Check out the latest news from around the world by the industry's movers and shakers.
Check out the latest news from around the world by the industry's movers and shakers.
Chicago – The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is offering live events professionals the chance to focus on creative business success at ILEA Live, Aug. 10-12 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Celebrating its 30th year, ILEA’s flagship event offers education sessions and workshops in a variety of interactive formats, allowing attendees to tailor their experience to fit their educational needs. At ILEA Live, the education program provides attendees with actionable items and ideas to achieve better results for their business.
Education sessions will drive attendees to:
“Each year, ILEA Live is created by live event professionals for live event professionals, and this year’s event will feature even greater engagement than years past,” said Judy Brillhart, CSEP, PBC, ILEA President. “With 30+ learning opportunities, ILEA Live is a collaborative experience for event producers and live events professionals to strengthen their creative output, sharpen their business strategies and find inspiration.”
The ILEA Live schedule-at-a-glance, speaker information and session descriptions is now available at www.ilealive.com.
ILEA Live is sponsored by:
Canadian Special Events Magazine
Calgary Telus Convention Centre
About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences. For more information, visit www.ileahub.com.
About ILEA Live
Produced by members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), ILEA Live is about the business of creativity. It is an educational and collaborative experience for creative event professionals to strengthen their creative output, sharpen their business strategies and find inspiration along the event horizon. In 2017, ILEA celebrates its 30th anniversary! For more information, visit www.ilealive.com.
Ande Leslie at ILEA Headquarters
Marketing and Communications Manager
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
The Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre 433 premium guestroom hotel with its 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a full service Starbucks and four additional dining venues is located near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, featuring a new streamlined design to allow guests the essentials needed for both business and leisure stays. In-room bottled water and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the many standards now in place at the Delta Toronto Airport. A new destination bar and restaurant has also been added to the lobby for the ultimate travel experience. Lot41 Social Bar & Table offers eight taps, an eclectic and unique wine list, an extensive offering of sharing plates and professional mixologists to entertain. LOT41 Social Bar & Table is not only a place to eat and drink, it is a true social experience!
After a multi-million dollar renovation, the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre is ready to focus on the details that truly matter with streamlined travel. The hotel is ready to welcome guests effective June 28, 2017 with a new contemporary look and style.
Delta by Marriott is Marriott's newest upscale, full service hotel brand. The Delta Hotel by Marriott, offers a lean and flexible operating model with a clean and refreshing design. The Delta Hotel intuitively meets the needs of business travelers and carries a strong reputation as a leading, upscale hospitality brand with nearly 10,000 rooms in 36 operating hotels across 30 Canadian cities. Now powered by Marriott’s industry-leading digital, sales and marketing engines, Delta Hotels is poised for U.S. and global growth.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre (previously the International Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre) will continue to be owned and managed by Keck Seng (M) Berhad, under a license agreement with Delta Hotels, a brand of Marriott International. Keck Seng (M) Berhad`s principal businesses include Hotels and Resort Ownership, Palm Oil Cultivation and Manufacturing, Property Development and Investment. Operations are carried out mainly in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Hawaii.
For more information visit the hotel’s website at www.marriott.com/yyzda call toll free l-800-668-3656 in the U.S. and Canada or locally at 416-244-1711.
Oakville, Ontario—EMA Marketing is thrilled to welcome two new prestigious partners to its meeting and incentive travel offerings. Monocle Yachts and Experience Scottsdale, are on-trend with what discerning clients are seeking while providing the highest standards in meetings, conferences, incentives and retreats.
Monocle Yachts calls its experience “the ultimate luxury vacation.” Jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkeling and fishing by day with magnificent sunsets and cocktails by night are just a sample of what is in store for those who board a Monocle yacht. The company has over 45 years of experience with private yacht charters.
A truly remarkable setting for an intimate business retreat or incentive, Monocle’s inventory of luxury yachts are staffed with professional crew members to attend to every need. A culinary chef creates mouth-watering gourmet dishes in the spacious galley. With beautifully appointed staterooms guests can be comfortably accommodated. The main salon boasts a large walk-up bar to sip cocktails before gathering in the dining room for a gourmet four or five-course dinner.
During the day, guests have ample opportunity for excitement with jet skis, kayaks, tubing and fishing. There are also excursions to shore when anchored in a private cove. To relax, the yacht has a Jacuzzi hot tub and a large deck for sunbathing. Monocle offers its unparalleled yacht experiences with itineraries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Bahamas.
With 330 days of annual sunshine, Scottsdale is a lure for Canadians seeking warmer climes. A visit to the Sonoran Desert is like no other experience, offering an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, off-roading, hot air balloons, and more.
Set amongst the stirring beauty of the Sonoran Desert are top tier accommodations. Scottsdale’s 70+ meetings-friendly properties – including award-winning resorts, stylish urban hotels, and limited service properties – cater to events of all sizes, from small gatherings to large corporate conferences. New properties include Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, which offers 201 eclectic bungalow style guestrooms and 10,000-square-feet of meeting space. The mid-century-modern inspired resort also spotlights local artists and artisans. Scottsdale also recently added Mountain Shadows to its portfolio, and with it, 180 guestrooms and 11,600-square-feet of meeting space decked out in desert modernist design.
Never a shortage of things to do, Scottsdale boasts a thriving downtown with nearly 80 bars and lounges, as well as art galleries, museums and shopping. Plus, the city is home to nearly 800 restaurants and more than 200 area golf courses. And planning excursions is easy with attractions that include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, the Musical Instrument Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park.
All this allows for truly unique and thematic events, from upscale cowboy cookouts to Arabian horse shows, night golf and more.
Easy airport access and daily non-stop flights from major Canadian cities make Scottsdale a hassle-free destination for groups of all sizes. And Experience Scottsdale, the destination’s marketing organization, offers a rebate program exclusively for Canadian groups. Visit www.ExperienceScottsdale.com for details.
“We are excited to introduce both of these fabulous new partners; Monocle Yachts and Experience Scottsdale,” says Liz Akey, President of EMA Marketing. “Partnering with them is part of our ongoing commitment to offer an exclusive selection of unique world-class destinations and experiences with exceptional professionalism.”
About EMA Marketing:
EMA Marketing is the authorized representative for some of the world's most luxurious and exclusive hotels & resorts and elite group of Destination Management Companies and destinations. The portfolio of award-winning, international hotels and resorts offers the perfect property for meetings, conferences, incentives or retreats.
Contact: Liz Akey, CMP
- Reservations are now accepted -
The reopening of the largest hotel in Eastern Canada is much anticipated after a year of transformation that required its complete closure. As planned, common areas, meeting rooms, the majority of the food & beverage outlets as well as 500 rooms will be ready for opening.
The details of the July 10th opening will be communicated soon.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale's energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai's Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.
About Ivanhoé Cambridge
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and real estate companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebec in 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, the Company invests alongside key partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their respective markets.
Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge holds interests in nearly 800 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail and logistics real estate sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridge held approximately C$56 billion in assets as at December 31, 2016. The Company is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers. For more information: ivanhoecambridge.com.
SOURCE Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Toronto/CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is celebrating a very successful 2016/17 fiscal year by confirming that it hosted 569 events and generated over $500 million for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario in total direct spending economic impact from April 2016 to April 2017. Based on the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM), the MTCC also sustained 5749 jobs in the city and generated $163 million in taxes.
As well, the Centre confirmed a total of 13 citywide conventions for future years last fiscal year, 11 from the United States. This represents the highest number of major convention wins from the United States within one fiscal year in more than a decade. It was also a record year for the MTCC's gross revenue, which totaled $65 million.
Looking forward to fiscal year 2017/18, Canada's leading convention and trade show facility projects a record-breaking summer as it will host an unprecedented eight international and U.S. citywide conventions from June to September 2017. These citywide conventions will gather worldwide thought leaders across a variety of subjects including law, midwifery, sports medicine, and education. A complete list is below.
“We are thrilled that our strong 2016/17 fiscal year generated significant economic benefit for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario as we remain committed to making a positive impact in our community,” said Barry Smith, President and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “We look forward to building on our achievements and creating new successful events for attendees from around the world in fiscal year 2017/18.”
Dentons Partner Meeting - June 8-18 2017
2017 International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 31st Midwives Triennial Congress – June 17-22 2017
Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) Toronto 2017 – June 27-29 2017
Enterprise World 2017 (Open Text Corporation) – July 11-14 2017
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting – July 20-23 2017
The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017 – July 25-28 2017
The North American Bridge Championships 2017 – July 20-30 2017
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting and Exposition - August 12-15 2017
About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 33 years, the Centre has hosted over 20,000 events and has added $5.8 billion in direct spending economic impact to the community. For further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.
SOURCE Metro Toronto Convention Centre
For further information: Media enquiries: Melanie Wade, Social Media and Communications Specialist, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, T: (416) 585-8504, E: email@example.com
Niagara Falls ‒ Niagara Falls Tourism has entered into a partnership with the Scotiabank Convention Centre to manage and deliver their Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) program. As part of this new partnership, the former program has been given a full rebrand under the name Niagara Falls Business Events.
“Seeing the success the Convention Centre has had in the Canadian and US markets, it made perfect sense for us to partner with them on this program”, said Jon Jackson, Executive Director of Niagara Falls Tourism. “The team who built the MC&IT program for Niagara Falls Tourism laid a very strong foundation. Through our new partnership with the Scotiabank Convention Centre, we will continue to grow Niagara Falls’ presence in this segment, delivering stronger results for the tourism industry and the city as a whole.”
Noel Buckley, President and General Manager of the Scotiabank Convention Centre, suggests “the idea behind this partnership begins with the fact that Niagara Falls is a dominant leisure destination, with millions of people visiting here each and every year. An opportunity like this to consolidate resources and strengthen Niagara Falls’ reputation in the business events world is something we wouldn’t turn away from. Actually it’s all part-and-parcel of what our sales and marketing team do right now on a daily basis. For Niagara Falls Tourism to propose we take the lead on the MC&IT program speaks to the level of confidence they have in the Convention Centre team.”
The destination and its stakeholders stand to benefit significantly from the positive impacts that come directly as a result of hosting more meetings and conventions. “The goal is to increase the number of business events in our city so that we have more people filling hotel rooms, eating in our restaurants and visiting our world-class attractions, which ultimately creates more industry jobs” said Jackson. Buckley added, “This approach is a more effective way of opening additional doors for the destination, and driving the kind of business travel that complements Niagara Falls’ booming leisure tourist market.
In line with this partnership, Niagara Falls Business Events is proud to announce the official re-launch of fallsmeetings.com. Corporate meeting planners and association executives are encouraged to visit the website and discover some of the many reasons why their next business event should take place in Niagara Falls. The team can also be reached individually by phone and email.
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Dixon, Vice President Sales
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Forest Kenney, Communications Manager
Niagara Falls Tourism
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Telephone: 905-356-6061 ext. 5240
About Niagara Falls Tourism | www.niagarafallstourism.com Niagara Falls Tourism is the official destination marketing organization for Niagara Falls. A membership based organization, our mission is to provide leadership and focus to foster, develop and promote the tourism industry in Niagara Falls increasing visitors’ experiences.
About Scotiabank Convention Centre | www.fallsconventions.com The Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) is Niagara’s largest conventions and meeting facility. Located directly inside the Fallsview Tourist District, and offering 288,000 square feet of flexible event space, this state-of-the-art venue regularly hosts visitors and professionals from all over Canada and the US.
About Niagara Falls Business Events | www.fallsmeetings.com Niagara Falls Business Events (NFBE) is an affiliate program of Niagara Falls Tourism operating with a mission to make the destination a top-of-mind choice for meetings, conventions and events. We believe Niagara Falls is one of Canada’s most exciting conference and event destinations and are eager to share our city and region’s world-class products and services with Canadian and international visitors.
Ontario, Canada: CanSPEP, in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon, recently awarded four event entrepreneurs with educational scholarships to attend the CanSPEP annual conference July 27-29, 2017 in Charlottetown, PEI.
We are pleased to announce this year’s Scholarship winners as follows:
Each of these planners will receive $1,000.00 to be used toward a one-year CanSPEP membership, registration fees to attend the annual CanSPEP conference in Charlottetown, and assistance with related travel costs.
Our winners’ responses on the scholarship application averaged the highest scores based on three independent reviews. We will be thrilled to have them join us at the conference and look forward to getting to know each of them.
Award sponsor Candice Schierling of Tourism Saskatoon had this to say about our scholarship winners: “Tourism Saskatoon is excited to be a partner in creating opportunity for education and membership with an outstanding organization like CanSPEP. We received such positive feedback from bringing forward the scholarship program in its inaugural year that we wanted to continue the opportunity for new planners to participate and grow their knowledge base as well as assist CanSPEP in increasing membership. It has been a win-win all around and we send huge congratulations to the recipients”.
Special thanks to the Scholarship Committee -- Meagan Rockett, Carly Silberstein and Dustin Rivers -- for their efforts to revise the scholarship program and criteria, and for their assistance with the evaluations.
About CanSPEP: CanSPEP, is a leader in Canada’s entrepreneurial event management industry. Leading in education and standards, we believe in a great rapport, supporting our industry and building connections. With over 100 members CanSPEP engaged in a comprehensive member survey looking at their “members” spend influence and at a more strategic approach in supporting our entrepreneurial members. CanSPEP reports a significant and direct influence with their clients for many aspects of an event from venue selection, audio visual to overall project management. CanSPEP is a definite leader in the events industry with a report member spend influence of over $58 million dollars a year.
Toronto, Canada - resiada announces the launch of a revolutionary new cloud-based application that takes the stress out of managing your meeting and events housing room block, available at https://resiada.com/
The foundation on which resiada was born was to redefine the meeting and event housing management experience. “Our mission is to innovate through continuously challenging the status quo and enhancing the experience, not just for guests, but for the planners as well,” says Jennifer Beatty (Holly), Managing Director of resiada. “We know how hard event planners work, but we want to help them work smarter rather than harder; we want event professionals to ‘Rest Easy.'”
An uncluttered user interface and elegant design make setting up an event in resiada straightforward, but its strengths lie in its capabilities for users to manage multiple venues, room-blocks, and sub-blocks. “With Resiada, there’s no more chasing individual hotels for pick-up reports,” remarked Jennifer.
The uniqueness of resiada is that it enables planners, DMO’s (Destination Marketing Organizations) and sporting events/associations an additional revenue generating opportunity, along with detailed real-time analytics and reporting to monitor the progress of hotel room bookings to help avoid attrition altogether
A veteran of the Meetings and Conventions industry for 15 years (11 of which she spent working for DMO’s), Jennifer is one who knows all too well the importance of attrition issues and how it can impact an organization and their conferences. “Why not fix the problem at the beginning and reset the process by being in control of your room block management with resiada.”
Additional support options are available to resiada users which include; call center, technical support and as well as dedicated account managers to help oversee your event. From start, to finish, resiada enables you to be in complete control of your events, and as a cloud-based solution, access to data and reports are available anywhere, anytime.
Learn more at resiada.com.
As of today, the Halifax region’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), formally known as Destination Halifax, has changed their name and brand to Discover Halifax, along with a brand new business strategy and fresh programs.
This morning at the Halifax Central Library, Discover Halifax hosted an event packed with over 150 local leaders and members of the business and tourism industry to announce a new strategic direction for the DMO, including stating their intention to make Halifax globally recognized as the favourite city in Canada.
“The rebrand came from a strong consensus within our organization and community that we need to evolve with the changing needs and behaviours of visitors. Essentially, we’re making changes to improve our relationship with visitors once they arrive and with tourism businesses all across the Halifax Regional Municipality,” said Ross Jefferson, President & CEO, Discover Halifax.
With its refreshed brand, Discover Halifax announced their intent to re-haul their membership program and is launching a new visitor experience program that targets and speaks to visitors who are already in-market. The change reflects the need to do more than just bring visitors to our destination, but to ensure they discover the best of Halifax once they get here. Additional changes to existing programs and marketing efforts also to come.
This is not the first time that the organization has rebranded. In its inception in 2002, Discover Halifax was known as the Greater Halifax Conventions & Meetings Bureau, which eventually merged with the Tourism Marketing arm of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Culture and Heritage Department to become known as Destination Halifax.
“Now, 15 years later, it’s time for the next step forward, complete with a new name, strategy and brand that better represents our organization’s goals and purpose. With that being said, we are also making changes to improve our relationship with visitors, our community and with tourism businesses across the entire Halifax region,” continued Jefferson.
“In previous years, we targeted our marketing efforts towards visitors planning their trip to Halifax, but we stopped the communication at their arrival. That aspect of our strategy has already changed and will continue to be improved upon in the coming months,” said Erica Pellerin, VP Marketing & Communications, Discover Halifax.
The launch of the rebrand was timed around Tourism Week in Canada, which runs from May 28 to June 3, 2017, and aims to bring attention to the significant economic impact and opportunities created by the tourism industry. This is tremendously timely, as now more than ever, tourism is BIG business in Halifax:
“To ensure tourism and the positive impact it has on our economy stays strong, we`ve had to evolve, and it’s a transition that we are absolutely thrilled with,” said Jefferson.
About Discover Halifax
Discover Halifax is non-profit, membership-based marketing and sales organization in partnership with the Halifax regional government, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Discover Halifax’s goal is to promote Halifax as a destination of choice for leisure and business travellers.
Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays each year, who spend $1 billion. Halifax alone represents over 54% of all visitation to Nova Scotia, and 24,000 Nova Scotians are employed by the tourism industry.
TORONTO/CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is proud to announce that it has been honoured with the 2017 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award and the Certificate of Building Excellence in the public assembly category by the Building Owner's and Management Association of Toronto (BOMA).
The TOBY Award and the Certificate of Building Excellence are prestigious recognitions awarded to facilities with the highest levels of quality in many categories of building operations including energy conservation, building performance, security standards and community impact.
Recognized as the first convention centre in Canada to offer clean renewable power, the MTCC continues to reduce its environmental footprint every year by diverting 90 percent of event waste from landfills and implementing successful strategies to reduce energy and water consumption.
Other notable sustainable practices include the upkeep of beehives on the South Building's roof and the recent implementation of the innovative app Voyage Control to reduce the C02 emissions during the delivery move-in process for trade and public shows. The MTCC also partners with Red Door Family Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and the Toronto District School Board's Arts Junktion Program to donate various materials per year and provides approximately 19,000 kg (approximately 60,000 meals) of food to local organizations including Margaret's Housing, Second Harvest, and the Toronto District School Board's Nutritional program.
This latest honour, consistent with the MTCC's strong commitment to environmental sustainability and positive community impact, follows the South Building's recent BOMA Canada Platinum level certification, based on an impressive 93 percent score received in categories including energy conservation, waste reduction, indoor environment, and environmental management systems.
"We are thrilled to be receiving this industry recognition, which reflects our team's effort and dedication to environmental sustainability", said Vince Quattrociocchi, Vice President of Operations at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "This award also recognizes the Centre's enduring commitment to operating a first class facility for our customers and their guests while also giving back to our community."
"As the producer of over 200 trade shows, consumer shows and conferences at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre since 1989, we are delighted that the building has received the recognition that it so rightfully deserves", said George Przybylowski, Vice President, Construction & Real Estate at Informa Canada. "The Centre is continually being updated and revitalized to ensure that it is providing high quality space for a diverse set of clients and purposes. Congratulations on your TOBY".
About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 30 years, the Centre has hosted over 18,000 events, entertained more than 55 million guests and has added $5.1 billion in direct spending to the community. For further information, please visit: http://www.mtccc.com
SOURCE Metro Toronto Convention Centre
For further information: Melanie Wade, Social Media and Communications Specialist, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, T: (416) 585-8504, E: firstname.lastname@example.org