Specialized Agencies And ICCA Offer Pathway to Ambassador Programs

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Convene 2015: Specialized Agencies And ICCA Offer Pathway to Ambassador Programs  
By James Latham
At the Convene 2015 Networking Evening held recently in Vilnius, IMR noticed host Jolanta Beniuliene of the Vilnius Convention Bureau welcoming hosted buyers and encouraging them to connect with ambassadors resulting from the establishment her own program just last year.
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Australian Tech Company Hacked; Conference Attendees' Info Compromised  
Linux Australia represents an estimated 5,000 Australian users and developers of free software and open technologies, and facilitates events including linux.conf.au, which it calls "Australasia's grassroots Free and Open Source Software Conference."
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New Hotels, Flights Promote Business Travel to Haiti  
By Joe Pike
Three new hotels and improved airlift seem poised to drive new business to the Caribbean island...
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Study: Airline Passengers Want Wi-Fi  
A Gogo study revealed that interest in these products and services is significantly higher outside the U.S. despite the fact that fewer connected aircraft are operating internationally as compared to within the U.S.
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Green Meetings: Why More Hotels Are Going Sustainable  
By Elliott Mest
Many brands have taken the leap towards becoming more eco-conscious to draw guests in with the promise of reducing their operating footprint, and maybe save a little money on utilities along the way.
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CONVENE -- How Mergers and Acquisitions Are Shaking Up the Industry  
By Convene Magazine
Media companies are buying up shows in every sector. Suppliers are going after new business units. Even associations are building out their event portfolios. Welcome to the multibillion-dollar boom in mergers and acquisitions.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
UK: Profits Down by 68 Percent as mclcreate Rebrands  
The agency, part of the Avesco Group, with bases in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester, underwent a transition from AV specialist to full service provider, with a rebrand in January 2014, when its registered name was officially changed from Media Control (Europe) to mclcreate.
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Portugal: What the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Means for Lisbon  
The passage of the Volvo Ocean Race in Lisbon in 2015 represents a joint investment of about four million euros for Urban Wind, the company responsible for organizing the event, the Lisbon City Council and the Association of the Lisbon Port.
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South East Europe: Slovenian, Croatian and Hungarian Respiratory Society Coming to Bled  
Bled will this month also host the fifth Slovenian Pneumology and Allergoloy congress.
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Middle East: Action Impact Wins Expo Commission  
Action Impact has been selected to design and produce the Expo 2020 Dubai exhibit for Expo 2015 in Milan.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Mining Indaba Invests in Africa Once More in 2015  
Mining Indaba has become the largest mining investment event in the world. We spoke to Maria Palombini, Group Marketing and Public Relations Director of Mining Indaba, to find out what makes this trade show so successful and where they are headed in the future.
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Asia: Singapore Beefs Up Marketing Budget to Strengthen MICE Appeal  
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced it will be enhancing the the Lion City's MICE appeal through a 35 per cent increase in marketing investment this year.
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Australia: Brisbane Welcomes Surge in Delegates  
Brisbane is exceeding expectations as a conference destination as two of the city’s major upcoming international business events report surging delegate numbers.
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Americas: Four Experiential Marketing Practices You Need to Know Now  
With the popularity of apps like Snapchat and Vine with their lickety-split content, there’s no doubt that the 60-minute lecture that used to be a meeting standard is on the way out.
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Americas: Today’s Incentive Challenges  
A new report from the Incentive Research Foundation draws on previous and upcoming research to identify "10 Trends for Merchandise and Gift Card Programs in 2015."
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Americas: How to Negotiate the Salary You Deserve  
According to the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2014 salary survey, for meeting planners the gender pay gap is just shy of 29 percent, with men earning $102,222 on average to women planner’s $72,880.
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