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AIPC Report: The Long-Term Effects of Meetings & Events  
By Jena Tesse Fox, James Latham
Earlier this month, the AIPC Annual Conferencve and 57th General Assembly ran for three days in Boston, focusing on the long-term value of meetings and events.
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GBTA: Global Business Travel Spending to Hit $1.25 Trillion in 2015  
China business travel is expected to increase by 61 percent over the next five years, from $261 billion in 2014 to $420 billion in 2019. That increase is greater than the increases in business travel growth in the next 8 largest countries combined, including the U.S., Germany, India, U.K., Indonesia, France, Turkey and Japan.
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GBTA Conference: Ground Transportation in a Sharing Economy  
Rental cars (36 percent) and taxis (24 percent) are the most commonly used methods of ground transportation for business trips followed by chauffeured transportation (13 percent) and ride-sharing companies (11 percent) according to a new study from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association.
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Report: The Business Events Dilemma in the Middle East  
More than seventy percent of North America association executives would consider the Middle East as a prospective conference location, according to a new study released today by Development Counsellors International (DCI).
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Senate Panel Votes to Lift Cuba Travel Ban  
A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the nation.
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Meetings Mean Business Launches First Global Meetings Industry Day  
On April 14, 2016, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day.
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As Visitor Numbers to Greece Improve, Hotel Prices Rise  
Greek DMCs say bookings are still coming in, even with a massive uptick in the VAT that will drive up the cost of overnight stays.
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PCMA: Your Post-Vacation Guide To Feeling Better At Work  
Whether you skipped town for a 4th of July weekend getaway or you took your whole family on a week-long retreat to the beach, reality has returned. Your email folder is full of bold, unread messages. Your calendar has meetings scheduled every other hour of the day. Here are some recommendations on how to make the return to work easier.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Industry Fragmentation Could be Harmful  
Members of some of the foremost exhibition organisers in Southern Africa recently announced that they have decided to break away from the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA), to launch a new industry body – the Association of African Exhibition Organisers
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Middle East: Riding the Chinese Wave  
It’s no secret that meeting and incentive bookings from China are highly prized. Until recently, however, this major emerging source market has remained largely untapped for the UAE.
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UK: Sheffield Business Tourism up £15 Million  
Conference business in Sheffield has risen to its highest level since 2008, according to a new report.
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Portuguese Company Creates Color Blind Code  
ColorADD is a color identification code directed to color blind people.
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Central Europe: Poland Convention Bureau Recommends Krakow Convention Bureau  
The Krakow Convention Bureau is the first regional Convention Bureau to have received the recommendation of the Poland Convention Bureau with the Polish Tourist Organisation.
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Australia: Regional NSW Goes Digital  
New digital platform Travel In was launched recently in Broken Hill by Parliamentary Secretary Jonathan O'Dea aimed at inspiring travellers to visit regional NSW.
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Asia: Korean MICE Players Regain Optimism as MERS Outbreak Abates  
BUSINESS sentiments among MICE players in South Korea are improving, following the government’s report on Wednesday that there have been no new MERS cases for the 17th consecutive day.
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Americas: Plan an Expo as Awesome as GameStop’s  
GameStop holds the meeting to provide leadership training, get store managers excited about the Q4 video game releases, and drive revenue.
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Americas: How to Protect Yourself from Hotel Data Breaches  
With recent high-profile data breaches at Trump Hotel Collection, Mandarin Oriental, and hotel management company White Lodging, here are some tips on how to keep your data safe when you check in—and throughout your stay.
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Americas: Do Your Ideas Stick?  
Ideas need to stick, meaning they have lasting impact, are memorable and actionable, and change an audience’s opinions or behavior.
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