seasons just opened a new luxury hotel in China: the Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin. Here’s a quick preview for meeting planners.
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First Park Hyatt in the Caribbean to Open This Summer  
The new resort in St. Kitts will have a Reception Hall with over 7,000 square feet of event space. Take a look.
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Seattle’s The Edgewater Offers Buyout Package to Celebrate 55th Anniversary  
The hotel is the only property in Seattle with unobstructed views of both Puget Sounds and the Olympic Mountain Range. Here’s what’s new for meeting planners.
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Atlantic City’s Borgata to Open New Conference Center in May  
The newly designed $11 million project will span 18,000 square feet of space. Here’s a quick look.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Meetings Africa Flies the Sustainability Flag High  
At the 2017 edition of Meetings Africa, South Africa National Convention Bureau’s premier business event, we will see a strong focus on sustainability. Find out what to expect.
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Portugal: International Buyers Can Apply for BTL Hosted Buyers Program  
International buyers interested in participating in BTL 2017 can now submit their applications. Here’s how.
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Australia: New Sydney Ferry Route Good News for Business Events  
Last week, Business Events Sydney officially launched SeaLink Travel Group’s twin passenger catamarans. Here’s what that means for the city’s events sector.
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Asia: Tokyo Big Sight to Adjust Schedules With Show Organisers Impacted by Venue Closure  
The operator of Tokyo Big Sight is attempting to play down criticism over the Japanese government's decision to close the city's largest convention centre during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Here’s the latest.
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Americas: Do You Need to Reformat Your Conference?  
Which format will work for your conference? Here is some advice from the pros.
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Americas: Protecting Your Event with Contracts and Insurance  
Don’t let a series of unfortunate events derail your conference. Here are some top tips.
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Americas: BCD M&E Hires New VP to lead Enterprise Solutions  
BCD Meetings & Events has named Therese Kelleher to the position of vice president, Enterprise Solutions. Take a look at the new hire.
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