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New from MPI: Academy, Certificate Programs & Experiential Event Series  
Meeting Professionals International has formally introduced the new MPI Academy, an entity meant to encompass and connect all of the education and learning experiences MPI delivers within the meeting and event industry. In addition, the association has unveiled enhancements to its professional development offerings, including a variety of new certificate programs and experiential events.
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MPI Announces WEC Locations Through 2019  
Next year's World Education Conference will be held in Atlantic City. See where the show will go next...
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MPI Survey: How Do CEOs Feel About Meetings Value?  
A new survey for IMEX America found that most CEOs are likely to agree that "conferences and meetings yield tremendous value."
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EDITOR'S CORNER
GBTA Roundup: What Happened at the 2015 Conference  
In total, the event had 6,389 attendees, including 1,366 travel buyers, making this one of the largest GBTA Conventions in history. The Expo floor had more than 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in business travel.
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Travel Leaders Report Finds Business Travel on the Rise for Eight Quarters  
According to the company's aggregated second quarter client booking data for 2015, average trip spending has been on the rise for the eighth consecutive quarter.
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CEIR: How Do Exhibitors See the Benefits of B2B Exhibitions?  
A new study from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research examines how exhibitors evaluate the outcome of participating in business-to-business exhibitions.
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Report: American Express Meetings & Events Looks at Perceptions Across Africa  
The study, “Emerging Africa: Exploring Meetings on a Changing Continent,” examines the perception and intentions of corporate and supply-side meetings professionals and provides insights into how these professionals view meeting capabilities within specific African regions.
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UK Universities Team Up with ABPCO for Industry Research  
​Several top universities will work together with The Association of British Professional Conference Organizers (ABPCO) on research that seeks to assist managers within the association sector.
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PCMA: Five TED Talks To Inspire Every Meeting Professional  
If you’re looking for a daily jolt of motivation, here are five TED Talks that will awaken a new level of creativity and courage.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Asia: ASEAN MICE Forum to Debut at IT&CM Asia  
The ASEAN Secretariat and TTG Events have joined hands to co-organise the first ASEAN MICE Forum on September 29, a half-day event aimed at showcasing the South-east Asian region’s MICE developments and capabilities.
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Australia: North South Wales Number One for Overseas Visitors  
New South Wales has been named the number one destination in Australia, with a record 3.3 million international visitors, and the state welcoming almost 1.1 million visitors more than either Victoria or Queensland during the last 12 months.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: The Lowdown on Budget, Labour and Logistics at Conferences and Exhibitions  
“Operating within a challenging global economy, budgets have shrunk and clients are always expecting even more of a return on their investment.”
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Middle East: Taking a Creative Approach to Events  
Following on from its involvement in major events around the world, including the London Olympics 2012, WorldSkills and the Commonwealth Games, Global Experience Specialists (GES) is seeking to utilise its expertise in the Middle East.
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UK: Gilbertson Takes Over as Concerto Chairman  
New non-executive chairman replaces Mike Kershaw, who stepped down in March to concentrate on his new business.
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Central Europe: EnBW Signs Framework Contract with VOK DAMS  
The Stuttgart office of VOK DAMS headed by Oliver Brixel could convince EnBW to shape an efficient implementation of EnBW’s targeted events, trade shows and events with innovative impulses.
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Portugal: Organising Events in Historical Spaces  
There are some basic requirements to organise an event in a venue whose main function is very far from hosting events.
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Americas: “Sharing Economy” as Oxymoron—and More from the 2015 GBTA Convention  
If there’s a hot topic for hotel and ground transportation companies today, it’s how to embrace—or repel—the “sharing economy,” that is, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and others.
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Americas: Why You Need to Start Thinking Outside the Contracted Hotel Room Block  
According to a new study, an average of one out of every three group room nights in the U.S. is booked outside of the official room block, so your room-block history only tells a partial story about your event’s value. It’s time for a new metric: Event room demand.
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Americas: New Research Reveals What Matters Most to Medical Meeting Managers  
With healthcare representing roughly one-sixth of the American economy, face-to-face meetings are an important element in educating and updating the industry's practitioners. Here are the results of our exclusive medical meeting planner survey on the state of the industry.
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