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Meetings Africa 2015: AIPC Summit Reveals Growth, But Challenges Remain  
African convention centers saw the greatest percentage increase in revenue reported by centers in any other region of the world. But the region's MICE scene still has challenges to overcome...
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On Location at the SITE Executive Summit 2015 in Dubai (Part Two)  
In the second of three reports from the 2015 summit, IMR joins the SITE group on its incentive tour in and around Dubai.
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Convene 2015: Should All Regional Showcases Become NFPs?  
The recent third edition of Convene in Vilnius, Lithuania, provided the gateway for 71 exhibiting venues and destinations from the Baltic Sea region with access to 160 hosted buyers.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
How Hotels are Preventing Data Theft  
Is your host hotel doing everything it can to make sure your attendees' credit card information is safe? Take a look at some suggestions and initiatives...
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GBTA Report Looks at Latin America, Asia Pacific Hotel Programs  
The study, “2015 Global Hotel Program Study: Asia Pacific and Latin America,” surveyed online Travel Managers in these regions in order to characterize global hotel programs, determine how they function, and examine how programs vary depending on region and travel spend.
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Dubai Convention & Events Bureau to Sponsor ABPCO  
As sponsors of ABPCO, the Dubai Convention & Events Bureau joins partners like Hiscox Insurance, Barbican and the Glasgow Convention Bureau.
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ICC Sydney to Get Community-Funded Solar Energy Rooftop  
One of Australia’s largest solar arrays within a Central Business District is being built on the roof of ICC Sydney to generate power for the venue.
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2014 Broke New Orleans's Visitor Spend Record  
Signs are looking good for the tourism industry in New Orleans, with the city recording a record-setting $6.81 billion in visitor spend in 2014.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Titanic Quarter Reveals Plans for New Belfast Exhibition Centre  
Belfast's Titanic Quarter has revealed plans to develop a new Titanic Exhibition Centre that would be the city's largest dedicated exhibition venue.
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Portugal: Alfândega Porto Congress Centre Wins IAPCO Award  
In 60 awards, delivered over the last 20 years, it is the first time that the winner is a Portuguese company.
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South East Europe: Piran, the City of Salt  
Slovenia's historic city of Piran is a cultural and creative Mediterranean city, as for many years it has been delighting visitors of the Golden Drum Advertising Festival and many other events
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Middle East: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi is “The Complete Package”  
With its spacious meeting facilities, including one of the largest ballrooms in the city, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, is a complete meeting and convention hotel, said General Manager Nils Axing.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Exhibition Trends in Southern Africa (Part One)  
Despite sluggish growth in the sector in 2014, there seems to be much positivity about what the new year has in store...
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Australia: AACB Input to Bolster Business Event Case  
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has provided input to the 2015 review of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme.
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Asia: TCEB Launches Thailand CONNECT The World Campaign  
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) unveiled its integrated Thailand CONNECT The World campaign at AIME 2015 last week to further strengthen visitor numbers from Australia and the broader Oceania region.
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Americas: The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs  
According to a new report by the IdeaWorks company, there are some funky offerings from some of the 160-plus airlines the consultancy researched. Take a look...
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Americas: Three Ways to “Block” Your Event Space  
The most critical success factor for events is the flow. How easy is it for your guests to move around and get the full value of the event experience, whether networking, learning, eating, drinking, enjoying entertainment, or some combination of these?
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Americas: What Razing the Riveria Means to Vegas Conventions  
The 60-year-old hotel will be torn down within six months to make way for a 1.8-million-square-foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center, phase one of the planned Global Business District.
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