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March 25, 2015
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Why Face-to-Face Meetings Matter for U.S. Government Agencies  
By Jena Tesse Fox
A new survey by the national coalition Meetings Mean Business sheds new light on the need for government employees to attend meetings and events, and on the value these attendees (and their agencies) see from business travel.
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Meetings Africa 2015: Bureau Targets African Society of Association Executives  
By James Latham
At the tenth edition of Meetings Africa last month, South African Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said that as well as co-ordinating a national approach to bids for business events across priority growth sectors, SAT has successfully enabled efficiencies by avoiding duplication of activities and resources by its member cities and provinces.
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On Location at the SITE Executive Summit 2015 in Dubai (Part Three)  
By Robert Coren
In the last of three reports from the 2015 summit, IMR joins SITE on an evening desert safari, including Land Cruiser rides across the Dubai desert.
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Pacific World: Italy, France Top EMEA Meetings and Events Destinations  
The report shows that Rome’s current popularity can be attributed to its conventional but reinvented venues and activities as well as the aggressive investment in new hotels in the city in the last two years.
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CEIR Looks at How B2B Exhibition Organizers Are Using Data Analytics  
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research released two reports from a new study on data analytics practices among business-to-business exhibition organizers.
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Incentive Travel Exchange, Partnered with SITE, Kicks Off in Las Vegas  
Questex Travel Group’s 10th anniversary Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event kicked off with a record number of attendees, a solid educational program and a notable keynote speaker.
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How Prague is Preparing for the 2017 ICCA Congress, and Why Millennials Matter  
Last week, the Corinthia Prague Hotel hosted another international educational seminar organized by Prague Convention Bureau entitled “Keeping Pace in MICE: From Knowledge to Skills.”
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How Germany Attracts Europe's Business Travelers  
Germany is the top destination for business trips by Europeans, with a total of 12.4 million European business professionals travelling to the country last year.
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PCMA, SITE Slated to Present at ibtm america in June  
According to organizers, the event is attracting a strong group of hosted buyers from the association, corporate, incentive and agency sectors.
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Middle East: Cruising is a Sea-Change for Meetings  
As the GCC ramps up its cruise offering with new terminal facilities, more ship stopovers, plus the establishment of an official entity to promote the sector, opportunities abound to stage more meetings and events on the water.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Tech Talk – Holographic Technology  
Holographic technology has extended beyond the outlandish sci-fi realms of Star Trek and Star Wars, and has become part of a new movement in the events industry.
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Asia: Shanghai Disney Resort Eyes Domestic Events Scene  
The local market will be the focus of Shanghai Disney Resort's MICE strategy as the theme park approaches completion.
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Australia: Infrastructure ‘Key for Queensland’s Tourism Growth’  
Queensland needs to continue to invest in the state’s infrastructure to cope with a projected boom in Asian tourism, according to Barry Robinson, president and managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim, speaking at the Property Council of Australia’s recent Foreign Concepts forum in Brisbane.
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UK: Meet Oxfordshire to Showcase Strengths at Exclusive Event  
​Event planners will get the opportunity to get a taste of Oxford when Meet Oxfordshire showcases the county at an event in the capital.
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Portugal: New Five-Star PortoBay Liberdade Hotel in the Capital Center  
Situated in the centre of Lisbon, in Rosa Araújo street, next to Avenida da Liberdade, this hotel is the 11th in the group's portfolio.
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South East Europe: Top Resort Meeting Hotels  
Take a look at these top choices for a mid-scale event in South East and Central Europe.
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Canada: Alberta Wins World Economic Forum Regional Event  
Calgary and Edmonton Global Shaper Hubs have won the bid to host SHAPE North America, an annual conference put on by the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Initiative.
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Americas: Your Meeting History Is Your Credit Score  
“In this competitive environment, the more complete the information a planner sends to CVBs and hoteliers, the better the response will be to that lead,” says Christine Shimasaki, managing director of empowerMINT.com, a meeting-planning tool offered by Destination Marketing Association International that helps planners match their meetings to destinations and properties.
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Americas: How to Partner With Your Social Media Manager  
If you have a social media manager in your organization, you should view this person as a partner throughout the meeting management cycle.
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Americas: Forget Snuggles and Social Media—Travelers Want to Unwind with Wine  
To support its Sheraton Selects Wine program, the hotel chain commissioned a survey on global wine and travel trends, finding that almost half would reach for a glass of wine at the end of a long day instead of their smartphone/tablet or their spouse.
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