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March 11, 2016
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The Top Meetings Industry Stories of the Week




It's been another busy week in the meetings industry, with the latest destination marketing developments from PCMA and this year's Incentive Travel Exchange drawing attention. 

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PCMA: Why the Convention Bureau and the Economic Development Agency Must Be Friends

At the recent Convening Leaders International Meetings Review caught up with Barbara Palmer, senior editor of PCMA's Convene Magazine, as well as Editor-in-Chief Michelle Russell and Executive Editor Chris Durso to talk the growing connection between destination marketing organizations. 

While Economic Development Agencies and Convention Bureaus have traditionally operated separately, bringing the two together can bring benefits. Palmer, Russell and Durso explain why. 

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Wyndham CEO Talks Meetings Hotel Expansion

In hotel news, Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, spoke with our sister publication Hotel Management about the company's acquisition of Dolce Hotels last February, which expanded the company's meetings-focused hotel portfolio by almost 40 percent. The conversation took place at the International Hotel Investment Forum

What's next? Wyndham is also planning to expand its economy Super 8 brand, especially in Germany and China

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Washington State Convention Center Severs Ties With Contractor on Expansion

An expansion at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle hit a snag this week when the facility cut ties with Skanska-Hunt, the contractor responsible for the project. 

The $1.4 billion expansion is meant to double the size of the facility, with 250,000 extra square feet of exhibit space and an additional 120,000 square feet of meeting room space and a ballroom. Groundbeaking was meant to happen in 2017, and the expansion team said that the project schedule "will not be materially affected by this change." 

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ITE 2016 Wraps in Las Vegas

This week also saw the wrap of another Incentive Travel Exchange, the flagship event in the MICE portfolio for Questex Travel Group, the parent company of International Meetings Review. The event drew nearly 300 people to the Delano Las Vegas for a program of one-to-one meetings in private, luxury suites with North American incentive buyers and global travel suppliers. 

Attendees also got a chance to attend a complimentary education session by the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), “SITE’s Business Case for Incentive Travel: The Link between Motivation and Incentives,” as well as presentations by ProColombia, Avianca Airlines and Maui Jim. 

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Top 50 Meetings Hotels in Europe From Cvent

Finally, meeting planners looking to book in Europe this week had their eye on a new study by cloud-based enterprise management company Cvent, which released its annual list of the top 50 hotels for meetings and events on the Continent. 

Barcelona led the way with two of the top three meeting hotels in Europe. London also did well with seven featured properties, followed by Amsterdam and Barcelona, with six properties each. 

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


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