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Las Vegas: Thoughts on Current Hotel Security Practice

In the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, Michael Susong of iJet International has been discussing the state of hotel security. Screening baggage is hard, but vigilance, noticing out of place details, protocols for warning security – and for leaving the area – are all crucial. Photo: C. Mendoza. From Meetings & Conventions…    

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Las Vegas: After the Unthinkable, the Show Still Goes on

The Bellagio fountains continue to spray. Showgirls again take money off visitors. Music and magic spectaculars have reopened their doors. Amid makeshift memorials and a large police presence, Tim Dahlberg describes a struggle for normality after the unthinkable, in a city built on both business and leisure tourism. Photo: C. Mendoza. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ibtm world to Proceed Despite Barcelona Unrest

The meetings, events and incentives showcase ibtm world is to go ahead as planned next month despite simmering tensions in Barcelona after the Catalonian independence referendum. More than 850 people were injured as riot police raided polling stations to stop the vote, which was declared illegal by a Spanish court. Photo: Robert Bonet. From Meetpie.com…

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IMEX America to “Go Ahead As Planned” in Las Vegas

After the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, the organisers of IMEX America moved swiftly to express shock and sadness, and to reassure those attending the event at Sands Expo the following week. “Both IMEX America and the Sands have very strong security in place” said IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cost Per Attendee Rising and Set to Rise Further

According to CWT Meetings & Events, 2017 attendee costs per day rose by three percent in North America, by one percent in South, by four percent in EMEA, and by five percent in Asia-Pac. With hotel and airfare increases predicted, this trend is set to continue. Safety and security remain huge concerns. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Visa System “Losing” Australia Large Business Events

Australia’s costly and complex visa system means the country loses large business events to Asian rivals, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. Visa costs are in particular making price-conscious incentive organisers look elsewhere, the organisation says. The AACB is calling for an approach favouring high-yield low-risk business travellers. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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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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