One Year After Buyout, Congrex Switzerland Finds Strength in Medical Events

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One Year After Buyout, Congrex Switzerland Finds Strength in Medical Events  
As it continues to emerge triumphant from the European Congrex collapse, Congrex Switzerland is finding success organizing large-scale functions for medical groups across the continent.
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How IMEX is Supporting North American Meetings Industry Day  
As leaders from across the meetings and events industry in the USA, Canada and Mexico come together on April 16 to support the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, noted that senior North American industry professionals will be closely involved with the IMEX Politicians Forum.
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NAMID in New York: How NYC & Co. is Promoting Business Travel to the Big Apple  
In 2014, New York City saw an estimated 6.1 million meeting and convention delegates who spent $5.3 billion in the five boroughs.
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MICE Industry Celebrates First Annual North American Meetings Industry Day  
Today, Meetings Mean Business and other industry leaders are bringing together thousands at approximately 65 events for the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID). This nationwide day of advocacy spotlights the substantial value derived from meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.
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GBTA Announces First Panel for 2015 Convention  
The Global Business Travel Association has unveiled the first of several panels in a line-up of speakers for the upcoming GBTA Convention 2015, July 25-29 in Orlando, Florida: Future of the Distribution Landscape.
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CEIR, SISO Release Young Professional Exhibitor Needs and Preferences Study  
CEIR has conducted research with young professional attendees since 2009. With funding from SISO, this first-ever initiative offers insights on young exhibitor attitudes and preferences about business-to-business exhibitions.
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GBTA: U.S. Business Travel Poised to Grow  
Lower oil prices are expected to allow more modest pricing growth in air travel, ground transportation and rental cars in 2015.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Asia: Chinese Incentives Go Longhaul as Visa Regimes Slacken  
Chinese incentive groups are picking longhaul and exotic destinations thanks to improved air connectivity and more relaxed visa regulations, according to key DMCs interviewed at IT&CM China.
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Australia: Billion Dollar Mega-Liner Headed for Sydney  
A USD$1 billion ($1.3 billion) mega-liner, currently under construction, is to head to Sydney in December 2016.
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Middle East: Oman Ramps Up Its Delegate Appeal  
The Sultanate of Oman is enjoying record visitation from Australia and New Zealand and, as a result, has already attracted significant incentive business from Mercedes Benz and News Ltd.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: BestCities Not Afraid to Ask the Tough Questions  
All six client surveys from 2009 - 2014, have been conducted by LJ Research and measure ongoing levels of service and expertise provided by BestCities’ full partners.
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UK: Best of Britain & Ireland Scraps Meetings Focus  
The organizers of the Best of Britain & Ireland (BOBI) exhibition have admitted the experiment to include a meetings and events element has failed.
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South East Europe: Ljubljana Wins WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award  
The jury pointed out that, in recent years, Ljubljana “has been completely redesigned with sustainability in mind.”
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Portugal: InterContinental Palácio das Cardosas Wins Awards  
InterContinental Palácio das Cardosas Hotel, in Porto, won three awards at the annual gala of the InterContinental Hotels Groups (IHG), "Best Performance", "Best General Manager" for Eric Viale, and "Best Market Share."
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Americas: Three Ways to Improve Medical Meetings With Event Apps  
According to LBi Health, this year is a generational tipping point, when the majority of healthcare professionals will be digital natives, meaning that they have used the Internet for their entire medical careers.
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Americas: 30th Anniversary Celebration of CMPs Celebrates Influencers  
As part of the campaign, to last through May 22, CIC is asking industry professionals to nominate their favorite CMP Influencers on Facebook or Twitter, sharing photos of themselves and their colleagues.
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Americas: Guide to Meetings Industry Certifications  
Here's a sampling of what's available for meeting planners who want to bring their skills to the next level.
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