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On Location: PCMA Global Initiative Extends in Asia as SACEOS Renews Vows  
By James Latham
Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO, cited the shared educational values and commitment to promoting the industry as central to the extended partnership while Janet Tan-Collis, president and CEO of SACEOS confirmed that PCMA members can expect consistency in the levels of service when venturing into Asia.
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Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre Promotes Diversified Economy  
By James Latham
Oman, a top emerging convention destination, is now being seriously considered to host significant global conventions and congresses through strategic partnerships instigated by the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre's venue managers, AEG Ogden.
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NEWS
Will San Diego Comic-Con Move to Anaheim or L.A.?  
Several cities are competing to nab the lucrative annual pop-culture conference as it outgrows the San Diego Convention Center.
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SITE New York Metro Chapter Installs 2015 Board of Directors  
SITE, its 28 worldwide chapters and the incentives industry as a whole is continuing to see an optimistic viewpoint with an increase in RFPs, higher room rates, increased revenue from hotel rooms and the overall demand in travel.
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GBTA Shares Rules & Information on Travel to Cuba  
Virtually any U.S. company or organization can arrange group trips without the paperwork and inspections that discouraged past expansion of travel to Cuba.
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Hilton Launches 'Meet With Purpose' Sustainability Concept  
Meet with Purpose gives meeting professionals sustainable choices to incorporate into events that can align with many customers' corporate responsibility goals.
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INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS NEWS
Portuguese Venues Make Google Indoor Maps Available  
Integrated with Google Maps, Indoor Maps let users visualize a detailed map of the venue's interior, thus finding useful information in terms of orientation.
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UK: Economic Uncertainty will Restrict Meetings Growth  
Economic uncertainty in 2015 will result in a ‘flat’ year for the meetings sector, with more planners ignoring London, experts have warned.
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South East Europe: Catching Up With IAPCO President Michel Neijmann  
"PCOs are dealing with a number of considerable changes in the way that delegates and industry partners engage in meetings and events," Neijmann said. "In many societies around the world people and industry partners like a more individual approach, and require customized services."
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Middle East: Etouches Opens New Dubai Office  
Cloud-based event management software provider etouches has opened a new office in Dubai as part of a strategy to expand its footprint in the Middle East.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Planning Your Event in Africa – An A-Z Guide (Part 2)  
There are a few basic things that everyone needs to know before planning their event on the African continent...
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Asia: Explosive Growth in Taiwan's MICE Capacity Within the Next Three Years  
Warmer cross-straits ties have bolstered Taiwan's MICE industry, where a promising outlook has propelled MICE infrastructure development and investment from international hotel chains.
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Australia: Ayers Rock Resort Announces Events Program  
Ayers Rock Resort in the Red Centre has announced its major events program for 2015, with highlights including the Uluru Camel Cup in May, Australian Outback Marathon in July and the Uluru Astronomy weekend in August.
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Canada: Montréal Historical Venues Open Doors to Groups  
Tourisme Montréal has released a list of 10 historical venues in the city available for group use.
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Americas: Millennials Make Meetings Better for All  
Innovations at meetings, the changes driven by younger attendees, are things that older meeting planners and attendees want, too.
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Americas: Can Venues Block Your Wi-Fi? Industry Waiting for FCC  
Marriott has filed a petition with the FCC to block personal Wi-Fi devices in its hotels. Business travelers everywhere are waiting for the answer...
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Americas: Improve Your Conference--Go Ethno  
In today’s fast-paced world, we need to focus more on leading indicators that generate conference improvement.
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