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Wednesday, September 19 2012

Meetings to Increase in 2013

Meetings planners will plan more meetings as their budgets continue to rise in 2013, according to Meeting Professionals International, which has released its annual Business Barometer, a forecast of industry trends for the upcoming year. The annual barometer surveys the entire membership of MPI to give a detailed look at the industry.

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Tuesday, September 04 2012

A Fresh Look at the Caribbean

The perception that Nassau and Punta Cana are better known for their beaches than their boardrooms is changing. With major developments in the pipeline for both destinations, these Caribbean islands are eager to welcome and embrace more meetings and groups.

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Tuesday, September 04 2012

All the Buzz: Future Convention Cities Initiative

Convention centers and the organizations that work to fill them are used to seeing their counterparts in other cities as the competition, going after the same big expos. A coalition of seven major destination marketing organizations is trying a different approach, sharing ideas and information in an effort to improve the overall stature of the events industry.

“It’s all about progressing the sector as a key economic driver—for any city or country,” says Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney and chairwoman of the Future Convention Cities Initiative. “I’m happy to share [information] with anyone that wants to take it, because I think it’s [helping] our sector…be taken a lot more seriously.”

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Wednesday, August 29 2012

IMEX America: Perfect Storm of Event Success

Last fall's inaugural IMEX America had everything: more than 140 global exhibitors, a wide range of education, a setting in one of the world's most convention-friendly cities, partnerships with every event industry organization under the sun (or so it seemed!), and—maybe most important—a meeting and incentive community that was fed up with three years of recession and eager to get back to business.

Held in Las Vegas last October, IMEX America drew 3,700 attendees (including some 2,000 hosted buyers) and nearly 2,000 exhibitors. By all accounts, it was a fantastic launch of a new show.

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Monday, August 27 2012

U.S. Travel Hits the Campaign Trail

As members of both the Democratic and Republican parties converge on the cities of Charlotte, SC, and Tampa, FL for their respective national conventions, the U.S. Travel Association is taking every opportunity to remind them that travel not only matters, but is a crucial component of the American economy — and the very conventions that are bringing them together. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the travel industry contributes $1.9 trillion total to the U.S. economy alone.

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