While a large part of the North American meetings industry went silent last week as attention turned to turkey, trimmings, and a weekend of shopping, events half a world away showed how quickly a new, unexpected threat to meetings or destinations can burst onto the scene. This one emerged in one of the newest outposts of the global meetings industry, Dubai. On Thursday, Dubai World, a mammoth investment company with a major stake in the state’s tourism boom, sought to delay payments on ...

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