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SCOTUS Clears Way for Travel Ban

The travel industry is watching what impact a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday will have on travelers and pending cases challenging the Trump administration’s most recent version of a travel ban. In the meantime, the Supreme Court said travel restrictions on residents from eight countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and…

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Marriott’s Splash of Brilliance

Few things are as universal as the “shower thought.” For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s used to describe a stroke of genius or a creative breakthrough that hits when preoccupied with a routine activity like driving or showering. The only problem in such scenarios is that there’s usually no place to capture it.

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Mexico Certifies LGBT-Welcoming Destinations

Mexico is wrapping itself in the rainbow flag. Thirteen destinations have been officially certified as LGBT-friendly. To capture a bigger share of the LGBT travel market for both leisure and business—valued at $211 billion in 2016—Mexican tourism authorities intensified the focus on this lucrative segment two years ago, introducing a dedicated program of training and…

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SITE Steps in to Help Hurricane Victims

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road to recovery after devastating hurricanes in September, but have been receiving significant help from many sources, including the Florida and Caribbean chapter of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE).

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As Las Vegas Stands Tall, the World Sends a Hug

It’s often said adversity brings out the best in us. Certainly, that’s proven true in the aftermath of our recent natural disasters. These terrible moments level the playing field. Acts of generosity and kindness spring from every quarter of the community.

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Defining Hospitality When Disaster Strikes

There’s a reason they call it the hospitality industry. The word itself comes from Latin roots that originally meant “to have power.” As hosts, convention centers, hotels, restaurants, air carriers, cruise lines and other facets of hospitality certainly have it within their power to create memories of a lifetime.

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Power of Music Unites Puerto Rico

The record-breaking “Despacito” was the song of summer 2017. The catchy Latin tune garnered so much airplay, Puerto Rico Tourism Company named the singer Luis Fonsi the face of its international tourism campaign. As summer turned to fall, Puerto Rico once again made headlines when Hurricane Maria blew through town. The Spanish word despacito translates to “slowly” in English, and Puerto Ricans are taking a slowly-but-surely approach to recovery. There is no denying it will take a while for suburban communities to bounce back, but the encouraging news is that San Juan is fully operational to host major meetings.

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Etouches Secures a Global Partnership with UNICEO

Etouches, a global provider of event management software solutions, announced its global partnership with UNICEO® (United Networks of International Corporate Event Organizers) this week. UNICEO is an international non-profit that brings together senior decision-makers in charge of corporate events. UNICEO also represents major companies and associations within the events industry. The partnership provides UNICEO’s corporate events members with better access to etouches’ world-class event-planning solutions and expertise.

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