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December 30, 2015
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Rise in Group Travel Drives Convention Hotel Development  
The industry is bullish on developing to draw group demand to specific markets, and in some cases local governments are stepping in to provide the financing needed to generate tourism dollars. Here's the latest.
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IPEC Las Vegas Offers 10 Percent Commission on Event Bookings  
The new freestanding conference center is five minutes from McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. Here's what planners can expect.
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Puerto Vallarta Closes 2015 With New Meeting Venues, Strong Occupancy  
It's been a big year for Puerto Vallarta with three new event venues and strong occupancy numbers for December. Here's the latest.
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Guam Convention Centre at Dusit Thani Guam Resort Opens as Largest Meetings Facility in Micronesia  
The 419 room hotel also has Dusit International's signature spa concept, the Thai-inspired Devarana Spa. Here's a quick tour.
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Las Vegas Arena to Open Hyde Lounge Nightlife Venue  
The new Hyde Lounge at Las Vegas Arena is set to open in April 2016. Find out what guests can expect.
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Why the U.S. TSA Could Stop Accepting Some State Driver's Licenses Soon  
Federal government officials may soon be stepping up enforcement of the 2005 Real ID Act. Here's what that means for air travel.
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Australia: QT Bondi Opens by the Beach  
The QT Bondi has opened in time for summer, with the usual touches expected from designer Nic Graham. Take a look.
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Asia: AEC to Present a Tough Playing Field for Indonesian MICE Players: INCCA  
Different government regulations across South-east Asia, specifically those governing bank loans, are expected to result in a bleak future for Indonesian convention and conference players. Here's the latest.
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UK: Manchester Central in Good Health After Medical Focus  
The venue welcomed more than 20,000 delegates to almost 30 medical-related events in 2015. Find out what's next.
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Portugal: The Super Communicator  
Uriel Oliveira, vice president, Cision Portugal, explains how to manage business communications in the convergence of media.
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Americas: Why Revenue Management Is Like a Box of Chocolates  
Mark Benson, president and managing partner, Applied Meeting & Hospitality Solutions, says, “It’s the box of chocolates from ‘Forrest Gump.’ You never know what you’re going to get.”
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Americas: What CME Needs: A Healthcare Learners Bill of Rights  
Just as the U.S. Constitution needed amending as the young country developed, resulting in the U.S. Bill of Rights, so does the contract between healthcare learner and CPD provider need to adapt to the ever-shifting U.S. healthcare system.
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Americas: Think Green: IMEX-GMIC Calls for Session Ideas, Award Nominations  
The Green Meeting Industry Council and IMEX are seeking speaker submission proposals for a sustainability track to take place during IMEX Frankfurt April 19–21. Get the details here.
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