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November 11, 2015
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Starwood Remains Committed to Meetings and Conventions  
Starwood Hotels and Resorts SVP, Alison Taylor, responded to concerns voiced at IMEX America that the sector is adopting a short term approach to business and closing the window for longer term, lower margin, group bookings.
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Meeting Escrow Delivers Financial Safe Haven  
It wasn`t long ago that Congrex in Sweden defaulted and with it went up to $15m of client congress funds – more than enough to potentially bust the associations. Learn more about the current situation.
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SITE Names Board of Directors for 2016  
Rajeev Kohli will head the organization as the first SITE president from Asia. Here's a look at the new board.
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Bogota Wins ICCA Best PR Award With Telling of One Young World Story  
Greater Bogota Convention Bureau won the award for effectively using storytelling and digital channels to mobilize its local community, and using the One Young World Summit bid as a driver of change.
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Denver Voters Approve Colorado Convention Center Expansion  
Denver voters overwhelmingly approved an expansion of the Colorado Convention Center by passing a special initiative on November 3, 2015.
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PCMA Returns to Scotland This Month with Global Medical Meetings Summit  
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) returns to Scotland this month with its Global Medical Meetings Summit.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Asia: Direct Flights to Fiji From Singapore to Come Next April  
Travelers will be able to fly directly from Singapore to Fiji from April 5 next year.
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Australia: Skills Drought Challenges Industry  
The tourism and hospitality sector will require an additional 123,000 workers by 2020, to meet the needs of a rapidly growing industry, according to the 2015 Australian Tourism Labour Force Report, released by Tourism Research Australia (TRA).
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Central Europe: Cvent Lists Top 25 Cities for Meetings and Events in Europe  
Cvent, Inc. announced its inaugural list of the top 25 cities for meetings and events in Europe according to meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network.
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Scandinavia: International Innovation Conference to be Held in Espoo  
The International Innovation Conference, Open Innovation 2.0, is set to be held between June 8 and 9 in Otaniemi, Espoo.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: South African Tourism Appoints New Country Manager  
The well-traveled and experienced Bangu Masisi is now the new US country manager for South African Tourism. Find out more about her recent appointment.
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Portugal: Excited Emirates Fans Light Up Portuguese Stadium  
Excited Emirates fans at Luz stadium this week in Portugal gave S. L. Benfica fans a few tips on how to share their passion for the club.
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UK: Annual Budgets and Attendee Numbers Down As Measurement Soars  
Corporate and association event planners report budget decreases in British Meetings & Events Industry Survey. Learn more.
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Americas: 2015 Green Venue Report Released  
The recently published Second Annual Green Venue Report, a study of the sustainability practices among 30 convention centers around the world, is important for meeting and convention planners.
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Americas: How to Create an Event With a Sense of Style  
In the world outside of meetings and events, sense marketing has gained popularity through the growing field of scent marketing.
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Americas: Leaders Reveal How Meetings Will Push Hotels in 2016  
Meeting technology company Social Tables teamed up with the Meetings Mean Business coalition and the Convention Industry Council to take a look at the impact meetings have on the hotel industry.
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• Cruise Planners Introduces New Tools for Franchise Owners  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• From Boutique to Business, Hotels Are Expanding in Mexico  (Source: Travel Agent Central)
• Sarawak to host ICCA 2016  (Source: CIM Magazine)

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