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February 24, 2016
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Traditional Versus Alternative: GBTA Examines UK, German and French Business Travel  
A new GBTA Foundation survey of business travelers who are based in Europe’s three largest business travel markets takes a look at traditional versus alternative booking channels. Here's the inside word on the findings.
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25th Anniversary Meeting Incentive From Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland  
With the 2016 Meetings Inspired offer, group clients of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland can qualify for complimentary guest rooms and suite upgrades, based on the number of nights booked. Find out how the offer works.
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Westin to Debut in Milwaukee  
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced that Westin Hotels & Resorts will debut in Milwaukee in summer 2017. Here's what's planned for the new hotel.
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Marriott Purchases The Edgewater Hotel in South Beach  
The property will be re-christened the Marriott Vacation Club, South Beach. Here's what's planned.
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Melbourne Convention Bureau's Business Events Week Returns  
From February 21 through 26, Business Events Week 2016 will profile Australia's national business events industry under the theme "With One Voice." Find out what's planed.
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Melbourne to Host First PCMA Citywide Auction Outside North America  
The Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Citywide Auction will offer business event and conference organizers the chance to bid on an event package at MCEC. Get the details here.
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SITE New York Rebrands as SITE Northeast USA  
The rebranding is meant to reflect the development of the organization to regions outside the New York metro area, such as Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Here's what's next for the company.
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BTC Weighs In Against Transparent Airfares Act  
The 2014 Transparent Airfares Act has been revived in an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill. Here's how the travel industry is responding.
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U.S., Japan Sign Agreement for Daytime Flights to Tokyo Haneda  
U.S. carriers can now operate daytime flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Here's the latest on air travel to Japan.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Knowledge Economy and Innovation - A Firm Focus for Meetings Africa 2016  
Meetings Africa will take place February 22 to 24. Find out what's planned.
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Portugal: EasyJet Increases Business Segment Services in Portugal  
EasyJet is reinforcing its commitment to the corporate market with the placement of two professionals in the Portuguese trade team, Tiago Gaspar and Victor de Leon. Take a look at the new hires.
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Middle East: GES Wins New Three-Year Contract With Dubai World Trade Centre  
Global Experience Specialists (GES) has secured a three-year contract as the official service provider for all exhibitions organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) between 2016 and 2018. Take a look at the deal.
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Australia: Lofty Ambitions for Western Sydney Hotel  
PARKROYAL Parramatta is on-track to launch new guestroom, dining and MICE experience in mid-2016. Take a look.
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Asia: AirAsia's New Guangzhou Link Fuels Malaysian Interest in the Chinese MICE Market  
Some Malaysian MICE players are intensifying courtship of MICE operators in Guangzhou, encouraged by AirAsia's new four weekly direct service between Langkawi and Guangzhou since January 24. Here's why.
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UK: Penguins Picked for Fourth Theo Paphitis Retail Conference  
The Berkshire agency will deliver the annual three-day conference for the group's three retail brands. Get the details here.
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Americas: Zika and Travel: What Companies Are Doing Now  
Meeting and travel planners have a lot of questions about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, and unfortunately some of those questions are unanswerable right now. Here's what the experts know.
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Americas: Trump Elects to Open D.C. Hotel in September, Two Years Ahead of Schedule  
Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open in September on Pennsylvania Avenue. Here's the latest on the property.
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Americas: MPI Did the Math, and Your Buying Power Is Going Down  
In the 2016 Winter Meetings Outlook from Meeting Professionals International, respondents predicted a little spending increase but a bigger pricing increase. Here's a full breakdown of the predictions.
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