VIDEO: How Destinations Use Conventions to Gain Edge in Growth

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February 18, 2015
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VIDEO: How Destinations Use Conventions to Gain Edge in Growth  
By James Latham
Governments are becoming increasingly aware that conventions and exhibitions are stepping stones on the road to establishing a local knowledge economy.
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Philadelphia Will Host 2016 Democratic National Convention  
The birthplace of American independence will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, expected to attract more than 35,000 attendees to the Wells Fargo Center.
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Five Tips for Getting Top Speakers to Your Conference  
During a recent Twitter chat session, industry insiders, show managers, suppliers, exhibitors and media all shared their insights on recruiting and directing speakers at exhibitions and conferences.
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MPI Report: Business Improving, but Planners Struggle With Seller's Market  
The newest installment of the quarterly special report indicates business is up and getting healthier. However, the rising global seller’s market will continue to task meeting professionals suffering from shorter lead times and budgets that aren’t keeping pace with costs.
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Report: U.S. Businesses Spend $7.3 Billion to Keep Travelers Connected  
U.S. companies spend a combined $7.3 billion annually to allow business travelers paying to stay connected while they travel, according to a global research release conducted by Gabriel Research & Management Ltd. for Amba Hotels.
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GBTA: How the Department of Homeland Security Funding Fight Can Hurt Business Travel  
Michael W. McCormick, executive director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association, believes that the fight over funding the DHS can have far-reaching implications that affect business travel to the United States.
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International Meetings News
UK: London Hotel Rates Now 'Most Expensive in Europe'  
Hotels in Leeds recorded the highest price rise in the UK and Ireland in 2014, with an average increase of 22 per cent likely due to the legacy of the Tour de France which set off from Yorkshire last summer.
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Portugal: Adília Lisboa Joins Onyria Golf Resorts Group as Vice-President  
​The Onyria Golf Resorts Group announced the hiring of Adília Lisbon to occupy the position of Vice-President starting this February.
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South East Europe: Top 10 Convention Centers  
Take a look at Meetings Star 2014's Top 10 Convention Centers in South East and Central Europe.
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Australia: Perth’s New Waterfront Sites Event-Ready  
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) now welcoming expressions of interest from event organisers looking to hire a diverse range of outdoor spaces on Perth’s waterfront for events taking place from early 2016.
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Asia: HelmsBriscoe Makes Foray into the Philippines  
US Meetings procurer firm HelmsBriscoe has entered the Philippine market, and is at work securing initial business with corporate accounts, religious events and product launches.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: The Eastern Cape is Beautiful and Untamed  
South Africa's Eastern Cape has some top venues for meetings and events, and plenty of wildlife for pre- or post-conference excursions.
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Middle East: IAEE Puts Education in the Spotlight  
Professional development for exhibition and event professionals in the GCC is encouraged as International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) rolls out 12-month certification program.
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Canada: Business Tourism Booming in Québec City  
Québec City Business Destination and Société du Centre des congrès de Québec report that in 2014/2015 the Québec City Convention Centre will have hosted 156 events, including 17 international conferences by March 31, 2015.
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Americas: Chefs' Surprising Secrets for Saving Money on F&B  
If you can share your day’s F&B budget as a whole, along with what you’re trying to accomplish for your attendees, your chef has room to meet your financial and experiential goals more creatively.
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Americas: Go-To CSR Resources  
#CSRShareDay was held on January 22 and in one 24-hour period, 3,725 tweets with 437 contributors had an estimated reach of 802,826 contacts, all with the intention of increasing corporate social responsibility in the meeting and events industry.
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Americas: Where In the World Is the Best Hotel Wi-Fi?  
​Everyone wants ubiquitous, free Wi-Fi in their meeting headquarters hotel, but sometimes it can be harder to find than Waldo.
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