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Pacific World Lists Top Meeting Destinations and Trends  
The global DMC and event management company has tapped Rome and Paris as top event cities in Europe, while Abu Dhabi and Dubai got high marks in the Middle East. See what other countries are attracting high-level events.
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VIDEO: The Value of Continuing Education at Events  
At last month's PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Chicago, Convene Magazine editors Michelle Russell and Barbara Palmer debated the changing trends in adult education at events.
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MPI Collaborates with DMAI to Provide Planning Tool for Meeting Planners  
Meeting Professionals International has partnered with Destination Marketing Association International to help MPI members (and non-members) with sourcing locations for meetings and events.
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Business Events Week 2015 Reveals Study on Value of Events to Australia's Economy  
On Monday, the Melbourne Convention Bureau officially opened Business Events Week 2015 with the first report in a decade on the Australian business events sector; presenting research demonstrating that the business events sector is a major driver of the national economy.
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LVCVA to Purchase, Demolish Riviera Casino to Expand Business District  
The expansion project is expected to lead to an additional 480,000 new attendees as current conventions grow and through attracting an estimated 20 new trade shows and conventions. The $2.3 billion project is the largest economic development initiative the LVCVA has undertaken since the Las Vegas Convention Center was originally built in the late 1950s.
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Why Starwood's Frits van Paasschen is Stepping Down  
While van Paasschen’s resignation was announced as “mutual,” it follows mixed full-year reports for the company, which as a global hotel company has large exposure throughout the world and is more affected by swings such as currency movements.
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Events-Focused Cities Look to Overcome Urbanization Challenges  
At the recent ‘greenmeetings and events conference’ held February 9 - 10 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, Siemens' Global Head of Urban Development Martin Powell used his keynote address to outline the ‘future of the events city.’
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Puerto Rico to Host Caribbean's First International Tourism Expo  
The Expo de Turismo Internacional, the first international tourism expo in the Caribbean, will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from May 13-16.
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American Express Global Business Travel Offers New Disruption Management Options  
AX CONNECT integrates near real-time flight status and tracking information so travel managers can see flight delays and disruptions within the AX CONNECT platform as they happen.
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International Meetings News
Australia: Tourism Australia Chooses Adelaide for Dreamtime 2015  
“Dreamtime is Australia’s largest business events showcase, which allows us to connect with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom,” said Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan.
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Asia: MyCEB Adds More Minds to Kesatria Programme  
Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau's (MyCEB) Kesatria 1Malaysia Programme, which identifies industry leaders to be tasked with attracting global meetings and conferences to Malaysia, recently appointed six new kesatria (or knights).
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Middle East: Pico’s Designs on DEWA  
With a brief to create an “open, neat, welcoming yet corporate” style, Pico International rose to the challenge to design an impactful stand for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) at the Abu Dhabi’s World Future Energy Summit in January 2015.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Artificial Intelligence in Action  
AI has begun to make its mark in the world wide web, with a number of unique applications that further our surfing experience.
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UK: MCI Says London is More In-Demand Than Ever  
MCI UK has reported a "flood" of requests for inbound destination management services as London's popularity continues to soar.
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Portugal: IAPCO's Jan Tonkin Talks Lisbon and the New Role of PCOs  
During the Association annual meeting that took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from February 13 to 15, Event Point spoke with New Zealander Jan Tonkin, The Conference Company managing director and IAPCO vice-president.
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South East Europe: Top 10 Small-Group Destinations  
Take a look at these destinations for small groups an incentives in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.
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Canada: Québec City to Host Major Medical Conference  
The Québec City Convention Centre will host the 5th edition of the ICCR Congress on Chronic Societal Cardiometabolic Diseases this summer.
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Americas: A Year to Focus Your Events on Kindness  
Companies and attendees love being a part of something that touches them. Here are some suggestions from Jaki Baskow, CEO and president of Baskow & Associates.
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Americas: Eight Meeting Tech Startups—and Why We Love Them  
On every front, technology startups are studying how meeting managers work and the ways attendees communicate, in an effort to design products that make those processes faster, cheaper, and better.
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Americas: Disrupting Medical Education, One Hack at a Time  
More than 100 developers, students, doctors, scientists, engineers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and patient advocates from across the U.S. and as far away as Brazil descended on Boston’s Tufts University School of Medicine the last weekend in January for the first hackathon dedicated to reinventing undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
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