Report Examines the Mindset of Meeting Planners; GBTA Looks at Airlift

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Report Examines the Creative Mindset of Event Planners  
Only 39 percent of event planners are creative thinkers despite the majority believing they have a creative approach to their work.
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Why the GBTA is Focusing on Airlift Updates at the 2015 Convention  
With airlines fighting for increased market share to prime destinations and new rules looking to change the cost of flying, the GBTA will offer a session examining the Future of Airline Competition.
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Infographic: The Value of Government Meetings  
A new survey by the national coalition Meetings Mean Business sheds new light on the need for government employees to attend meetings and events, and on the value these attendees (and their agencies) see from business travel.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
New Partnership Will Bring Corporate Groups to Seabourn's Jazz Cruise  
The partnership will offer luxury travel experiences to corporate groups during Seabourn Sojourn’s five-night Mediterranean cruises in October 2015 and 2016.
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Meet Puerto Rico to Offer Promotion  
Meet Puerto Rico is launching a special promotion at World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America, the main Latin American travel industry show, held annually in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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PCMA: Three Lessons That Will Save Money On Your Next Meeting  
No matter the size of your meeting, chances are you’re always looking for opportunities to rein in your expenses while continuing to connect with more attendees.
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Oxford Invests $250 Million in Conference Facilities  
A further $74 million in new developments will be opening throughout the university city in the coming years.
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Bank Protests Georgia Hotel Tax  
“This $5 per night tax will discourage groups from choosing our state for their meetings and conventions,” said Nitin Shah, chairman and CEO of Embassy National Bank. “It will be a crippling set-back for an industry that is still recovering from the 2007 recession.”
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Asia: Business Travel Costs to Hold Firm for 2015  
Hotel and airfare rates will remain relatively flat in 2015 as cooler economic growth in Asia-Pacific (APAC) and forces of supply and demand exert pressure on a region that has seen dynamic growth in the previous years.
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Australia: Sydney Tops for Tourists  
Almost 32.5 million people visited Sydney in 2013-14, up 11.4 per cent on the previous year.
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UK: Planners Debate Data Privacy Changes and Contracting  
Corporate planners heard about the implications of new European regulations on data privacy and were given tips on drawing up contracts at the Event Marketing Association's (EMA) latest discussion forum.
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Portugal: Estoril Congress Centre Reduces Carbon Footprint by 13 Percent  
The Estoril Congress Centre (ECC) has reached its best results in the last seven years as a consequence of the energy efficiency measures implemented.
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Central Europe: Ljubljana and Central Slovenia at EXPO Milano 2015  
Ljubljana and the region of Central Slovenia will be presenting themselves in the Slovenian pavilion at EXPO Milano 2015.
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Middle East: Dubai Reaches Out to North America  
Dubai Business Events (DBE) has signed an agreement with New York-based Marketing Challenges International (MCIntl) to help grow Dubai’s reputation in North America as a leading business event destination.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Century City Conference Centre Already Receiving Event Requests  
The centre is worth around R63-million and will have a capacity for 1,900 guests across 20 venues upon completion.
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Americas: Time for “Tough Love” In The Meetings Business?  
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk suggests that the meetings industry is facing parallels with the modern parent-child relationship. See why...
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Americas: Falling Travel Prices--A Plus or a Minus?  
The GBTA projects only a 3 percent growth in business travel spending in 2015, the slowest pace of growth in six years.
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Americas: When to Step Away from the Legalese in Meeting Negotiation  
Here are a few examples of thinking ahead and talking it out that you might want to consider when negotiating meeting contracts.
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