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November 25, 2015
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Industry Facing Perfect Storm as Cities & Associations Demand Access to Innovation and Talent  
At IMEX America in Las Vegas, Carina Bauer (chief executive of the IMEX Group) and Terri Breining (managing partner of Breining Group LLC, former MPI chair, and co-author of Measuring ROI in Meetings & Events) reflected on the shifting sands of destination marketing.
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New Association For Asia Pacific Joins JMIC  
The Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) is the latest association to join the Joint Meetings Industry Council.
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ibtm world: Graeme Barnett Reflects On Latest Issue  
Graeme Barnett, senior exhibition director of ibtm world held this week in Barcelona shared his view of the market barometer that his event provides as 2015 draws to an eventful close.
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South Africa Leading Continental Shift Towards the Knowledge Economy  
Derek Hanekom, South African Minister of Tourism, flew into ibtm world in Barcelona this week to address a packed press conference.
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Corbin Ball: Pathway to the Internet of Things  
Corbin Ball took time out at ibtm world this week to share his annual update of the tech sector which serves the meetings and business events industry.
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Algiers Enters Conventions Market  
Paul D`Arcy of Global Hospitality Management joined IMR recently at ibtm world to reveal the latest investment in convention facilities, this time in Algiers, North Africa.
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Singapore`s Blueprint For Attracting Business Events  
Jonanthan Loh, regional director for north and western Europe at the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau explains to James Latham how the relatively small Asian country has established the reputation for `Association Central` and 'Gateway to Asia`.
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Ibtm world: Incoming Chair of MPI to Bring Sustainability to the Fore  
At ibtm world this week, the founder of Positive Impact Events explains the importance of a sustainable approach to corporate communications from risk and brand management.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Asia: YTL To Develop Two Ritz-Carlton Hotels  
YTL Hotels has announced that it will develop two new Ritz-Carlton hotels in Samui and Niseko in the next two years.
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Australia: Brisbane Welcomes Westin  
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is set to debut the Westin brand in Brisbane.
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Portugal: Estoril Congress Centre Achieves EarthCheck Gold Certification  
The Estoril Congress Centre (ECC) has just achieved Gold Certification with EarthCheck. Find out more about the certification.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Derek Hanekom Outlines Next Business-Events Industry Decade  
Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism for South Africa, outlined how South Africa, as a world-class business events destination, will respond to the next decade in the face of rising interest in the African continent.
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UK: ExCeL Launches New £1.5 Million Meetings Facility  
A new training and meeting facility that can hold up to 400 delegates will open in the New Year at ExCeL London.
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Central Europe: IACC Americas Reinvents Its Annual Meeting  
IACC-Americas Connect is First of Innovative Multi-Venue Conferences That Are Shorter, More Affordable and Designed to Drive Meaningful Change.
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Americas: FICP Pledges Support For Industry at 2015 Annual Conference  
About 600 planners and hospitality partners arrived at Atlantis, Paradise Island, for the 2015 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference, being held November 15–18.
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Americas: Stick-Around Strategies: How to Keep Attendees to the Very End  
There may be nothing more dismaying for a meeting planner than looking out at a half-empty ballroom while the closing keynote speaker takes the stage. Where did everybody go?
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Americas: Financial Rule Could Threaten Incentive Travel  
Larry Niland, senior regulatory advisor at LIMRA, shares this advice during a breakout session at the 2015 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference November 17.
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