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The concept of bleisure has gained increasing popularity over the past few years, but time remains an issue for travelers. Attendees want to do more than pass through a destination, and event hosts can go a long way in making that happen.

Amid all the agony of long flights, TSA lines, and interminable conferences, one of the few perks of business travel is getting to visit destinations all over the world. Right?

Ask any event attendee, and she’ll probably tell you it’s not as fun as it sounds. Work trips are often so rushed, travelers barely have time to see much more than the hotel room, the lobby bar, and the venue where meetings are being held.

This is where meeting planners and convention centers can step in and give attendees a taste of some of the most distinctive cultural experiences the destination has to offer, as well as quick access to the best in local cafes and restaurants.

We talk to two visitor bureaus, one in London and one in Salt Lake City, to see what they do to bring a little bit of leisure to the overly rushed business traveler.

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Accor Finds Middle East Poses Unique Challenges After Acquisitions: If more than a month goes by without an acquisition or partnership announcement from Accor, does it even count? There are high expectations from the Middle East and Africa division in the wake of recent deals, especially from owners that may be anxious about potential disruptions.

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