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July 28, 2016


Press Release: Wednesday 13th July 2016
Ibtm China 2016 is to offer technology suppliers in Asia and China the opportunity to join an Innovation Zone at this year’s event,  which takes place in Beijing from 7-8 September.  Each tech exhibitor will be given their own dedicated customized private space for exhibitors and buyers to meet and do business,  called a “meeting pod” the space comes with LCD screen and an all inclusive package allows the supplier to simply turn up,  and get started with their appointments.  All they have to do is provide their own branding. It is hassle free and there are no set-up or tear down costs,  one price covers everything.  Also included is access to all ibtm china networking functions,  educations sessions and events.  The ibtm events portfolio creates similar technology opportunities at its events around the world with the largest area at the mothership event, ibtm world. As a catalyst for the sector,  trends,  new innovations,  hands on experiences,  education sessions and live demonstrations allow meetings planners to see for themselves what technology advancements can mean to their business. “We are creating a dedicated area on the show floor,  similar to those offered at our other events in the portfolio.  We have already seen a significant interest in requests from tech start ups and companies who are providing dynamic and innovative solutions to event and meeting planners here in China and the rest of Asia.  For our Hosted Buyers and trade visitors this will be a real opportunity for anyone seeking to source new solutions and access technology which has the potential to enhance their events.”  Said CiCi Chen,  ibtm china event director.  “We are also offering suppliers in the Innovation Zone,  the opportunity to speak about their technology in a dedicated hub area,  giving them another time to also market and promote their services.  This package is designed to give a real boost to companies who want all the benefits of a trade show as well as access to the Hosted Buyer appointment system – 2 days of opportunities,  it could not be easier,” added Chen. Companies providing event services or technology solutions,  interested in the all inclusive meeting pod package and benefiting from access to a regional,  local and international Hosted Buyer community should get more information regarding the ibtm china 2016 Innovation Zone on

Outrigger Enterprises Group Appoints Two Vice Presidents

July 28, 2016

Outrigger Enterprises Group Appoints Two Vice Presidents

PHUKET,  THAILAND – Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced the appointment of two vice presidents to its executive team. Bitsy Kelley is vice president,  corporate relations,  and Monica Salter is vice president,  corporate communications.,  , Kelley will take on a role of relationships,  representing Outrigger to audiences globally through relationship building,  community outreach and company events. She will continue as corporate/owner spokesperson and to lead Outrigger’s OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) conservation and sustainability initiatives at Outrigger destinations across the globe.,  , Kelley has been vice president corporate communications since 2013. Prior,  she hosted her own television show,  “Outdoor GPS, ” was radio host of “Bitsy Kelley Outdoors, ” and also television host of “America’s Outdoor Journal” on the Outdoor Channel. She also served as director of brand and business development for OHANA Hotels and Resorts.,  , Kelley is a board member of Outrigger Enterprises Group and also sits on the boards of Weather by Foundation International,  USA Gymnastics and USA Biathlon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration from Chaminade University.,  , Salter joins Outrigger from Bennet Group Strategic Communications where she was senior vice president providing counsel to Outrigger for the past eight years. Her career history includes public relations director for Hotel Lanai,  communications manager for XTERRA’s International trail run series and assistant marketing director for the University of Hawaii athletics department.,  , As vice president,  corporate communications,  Salter will oversee strategy and direction for internal and external communications to elevate brand awareness and positive exposure for Outrigger worldwide. Responsible for Hawaii public relations,  she will also serve as primary media contact during crisis situations and manage Outrigger’s global public relations partners and in-house team.,  , Salter holds a bachelor’s degree in global and international studies from the University of California,  Santa Barbara,  and an MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also studied abroad in Siena,  Italy and worked in Prague,  Czech Republic.

Die Fusion von events by tlc mit Case Imagine

July 28, 2016

Die Fusion von events by tlc mit Case Imagine erschließt eine stärkere Präsenz auf dem iberoamerikanischen Markt

events by tlc,  der führende portugiesische DMC mit Geschäftsbetrieb in Portugal,  Spanien und Brasilien,  kündigt seine Fusion mit der führenden  Live Events Agentur,  Case Imagine,  die sich in Sao Paulo befindet,  an., Diese Fusion ermöglicht,  für die neue Firmengruppe,  die Präsenz von Case Imagine in Lissabon und Madrid,  um den lokalen Markt von Portugal und Spanien zu bedienen,  während in Florida,  dank dieser Fusion,  es jetzt events by tlc geben wird,  um die internationalen Kunden zu bedienen. Diese Fusion ist Teil einer Strategie,  deren Ziel es  ist die Dienstleistungen  in den iberoamerikanischen Hauptmärkten zu erweitern,  und  zugleich 150 talentierte und leidenschaftliche Experten mit globalen Fachkompetenzen,  die national tätig sind,  zusammenzubringen, Beide Unternehmen haben ähnliche Ambitionen,  die Besten zu sein durch kreative Lösungen,  Innovation,  talentierte Teams und hohe Kundenzufriedenheit,  hat Diogo Assis,  der Group CEO,  gesagt. „Da sich die Märkte entwickeln und sich die Kundenbedürfnisse verändert haben,  ist die Nachfrage nach einer größeren Vielfalt an Dienstleistungen gestiegen,  und das war einer der entscheidenden Faktoren für diese Fusion. Die Möglichkeit einem breiteren Kundenstamm mehr Dienstleistungen  anzubieten ist das Ergebnis dieser Fusion“., Events by tlc Schwerpunkte liegen  im Bereich  der Incoming Dienstleistungen für internationale Tagungen,  Incentive-Reisen und Events,  während Case Imagine sich auf Live Marketing,  die Kreation von Inhalten,  Web und Social Media,  Video Marketing und Sportliche Events,  als neues Fachgebiet,  spezialisiert., „events by tlc in Brasilien wird weiterhin seine internationalen Kunden betreuen,  während Case Imagine die Produktion von Live Events und Digital-,  Video und Kommunikationsprogrammen in Brasilien übernimmt“,  sagt Carlos Arruda,  CEO Americas. „Das ist ein interessanter Schritt für unsere Entwicklung,  wir vereinen unser Knowhow um unseren nationalen und internationalen Kunden den bestmöglichen Service anbieten zu können, Die Fusion von events by tlc und Case Imagine, Wir wollen die komplementären Fähigkeiten und Kenntnisse beider Unternehmen nutzen,  um die Bedürfnisse unserer bestehenden sowie zukünftigen Kunden zufriedenzustellen,  um diese für uns noch mehr zu begeistern. Das war das Motiv für diese zukunftsausgerichtete Fusion. Case Imagine kann jetzt in Portugal und Spanien mithilfe von einem lokalen,  talentierten Team Dienstleistungen anbieten, und events by tlc wird seine Tätigkeiten in Florida erweitern,  um die wachsenden lateinamerikanischen Märkte zu bedienen.


July 28, 2016
The Outrigger Resorts brand has beaten off strong challenges from some of the world’s largest hotel and resort operators to win one of Australia’s most prestigious travel industry awards.
PHUKET,  THAILAND – Outrigger Resorts has been hailed as the “Best Hotel/Resort Group” in the Australian Federation of Travel Agents’ National Tourism Industry Awards for Excellence,  which took place in Sydney on July 16. Outrigger saw off competition from other finalists such as Accor Hotels,  Club Med,  Starwood Hotels & Resorts,  and Leading Hotels of the World.,  , More than 500 travel industry representatives turned out for what is the Australian hospitality industry’s night of nights at Darling Harbour in Sydney to recognise and celebrate excellence across a range of categories.,  , The Hawaiian-based Outrigger Enterprises Group is a privately held,  leisure lodging,  retail and hospitality company operating in the Asia Pacific,  Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. Guided by more than 68 years of family leadership,  Outrigger runs a multi-branded portfolio of hotels,  beachfront resorts,  condominiums and vacation resort properties located in Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island); Guam; Fiji (Coral Coast VitiLevu, Castaway Island); Thailand (Phuket, KohSamui); Mauritius; and the Maldives. The portfolio currently has 38 properties with approximately 8, 000 rooms.,  , Representatives from Outrigger’s Sydney Regional Sales Office,  Andrew Gee – Regional Director of Sales & Marketing Australia & New Zealand,  Maria Alaveras – Sales Manager- Retail Travel,  Wholesale & Industry Partners and Juliet Hudson – Sales Manager Destination Weddings,  Groups& M.I.C.E were on hand to accept the award.,  , “I can’t begin to say how proud I am of our Australia-based team, particularly Maria Alaveras who has established an excellent relationship with the travel industry community,” said Mr Gee.,  , “This really is an outstanding acknowledgement of our hard work and commitment in this market. We sincerely thank the industry for getting behind us to make this award possible. We are a very close team with an enormous passion for our wonderful values-led brand,” he said.,  , Mark Simmons,  Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific for Outrigger said that the award was of major importance.,  , “The Australian outbound market to Outrigger globally is significant and we are fortunate to have a very strong team to generate this business,” he said.,  , Outrigger Resorts has opened five properties in the last three years: in Mauritius,  Maldives,  Phuket,  Koh Samui and Fiji. The company continues to carefully assess further expansion opportunities in warm water beachfront resort destinations around the world.

Peach Property Group and NOVUM Hotel Group conclude 20-year lease agreement

July 28, 2016

Peach Property Group and NOVUM Hotel Group conclude 20-year lease agreement: former Hoesch headquarters in Dortmund will be transformed into a 4-star hotel with 210 rooms 

• Hotel with 210 rooms planned in historic building

• Lease agreement concluded with NOVUM Hotel Group for a 4-star hotel as “NOVUM Select

• Tenders for conversion work are underway

• Completion planned for the end of 2018

Peach Property Group, an investor specialising in portfolio management in Germany with a focus on residential property and selected development projects, has achieved further progress in transforming the former Hoesch headquarters in Dortmund. Planning permission to convert the historic building was obtained last year, and Peach has now concluded a 20-year lease agreement with Hamburg-based NOVUM Hotel Group, which is enjoying dynamic growth. The NOVUM Hotel Group will start operating the hotel with 210 rooms and space of around 15,500 m2 (gross floor space) under the “NOVUM Select” brand in spring 2019. The NOVUM Hotel Group currently holds 84 hotels in Germany and other European countries. The hotel group already operates a “NOVUM Hotel Unique” and a “NOVUM Hotel Excelsior” in Dortmund, and is thus well acquainted with the local market.

The building is currently vacant, and will be converted into a 4-star hotel while maintaining its historic, protected substance. The responsible authorities already issued the requisite planning permission in 2015, and tenders for the conversion work are currently running. It is planned to start the construction work at the end of 2016 and to complete this by the end of 2018.

In addition to the hotel, the property has around 1,700 m2 of additional space that is available for an alternative use. Peach Property Group is currently in advanced-stage negotiations with an interested party for this space. Peach Property Group is forecasting total annual rental income of around EUR 1.5 million for a fully let property. As it is possible to write down investments in this building at an accelerated rate thanks to Denkmal AfA (deprecation for the use of listed buildings), this property will earn attractive returns after taxes.

The property enjoys a central location at Rheinische Straße 173 to the west of Dortmund’s city centre, and was built between 1916 and 1921. The listed building has neoclassical architecture and a total rental area of around 17,200 m2 (gross floor space) and is close to the “U” cultural centre in the up-and-coming Unionviertel in Dortmund. This district will be extensively redeveloped in the coming years.

Dr. Thomas Wolfensberger, Peach Property Group’s CEO, commented: “We are very pleased that we have been able to acquire a top-class, financially strong tenant for this historic property in the form of the NOVUM Hotel Group. We have once again proven our ability to manage complex real estate projects. We are now entering into the next stage of realisation by concluding this lease and to further developing the property.

David Etmenan, managing partner with NOVUM Hotel Group added: “We are very pleased that we are expanding our portfolio of hotels by adding this very special project, and that we will be able to offer our guests an exclusive 4-star NOVUM Select Hotel in Dortmund after its completion.

Stars from across the globe share their dreams to inspire and improve children’s lives

July 28, 2016

Stars from across the globe share their dreams to inspire and improve children’s lives

Steven Spielberg, Professor Stephen Hawking, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Niall Horan, Buzz Aldrin, Mark Rylance, Maisie Williams, Naomi Campbell, The Delevingne sisters, Dame Helen Mirren, and a host of others have their dreams transformed into art to go on display across the UK

Inspired by the release of the highly anticipated film, The BFG, and the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, director Steven Spielberg, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Professor Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin are among dozens of high-profile individuals supporting a project to raise money for children across the world.

A new public art installation called The BFG Dream Jar Trail is launching in partnership with Unilever across the UK from tomorrow (Saturday). The unique trail has seen the childhood dreams and aspirations of 50 celebrated famous people transformed into sculptures by talented artists. The whimsical sculptures have been placed in giant Dream Jars up to six feet tall to form an art trail in London and across the UK for everyone to see for free this summer.

The trail is raising money for Save the Children to support their vital work in some of the toughest places in the world so that every child has the chance to make their dreams come true. It will also benefit a specialist nursing programme supported by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The jars are to be auctioned in collaboration with Paddle8 to raise money for both causes.

The film’s Academy Award®winning director Steven Spielberg has dreamt of having; “All the sweets in the world but this child in a candy shop would have no ill effects from overindulgence”.  Entitled ‘Sweet Dreams’, the jar has been designed by the director himself and will be on display in Leicester Square.

Spielberg said: “All kids deserve to have the chance to dream big so I’m delighted to be a part of The BFG Dream Jar Trail so that we can share our dreams together and support the work of Save the Children across the world.”

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall ‘s dream of sharing the magic of books has been brought to life by the renowned art director Michael Howells. The Duchess said: “The power of a good story is immense. It starts a voyage of discovery into different worlds that broadens and stimulates our minds. My dream is that every child learns to read and discovers the lifelong pleasure of books.”

The unique art trail, which has been jointly organised by Save the Children, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, Entertainment One and and supported by Unilever, will be on display in London and other parts of the UK from 9thJuly to 31 August. The auction will launch alongside the film’s premiere on 17th July at

Among the places hosting jars are The Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow, The Lowry in Manchester, The Hayes shopping area in Cardiff and world-famous London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Leicester Square, Harrods, Emirates Stadium and The Shard.

The BFG tells the extraordinary tale of a young girl named Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant County. Together they embark on a marvellous and buckswashling adventure filled with snozzcumbers, dream jars, frobscottle and even the Queen! The mismatched pair form an unlikely friendship that will inspire enormous bravery in the BFG and give Sophie a taste of the family she dreams of.  The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award, BAFTA and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; Penelope Wilton as the Queen; Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s handmaid and introduces newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.  It is released in cinemas on 22nd July.

Professor Stephen Hawking based his dream jar on the thoughts of an ancient Chinese philosopher, who questioned whether our dreams are actually reality – a question Professor Hawking says can only be answered if we understand more about the universe.

He added: “It is so important that everyone has the chance to dream, whatever their age and no matter where they live. I’m proud to share my dream about discovering the secrets of the universe and I am delighted that the money raised will give children everywhere the chance to make their own dreams come true.”

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams’s, ‘A Whale’s Tale’, sees her dreaming of being tiny and swimming alongside a whale. “My dream is to be in my swimming costume underwater, when suddenly out of the blue comes a GIGANTIC SPERM WHALE. He swims right up to me and we are nose to nose. He’s huge and I’m very, very tiny, but we swim along together under the ocean waves.”

One Direction’s Niall Horan’s, ‘Dream Date’, shows him in a hot air balloon floating high with the girl of his dreams above the Irish countryside; “As a little boy, I liked the idea of floating above the trees and looking down on the world from above. Now I like the idea of having someone with me for the ride.”

Models Poppy and Cara Delevingne together with their sister Chloe, chose ‘Sisterhood’ as the theme of their dream: “We are strongest when we are together, our dream is that we will always be close and will support each other’.

Other dream jars include granddaughter of the book’s author and writer in her own right Sophie Dahl’s ‘Happy Jumble of Life’, Simon Cowell’s ‘For the Love of Animals’ actor Helen Mirren’s, ‘Dream of England’, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s, ‘Life on Mars’ and Dominic West’s ‘Home is Where the Heart is’.

Initially 34 jars will go on display with others being unveiled in the following two weeks.

Tanya Steele, Interim CEO of Save the Children, said: “Changing the world for children means giving them the chance to dream. That’s why Save the Children works in some of the toughest places in the world to make sure every child gets that chance. We do whatever it takes to help children get the healthiest start in life, providing access to life-changing education and protecting them in times of disaster. We’re thrilled to be a partner of The BFG Dream Jar Trail because, through the money raised, we’ll be able to make sure that more children get the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter how big their dreams are. Together, we can rewrite the story for children everywhere.”

Charlotte Carroll, Sustainability and Communications Director for Unilever UK, said: “We are excited to be supporting The BFG Dream Jar Trail to help inspire children to dream humungous and splendiferous dreams for a brighter future. At Unilever, we believe in creating a better world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry. Where every child lives beyond their fifth birthday and has the right to a happy childhood.”

* has a dedicated section enabling visitors to view the art trail map, share their pictures and discover the stories behind each Jar and location.

EICC beats off stiff UK and international competition to land top industry award

July 6, 2016

EICC beats off stiff UK and international competition to land top industry award
“Innovation and flexibility” of Scotland’s leading conference venue brings it out on top against London and Middle East

Edinburgh, 6 July 2016 – The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) won the hotly-contested industry award for ‘Best Conference Venue for over 900 Delegates’ at the 7th annual Conference Awards at Tobacco Dock, London on Friday 1st July.  Scotland’s leading conference venue beat off competition from some of the world’s top venues – including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and ExCeL London, to land the award for the first time.

The judging panel for the awards said: “The EICC has shown great innovation and flexibility – the team has an agile approach which enables them to respond with creative solutions to any challenges that the clients might have.

Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, said: Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, said: “When you look at some of the names we were up against this year, it’s a definite sign of how far we have progressed as a team and as a venue over the last 24 months. Industry events, such as the Conference Awards, are a powerful reflection of how the EICC has become a leading force within the global events market – and that really comes down to the investment we have made in our facilities, our technology and the incredible people who make up this amazing team we have here at EICC.

The EICC experienced its busiest year in 2015 hosting 139 business events for the corporate and association markets. Highlights in the 2015 calendar included HRH The Princess Royal officially opening the Lennox Suite in January and George Clooney attending the UK’s largest business dinner ever in November when over 2,000 people dined alongside some of the biggest names in British business and entertainment in the heart of Edinburgh.
About EICC – opened in 1995, the remit of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is to drive economic impact to the city and to date has helped to deliver around £500 million to the local economy while hosting over one million delegates and 3,000 conferences.  The EICC is owned by City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and operates at arm’s length as an independent commercial venture. Edinburgh is the highest ranked UK conference destination outside London according to leading global industry body, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
About Lennox Suite – the multi-purpose Lennox Suite was opened in May 2013.  The Suite is the key part of a £35 million expansion at the EICC which focused on adding industry-leading technology and functionality, the expanded space features moving floor technology which can be easily configured to multiple set-ups – options include banqueting or arena mode for 1,400 people or a tiered auditorium for 2,000 people.  The redevelopment has improved the EICC’s ability to attract even more international conferences to Edinburgh.

Hotel industry in Europe keeps a positive trend

July 6, 2016

Hotel industry in Europe keeps a positive trend for the first quarter of 2016 despite terrorism fear

The latest ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report* points out that for the first quarter of 2016, European hotels keep up the positive trend with a 0.6 point increase in Occupancy Rate and 1% growth in Average Daily Rate** allowing the RevPAR*** to improve by 2%.

Despite widespread growth, contrasts can be observed when it comes to individual country performance. Factors such as the migrant crisis – affecting tourism in certain destinations – and the security environment following the Brussels attacks in March impacted hotel performance in several key destinations across the continent.

While some capitals are affected by the terrorism fear…

As the city was directly hit by terrorism, Brussels’ RevPAR dropped by 7.4%, mostly due to a 5.5 points decrease in Occupancy Rate. Other European capitals, such as London and Berlin, were also affected by these events, raising doubts about European security in the eyes of foreign clientele.

At the same period France (except the capital) regained a growth track especially thanks to RevPAR improvement in the whole country: Reims (+13.1%), Lille (+8.2%) or Marseille (+7.4%), Paris is still recovering from the consequences of the November attacks on tourism with a RevPAR decrease by 9.2%.

… others seem to recover “market shares

Prague has reached a strong RevPAR, with 18.3% growth for this indicator. The organisation of several international medical trade shows in Prague significantly stimulated hotel performance. Amsterdam was also among the frontrunners in the European landscape (+17.1% in RevPAR), as hotels benefitted from the organisation of the Fespa Digital Amsterdam and other international business events. Budapest also registered positive results, with a 10.7% increase in RevPAR due to gains in Occupancy Rate (+2.7 points) and Average Daily Rate (+5.1%). Polish hoteliers benefited from the European men’s handball championships at the beginning of the year. Warsaw and Poland report increases in the RevPAR by respectively 1.3% and 6.1% on the first quarter. Austria posted a RevPAR increase by 5.7%, it is better than the capital, Wien (+0.6%).

In Northern Europe, Edinburgh observed a RevPAR increase by 7.5%, a trend totally different from London or Liverpool which decreased by 4.5% and 1.8% respectively.

Finally, performance across Southern Europe continued to improve, boasting higher results than in the 2015 first quarter. RevPAR in Lisbon grew by 2.4%, it strongly increased in Spain with San Sebastian (+34%), Zaragoza (+25.9%), Malaga and Seville (+21.7%), Barcelona (+16%) and Madrid (+12.8%). Rome and Turin are on a positive trend, with RevPAR increase by 2.4% and 4.2%.

All ECM members have exclusive access to the complete ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report with all the graphs and analysis.

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July 4, 2016


ibtm china 2016 (, taking place in Beijing on the 7th and 8th September at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC), is gearing up for a highly successful event.

The show is preparing to welcome an impressive line-up of international exhibitors including: San Francisco Travel, Czech Tourism, Tourism New Zealand, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau and welcoming first time exhibitors Business Events Canada and Peninsula Hotels.

The highly successful ‘destination presentations’ which are held on the show floor over the 2 days of the events will now incorporate sessions held by both hotels as well as destinations. Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to pre-book the presentations during the show.

ibtm china is on track to deliver over 400 Hosted Buyers and will organise over 9000 pre-scheduled appointments with the exhibitors. The exclusive Hosted Buyer networking reception will take place on Tuesday evening and will be held at the newly refurbished Peninsula Hotel. Bringing the buyers and exhibitors together on the Wednesday evening at the official welcome party which is to be held at the China World Summit Hotel providing everyone with opportunities to continue their networking and business discussions.

Cici Chen, Senior Project Manager for ibtm china, commented, “I am delighted at the quality of the Hosted Buyers that we are welcoming to the show this year and the number of appointments pre-scheduled during the two days.”

“It’s a testament of how important ibtm china is in the development of the meetings industry in China. We play a valuable role in showcasing different destinations to those buyers who are looking to place business.  We’re also committed to ensuring that we are providing the best possible platform for our buyers and exhibitors to meet, learn, place business and network with each other.

To find out more about the Knowledge Program or to register to attend as a Hosted Buyer or Trade Visitor, visit


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