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FOOD & BEVERAGE

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food and travel

What’s New in Travel, Food and Beverage

What food trends and stories should event planners have on their radar? Convene provides a weekly roundup of what’s making news in the F&B and business travel worlds.
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sustainability

Sustainability on the Menu at AIME

Not only were the food items served at an AIME Hosted Buyer Breakfast sustainable, its focus was on giving ‘back more than we take away.’

PLACES & SPACES

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AIME 2019

‘We Are Confident that AIME Is Ready’

AIME’s event director shares how he and his team have mitigated the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak and how the show is taking ‘an active role in the business regeneration’ of regions affected by Australia’s bushfires.
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AAA

AAA Updates Its Diamond Program for Hotels, Restaurants

The 80-year-old hotel and restaurant approval program now offers professional analysis instead of user-driven ratings.

TRAVEL

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leisure & business events

Smaller Cities Are Boosting Leisure & Business Events Offerings

Today, event attendees are tourists, too. Here are a handful of rising global destinations that have the goods planners need and the attractions delegates want.
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Events Industry Experts Weigh in on the Coronavirus

Events Industry Experts Weigh in on the Coronavirus

The Events Industry Council (EIC) held a webinar on Feb. 7, “Industry Discussion on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Identifying Reliable Sources and Factors for Informed Decision-Making.” Here are some takeaways.

ITINERARY

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Surprising Places Where Hotels Will Pop Up in 2020

Travelers will call some unlikely places home for the night next year. Here’s a look at three of the most unconventional.
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REAL ID

Cleared for Takeoff? Not If Your License Isn’t a REAL ID

A new study shows that a year before the 2020 REAL ID deadline, millions of Americans still are not aware they could be grounded without it.

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