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The Global Business Travel Association wrapped up its 50th annual convention last week in San Diego with nearly 7,000 travel professionals attending the five-day event to learn about innovation and the future of business travel.

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The $235.5 million hotel deal, which includes $85.4 million in city financing and $151 million from Omni, was long described by consultants hired by the city as being critical to the success of the Oklahoma City Convention Center.

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Late last month, the downtown Atlanta facility officially broke ground on a $55 million expansion project, the venue’s first major expansion since 2002.

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The newly expanded facility hosts an average of nearly 1 million attendees each year. Thanks to its recent expansion, the center officially joined the “1 million-square-foot-club,” becoming the 11th largest convention center in the U.S.

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The study could help gird support for the Omni-brand convention center hotel, a project officials say is needed to help draw more convention business. The expected cost? About $557.5 million.

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More than 6,000 association professionals and industry partners gathered in Chicago for the 2018 annual event. Participants heard from keynotes Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler and World Champion triathlete Siri Lindley, participated in more than 110 education sessions, experienced five game changers and explored a packed expo hall with 450 companies.

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New meeting spaces, dining facilities and environmentally friendly infrastructure renovations are planned as part of a $20 million capital improvement program.

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The city project is one of several that will have a long-term impact on traffic.

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Meeting and event planners can now earn free nights, tier status and local experiences with every booking.

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Standout nominees received $1,000 each to use towards their Certified Meeting Planner certification.

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