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    Kempinski relaunches Yanqi Island

    Kempinski has recently relaunched the largest property it manages in China -Yanqi Island.


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    ICCA to elevate member roles, lead knowledge exchange

    ICCA is taking steps to raise the importance of its members in the associations industry and to play a stronger role as a knowledge provider for its members, as part of its strategic plans to advance the association for specialists in the management of international association meetings sector.


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    Chris Bailey replaces Judy Lum at Tour East

    Chris Bailey is back in tour operations as senior vice president of sales & marketing – longhaul of Tour East Holdings, effective June 1, filling the post left vacant by Judy Lum who joined Diethelm Travel Singapore in February as general manager.


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    Jane Schuldt passes away

    Jane Schuldt, founder of World Marketing Group and a fierce advocate of the incentives and meetings industry, died Saturday, May 20, after battling pancreatic cancer. Schuldt, 63, was surrounded by her family at the time of her departure at her home in Minneapolis.


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    [Intelligence] US cities dominate business travel to Australia: AMEX GBT

    Six of the top ten cities outside of Asia-Pacific (APAC) which are travelling to Australia for business are US cities, according to data from American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).


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    Associations can make Incredible Impacts in new programme

    ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance have co-launched the ICCA Incredible Impacts Programme, a programme that celebrates the "beyond tourism" value of international association meetings.


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    etouches completes Loopd integration

    Global provider of cloud event management software and sourcing solutions, etouches, has finalised the integration of Loopd – acquired in late 2016 – technology with its end-to-end event management and sourcing platform.


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    SE Asian MICE planners unrattled by Philippine security issues

    Despite the Abu Sayyaf incident in Bohol in April, and the recent kidnapping threat in Palawan, Philippine MICE specialists say most business events and incentive groups from South-east Asia are still choosing to proceed with their travel plans to the destination.


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    Singapore's SMAP dishes out more event perks

    Changi Airport Group, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Singapore Airlines have enhanced their Singapore MICE Advantage Programme (SMAP) with new partners luxury airport terminal JetQuay and ride-sharing giant Uber, as well as more benefits for event organisers.


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    Bed tax not such a bad thing, says Kyoto trade

    News of Kyoto effecting a new accommodation tax starting April 2018 is welcome as long as the levy is moderate and the money raised is used to improve tourist infrastructure, say hoteliers and agents interviewed.


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