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February 4, 2015
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The New Model for Destination Marketing Organizations  
Destination Marketing Organizations and business events are increasingly promoting the development of local host economies.
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Dubai Extends Vision Beyond 2020 Expo  
Steen Jakobsen, director of Dubai Conventions and Events, is reaching out to associations and corporate incentive planners through relational partnerships with PCMA, ICCA, and SITE as the emirate builds connections with planners.
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CIC Releases Whitepaper to Help Block Hotel Room Poaching  
To address the influx of room block piracy and poaching, the Convention Industry Council has developed a new suite of resources to assist meeting professionals in preventing businesses from actively recruiting attendees and exhibitors away from hotel bookings and to mitigate the impact should it occur.
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GBTA: European Businesses Implement Sustainability Measures for Travel  
A new study on sustainability in travel programs by the GBTA Foundation found that the majority (57 percent) of European-based companies have sustainability initiatives written into their company’s travel policy.
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Incentive Travel Exchange Announces Education Session for March Conference  
“Managing the Incentive Travel Experience: Planning and Logistics,” led by Ann Gravette, a 23-year industry veteran who is director, quality excellence, learning & development, for Maritz Travel.
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Lawmakers Launch Bill to End Cuba Travel Restrictions  
The bill would end legal restrictions on travel by U.S. citizens and legal residents, as well as restrictions on banking transactions related to travel.
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FCC: Hotels and Businesses Cannot Block Personal Wi-Fi Devices  
United States Federal Communications Commission officials warned that the agency will prosecute businesses that block people from using personal Wi-Fi networks.
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Middle East: New Study Highlights GCC’s MICE Potential  
​There is huge untapped potential for GCC countries to grab a larger slice of the meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) market, with just five percent of annual visitors currently arriving for large-scale business events.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Meetings Africa 2015 – Celebrating 10 Years of Growth and Success  
Since its modest beginnings in 2005, Meetings Africa has developed into a globally recognized show that will be celebrating its tenth anniversary from 23-25 February.
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UK: Aberdeen Cancels Oil Industry Events as Prices Slump  
​The dramatic fall in oil prices has resulted in a reduction in the number of energy-related events in Aberdeen, the city’s leading venue has said.
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Portugal: Ovation Opens New Office in Lisbon  
Ovation Portugal will operate high-touch incentive and corporate meeting programs for international clients.
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South East Europe: Prague is Second-Best Meeting Destination in Region  
Prague has again been ranked among the best meeting destinations in the region and won another Meetings Star Award for 2014.
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Asia: IT&CM China 2015 Unveils New Venue, Sellers  
Into its ninth edition, IT&CM China 2015 will take place at a fresh venue in Shanghai this year.
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New Zealand: CINZ Meetings to Return Bigger than Ever  
New Zealand business events trade exhibition CINZ Meetings 2015 returns for its 19th year in June, promising bigger business opportunities and an expanded programme.
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Canada: Toronto Breaks Meetings Record  
In the 12 months ending December 31, 2014, Tourism Toronto and its partners confirmed 665 future meetings and conventions that will bring 463,400 attendees to the Toronto region and generate 640,345 hotel room nights.
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Americas: Predicting Future Global Medical Meeting Trends  
BCD M&I’s core business is developing strategic meetings management strategies for large multinational programs, and providing high-end events and incentive travel programs for clients throughout the world.
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Americas: Managing Meeting Volume—Three Strategies to Save Your Bacon  
As corporate meeting departments establish themselves as sourcing and execution experts and raise awareness of their services, there can be a downside: an avalanche of meeting requests.
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Americas: Cyber Security—A Real Risk for Meetings  
While there have been plenty of recent news reports about data breaches at large corporations—for example, the hack that put Sony execs in the hot seat for e-mailing some not-so-nice comments about Hollywood A-listers—but would cyber criminals really go after your meeting?
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