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January 8, 2016
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The Five Most Popular Meetings Industry Stories of the Week




From a set of timely reminders for clients on why they should use a professional meeting planner to the tragic passing of David Grant, we've rounded up the most popular stories from our website this week to keep you apprised of the latest developments. 

ruthanne terreroTop Five Reasons to Use a Professional Meeting Planner

It's no secret that planning a major event is a job for a professional, but sometimes people need a little reminder. We gathered five lessons to share with clients on why a professional meeting planner is something that they can't do without. 

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PCMA: These Are The Most Innovative Cities Around The World

In destination news, this week the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and convention bureau alliance Best Cities published their picks for the most innovative cities worldwide.

Based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets, London, San Francisco - San Jose and Vienna led the list. 

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Australian Events Legend, David Grant, Dies in Sydney

Also this week the events industry mourned the passing of a major figure in the Australian sector. 

David Grant produced bespoke events in Australia and worldwide, including incentive meetings, conferences, fundraisers and sporting hospitality events. His clients spanned the worlds of politics and fashion, from Bill Clinton's 1996 visit to Australia to events for Hermes and Marie Claire

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Top Three Travel Trends From the Business Travel Coalition for 2016

The kickoff to the New Year was also top of mind among our readers this week. The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) released its take on three issues that will have the most impact on the travel industry in the coming year. 

From Open Skies agreements and ancillary fees to surcharges for booking airline tickets outside of direct channels, the report takes in a variety of major issues. 

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Oman Convention Center to Get New JW Marriott Hotel

Finally, major venue developments remained an important topic to watch this week. The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) announced it would get a JW Marriott Hotel, expected to open in 2017. 

Earlier in September a Crowne Plaza Hotel was also announced for the OCEC. When it opens next year, the new conference venue plans to have four hotels. 

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Keep visiting www.internationalmeetingsreview.com for the latest meetings industry news, trends and updates. 


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