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Siba, a standard poodle, won Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 11
at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo by Christina Frausini.

NY State Attorney Gen. Letitia James Sues Admin.
Over Traveler Program Ban

By Todd McElwee

New York State’s Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light Law) has White House and Empire State officials seeing red.

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Coronavirus Pullouts Pushes GSMA to Cancel
Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress

By Todd McElwee

Due to fallout from the coronavirus and stating it was “impossible” to stage its Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2020, on Feb. 12 telecommunications association GSMA called off the Feb. 24-27 event. Slated for Fira de Barcelona, MWC regularly attracts more than 100,000 with approximately 2,800 exhibitors set for this year.

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From Convention Center to Hospital in Wuhan, China

By Jonathan Trager

All destinations want to fill their convention centers — but not like this.
Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in China, is home to 11 million people. Unfortunately, in the midst of the current coronavirus contagion, home for some of them is also the Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center.

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MGM Resorts’ Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO,
to Step Down – But “Not Anytime Soon”

By Grant Broadhurst

During MGM Resorts International’s fourth-quarter earnings call, one bit of news stole the headlines: Jim Murren, longtime CEO and Chairman, will step down after a new CEO is found.

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2020 E-Blast and
Turn the Page Hot Dates


HOTS saw that Las Vegas held off on lighting and marquee activations for its new slogan during the Grammy Awards on January 26. The revamped tagline, “What Happens Here, Only Happens Here” replaces the iconic “What Happens Here, Stays Here” phrase. However, the debut plan was changed out of respect for the untimely death of Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. A 60-second advertisement touting the new slogan aired during the pregame show for the Super Bowl on Sunday along with digital and social media promotions. HOTS agrees with the decision to allow Bryant the spotlight for that night, just as he lit the way for so many others.


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