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Paris: 2024 and Olympic Competition

Paris is riding high both on its new convention centre and on hosting the 2024 Olympics. But when one huge event is in town at a major destination, does that cause other large meetings to, erm… bottle out? There’s evidence this is the case, but good reasons why it shouldn’t be. From editor’s blog at…

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28 November 2017

Marina Bay Sands and WWF Partner on Sustainability Legacy

As ITB Asia took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, with 940 exhibitors attending from 113 countries, Marina Bays Sands and the World Wide Fund for Nature announced a sustainability partnership to improve the responsible procurement of seafood within the resort. The project is also supporting four aquaculture farms in Malaysia. From CIM News Magazine…

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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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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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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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3 October 2017

Webinar: Cracking the Code on Room Block Practices

By now we realize, a silver bullet doesn’t exist to solve the many challenges surrounding today’s contracted room blocks. Instead, we realize a collection of practices should be at play. Some practices are foundational building blocks while others have only been used only in recent years. Learn about the latest practices you should consider deploying…

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Is Charlottesville Losing Business for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago?

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida has already been referenced by those protesting his stance on climate change. Now in the days after his comments on the violence in Charlottesville, three big charities have cancelled events at the iconic venue. None have explicitly linked their decisions to the remarks. Photo: Edward Kimmel. From Meetings & Conventions…

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