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US Bars Large Electronics in Cabins on Flights from 10 Airports

The US is banning large electronics from passenger cabins on flights from ten specified Middle East and North African airports. After “evaluated intelligence” on terrorist threats, devices bigger than a mobile phone have will to be checked into hold luggage on services from these destinations. Around 50 flights a day into the US will be affected. From Meetings and Conventions…

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Second Ban Receives Second Suspension

After Hawaii’s successful legal stay on executive order 13780 – which President Trump attacked as “unprecedented judicial overreach” – Maryland was next in line to question the constitutionality of Travel Ban II. One plaintiff – the Middle East Studies Association – claimed the order would make it difficult for members to attend academic conferences in the US. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Australia’s Lost Convention Business Totals AU$805m

Australia is missing out on AU$805m of convention business across the coming decade, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The AACB says a national convention bid fund – and easier visa access – are key to future economic success. From CIM News Magazine (the report “Business Events: Delivering Economic Prosperity for Australia” is in our Research section)…

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Travel Order Slowing Travel Bookings to US

Following last month’s Global Business Travel Association figure of $185 million of business travel bookings lost in the week after Trump’s first travel ban was announced, a new report reveals further data on the slowdown. Industry analysts ForwardKeys is claiming international travel dipped by 6.5 percent in the eight days after the first executive order. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Hawaii Files Suit on Revised Travel Ban

Another travel ban, another legal challenge. Hawaii is amending its lawsuit against President Trump’s first ban to encompass the revised version. The state is seeking a hearing on March 15. Hawaiian Muslims have joined the action as plaintiffs. From Meetings & Conventions (and since publication Hawaii has indeed filed suit, together with the States of Washington and New York)…

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Trump’s Travel Ban II: What’s New?

There are now six mainly Muslim countries instead of seven. There is also a week and a half of notice and greater clarity on exemptions for legal residents, citizens of dual nationality and holders of existing visas. Refugees of religious minorities in the six countries no longer have preferential status. Executive order 13780 lands on March 16. From PCMA…

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Delegates Like Small, Fast and Interactive Meetings, Research Says

Social responsibility, more technology and better use of time are what delegates want. And four out of five think face to face will remain important. To mark the silver anniversary of Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), the Melbourne Convention Bureau commissioned McCrindle Research to conduct a study on future meetings trends. From Association Meetings International…

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White House Pushes Back New Travel Order

So where to next for President Donald Trump’s infamous Executive Order 13769, which bans refugees and citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US? Some thoughts on how the White House will next week be attempting to circumvent the travel ban’s current legal limbo. From ASAE (American Society  of Association Executives)…

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Florida House Proposes 67 Percent Cut to Visit Florida Budget

Following on from the earlier news of Visit Florida’s battle for survival, the Florida House Speaker has now suggested making the organisation part of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Richard Corcoran also wants its budget slashed by just over two thirds. Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson has called the proposal “misinformed”. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Visit Florida in Jeopardy Following Government Showdown

Visit Florida is in a fight for its survival as the state introduces legislation calling for its abolition. New CEO Ken Lawson has been championing the role the DMO plays in generating employment and tax revenue. But an ill-fated marketing deal with rapper Pitbull has already damaged the DMO’s standing among politicians. From Meetings & Conventions…

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More Meetings Industry Response to Trump’s Executive Order

Even as three federal appeals court judges refuse to reinstate Executive Order 13769 – and the matter surely heads towards the US Supreme Court – here is an association community perspective on how President Trump’s travel ban could affect the business of meetings. Includes reaction from some of The Iceberg‘s partners. From ASAE (American Society  of Association Executives)…

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Meetings Industry Responds to Trump’s Controversial Travel Ban

How is the global meetings industry reacting to President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending for 90 days entry to the US of foreign nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries and halting for 120 days the entire US refugee programme? Including comment from Meetings Professional International (MPI) / Meetings Mean Business, Destination DC, Kenes Group, EventMobi.com and ICCA. From Association Meetings International…

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New Travel Trends Index: Can a ‘Trump Bump’ Account for...

Data from after the recent US election – the first monthly Travel Trends Index to be published since – has shown unexpected growth in the country’s travel sector. Could a ‘Trump Bump’ be responsible? Previously weak domestic business travel in particular is seeing an upturn. Mexico and Russia aren’t specifically mentioned. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Las Vegas Celebrates Record Delegate Numbers in 2016

From the Mojave Desert, some numbers on the meetings year the City of Lights has just enjoyed. From Meetpie.com… Las Vegas Celebrates Record Delegate Numbers in 2016 Remember President Barack Obama’s comments about Las Veagas at the start of his administration? From Association Meetings International… Obama Administration Relaxes Guidelines on Conference Going And some nice footage from…

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UK Events Week to Return in February

UK Events Week 2017 is taking place from Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March. In 2016 the event connected the industry with major brands like Shell and Renault, and with tech firms like Twitter, Facebook and Google. The 2017 running coincides with International Confex, the Event Production Show and office*. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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