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The Events Industry Council inducted the 2018 class of the Hall of Leaders at the Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort during IMEX America in Las Vegas on Oct. 16. Left to right: Karen Kotowski, CEO, EIC; honorees Henry Givray, Chairman, SmithBucklin; Deborah Sexton, Principal, DLS and Associates; Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball & Co.; and EIC Chair Tina Wehmeir. Not pictured: honoree Edward Liu, Group Managing Director, CEMS Singapore.

Saudi Journalist’s Apparent Murder Puts “Davos in Desert” in Extreme Peril

By Todd McElwee

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative (FII,) nicknamed “Davos in the Desert” has been hit with a wave of high-profile speaker and attendee cancelations following Turkey’s allegations Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi operatives.


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Hurricane Michael Brought Devastation,
Disruption to Florida Panhandle Hotels

By Grant Broadhurst

Hurricane Michael left some areas of Florida – including hotels – in ruins.
While Panama City received power outages and damage – some of it severe – the Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe areas were devastated. Although Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach didn't have many hotels, the ones they had took a severe beating.

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IMEX America Praised for Connective Opportunities

By Todd McElwee

Bigger is apparently better at IMEX America. The most recent edition of the show is the largest yet. Both hosted buyers and suppliers were enthusiastic about the size and diversity of the attendance, as well as the logistics of the show during its Oct. 16 - 18 run at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian | The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

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GO Cedar Rapids Dissolved by Board


By Jonathan Trager

The city of Cedar Rapids has taken over the activities of now-defunct GO Cedar Rapids after its board decided a $2.3 million debt incurred from a summer music festival was insurmountable. .



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HOTS enjoys reading advertisements (particularly ones in USAE), but not if a microscope is required. According to United Press International, Connecticut lithography equipment manufacturing firm ASML just broke a Guinness World Record by creating an ad smaller than the width of a human hair. The company employed lithography techniques used to create nanometer-scale microchips. “To truly go small you have to think big #smallest ad ASML,” it reads. At first, HOTS was baffled why anyone would produce an ad no one can read. Then it realized: Perhaps writing or talking about the ad, as HOTS is doing right now, is the ad.

 

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