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Aileen Crawford

Head of Tourism and Conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau

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Aileen has worked in the meetings industry for over 20 years, initially in venue sales for Glasgow Museums, then in a variety of roles within the Conventions team at the Tourist Board, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and is currently the Head of Tourism and Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, Glasgow Life. The Glasgow Convention Bureau…

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Anna Look

Founder, Look Ahead Consulting

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Anna is a business event and tourism professional with European and Canadian expertise. She studied for her career at the University of Brighton in the UK and subsequently worked for international tour operators Thomas Cook and Cosmosair group before emigrating to Canada in 2005. British Columbia was her home for the first eight years, honing…

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Ben Goedegebuure

Enterprise Vice President, Global and Industry Presence, Maritz Global Events

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Ben leads Maritz’ Global and Industry Presence efforts. He represents Maritz Global Events with specific responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and its overall global coordination. He provides counsel and supports global strategic solutions for clients, and contributes to the company’s business development, industry presence and thought leadership efforts. His long-standing career has…

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Bettina Reventlow-Mourier

Deputy Convention Director, Copenhagen Convention Bureau

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With more than 20 years’ experience in the meetings industry, Bettina has extensive knowledge on working with association congresses and in creating close collaboration between associations, academia, organisations, companies and government. AMCs in attracting international association congresses, meetings and exhibitions to Copenhagen. In her last 7 years as Deputy in the Convention department and Head…

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Carina Bauer

CEO, IMEX Group

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Carina entered the meetings industry in 2002 as Marketing and Operations Director for IMEX in Frankfurt and part of the original launch team for the exhibition. Following the expansion of the IMEX brand into America in 2009, Carina was appointed CEO of the IMEX Group. In this role, Carina is responsible for all aspects of the business. Throughout…

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David Audrain

CEO, Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)

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David is CEO & Partner of ExpoDevCo, producing trade shows and conferences across North America. Previously, David was: CEO of Clarion Events North America; CEO of Messe Frankfurt NA; COO of ConvExx (producer of the SEMA Show); and held senior positions at Advanstar, Hanley Wood, Miller Freeman and the Texas Restaurant Association. In January 2016,…

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David Peckinpaugh, CMP, CIS

President & CEO, Maritz Holdings, President, Maritz Global Events

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For nearly 40 years, David has had the incredible opportunity to grow his career and lead organizations throughout the events industry. He believes strongly in the power of the events to make meaningful connections and deliver superior business results. Now as President & CEO of Maritz Holdings, David is proud to partner with amazing teams…

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David Thompson

Event Director, IBTM World

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Joining IBTM in September 2018, David came with 14 years’ experience in the events industry, producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. Having previously organised exhibitions and conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the US, he brought with him an international perspective. With an…

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Eduardo Chaillo

President, GMTS (Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists)

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Eduardo Chaillo as the main operator of GMTS has great experience in multicultural business environments which will allow him to connect in a better way on one side North American demand for Meetings and Conventions, and in the other, suppliers from all over Latin America. GMTS focuses in consultancy, assessment and strategy development services to…

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Fiona Pelham

CEO, Positive Impact Events

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Fiona launched not for profit Positive Impact in 2005 to provide education and collaboration opportunities to create a sustainable event industry. She was the youngest female to chair an ISO standard when, in 2012, ISO 20121 a management system for event sustainability was created. In 2014 Fiona received an honorary doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for services to…

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Flavie Baudot

COO, City Destinations Alliance

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Flavie Baudot has more than 15 years’ experience in the Tourism and Meetings Industry. She began her career with diverse experiences in customer relations in the insurance and hospitality sectors and then decided to specialise in tourism, mixing her avid passion for international relations, people and cultures. Having graduated in Tourism Management and Culture in…

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Gary Grimmer

CEO, GainingEdge

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Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the convention industry. In 2004 he founded GainingEdge, a global consulting company that offers advisory services in relation to destinations, convention bureaus and convention and exhibition centres. It also provides convention and incentive sales representation services in all of the world’s key markets. The company’s services are end-to-end,…

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Gemmeke de Jongh

International Association Expert, VISITFLANDERS

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Gemmeke has over 15 years of experience in the meetings industry. She advises especially international associations on how to develop positive impact on the longer term with their conferences or events within Flanders (Northern Belgium) and Brussels together with the different stakeholders in the Quadruple Helix. Based in the capital of the European Union, Gemmeke…

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Geneviève Leclerc

Co-founder, #MEET4IMPACT

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Geneviève is a Canadian industry professional based in Montreal. She has 23 years of experience in congress management and consultancy services for national and international associations and has managed international events in over 20 countries. Geneviève has been active at elevating the industry’s capacity in sustainability and value creation since 2006, when she was an…

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Geoff Donaghy

CEO, International Convention Centre Sydney, & Group Director, Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC)

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Geoff Donaghy is CEO of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, ICC Sydney, which since its opening has been successfully attracting local, national and international visitors with its focus on high quality events, local produce and commitment to service excellence. He is also the Group Director of Convention Centres for leading venue management specialists,…

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Greg Newton

General Manager, BMO Centre at Stampede Park, Calgary Stampede

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Born in Toronto, Canada, Greg has divided his life between living in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. With now more than 20 years in the hospitality industry Greg has spent time in Management of a high end independent mountain resort property (The Rimrock Resort), Hyatt Hotels and the Intercontinental group before moving over to convention centers….

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Heike Mahmoud

Chief Operating Officer, CCH - Congress Center Hamburg

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Heike Mahmoud has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CCH – Congress Center Hamburg since March 1st, 2018. As COO and a fully authorized officer, the business administration professional is also a member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress. The new CCH was officially opened by the First Mayor of the Free…

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Jack Johnson

Chief Advocacy Officer, Destinations International

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As Chief Advocacy Officer, Jack Johnson manages the overall public policy operations at Destinations International including member advocacy education and training, development of destination tools and best practices, coalition work with peer organizations, industry research and related public affairs activities.  He also oversees the board governance, the Destination Management Accreditation Program (DMAP) and the DestinationNEXT…

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James Lancaster

Editor, Association Meetings International, CAT Media

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James Lancaster is the editor of AMI Magazine, amimagazine.global and Intellectual Capitals, part of the CAT Media portfolio owned by Northstar Travel Group. James gained his experience as a journalist in various reporting and editing roles on business magazines after starting his career as reporter on a newspaper in the UK. He joined CAT Media…

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James Rees

President, ICCA

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James has 25 years’ experience in event organisation and major venue management. He began as a conference organiser for UK-based Water Research Centre organising national and international events then made a move into venue management, joining Wembley Stadium Ltd as an event manager across Wembley’s Stadium, Arena and Conference & Exhibition Centre venues, managing international…

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Jane Cunningham

Managing Director, Cunningham Consulting AB

Jane loves life in the Nordics and the spirit of Scotland. Her expertise is based on 20 years of experience across the global meetings industry. Over this time she has been fortunate to have gained wonderful experience and friends from working for some great hotels, a convention centre, a destination marketing organisation, a PCO, and…

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Jane Vong Holmes

Senior Manager – Asia, GainingEdge

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Jane Vong Holmes is Senior Manager – Asia of GainingEdge, GainingEdge, a consultancy specialising in the business events industry since 2004, and a proud Partner of The Iceberg. Jane has been part of the consulting team on several GainingEdge projects in Asia, working with bureaus, tourism offices and convention centres in Hangzhou, Japan, Malaysia, South…

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Jurriaen Sleijster

President & COO, MCI

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It’s about people. Bring them together, have them exchange stories, knowledge, dreams… have them join efforts, working together for a common goal… and great things happen. I love that energy and that buzz. That’s probably why I so enjoy working in the meetings and events industry. People really can make a change and leave a…

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Kai Hattendorf

Managing Director / CEO, UFI

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Kai Hattendorf is Managing Director / CEO of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. As such, he is responsible for UFI activities and events globally, as well as the operation of its offices and presences in Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, and Bogota. From 2019 to 2021, Kai served as Honorary President…

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Lesley Williams

Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance

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Lesley joined BestCities in 2017 as Market Development Director and took up the position of Managing Director in January 2020 following the decision of BestCities to award extending the management contract to GainingEdge. Lesley is a strong supporter and advocate of the beyond tourism impacts of meetings.  In 2017 BestCities formed a collaboration with ICCA…

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Lyn Lewis-Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney

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Lyn Lewis-Smith is CEO of BESydney and leads a global team of professionals spanning Europe, North America and Asia who are charged with securing global meetings of strategic, economic and social benefit to Sydney, Australia. The organisation works across sectors which include infrastructure, technology, professional services, advanced manufacturing, education and health. Lyn has led transformation…

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Martin Sirk

Founder & Owner, Sirk Serendipity

Working out of both USA and Netherlands; projects in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America, with a mix of clients including IMEX, UFI, SITE and other international associations and meetings companies. Expert Advisor to tech start-up Kubify, Strategic Relations Advisor to IASP, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and International Advisor to…

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Melissa Riley

Vice President of Convention Sales & Services, Destination DC

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Melissa Riley serves as the Vice President of Convention Sales and Services at Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital. A 24-year veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, Riley leads a team of more than 30 who work in concert to generate a positive economic impact for the District….

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Natasha Richards

Senior Advocacy & Industry Relations Manager, IMEX Group

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As Senior Advocacy & Industry Relations Manager, Natasha oversees all industry partnerships and association education at both IMEX shows. In 2016, in addition to her existing responsibilities she took the helm of the IMEX Policy Forum and assumed her current advocacy role. In this role she works closely with the UNWTO (the United Nations World…

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Nigel Brown, CICS

Director, Marketing & Partnerships, BestCities Global Alliance

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Nigel started his career at the head office of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) in Amsterdam. He was part of the event organizing team of the association and served 7 years organizing a host of events on all continents. During his tenure he gained extensive project management skills and was responsible for implementing…

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Oscar Cerezales

Chief Operating Officer - Asia Pacific, MCI

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Born in Barcelona (Spain), Oscar Cerezales has been working in the meetings industry for more than 25 years. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for PCMA, Chair of the ICESAP Advisory Board and member of the Scientific Board for the Latin American Association of Convention Bureaus. In the past Oscar has…

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Patrick Bontinck

CEO, visit.brussels

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After four years of study at the Ecole Hôtelière (Hotel School) in Lausanne, it was quite natural that his career should be oriented toward this sector. From 1998 to 2009, Patrick Bontinck built and opened hotels, but also managed and took over hotels, in particular for the Martins Hotels group. His varied experience has led…

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Paul Vallee

Executive Consultant, GainingEdge

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Paul is Executive Consultant with GainingEdge, an international leader in meetings, conventions and business events consulting and management. Paul has provided advice on assignments in Canada, the United States, Denmark, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Panama, and Thailand, and has been an invited speaker in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Through GainingEdge, Paul…

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Peter King

Chief Executive, MCEC (Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre)

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At MCEC, we’re passionate about creating inspirational environments. We do this by delivering a personalised service and partnering with our customers to offer ideas, insights and imaginative solutions. We tailor every experience because we realise it’s the little details that make all the difference. Our people are at the heart of who we are and…

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Petra Stušek

President, City Destinations Alliance

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Ms Petra Stušek is Managing Director of the Ljubljana Tourism and President of the Board at European Cities Marketing, a non-profit organization which aims at improving the competitiveness and performance of city tourism destinations in Europe, including the leading ones. Prior to this, she managed communications for the foreign and domestic public at Ljubljana Tourism,…

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Ray Bloom

Chairman, IMEX Group

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Ray Bloom is the chairman and founder of the IMEX Group, which organises worldwide exhibitions for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in Europe and the USA. IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, every spring; while IMEX America takes place at the Las Vegas Sands Expo each autumn. Bloom is also…

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Remi Deve

Chief Editor, Boardroom

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A specialized journalist in the association management field, Remi has been active in the meetings industry for more than 10 years. Together with Cecile Koch, he launched Boardroom in 2017, a niche publication specialized in association management and events. Boardroom covers a wide spectrum of issues of interest to associations based globally and is specifically targeting association…

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Rod Cameron

Executive Director, JMIC

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Rod Cameron currently serves as Executive Director of the Brussels-based International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) whose members include over 190 International convention centres in 60 countries worldwide and of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), an organization consisting of 18 major international Meetings Industry associations. He is also the Faculty Head for the AIPC…

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Samantha Glass

Director of Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, International Convention Centre Sydney

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A founding member of ICC Sydney’s leadership team, Sam developed the communications and marketing strategies that have resulted in establishing one of the business events industry’s strongest brands. Storytelling, building emotional connection and strong stakeholder engagement have been core to ICC Sydney’s successful brand development throughout its pre-opening, launch and operational phases. Sam steered the…

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Sarah Fleming

Founder / Managing Director, SFA Connect

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Managing Director and owner of SFA Connect (trading name for Sarah Fleming Associates Ltd), Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in the Meetings Industry.  She was a board director of a leading UK PCO for ten years where she handled numerous large, high-profile events all over the world. Through this work she gained an in-depth…

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Senthil Gopinath

Chief Executive Officer, ICCA

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Senthil has over 20 years’ experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held wide spectrum of positions in the meetings industry. Such as CEO of Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka, Vice President of Kuoni. He moved to Dubai in 2006 and has been working for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organizer…

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Sumaira Isaacs

General Manager, Gulf Dunes

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A bona fide veteran of the MICE industry with over 25 years of experience building and managing some of the world’s biggest event, conference, and tourism organizations, Sumaira’s reputation precedes her. She has worked both as a destination practitioner (DMC, PCO) as well as an advisor consultant to Tourist Boards, Associations and Local Governments in…

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Sven Bossu

Chief Executive Officer, AIPC

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Sven joined AIPC as CEO in May 2020. Together with the Board, the Members and the Business Partners he will be spearheading a transformation programme which will result into an entirely new value proposal to Convention and Exhibition Centres across the globe based on the changing needs of the members and the challenges they are…

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Tommy Goodwin

Vice President, Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance

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Tommy Goodwin is Vice President for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a newly-formed association dedicated to the recovery and advancement of the business events industry. In this role, he leads ECA’s advocacy and member engagement work on behalf the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, show and event organizers, suppliers, venues, and destinations that comprise the…

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Tracy Halliwell MBE

Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events, London & Partners

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Director of Tourism, Conventions and Major Events, Tracy Halliwell joined London & Partners from Visit London, the capital’s global marketing organisation. At London & Partners, Tracy heads up London’s Tourism division, managing the event solutions team and a proactive global sales team focused on attracting discretionary business, cultural & sporting events to the capital. At…

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Virginie De Visscher

Senior Director of Business Development – Economic Sectors, Destination Canada Business Events (DCBE)

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Having lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Europe before moving to Canada in 2010, Virginie is the Senior Director of Business Development – Economic Sectors for Destination Canada Business Events (DCBE), Virginie is responsible for leading the development and implementation of DCBE’s global economic sector strategy and team to increase overnight visitations to Canada…

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