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AIPC: The Influence of Meetings Beyond the Convention Center  
By Jena Tesse Fox, James Latham
AIPC Executive Director Rod Cameron and President Geoff Donaghy shared their insights on how destinations are leveraging the MICE industry to attract top talent to cities.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
Bangkok Bombing Threatens Travel  
An explosion at the popular tourist attraction Erawan shrine in central Bangkok has killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 125.
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Top Tips: How to Serve Millennial Travelers  
Millennials working in the travel industry shared key insights into how the Millennial generation is traveling and tips on how to best serve this growing demographic.
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Report: U.S. Has More than 5 Million Hotel Rooms  
Consultancy group STR’s most recent hotel census, for June, shows 5,001,163 rooms across 53,554 properties.
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ibtm world Updates Knowledge Program for 2015 Show  
For November's event (in partnership with ACS audiovisual solutions), all education content will be presented from a newly designed ‘Knowledge Village’ with four purpose-built theatres on the show floor.
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Caribbean Meetings & Incentive Travel Exchange Wraps in Dominican Republic  
CMITE 2015 brought sixty-three incentive and meeting planners from the United States and Canada to Punta Cana to meet with sixty-three Caribbean suppliers.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Portugal: What Is Brand Activation?  
Building a brand is a long process, in permanent contact with consumers, and involves the most varied actions, above and below the line.
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UK: Academic Venues on Showcase  
An upcoming seminar organised by Venuemasters will connect attendees with representatives from seven destinations, including University of Manchester and London's Conference Roehampton, at the event on 7 October.
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Central Europe: Congrex Switzerland’s Website Gets Refreshed Look  
The website has also been developed to feature a responsive design, adapting its display for optimal viewing on any size/resolution screen.
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Australia: Convention Centres Outperform GDP  
Growth in convention centre business is outpacing the overall global economy, according to the International Association of Convention Centres' (AIPC) latest annual Performance and Prospects Survey for 2015.
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Asia: Yunnan Inks Multiple MOUs to Give Province a MICE Boost  
The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Yunnan Sub-Council has signed a number of MoUs to boost the MICE industry in the Chinese province.
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Middle East: Meeting Forum to Leverage Dubai’s Growing Slice of MICE  
Dubai is attracting 27 percent of business events in the region and its allure as a host destination is being used as a platform for discussion by a dedicated industry event.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: New Additions To The MCI South Africa Team  
MCI South Africa has announced the appointment of Jim McIntosh in the role of Director: Business Development & Marketing and Nigel Tebbutt as Manager: Sponsorship and Exhibitions.
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Americas: To Fear or Not to Fear Periscope  
Today I did the unthinkable. I created and distributed a live broadcast for free. Yes, a 10-minute video broadcast worldwide from my iPad. I used a tool you too can use: www.periscope.tv.
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Americas: NH Collection is a Brand to Watch for Meetings  
Meeting and incentive business from U.S. groups is “growing,” says Chief Commercial Officer Rufino Pérez Fernández, adding that the hotel company has created partnerships with some intermediaries such as HelmsBriscoe in order to “strengthen our visibility” in the U.S. market.
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Americas: Corporate Entertainment Tips from a Pro  
“All planners are tasked with securing entertainment that is special and memorable, yet fits within budget parameters.”
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