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February 05, 2016
7 Reasons Why You Can't Miss the 2016 HAC Conference

Stakeholders will once again look to the Hotel Association of Canada for advice and guidance on how to position themselves for the year ahead as they gather at the 103-year-old association's annual conference on February 29- March 1 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel.

The association, which represents more than 8,100 hotels, motels and resorts in Canada's $17.5 billion lodging industry, will offer invaluable insight to the trends that will shape the year ahead. Here are six reasons you can't miss the 2016 Hotel Association of Canada's National Conference.

1. DEMYSTIFYING DISTRIBUTION: Still challenged by the prominence of bookings through third party intermediaries? Learn new techniques to understand distribution costs and its impact on hotel profit. Cindy Estis Green of Kalibri Labs presentation is worth the cost of admission alone.

2. SURVEY SAYS: This annual session is a snapshot into the Hotel Association of Canada's Travel Intentions Survey. Get a glimpse into potential business volumes for 2016, get a head's up on possible challenges and find out how to book more business for your hotel in the year ahead.

3. TAKE BACK YOUR GUESTS: Check In Canada is a ground breaking national initiative that contributes to the improved alignment of tourism marketing and helps hoteliers reduce reliance on OTAs. Find out how this is actually working in Western Canada, and how you can substantially reduce your OTA costs and ensure your customer books direct with your hotel.

4. MILLENNIALS: It's time to take millennials seriously. Hear from the next generation of recent hospitality graduates as Vito Curalli moderates a panel of "fresh faces" with a series of questions focussed on hotel operations, travel experiences and their vision for the future of Canadian hotels.

5. THE BOTTOM LINE: No profit, no hotel. Find out what it takes to find success in any economy, as experts provide insight into the real day-to-day decisions managers make that affect the long-term sustainability of any operation.

6. SIR DAVID MICHELS: Having spent over 40 years in the hotel and gaming business, Sir David retired as Chief Executive of Hilton Group in 2007 having sold Hilton International to Hilton Hotels Corporation for £4 billion and launching Ladbrokes as a standalone public company. Meet the legend as he shares his candid and memorable stories. 

7. YOUR FRIENDS WILL BE THERE: The HAC Conference presents national networking with noted industry leaders who share opinions, stimulate discussion
and create new directions. Join your friends! 

For more information on attending the HAC Conference, review the program and register.

February 02, 2016
CanSPEP - Celebrating 20 Years of Building Connections

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP). Conceived in the basement of Joy Fox, CMP Emeritus with a small group of 10 meeting entrepreneurs in July 1996, the organization has grown to over 100 members, with many original members still active. As one of Canada’s most influential professional meeting planning organizations, its members design, produce and manage thousands of meetings, conferences and events each year with an estimated annual spend influence of over $30 million.

Following the first meeting at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto in 1996 and the group's first conference in Huntsville, Ontario at the Grandview in 1997, the group branded itself as the Independent Meeting Planners of Canada (IMPAC).

Over the next 10 years the organization grew, rebranding again under its current name in 2007 and creating their first community in Ottawa in 2006 and a community in Southwestern Ontario in 2010.

As a leader in Canada’s business events industry, CanSPEP is the only association that offers a membership exclusively to event planner entrepreneurs. The association provides forums in which members exchange ideas and best practices, develop business skills and co-creation opportunities. CanSPEP also advocates public awareness around the professional skill set of event planners.

"CanSPEP’s 20th Anniversary is an exciting milestone providing an opportunity for all its members and partners to reflect on its impact on us individually and as an industry.  Throughout the year, we will continue to share, learn, grow and connect," said CanSPEP's President Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM.

In this 20th anniversary year, CanSPEP has several activities planned including:

  • The CanSPEP annual conference Remembering the past… Envisioning the future in Windsor March 3-5th
  • An inaugural education scholarship in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon to engage new CanSPEP members
  • Development of a 20th Anniversary video with testimonials and images from past and current members
  • A commemorative membership book with archival images
  • Publication of the revised CanSPEP Accessibility and Risk Management manuals
  • A new member survey to create a touch stone of where members are now with their businesses and their relationship to CanSPEP and the industry

For further information contact:
Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, President
Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP)
Tel:  905-884-5710 / Email:

Twitter Handle: @CanSPEP / Anniversary Hashtag: #CanSPEP20

February 02, 2016
Calgary Marriott Downtown mobile key sends guests straight to their rooms

CALGARY/CNW/—Checking into and accessing your guest room is even faster and easier for Marriott Rewards members at the Calgary Marriott Downtown, thanks to the launch of the new Mobile Key App. Using mobile technology, smartphones now act as their room key, allowing guests to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms.

"The Mobile Key is an exciting innovation that we're very pleased to offer our Marriott Rewards members," says hotel general manager, Joseph Clohessy. "For the past year we've focused on creating a space that provides guests with a luxurious and rewarding experience at our completely renovated hotel. The Mobile Key is a feature that provides them with an ease of entry unlike other hotels."

Mobile Key will allow Marriott Rewards members to use their mobile devices as a key to access their guest rooms as well as common areas, including the MClub Lounge, fitness centre and pool.

How does the Mobile Key work?
Easy guest room access in five simple steps:

  1. Guest completes Mobile Check-in, submits arrival time and receives room ready notification via the Marriott Mobile App.
  2. Guests must use a Passcode or Touch ID (iOS) to access room information.
  3. Guest is now allowed to skip the front desk and download the Mobile Key.
  4. Guest receives Mobile Key and follows the instructions to unlock the door.
  5. Guest conveniently enters their unlocked room.

The Mobile Key is available via the Marriott Mobile App on Apple iPhone 4s or above. Guests must use Mobile Check-in in order to use Mobile Key. To support multiple guests in one room, it is possible to have Mobile Keys on up to six devices, provided these guests log into the same Marriott Rewards account through the Marriott Mobile App.

February 01, 2016
Delta Hotels Joins Marriott Rewards, Giving Members Even More Choice And Flexibility When They Travel

Bethesda, Md./CNW/ -- Marriott Rewards, Marriott International's award-winning loyalty program, is being expanded to include Delta Hotels and Resorts, giving its 54 million members even more choice and flexibility when they travel. Marriott Rewards members can now earn points or miles and Elite night credits, and redeem for free night stays, at twenty-one Delta Hotels across Canada, with the brand's fourteen remaining Canadian properties joining the program in late April 2016. Delta Privilege members will also now enjoy the full benefits of Marriott Rewards membership, including the ability to earn and redeem points at over 4,000 Marriott hotels globally across 17 distinct brands, opening up a world of possibilities for them to pursue their passions through travel.

"Marriott Rewards members—our most loyal guests—are seeking ways to discover and experience more through travel. Marriott Rewards' expansion to include Delta Hotels gives our members even more choice when traveling in Canada," said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. "The depth and breadth of the Marriott Rewards portfolio of brands is now even stronger. The addition of Delta Hotels gives our guests more opportunity to experience the benefits of loyalty in ways that reflect their passions and lifestyles."

Delta Hotels features properties located in major Canadian centers of business as well as popular tourist destinations, including its flagship property Delta Toronto, Delta Ottawa City Centre, and the elegant Delta Grand Okanagan Resort—all of which are now available for members to earn and redeem points. Marriott International acquired the Delta Hotels brand in April 2015. For a full list of properties, please visit

Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, as well as for a range of other benefits, such as air travel, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, and merchandise. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy exclusive benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special offers only available when booking direct on To learn more about Marriott Rewards, which is free to join, please visit:

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International's award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas" for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program." In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report,, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit

January 28, 2016
Meetings + Conventions Calgary recognizes local Calgary Champions

On January 20th, over forty local leaders from an array of disciplines were celebrated at Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s (MCC) second annual Calgary Conference Champion recognition event. Calgary Conference Champions are leaders in their industry who work with MCC as city ambassadors to bring their industry’s conference to Calgary. The MCC Champion Program matches local leaders with MCC’s resources, resulting in competitive bids to bring national and international conferences to Calgary.

Two Calgary Champions, with events that took place in Calgary during 2015, were celebrated for their success in securing and hosting their conference in Calgary.

Calgary Champion Success Stories:
Susan Huntley, World Buddhist Women’s Convention Champion for the 2015 World Buddhist Women’s Convention, which brought together over 1,800 delegates in Calgary May 30-31, 2015. Susan worked collaboratively with the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Women’s Federation to bring the event to Calgary for the first time. Jodo Shinshu followers traveled from Canada, the United States, Brazil and Japan to gather at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre to meet new people, learn together, share experiences and spread the circle of Dharma followers today and for generations to come.

Christy Repchuk, YMCA International Conference
Champion for the 2015 YMCA International Conference, the YMCA Calgary, on behalf of the YMCA Canada, welcomed over 300 delegates from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Taking place October 1-3, 2015, attendees gathered in Calgary to explore, support and strengthen international programs and partnerships. The program provided a platform to build knowledge and share best practices in global strategies and education programs.

Meetings + Conventions Calgary is a partnership between the Calgary Hotel Association and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. It operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.

For interviews or further information, please contact:
Carolyn Watson
Manager, Marketing + Communication
Phone: 403.261.8549

January 27, 2016
IACC-Americas Names Two Canadian Chefs “Copper Skillet Champions”

Chicago, IL—Seven chefs from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)-member properties across Canada gathered to compete for the coveted Canadian Copper Skillet at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning in Toronto, where the winners edged one step closer to the International Copper Skillet global final in April. 

Chef Alexsandra Lalonde, pastry chef from St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, took the Junior Category Canadian Copper Skillet for her winning dish of spiced citrus panko crusted pork loin, pan-seared Cornish hen with a wild rice medley of carrots, yellow and green peppers and tomatoes in a white wine pan reduction.

Barrington Graham, first cook at St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, took the Senior Category Canadian Copper Skillet for his winning dish of pan-seared trout, jerk pork tenderloin on a bed of warm quinoa salad and pineapple, pomegranate salsa.

In the competition, the chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" of three protein options. They were given 30 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to local area judges. 

“It was a fabulous event that included fierce competition,” said TJ Fimmano, IACC-Americas President.  “The chefs all displayed their skills and creativity in true IACC fashion.”

For the second year in the 12-year history of the Copper Skillet competition, IACC introduced a Junior Chef category where IACC conference centre chefs under the age of 26 competed in the cook-off.

The winners of the February U.S. and Canadian cook-off (one senior chef and one junior chef) will go on to compete with four other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the International Copper Skillet Competition at the IACC-Americas Connect meeting at Convene Midtown East, New York City, in April 2016 where the 12th Global Copper Skillet Champion will be named.

The popular Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centers around the world and to honor their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference center experience. 

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The IACC Mission Statement: To bring together the brightest industry minds to promote the best meeting venues, which deliver exceptional meeting experiences. There are meetings...And then there are IACC Meetings.

The IACC Vision: IACC is a global community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.

About IACC
Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of meetings focused venues and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent global Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics.

Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and the Philippines. For more information, visit the website at

January 27, 2016
Group Germain Hotels announces first property in Saskatchewan

In collaboration with City of Saskatoon, new Alt Hotel to open in evolving River Landing area

Montreal/CNW Telbec/ - Group Germain Hotels is adding a new Alt Hotel to the dynamic River Landing area of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2018. The stylish property will be a key feature of the city's extensive River Landing development project, a new extension currently under construction in the south downtown business district.

"We are pleased to be working closely with Greystone Managed Investments Inc., Victory Majors, Triovest and the City of Saskatoon on the opening of our newest Alt Hotel," states Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. "This new location, in the vibrant River Landing area of the city, represents our third Alt Hotel property in the western provinces. It's an ideal location and an exciting marker of the steady progress towards our goal of offering 20 properties to visitors across the country by 2020." The first Alt Hotel in western Canada opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2015. Alt Hotel Calgary, Alberta, is scheduled to open in 2017.

Saskatoon: Vibrant city, sophisticated culture
One of Canada's fastest growing communities, this vital city of more than a quarter million residents is a magnet for a diverse range of industry, businesses and talents. Saskatoon is home to one of Canada's most beautiful university campuses, the University of Saskatchewan, which also serves as a hub for leading-edge technology. Major attractions like the Remai Modern Art Gallery, as well as a long list of popular annual music and arts festivals, continuously delight culture-minded residents and visitors.

"River Landing was once a vision and is now a reality," says Mayor Donald Atchison. "More than 360,000 people visit River Landing every year and Group Germain Hotels' proposed investment further underscores Saskatoon's position as a major draw for business and leisure travelers."

About the River Landing development
The development represents a substantial social, cultural and commercial enhancement to the River Landing area of Saskatoon. The 36-acre riverfront district already features attractive parks, pathways, amenities, residential developments, businesses, retail stores, restaurants and markets. In addition to the Alt Hotel, the 2.84-acre extension will feature a unique condominium development, as well as two properties housing a mix of office and commercial space.

Known as "Parcel Y", the new development at River Landing is owned through a joint venture partnership between Greystone and Victory Majors. Triovest, one of Canada's leading real estate advisors, has been appointed the Development and Leasing Manager for the project.

Ted Welter, Managing Director, Real Estate and Mortgages for Greystone Managed Investments Inc. commented, "Through the unique cooperation and support of the City of Saskatoon and the Nasser family, we are excited to see the River Landing development become a reality. It's a tremendous step forward in what we believe is one of the more important land developments in Saskatchewan.  Based on pre-leasing interest and momentum, particularly in office space, we look forward to the execution of the future phases of this development over the coming months."

Blair Sinclair, Executive Vice-President, Investment and Development for Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. states, "From a personal perspective, and as a former resident of Saskatoon for 30 years, it is both an honour and very exciting to be part of this prestigious project. Group Germain Hotels' announcement is tremendous news for the City of Saskatoon and demonstrates the confidence that all parties have in both the River Landing location and the future of the Saskatoon economy. Triovest is thrilled to be working with Group Germain Hotels, Greystone Managed Investments Inc. and Victory Majors in overseeing this prominent development. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the City of Saskatoon and the ownership group in setting a new vison for the property that is in keeping with the City's strategy to revitalize the South Downtown Business District."

"We are very excited for the City of Saskatoon regarding the direction this project is taking," adds John Nasser, president of Victory Majors Investments Corp. "We are extremely happy with the progress that is being made through our partnership with Greystone Managed Investments Inc.  and through the development expertise of Triovest."

The 15-floor Alt Hotel will be located northeast of the intersection of Spadina Crescent East and 2nd Avenue, in front of the Remai Modern Art Gallery and within walking distance of many of the city's other main attractions. All 155 guest rooms will offer beautiful views of the South Saskatchewan River. The property will also boast 4,000 square feet of meeting space outfitted with the latest technology, a fitness centre and space for a restaurant.

Christiane Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels, comments, "We are thrilled to introduce the city of Saskatoon to the hospitality of the Alt Hotel. At the same time, we look forward to building another renowned Alt Hotel team from the local talent pool in Saskatoon."

Construction begins in 2016.

A preliminary rendering of the new Alt Hotel Saskatoon is available here.

About Greystone Managed Investments Inc.
Founded in 1988, Greystone Managed Investments Inc. is a privately owned, Canadian institutional investment manager. Employee-controlled, the firm is one of Canada's largest money managers with C$31 billion of assets under management (as at December 31, 2015). Greystone is a multi-asset class manager with in-house expertise in fixed income, Canadian equities, U.S. equities, international equities, real estate, mortgages and infrastructure. Greystone is headquartered in Regina, with offices in Toronto, Winnipeg and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit
1Benefits Canada, November 2015, Top 40 Money Managers based on Canadian pension assets as of June 30, 2015.

About Alt Hotels
Alt Hotels enjoy prime locations in Québec City, Montréal, Brossard, Toronto, Winnipeg and Halifax. In addition to signature "basic luxuries" such as complimentary WiFi, ultra-comfortable beds and helpful staff, all Alt Hotels boast a series of energy-saving features: geothermal heating and cooling; heat recovery from indoor air that is vented outside and from the water used in commercial washers; energy efficient lighting, and a direct digital control system for ventilation, heating and cooling. For more information please visit:

About Group Germain Hotels
Group Germain Hotels is a family-run Canadian company that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels across Canada. Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best-managed companies, the company is renowned for its exceptional approach to hospitality and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Since the first Group Germain Hotel property welcomed its first guest in 1988, the company's 800 employees have now hosted close to 2.6 million overnight stays. For more information please visit:

January 25, 2016
WestJet adds to Toronto hub

Airline also enhances schedules for business travellers

Calgary/CNW/—WestJet today announced it will launch new non-stop service from Toronto to Nashville and Los Angeles as part of its 2016 summer schedule.

"We are excited about our schedule and connectivity out of Toronto", said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "By this summer we will operate more than 120 flights per day from Toronto including new services to Nashville, Los Angeles and Boston in addition to our previously announced daily service to London, England. Building on our already strong connectivity into Toronto from across Canada is a key element of our strategy for profitable growth."

WestJet also announced enhanced schedules for business travellers with additional service from Toronto to Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton as well as between Ottawa and Halifax.  Starting June 15, 2016, flights operating between Toronto and Ottawa as well as Toronto and Montreal will operate 12 times each daily. Toronto and Fredericton will have a total of three daily flights as of March 5, 2016. Three daily flights between Toronto and Boston will begin March 15. With additional service between Ottawa and Halifax there will be a total of three daily flights between the cities as of March 5, 2016. These new flights offer greater flexibility for business travellers who want same-day return trips and more options during peak morning and evening travel periods. Flights are available for purchase starting January 31, 2016.

Said Cummings, "We look forward to offering guests more options in their travel schedules along with our recently enhanced Plus product, WestJet Connect and continued WestJet Rewards program improvements. WestJet is an attractive option for business travellers across Canada."

In addition to enhanced business travel schedules, new three weekly non-stop flights are being added between Vancouver and San Diego. Vancouver will also see additional service to Los Angeles, Honolulu and Maui while Toronto will see additional service to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. Seasonal routes from Halifax and St. John's to Orlando will now operate year-round.

WestJet also announced a new non-stop route from Calgary to Thunder Bay. The addition of the Calgary to Thunder Bay service during the peak summer period provides a convenient option for those travelling to visit the lakes, landscapes and outdoor adventures the area offers.

By summer 2016, WestJet and WestJet Encore will operate approximately 4,590 flights per week to 101 destinations: 38 in Canada, 27 in the United States, 33 in the Caribbean and Mexico, and three in Europe.

For more details on WestJet's 2016 summer schedule, please visit

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit  

January 21, 2016
The Palais des congrès de Montréal secures 16 major events expected to generate nearly $53 M in economic benefits

Montréal— For the quarter ending December 31, 2015, the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal confirmed six international1 conventions, three national2 conventions and several major tradeshows to be held in the future, representing a combined increase of 23% over the same period last year for conventions and tradeshows. The conventions, secured with the collaboration of Tourisme Montréal, and the tradeshows will attract almost 30,500 business tourists to Montréal – up 51% over the same quarter of 2014-15 – who will book nearly 51,000 room nights in hotels across the city, which is four times higher than for the same period last year.

The average square footage for these events confirmed by the Business Development and Strategic Alliances team will be significantly higher compared to 2014-15, with conventions booking 65% more space on average and tradeshows, 97% more. Overall, these business-tourism-generating events will result in economic benefits estimated at nearly $53 million, or $21 million more than for the same period last year. The quarter also saw the Montréal International Auto Show sign a new four-year extension with the Palais.

“The increase in the average amount of space being booked for future conventions and tradeshows reflects the hard work being focused on attracting large-scale events to the Palais, and also speaks to the industry’s interest in Montréal and the Palais,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “It is an outcome made possible by the cooperation that exists between the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal and other tourism and convention industry partners,” he added.

Among the large-scale events hosted during the quarter, 10 were conventions and 10 were trade shows. These accounted for an estimated $67+ million in economic benefits. The events helped draw several thousand participants to Montréal during the quarter, and they included: the CHEST Annual Meeting 2015, NIPS 2015, Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo 2015, Stratégies PME 2016, the Nutcracker Market and the Salon Ma carrière, emploi et formation professionnelle.

Year-to-date events confirmed for the coming years (April 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015)
International and national conventions: 26
Trade shows: 18
Estimated room nights: 149 001
Total estimated economic benefits: $211 911 893

Projected results from conventions and trade shows hosted (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016)
International and national conventions: 40
Trade shows: 27
Estimated room nights: 167 708
Total estimated economic benefits: $237 110 794

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and also shortlisted by the AIPC for the World’s Best Congress Centre award, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates major economic benefits for Québec.

1 Including U.S. conventions
2 Including Québec conventions

January 20, 2016
Mandalay Bay Completes Convention Center Expansion

Project Part of Overall Transformation of Las Vegas’ Premier Meetings, Convention and Leisure Resort Destination

Las VegasThe Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center expansion is now complete with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The $70 million expansion includes 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking, which all opened in August. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now boasts more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with the ability to grow current shows and attract new corporate, association and incentive groups.

With the expansion’s completion, the final phase of Mandalay Bay’s resort-wide, multi-year transformation is the $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites, wrapping up in February.  The resort, with three hotels including Delano Las Vegas, new world-class dining, high-energy entertainment, nightlife and more, offers infinite possibilities and flexibility for meeting planners to customize their events from large, premium tradeshows and corporate gatherings to intimate executive meetings and incentive experiences.   

“To strengthen our position as a leader in the meetings industry, we have made significant changes and enhancements to provide a unique resort destination with diverse and comprehensive options to remain a top choice for corporate groups and trade shows of all sizes,” said Stephanie Glanzer, vice president of Sales at Mandalay Bay. 

The resort’s state-of-the-art, high-density Wi-Fi has been added to the new space to accommodate more attendees, provide unique custom solutions based on the needs of the group and allow for the most advanced presentations. The system’s benefits include the convenience of a one-time log-in for convention goers during their stay and the seamless connectivity throughout Mandalay Bay, from the convention center to public indoor and outdoor spaces to the guest rooms. A distinct capability that sets this Wi-Fi apart from all others is convention attendees will stay connected with the same high-performance Wi-Fi when visiting any MGM Resorts destination along The Strip from Mandalay Bay to The Mirage, including MGM Grand, Bellagio and ARIA.  

Further solidifying what already is the largest convention center solar array in the world, the expanded Mandalay Bay Convention Center is incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning 8 acres. Upon completion in early 2016, the added portion of the array will generate approximately 1.9 MW with an approximate annual production of 3.4M kilowatt hours. Covering more than 28 acres, the combined array will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes.

Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold coveted Five Key ratings from the Green Key Eco-Rating and Meetings Programs. In addition, TripAdvisor has awarded the resort Gold in its GreenLeaders Program. Mandalay Bay integrates environmentally responsible practices into its operations including the recycling of more than 80 percent of all convention materials. From sustainable service ware and organic, sustainable menus to zero waste recycling, Mandalay Bay’s Convention Service Managers offer a number of options to help each group conduct green and socially responsible meetings.

Las Vegas has been the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for 21 consecutive years, and this significant investment demonstrates Mandalay Bay’s continued commitment to the city of Las Vegas.

For more information and images, visit the MGM Resorts International Newsroom.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 newly remodeled rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas that debuted September 2014. Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise featuring real sand, a wave pool, the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city and DAYLIGHT Beach Club. Other resort highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, LIGHT Nightclub, Shark Reef Aquarium, Spa Mandalay and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandalay Bay also is home to Michael Jackson ONE, Cirque du Soleil’s latest resident production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop.  Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.