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.
Eats and Entertainment' Hot-Spot Coming Soon to Seasons of Tuxedo Retail Complex
Toronto/CNW/(TSX: CGX) – Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, today announced plans to build a new location of The Rec Room at Seasons of Tuxedo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The country's newest social playground for grown-ups, The Rec Room brings together incredible dining experiences with exciting live entertainment and amusement gaming experiences, all under one roof. The new location announced today is targeted to open in late 2019 and will be approximately 40,000 square feet.
"When people think of Cineplex they typically think of our film exhibition business, but I'm excited to show the Winnipeg community that we're about more than movies," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. "The Rec Room leverages our industry-leading entertainment, amusement gaming, food & beverage, digital media and operational capabilities that combined will bring an entirely new, technology-enhanced destination to the city."
Located in south-west Winnipeg on the south-west corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Blvd., The Rec Room at Seasons of Tuxedo will be popular with young adults and families, while also serving as the ultimate gathering spot for corporate events and parties. Built with the support of North American Development Group / Centrecorp as part of its multi-million dollar development project, the new location will include:
Cineplex plans to open 10-15 new locations of The Rec Room over the coming years, each ranging in size from 30,000-60,000 square feet and customized to the individual community. The massive entertainment complexes will see half of the space being devoted to dining and live entertainment and the other half being devoted to amusement games and feature attractions. In addition to the Winnipeg location targeted to open in late 2019, Cineplex currently operates four other locations of The Rec Room in South Edmonton (AB), West Edmonton Mall (AB), Calgary (AB) and Toronto (ON), and has announced plans for complexes in London (ON), Mississauga (ON), St. John's (NFLD) and Vancouver (BC).
About The Rec Room
The Rec Room is Canada's premier 'Eats & Entertainment' destination that brings together incredible dining, amusement gaming, technology and live entertainment experiences all under one roof. Part of Cineplex, The Rec Room is a premier social destination and the ultimate gathering spot for corporate events, groups and parties. While each location is customized to the individual community, The Rec Room concept features multiple dining environments and a wide range of entertainment options including a large amusement games area featuring state-of-the-art simulation, feature attractions and redemption games as well as an auditorium-style space perfect for musical acts, bands and comedians. For more information, visit TheRecRoom.com or follow the action on social media through Facebook, Twitter (@TheRecRoomCA), Snapchat (@TheRecRoomCA) and Instagram (@TheRecRoomCA).
A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada's largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 163 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada'snewest destination for 'Eats & Entertainment' (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada(Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada's largest entertainment loyalty program.
Proudly recognized as having one of the country's Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.
The Sutton Place Hotels, a sophisticated collection of luxury properties in North America, is investing in a new hotel property in Halifax’s Nova Centre. This is the first Sutton Place property in Atlantic Canada.
It is an integral part of Nova Centre, a one-million-square-feet of mixed development space, including the newly opened Halifax Convention Centre, a financial centre, office space, restaurants, shops, and a public plaza known as Rogers Square. The hotel will feature 262 well-appointed guest rooms and suites with an on-site contemporary restaurant and lounge along with underground parking.
“Nova Centre is a state-of-the-art development and we are thrilled to bring the Sutton Place brand to Halifax,” said Tom Gaglardi, Chairman and CEO of The Sutton Place Hotels. “My family opened its first hotel in 1967, so it makes perfect sense to partner with another well-established family like the Ramias to bring Sutton Place’s ‘Tradition of Luxury’ to the east coast.”
Finishing work on the property will begin immediately, with a grand opening scheduled in Spring 2019.
“We are very excited to introduce such a prominent business family as the Gaglardis to Nova Scotia and The Sutton Place Hotel as the new luxury hotel in Nova Centre,” said Joe Ramia of Argyle Developments. “There is a great synergy between our two families because we share similar values and a deep background in family business. I’m proud that the Gaglardi family is choosing to invest in Nova Scotia.”
With hotels in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort, as well as breaking ground in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Frisco (Texas) in 2018/19, The Sutton Place Hotels represent luxury accommodations with tasteful elegance, classically refined décor, and warm and inviting staff. From hand-crafted furnishings, silk tapestries and premium bedding, every detail at The Sutton Place Hotels represent a history of refined style and polished perfection that is both inviting and distinguished.
The Sutton Place Hotel will be a fantastic addition to Nova Centre, an already iconic piece of Halifax’s evolving skyline, featuring the latest in technology, energy efficiency, and design, and a fine example of modern architecture that pays tribute to the city’s seafaring past.
About The Sutton Place Hotels
The Sutton Place Hotels are a collection of sophisticated properties in North America. Each hotel is distinctly different in style and offers timeless elegance, consistent product and exceptional service. As a select group of luxury style properties with a definite European flair, each Sutton Place Hotel is carefully selected for proximity to the business, financial and entertainment centres in each city or destination that they are located within. For more information, visit www.suttonplace.com.
About Argyle Developments
Argyle Developments and its sister companies are owned by the Ramia family. For close to 40 years, they have been in the business of developing, owning, and managing commercial, residential, and industrial properties in Nova Scotia. For more information about Nova Centre, visit www.novacentre.ca.
Calgary, AB—Meetings + Conventions Calgary is excited to announce their partnership with Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Digital Experience Institute (DEI) to offer the first-ever Digital Event Strategist (DES) boot camp. This is an extension to Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s ongoing collaboration with the Digital Experience Institute.
The boot camp is a certification journey that begins in late April with an online course orientation and concludes with a 3-day boot camp in Calgary, Canada, July 26-29, 2018. While in Calgary, attendees will explore the DES course, participate in knowledge retention exercises, and experience the city’s renowned hospitality.
“The speed of innovation in our industry is truly remarkable. A few years ago, it was uncommon to see digital components incorporated into events, whereas today, the majority of conferences integrate a degree of digital or live streaming into their program,” says Dave Sclanders, Executive Director of Meetings + Conventions Calgary. “We believe that educating our colleagues to leverage growth and engagement in face to face audiences through the creative use of digital will propel our whole industry forward.”
Investing in the future of the Business Events industry, Calgary will be the host city for the DES boot camp and will sponsor 15 planners to attend. Scholarship applications are open until March 30 and interested planners can apply here: https://www.pcma.org/scholarships/digital-event-strategist-summer-bootcamp. These scholarships are a part of the 175 meeting planners supported by Meetings + Conventions to obatin their Digital Event Strategist certification.
About Meetings + Conventions Calgary: 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 additional information, please contact
Carolyn Watson, Manager, Marketing + Communications
Meetings + Conventions Calgary
Reach Global Marketing will continue to execute usual operations
Toronto, ON—Effective today, Connect Worldwide Canada is rebranding as Reach Global Marketing Ltd. after Charmaine Singh, co-founder, acquired sole ownership. The Canadian company will maintain its current structure, servicing its existing client base.
“As Reach Global Marketing, our experienced team will continue to provide outstanding service and exceptional results,” said Charmaine Singh, President and CEO. “Reach is a quantifiable measurement to determine success, but it’s also extending a hand, making personal contact, communicating effectively, arriving at an end point, and stretching ourselves to accomplish the unexpected.”
President and CEO Charmaine Singh has over twenty years of leadership experience. Her diverse team, with a background in a variety of sectors and industries, is dedicated to delivering innovative platforms, impactful stories, and tailored partnerships.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Charmaine over the years and her passion and commitment to achieving excellence makes her a true leader in the industry,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. “I am delighted to support her in this new direction and am confident that Charmaine and the team will continue to deliver groundbreaking results."
Reach Global Marketing’s head office will remain in Toronto at 370 King Street West, with satellite offices in Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, please visit reachglobal.ca.
About Reach Global Marketing Ltd.
Reach Global Marketing is a full-service marketing agency providing market intelligence, customized strategies, and impactful execution with a boutique service ethic. Located out of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, the team is comprised of multi-disciplinary experts with a variety of backgrounds and experience including tourism, hospitality, corporate, government, consumer and more. Expertise in marketing, communications, sales, event management, promotions, activations, and social and digital media. To learn more, please visit reachglobal.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Marketing + Communications Director
Marketing + Communications Manager
Toronto—Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) will host an event with their colleagues from the Professional Convention Management Association – Canada East, as part of the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 12, 2018. CanSPEP will join forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) and meetings industry organizations worldwide to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.
Join CanSPEP (Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners) and PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) for an early morning session on the state of the meetings industry in Canada – and where we go from here. It will be a Breakfast, Panel & Round Table Discussions (7:30 - 9:30 AM) at the Novotel Ottawa.
The morning will start with a panel discussion with representatives from the meetings industry, business and government sectors.
Following the panel will be round table discussions on key issues in the meetings industry – from environmental and social responsibility, security and how meetings help address social problems like isolation and work to increase dialogue in communities.
This will be an exciting and action oriented morning with opportunities for you and your business.
As our world becomes ever more digital, the need for real, analog, human connections becomes stronger. Meetings of all size and type bring that human connection. Nations, businesses and personal lives are affected for the better when people meet face to face and in the words of Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, “you will never see eye-to-eye if you never meet face-to-face”. CanSPEP is excited to join with PCMA Canada East on April 12th in Ottawa to continue the dialogue with our business colleagues and elected representatives on issues that are worth meeting about.” Natalie Lowe, President at Celebrate Niagara and CanSPEP board member.
“Organizations such as CanSPEP will help us demonstrate the crucial role meetings play in building personal relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting strong communities,” said Richard Harper, executive vice president at HelmsBriscoe and co-chair of MMB.
Meeting professional organizations, association chapters, corporations, destinations, partners and other supporters are coming together to hold events supporting this international day of advocacy. Last year, events were held throughout North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia along with robust conversations online and over 40 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governors of Maryland and Kentucky, along with the mayors of Ottawa, Edmonton, Phoenix, Baltimore, Buffalo and Mobile, Alabama. The Empire State Building and Niagara Falls were illuminated in blue in celebration of GMID.
“GMID helps share the meetings industry’s value story, ensuring that the media, elected officials and general public understand the benefits of face-to-face,” said Paul Van Deventer, chief executive officer and president at Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of MMB. “Showcasing the industry’s strength through this global movement allows us to better advocate and generate widespread conversation.”
To learn more about GMID, visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.ca/GMID. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @canSPEP on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #GMID18.
About CanSPEP: The Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) is a dynamic, diverse and innovative society of Independent Event Professionals with a leading national voice in the event industry and is the only association in Canada that offers exclusive membership to event planner entrepreneurs. Formed in 1996, the association provides forums in which members exchange ideas, develop skills through educational programs and creates opportunities to explore business development.
About Meetings Mean Business: Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice. For more information, visit meetingsmeanbusiness.ca.
Niagara Falls—Construction is complete on Scotiabank Convention Centre’s second floor, west wing renovation project. The newly transformed space includes five meeting rooms with folding partition walls for convenient expansion or reduction, a generous pre-function and service area, and the latest technological amenities.
Before undergoing renovation, the space had been left unfinished ever since the building first opened in 2011. “Completing this project is another significant milestone for the Convention Centre” said Noel Buckley, President & General Manager. “I believe it gives us the edge we need to grow the total economic impact that our building brings to the destination and the greater Niagara region. I’m very pleased with the finished result and I’m sure our clients will be excited for the extra breakout space”.
At more than 10,000 square feet, the additional meeting rooms and pre-function area will allow Scotiabank Convention Centre to pursue new conference and convention opportunities in previously underserved markets. “Having the capacity to attract and accommodate large meetings is paramount in our industry” said Buckley. “As a result of this renovation, our plan is to gain more of a foothold serving clients who need and request more meeting space.”
For more information, please contact:
Noel Buckley, President & General Manager
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 905-357-6222 ext. 7001
About Scotiabank Convention Centre
Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) in Niagara Falls, Canada, is the region’s largest meetings and events facility. Steps away from the famous waterfall, this state-of-the-art venue boasts more than 300,000 sq. ft. of open, flexible space. With close proximity to three international airports, world-renowned wineries and over 4,000 branded guest rooms, we make doing business easy. For more information, visit fallsconventions.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Newly renovated guest rooms and lounge offer a sophisticated hotel within a hotel
Toronto/CNW/—Today, the InterContinental Toronto Centre launches the newly renovated Club InterContinental. As the only hotel in Torontoattached to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the InterContinental Toronto Centre's Club InterContinental serves as a sophisticated “hotel within a hotel “ for business and leisure travellers alike.
“The renovation of Club InterContinental has been a very special project for the hotel, “ says General Manager, Alexi Hakim. “It was important to provide our business and leisure guests with a luxurious and comfortable environment. We offer a vast amount of exclusive amenities and services at the Club InterContinental, allowing our hotel guests to feel at home with an extra touch of sophistication. “
The newly renovated guest rooms and suites feature warm textured wall coverings with accents of purple and gold, instantly giving guests a feeling of affluence. Classic hexagon patterns on the carpet, paired with double headboards evoke a level of classic luxury with subtle decor perfectly completing the space. Blue and gold accents within the Club Lounge highlight the rich dark wood and the overall re-design provides a high level of comfort, personalization and convenience to all guests.
Club InterContinental also provides a host of complimentary amenities including private check-in and check-out, deluxe continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, premium internet, laundry and garment pressing, limousine drop-off within the downtown core, access to a private boardroom, and more.
About InterContinental Toronto Centre
The InterContinental Toronto Centre is designed to fulfill every need of the global traveller. The 584 - room hotel brings together affordable luxury, ideal location, meeting facilities and personalized customer service. The hotel features Azure Restaurant & Bar and Spa InterContinental, a serene oasis offering a wide selection of spa treatments. Club InterContinental, an exclusive “hotel within a hotel “ is designed with business and leisure travellers in mind. The three floors feature 91 luxurious guest rooms and suites, private check-in, dedicated concierge and limousine service, a private lounge, library and boardroom. The InterContinental Toronto Centre, attached to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre overlooks scenic Lake Ontario and is set in the heart of Toronto's financial, shopping, theatre and restaurant districts. Reservations can be made at www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com or direct reservations within Canada and US can be made at 1-800-422-7969 and worldwide reservations at 1-800-327-0200. The hotel is managed and operated under license by InterContinental® Hotels Group (Canada), Inc.
SOURCE InterContinental Toronto Centre
For further information: Kimberly Banjac, The Mint Agency, 416-923-6468, Kimberly@themintagency.com
Chicago—The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 ILEA Esprit Awards® nominations are now open.
The ILEA Esprit Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that highlights the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA membership base, representing all facets of live events.
Nominations must be submitted by 18 April 2018 to be considered. The award recipients will be announced and recognized by their peers at the annual ILEA Esprit Awards Gala during ILEA Live 2018 in Denver, Colorado, 16-18 August 2018.
Live events professionals can submit their nominations in the following categories:
“As a previous Esprit Award recipient, it has strengthened my personal brand while also earning company and client acknowledgement,” said ILEA President Ingrid Nagy, CSEP. “The opportunity to see your fellow live event professionals showcase their creative work and drive continued innovation is an unforgettable experience.”
This year's competition is open to any ILEA member in good standing, for events that occurred between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. ILEA is still accepting new members who can qualify to submit for the 2018 ILEA Esprit Awards. Learn more about membership types and dues at www.ileahub.com.
About the ILEA Esprit Awards® Program
The ILEA Esprit® Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that honors how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry with ILEA’s Esprit Awards. For more than 20 years, the ILEA Esprit® Awards program has been one of the most dynamic multi-disciplinary events industry awards programs, attracting an exceptional range, depth and quality of entries.
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.
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament, an annual event which raises money for cancer research, is excited to announce the transition of the 7th Annual Tournament to CanSPEP, the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners. CanSPEP and MIET have signed a memorandum of understanding which supports the integrity of the event and ensures profits will support cancer research to find a cure through Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Founding member and Chair of MIET and BBW Vice President Sheila Wong states “It’s a win for our partners. By affiliating with a recognized industry association, sponsors and contributors will get in front of their target audience, while supporting a cause that will save lives.” Patricia Pearson of CanPlan and President of CanSPEP added “On behalf of the board and the membership of CanSPEP, we are thrilled to host this inclusive industry event. Our Past Presidents’ Council was searching for a marquee charity to support and fate played its hand. We trust our industry will continue to support MIET as it has in the past six years and we look forward to working with our partners and colleagues to support cancer research.”
Save the date as this event will take place at Beanfield Centre on April 26, 2018. It is open to all members of the Meetings Industry at the CanSPEP member rate with an option for friends and family to attend as a non-member. Beanfield Centre is returning as the venue sponsor. MIET thanks and recognizes Arlene Campbell, General Manager and Laura Purdy, Director of Sales and Marketing of Beanfield Centre who have supported MIET from the beginning and indeed, MIET may not have existed without their support.
New this year, from Eventmobi, a Trivia Game featuring sponsors and contributors on their versatile app, to add another layer of excitement to this amazing night. The trivia game will take place prior to the start of the Euchre Tournament so the diehards need not fear that this will take away from their tournament play.
Coming soon is a new sponsor prospectus reflecting the climate our sponsors want at affordable rates for continued ROI. Registration will open shortly!
For more information, contact:
Sheila Wong, CEM
Patricia Pearson, CMP
T: (613) 797-7766
Alexandria, VA—ACTE Global (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) announced today the launch of a global hotel accreditation program tailored to business travellers in an effort to standardise lodging expectations worldwide.
While many hotels and conference centers around the world have leisure-travel industry recognized ratings, many more lack metrics for the business travel sector. The new program, ACTE-BCHA (Business Conference Hotel Accreditation), guides corporate travel buyers in selecting the most appropriate business-quality accommodations for their internal clients.
“More than 70 percent of hotels around the world are independently owned and operated. Even hotels that are part of a franchise system may not meet brand standards. This program will identify facilities that meet business travellers’ needs,” said Vadim Zelenski, CEO of ACTE-BCHA.
“There are all sorts of ratings out there--diamond ratings and star ratings and TripAdvisor's crowdsourcing. But they cater to leisure travellers, who are most interested in whether a venue is kid-friendly, offers perks or packages, or is close to local attractions. Business travellers, on the other hand, want well-stocked business centers, safes for laptops, conference centers, room service and a fitness center, along with a secure environment,'' said Greeley Koch, Executive Director of ACTE Global and Head of Supervisory Board, ACTE-BCHA. “That's what this new rating system seeks to standardise.”
ACTE-BCHA plans to accredit more than 10,000 hotels globally by 2020. Facilities will pay an annual membership fee, and compliance will be verified by independent monitors. Among the first participants in the program, Dubai-based DNATA has been selected to inspect properties in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, effective September 2017. The program will rate other regions as it identifies and adds inspection partners.
“Business travellers want safe and productive experiences when they're on the road—no matter where they travel. This new collaboration will help ensure they get exactly what they expect when they're in the Middle East,” said Savio Vaz, DNATA's Vice President Government & Corporate Travel.
Winfried Barczaitis, a travel industry expert with more than 40 years in the business, has been named ACTE-BCHA’s chief operating officer. He will be based in Bad Honnef, Germany.
Established in 1959, Dubai-based DNATA provides air services in 84 countries, offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and catering. DNATA is a franchise partner of HRG in many countries of the region. The publicly held firm employs more than 38,000 employees.
About ACTE Global
ACTE Global (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) has a 30-year reputation for leading the way corporate travel is conducted. As a global association comprised of executive-level members in more than 100 countries, ACTE pioneers educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward. ACTE advocacy and initiatives continue to support impactful changes in safety and security, privacy, duty of care and compliance along with traveller productivity that supports global commerce.
Learn more at www.acte.org.
ACTE Global Press Contact:
Sloane & Company