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Marriott/Starwood Deal Could Mean Further Consolidation  
Marriott International's $12.2 billion buy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide not only created the largest lodging company, but also is a sign that consolidation within the hotel industry may be its best bet to defend against disruptive forces.
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EDITOR'S CORNER
Ibtm world: Incoming Chair of MPI to Bring Sustainability to the Fore  
At ibtm world this week, the founder of Positive Impact Events explains the importance of a sustainable approach to corporate communications from risk and brand management.
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BTC Study Shows How Travel Planners Are Responding to the Paris Attacks  
The Business Travel Coalition has released a survey of 84 corporate, university and government travel, sourcing and risk managers from 17 countries on how they plan to respond to the attacks in Paris.
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James Latham Receives 2015 JMIC Profile and Power Award  
The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) has announced the winner of the 2015 JMIC Profile and Power Award as James Latham, Executive Producer, International Meetings Review.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Asia: Second Sofitel in Singapore Ready for Guests  
Singapore's second Sofitel property has opened on Sentosa island. Learn more about the new property.
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Australia: Rugby Fever to Hit Sydney  
In 2016 Sydney will host a four day festival of rugby when the Bondi Tens and the inaugural Sydney 7s run back to back from February 4-7.
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Middle East: Top 5 Incentives For Thrill-seekers  
For the thrill-seeking traveler, here's a list of some notable experiences to keep in mind when planning your next trip.
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Baltics: The Involvement of Meet in Reykjavik Ambassadors Generates Around $100 Million  
The Meet in Reykjavak Ambassador Club consists of a range of experts and academics with the common objective of bringing conferences and events to Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland.
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Portugal: Portuguese Agency Wins Best Internal Event in the European Best Event Awards  
The balance for the Portuguese agencies in this year's edition of the European Best Event Awards has resulted in two winners, with a gold and a bronze award.
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UK: Almost Half of Planners Fear a Seller's Market  
MPI Meetings Outlook reveals most planners are positive about business growth, as supplier confidence increases.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Visa Regulations Adjusted for Ease of Entry  
South Africa has overhauled its controversial visa regulations, which saw a 6 percent decrease in arrivals since implementation.
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South-East Europe: Hyatt Hotels Corporation Announces Launch of New Campaign  
Hyatt Hotels Corporation hasy announced the launch of a multi-million dollar integrated global marketing campaign for the Hyatt Regency brand.
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Americas: Picture it! The Case for Instagram  
Social media users tend to fall in one of two camps: Those who love it when their friends post pictures of their meals, and those whose friends don’t know how to take good food pictures.
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Americas: The Best Events Engage All the Senses  
A new conference, SenseUP!, a Summit on the Power of Sensory Marketing, debuts next spring in the marketing and events arena.
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Americas: Incentive Travel: Where it’s Headed in 2016  
For the past eight years, the Incentive Research Foundation has surveyed incentive industry professionals on a regular basis to assess their outlook on incentives in the near term and to identify longer-term trends.
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