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Balancing ACT: Marriott and the Value of Values

Marriott has recently taken flak for hosting a convention of ACT America, which calls itself a ‘grassroots national security organisation’ but which has also been dubbed America’s ‘largest anti-Muslim hate group’. Marriott lists diversity and inclusion among its core values. ACT America has its own anti-violence, anti-discrimination policy. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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US Seen as “Closed for Business”

The White House has made the US seem “closed for business”, according to the Global Business Travel Association. After Trump Travel Bans I and II, 45 percent of GBTA’s European members said they were “less likely” to bring meetings to the US. Every one percent of business travel supports 74,000 jobs. From Meetings & Conventions…

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25 February 2018

SMU International, Brooklyn, USA

Connect with the top international hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, two-night stay at The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn from February 25-27, 2018.

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14 June 2018

ibtm america, Florida, USA

ibtm america is a 3 day event in North America focused on uniting US and international travel industry suppliers with highly qualified meeting and event planners. The turn-key pod format offers 1-to-1 meetings between suppliers and buyers, with appointments mutually matched to ensure all meetings are highly relevant.

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North Korea Added to Trump Travel Ban III

As his last travel ban expired, President Trump issued a new unlimited order to bar citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and – as hostilities with Kim Jong-un escalate – North Korea. The US is also banning from October 18th some Venezuelan officials and their families. Photo: John Pavelka. From Meetings and Conventions…

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Democratic Bill Would Ban Federal Spend at Trump Hotels

In the US, Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill to ban federal officials from enjoying taxpayer-funded business travel at properties owned by senior government officials. This would include resorts like President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, where the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, was entertained in April. From Meetings & Conventions…  

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US Supreme Court Partially Reinstates Trump Travel Ban II

The US Supreme Court has let President Trump’s restrictions on refugees entering the country stand, overruling a lower court. But grandparents and cousins of those already in the US can’t now be excluded. In October SCOTUS will examine the ban on entrants from six mainly Muslim countries, which expires in September. From Meetings and Conventions…

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16 October 2018

IMEX America, Las Vegas, USA

If you influence or manage international or domestic meetings and events, then IMEX America is where you belong. Whether you’re a corporate, association or agency planner you’ll discover fabulous business, education and networking opportunities. This truly is the power source for the meetings industry. Productive appointments. Face time with key players. The knowledge to boost your…

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Events Postponed as Hurricane Irma Nears

With cities across the path of Hurricane Irma braced for impact, major events were postponed as the storm neared. With a state of emergency declared in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Iceberg partner Northstar put back Destination Southeast in Miami Beach to December. Meanwhile, the Caribbean is reeling from Irma’s pass. From…

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The New Politics: W(h)ither Diversity?

After recent events in Charlottesville – and President Trump’s response to them – how will the role of diversity change across the business events landscape? Will promoting inclusion – in terms of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation – having grown in significance over recent years, now slip back down the agenda? From Successful Meetings…

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13 December 2017

Convention Services Summit, Illinois, USA

Held in tandem with the Convention Sales Summit, this new event gathers destination professionals dedicated to designing and enhancing the experience of convention and meeting attendees  to share ideas and solutions and explore what’s on the horizon in destination event serivces.

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13 December 2017