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What do Planners Look For in a Destination?  
During IMEX Frankfurt, Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI, shared some insights on what meeting planners look for when selecting a destination for their event.
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VIDEO: Educating the World about Face-to-Face Meetings  
David DuBois, president and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, shares how MICE industry professionals can inspire new investment in face-to-face meetings.
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Travel Leaders Report: 88.4 Percent Satisfied or Neutral With Airport Security  
According to a recent survey by Travel Leaders Group, 88.4 percent of Americans are satisfied or neutral with the state of airport security, up from 87.5 percent last year.
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How the Exhibitions Mean Business Coalition is Protecting the Industry  
As a result of the coalition’s efforts, 112 participants from 19 states gathered at the nation’s capital to participate in industry-related events, including nearly 100 meetings with policy influencers and members of Congress.
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Meet Puerto Rico Launches Social Media Campaign to Connect Planners with Venues  
Meet Puerto Rico's Meeting Matchmaker, a new social media campaign, is set to help planners connect with their on-the-ground service providers.
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The Meetings Show Focuses on Dedicated Meetings Design Education Stream  
The Meetings Show will be working in partnership with The Meetings Design Institute to create a series of plenary sessions focusing on creating event content during the 2015 show, which takes place at Olympia, London, from July 7-9.
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Meetings Mean Business: Measurable Data on Meetings and Events Will Be Mandatory  
This week's Meetings Mean Business blog post looks at how the growth of the MICE industry will help the hotel industry, with insights from Corbin Ball.
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Portugal: A New Pousada de Portugal in the Centre of Lisbon  
The Main Hall (Salão Nobre) has 168 square meters and seats up to 154 people. The Terreiro do Paço Room adjusts to accommodate 143 people in its 137 square meters.
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South East Europe: Conventa Experience Team in Zadar  
Congress organisers will usually choose Zadar because of its location at the crossroads of Croatia, history and culture as well as the better overall and conference infrastructure.
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UK: Commonwealth Games, New Arena Drive £7 million Profit for SECC  
In figures driven by last summer’s Games in Glasgow, and the first full year results from the £125m SSE Hydro, the centre witnessed a 50 per cent increase in turnover, while income from sponsorship and hospitality saw commercial turnover soar by 98 percent.
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Asia: New Trade Association Hub Aims to Strengthen Capabilities  
The more the merrier could be the slogan of the recently announced Trade Association Hub (TA Hub) scheduled to open by early 2017 and become both a work space and melting pot of ideas for local trade associations and chambers (TACs).
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New Zealand: Auckland Goes to the Top of the Class  
Auckland will host the next Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference in 2017.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Get Some Good Habits Going with MOTI  
MOTI taps into how humans emotionally connect to technology and what system of interactions, frequencies and reminders elicit responses.
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Middle East: Mövenpick Multiplies in the Middle East  
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is preparing to roll out a dramatic expansion programme across the region over the next five years.
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Americas: Kellen Announces a Unified Brand and New Chicago Facility  
Kellen, a large global association management and communications company, has launched a new, unified brand.
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Americas: How One Association Reinvented Its 90-Year-Old Annual Conference  
Yes, you can teach an old conference some new tricks! Here's how the California Water Environment Association is flushing its tired old conference format and bringing in a flood of new ideas.
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Americas: Seven Lessons from Watching a Planner Work  
Spend a day on site with Dan Young, CMP, and the unique skills and personality traits necessary to succeed at this job come to the fore.
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