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What the Zika Emergency Means for Business Travel  
Following the World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of the Zika virus as a public health emergency, industry groups are weighing in on what it means for travel. Here's the latest.
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PCMA Leadership on Growth, Disruptors, and Adapting to Cultural Settings  
As business events play an ever more important role in the strategic development of an organization, education itself has become more strategic. PCMA's Deborah Sexton and Sherrif Karamat explain why.
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PCMA: Vancouver Reveals Juxtaposition of Beauty and Brains  
PCMA selected Vancouver as only the second city outside of the U.S. to host its flagship event, Convening Leaders, earlier this month. Claire Smith, VP, sales and marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre, talks why the city's events scene is on the rise.
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Incentive Travel Exchange Enriches the Guest Experience With SITE Education  
Buyers and suppliers who plan to attend Questex Travel Group’s 11th Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event March 2-5 at The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay can look forward to numerous development opportunities. Find out what's planned.
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Marriott Rewards Adds Delta Hotels  
Marriott Rewards members can now earn points or miles and Elite night credits, and redeem them for free night stays, at twenty-one Delta Hotels across Canada. Get the details here.
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Hilton West Palm Beach Opens With Convention Center Connection  
The hotel is connected to The Palm Beach County Convention Center via an enclosed walkway, making it the only hotel in South Florida to be directly connected to a convention center. Find out more.
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UCLA Releases Details on New Luskin Conference Center  
The university is touting next-generation technology and academic resources for meeting and event planners. Find out what's next.
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San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Opens New Expansion  
The $325 million renovation, the largest capital improvement project in San Antonio's history, has increased the facility's footprint to 1.6 million square feet. Here's the latest.
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New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Renovates Brooklyn's Largest Ballroom  
The property just wrapped a refresh of its culinary offerings and event spaces, with renovated guestrooms set to debut this summer. Here's what to expect.
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Breezes Resort & Spa – Bahamas Wraps Meeting Space Renovation  
The makeover at the all-inclusive Nassau resort added a new 490 square foot event space, Panorama Gallery, which holds a maximum of 50 people and boasts floor-to ceiling glass windows and doors overlooking the ocean. Get the details here.
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Monterey Begins Construction on Conference Center  
The project, which will gut the building, reconfigure the interior space, and construct a new two-story glass entryway, will continue through fall 2016. Here's what's planned.
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GBTA: TSA PreCheck Boosts Business Traveler Satisfaction  
The latest survey from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) also finds an increasing emphasis on extending trips for leisure. Here's a look at the data.
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Top Meeting Package Trends for 2016 From IACC  
The International Association of Conference Centres is offering tips for meeting planners and meeting venues for a successful 2016. Find out what you need to know.
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Amex: Europe Business Travel Grew Twice as Fast as Expected in 2015  
According to the 2015 EVP Barometer by American Express Global Business Travel, business travel spending increased by 1.42 percent in 2015, more than twice the projected rise of 0.7 percent. Here's a look at the latest data.
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UK: Bureau Assistance "Game Changer" for U.S. Planners, Survey Finds  
Convention bureaus need to offer more direct financial help, according to a survey. Here's why.
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Middle East: Westin Breaks New Ground in Egypt  
Westin Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in Egypt - bringing with it new events venues for corporate retreats, meetings and conferences. Here's what to expect.
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South East Europe: Paving the Way for a Green and Socially Responsible Tourism  
Many providers that jointly shape Ljubljana’s tourism and congress offer – from travel agencies, DMCs, congress centres, hotels, etc. – are striving to incorporate CSR initiatives into their business strategies. Here's what they're doing.
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Australia: Service Standards Need to Improve  
The hospitality and tourism industry will need to be able to access higher-levels of skilled workers if Australia is to continue growing the market, according to Tourism Accommodation Chair (TAA) chair Martin Ferguson. Here's why.
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Asia: Inaugural Global Exhibitions Day to Highlight Industry's Benefits  
The inaugural Global Exhibitions Day will be staged on June 8 this year. Here's a quick preview.
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Portugal: Azul to Launch Direct Flights Between São Paulo and Lisbon  
Azul - Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras wants to link Brazil to Europe with nonstop flights to Lisbon. Take a look at the schedule.
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Americas: Financial Services Meetings: What to Watch in 2016  
Meeting planners attending the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners 2016 Winter Symposium absorbed a lot of education in a little time. Here's a quick summary.
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Americas: As Zika Virus Spreads, Planners Take Notice  
The Zika virus is having a small but growing effect on meeting and incentive travel planners. Find out what you need to know.
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Americas: Winter Storms and Force Majeure: A Natural Match  
You can’t always predict when storms or unforeseen events will affect your meetings, but you can protect yourself with a good force majeure clause. Here's how.
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