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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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Geneva: Sibos 2016 and Aligning with Knowledge Sectors

Why Sibos and Geneva were the perfect match… The Geneva Convention Bureau has recently restructured its marketing communications and resources in order to align its bids to the city’s growth agenda. It has taken nearly two years to develop the organisational knowledge of – and relations within – the key clusters of industry identified by the Economic Development Office…

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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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City Insight: Outsiders Hold the Keys to Boston’s Future

Boston has throughout its history been a main gateway for foreign migration into the USA. Now as the treatment of outsiders moves right to the heart of US politics, the President of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce James E Rooney reaffirms the city’s reliance on the innovation that comes with immigration. From Intellectual Capitals…

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11 July 2017

DMAI Annual Convention, Quebec, Canada

In 2017, we continue our promise to educate, inspire and inform as we travel to Montreal, Canada, who will be hosting our conference during the 375th anniversary of this historic city. DMAI’s Annual Convention provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from your peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry.

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23 October 2017

Destinations International Membership Summit, North Carolina, USA

For more than 30 years, DMAI’s Membership Summit has supported the evolving role and the impact of the membership professional. This community of partners, inclusive of both membership and partnership roles, targets discussions about changing trends in the destination marketplace, redefining membership and partnership responsibilities to maximize impact, and recalibrating the sponsorship value proposition, to…

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24 September 2017

2017 Visitor Services Summit, Ohio, USA

A must-attend event for visitor services professionals, this is the foremost opportunity to connect with colleagues to discuss the issues and trends that impact you and the visitors you serve. Explore diverse industry practices and case studies to exemplify what is working, what opportunities to explore, and what management practices to hone.

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G20 Finance Summit in Cairns – Following in Their Footsteps

Did any of the G20 financial ministers and central bank directors know they were sitting on an old gold-miners’ staging post when they met in the seaside city of Cairns? By Rob Spalding at Associated Meetings International… G20 Finance Summit in Cairns – Following in Their Footsteps

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Beyond Tourism Benefits

It is widely known that New South Wales (NSW) is a popular business events destination. In 2011 alone, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) secured 67 events, worth an estimated $186.5m in economic impact. However, aside from the dollar spend impact from the thousands of delegates who visit, little research had been done on the longer term…

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