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VIDEO: Why PCMA is Focusing on Education  
Among its education initiatives, PCMA is boosting its presence at numerous conferences around the world, and will gather industry professionals at the upcoming Global Professionals Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
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SITE Global at IMEX: SITE Nite and Signing "The Code"  
While 400 party-goers celebrated the incentive industry at IMEX Frankfurt last month, SITE turned its annual SITE Nite into a proactive force to help children in danger.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
IACC Report Looks at Top 10 Meeting Tech Trends for 2015  
“The balance between technology and in-person relationships is an interesting one, with a need to attain a balance of the two in order to plan and deliver successful meeting outcomes.”
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PCMA: Meeting Planner Salaries On the Rise  
The average salary for association, corporate, and independent meeting professionals is nearly $81,000, compared to under $76,000 in last year’s survey.
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What Cities and Countries Pay Event Planners the Most?  
A new study from SponsorMyEvent takes a look at what cities around the world are paying their event planners the most...and the least.
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PCMA: A Win-Win Strategy For Your Hotel Room Block Negotiations  
A combination of higher transient demand and limited supply growth make the current environment very much a seller’s market. This presents some potential challenges on the planner’s side of the negotiation table.
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On Location: Hosting a High-End Conference at the Four Seasons Orlando  
Last month, IMR’s sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor held its annual ULTRA Summit at the new Four Seasons Orlando. Jill Birkett, event director for Questex Media’s Travel Group, said that the environment was conductive to both business and relaxing.
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World of DMCs Snapshot: Bringing Large and Small Groups to Albania and Kosovo  
Take a look at a what a DMC based in Albania can organize for small or large incentive events.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Construction to Begin Next Year on Wales International Convention Centre  
​Construction work on the new Wales International Convention Centre at Celtic Manor will begin in the New Year after the project won full planning approval from Newport City Council.
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Scandinavia: Annika Wennerblom, Trollhättan City Manager  
​The Swedish city of Trollhättan with its population of around 56,000 has several strategies to promote growth and development. One is meetings and events.
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Portugal: ATP Invites International Journalists in June  
Porto Tourism Association (ATP) is welcoming international journalists to be present in international events taking place in Porto.
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South East Europe: Serbian Convention Bureau Launches New Website, Meeting Planner Guide  
The new website includes Ideas for Incentive trips divided into different categories.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Johannesburg Climbs in the 2014 ICCA Rankings  
After a jump of 92 places in 2012 [from 234 to 142], Johannesburg has continued its steady climb, clocking in at position 136 in 2013 and now position 101 in 2014.
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Middle East: Expansion plans put DWC on the fast track  
Dubai’s aviation sector is accelerating its growth plans to keep pace with increasing global air passenger demand. Dubai Airports yesterday announced it is expanding the passenger terminal at new mega hub, Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), boosting the current capacity of six million passengers a year to 26 million by 2018.
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Asia: Singapore MICE Forum Gains Nod from Convention Industry Council  
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) has accredited the Singapore MICE Forum 2015, marking the first time the forum will be included in CIC's Preferred Partner Programme.
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New Zealand: Wellington on Show  
Registrations to attend Wellington’s business events tradeshow Show Me Wellington (SMW) 2015 have opened.
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Americas: Do Brands and Relationships Matter Anymore?  
In a recent survey, “venue cost” predictably came out on top as the most important factor considered by meeting planners when booking venues.
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Americas: Six Unorthodox Approaches to Engaging Attendees  
Break the cycle of boring, stale, and repetitive by adding something new, exciting, and, most important, engaging to your event.
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Americas: Golf Activities Even Non-Golfers Can Love  
If you want to take your employees or organization members off site for some bonding and teambuilding, or when your incentive qualifiers are booked into a warm-weather resort, why not treat them to the rolling green fairways and beautiful views of a championship golf course?
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