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July 03, 2015
Multi-million dollar renovation of Calgary Marriott Downtown gives guests everything they want…and more

Calgary, AB—Luxurious design balancing the warmth of nature with contemporary finishes. Inviting spaces to dine and unwind, grab and go, meet and greet, sleep or just put your feet up after a long day, whether business or pleasure.

Following an eight-month, multi-million dollar renovation, Marriott Hotels unveiled the fresh, new Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel on June 25th with a special event for top clients, partners and special guests.

'We have created a jewel in the heart of Calgary,' says hotel general manager, Joseph Clohessy. 'We've combined high-end design with advanced technology, superb dining and the comfort and amenities guests expect when sleeping away from home. Once they arrive, they may not want to leave!'

The Highlights
Let's start with the most important part of any hotel – the bedrooms. The luxury Calgary hotel features a dramatic mural in every room that reflects the magnificence of the Alberta landscape, while crisp white, warm chocolate brown and soothing dove grey all swirl together to create a contemporary backdrop for different living zones. Each guest room includes a flat-screen smart television, flexible work/dine area, plush bedding with custom duvet and bathroom that features a sleek glass-walled, walk-in shower, upscale THANN amenities and chic sliding barn doors.

Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, indoor pool, concierge service, laundry service and valet parking. The on-site Starbucks allows guests to jumpstart their mornings. And 11,000 square feet of modern and dynamic meeting space provides ample opportunities for businesses or organizations to meet, present and celebrate.

Exclusive M Club Lounge
Whether travelling for business or pleasure, guests have access to the first-ever M Club Lounge in Canada. An exclusive space located in the heart of the hotel, the M Club Lounge offers an elite space to work, connect and relax for Marriott Rewards® Gold and Platinum Elite members as well as guests who choose to add M Club Lounge access to their reservation.

Open 24/7, the M Club offers complete connectivity and advanced technology to meet guests' business needs. This includes expanded high speed Wi-Fi using the highest tier of internet services available, as well as Wi-Fi printing, convenient power supplies near each seating group, four TVs including one with laptop connection, and other business services such as computers, phone, fax, scanner and copier.

A range of additional services also ensures M Club Lounge guests are well supported while staying connected. Some of these include complimentary breakfast, evening hot/cold hors d'oeuvres, a hydration station feature still and sparkling water and dedicated staff including a Hostess and a Bartender to serve elite guests from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

ONE18 EMPIRE
Located within the hotel, on the site of the historic Empire Hotel at 118 Atlantic Avenue, ONE18 EMPIRE is a swanky spot that offers diners a delicious experience with great food, fine whiskey and good times.

The locally-inspired menu features sharable plates allowing guests to savour more great food while hearing some of the tall tales of the old west…like the one about the Sundance Kid, who once operated a saloon at the old Grand Central Hotel in Calgary during prohibition.

And for a real taste of the west, connoisseurs and amateurs alike can choose from an expansive selection of whiskeys, handcrafted cocktails and a great assortment of wines and craft beers. If you're new to the world of whiskey and want to learn, the McTavish Room is home to tastings and education sessions.

Clohessy sums it up, saying, 'With our unparalleled accommodations and amenities, whatever your reason for travelling, the beautifully revamped Calgary Marriott Downtown will be the only place you'll want to stay.'

July 02, 2015
Delta Hotels and Resorts Goes Live on Marriott.com

Travelers Can Make Reservations Now at 37 Additional Hotels Across Canada

Bethesda, Md. and Toronto, ON—With the travel season heating up, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) is now giving travelers 37 additional hotels and resorts across Canada to choose from when they visit Marriott.com, or book on the popular Marriott mobile app.  It's the next phase of the company's integration of the award-winning Delta Hotels and Resorts® into the Marriott portfolio of 19 brands; travelers can now learn about and book Delta properties located in more than 30 Canadian cities. Whether it's a metropolitan weekend in a buzzing city like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, an escape to a one-of-a-kind resort in majestic nature areas like Banff or Whistler, or exploring one of the country's cultural hubs like St. John's or Quebec, Marriott now gives travelers in Canada more options than ever before.

"We're excited to announce the newest phase in bringing Delta Hotels and Resorts into the Marriott family," said Don Cleary, President for Marriott Hotels of Canada. "Making it easier to book Delta on Marriott.com and on our mobile app, we are putting more options in the hands of the traveler."

The Delta brand brings a rich history and exciting range of properties to the Marriott portfolio making Marriott the largest full-service hotelier in Canada.  Additionally, Delta brings its fresh approach to the guest experience - new, modern guest room designs, innovative use of technology, and new properties like its flagship Delta Toronto located at the center of Canada's hottest high-rise neighborhood, South Core. 

Marriott Rewards is introducing an exclusive member offer – 15 percent off stays at Delta Hotels and Resorts properties from now through September 7, 2015. For more information on Marriott Rewards member benefits and Delta Hotels, visit: MarriottRewards.com/DeltaHotels.

Marriott.com remains one of the largest online retail sites in the world, and with a new design it is easier than ever for guests to use every device available to discover and book over 4,000 Marriott properties in 78 countries. The Marriott mobile app has increased in popularity with the launch of Mobile Check-In and Check-out, which successfully expanded to the full portfolio of hotels globally last year and has been downloaded over 5.3 million times. It also recently introduced a new feature Mobile Requests that enables guests to request services and amenities from their mobile devices using the app. Learn more about the app here: http://mobileapp.marriott.com/

Membership in Marriott Rewards is free to join. Members will also enjoy a range of other benefits.  To learn more about Marriott Rewards and to sign up, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.  

About Marriott Rewards 
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International's award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates, and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott 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. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

June 30, 2015
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Cut Water, Energy & Emissions

From Front-Line Associates to General Managers, Starwood Properties are Reducing their Environmental Footprint While Saving Money and Enhancing the Guest Experience

Stamford, Conn.— Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has reduced energy use by 12.08%, carbon emissions by 16.07% and water use by 17.26% across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use by 30% and water use by 20% by 2020 globally. In 2013, Starwood added a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% during the same timeframe.

“We’re pleased with the progress and are encouraged by the reductions we made while maintaining an aggressive global growth strategy,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Head of Global Citizenship at Starwood. “Our 30/20 by 20 goals challenge us to create short- and long-term programs and partnerships that protect the environment, reduce operating costs, enhance the guest experience and make sustainable upgrades possible for properties.”

Starwood has made reductions by working together with its properties, using low-cost, foundational initiatives such as installing high-efficiency LED lighting and low-flow fixtures and faucets as well as capital improvements including enhancing or replacing mechanical systems. In most properties, foundational initiatives account for approximately one-third of the progress towards 30/20 by 20 goals and are projected to save US$1 billion across the portfolio in less than 10 years. Capital improvements and partnerships that bring innovative, renewable, and efficient technologies like solar, help shore up the remaining reductions to-date.

The Sheraton Santa Fe in Mexico City is one hotel leading the charge. The property cut energy use by 26.1%, carbon emissions by 35.61% and water consumption by 39.33% since 2008 by installing LED lighting, motion sensors and low-flow faucets, recycling soapy water and using rainwater collection. It also undertook larger projects including re-engineering water heaters and installing control systems, said Germán Angeles, property Director of Engineering and Security and local sustainability champion. He used Starwood’s internal reporting system to measure and track consumption in order to make decisions about the hotel’s specific needs. The next project is replacing the chillers.

“We had great savings in energy and water and that’s helping our finances and driving business. The investments we’ve made help our top-line growth as more companies request information about our sustainable meeting practices before signing contracts,” he said. “Associates are looking at recycling, and saving water and energy differently. They are taking pride in their ability to protect the environment while still delivering an enhanced guest experience.”

Andrea Pinabell, Vice President of Sustainability at Starwood added, “We’d like to thank the dedication of sustainability champions, engineers, general managers, and passionate associates throughout our properties who work tirelessly to make improvements and implement programs that protect our environment.”

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

June 25, 2015
The Westin Chicago River North Completes Extensive Renovation

Located Just Steps from the “Magnificent Mile” Shopping District, The Westin Chicago River North Boasts Fresh Guest Room Décor and Refurbished 20th Floor Executive Club Lounge

Chicago—The Westin Chicago River North, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, recently announced it has completed an extensive renovation that resulted in the transformation of its 429 guestrooms and 20th floor Executive Club Lounge. Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), The Westin Chicago River North finished the three-month project in early March as part of the Westin brand’s efforts to continuously refresh its rapidly growing global portfolio, which topped 200 hotels in 2014.

The Westin Chicago River North is one of the brand’s first hotels to offer the new Westin Generation IV room design, which creates a modern-day oasis from the rigors of travel with a soothing color palate and a variety of natural design touches. In addition to spectacular city views, the guest rooms and suites boast fresh new carpeting and wallpaper; photography that captures the essence of Chicago; more flexible, adaptive furniture for better flow; and the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed – with lush sheets, down cushioning and a patented pillow-top mattress which cradles and contours to the body for complete comfort. In the hotel’s renovated bathrooms, guests will enjoy the Heavenly® Bath, enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities. Additional amenities include in-room, high-speed Internet access and 42” flat screen televisions.

“We are proud to offer travelers the opportunity to revitalize at our freshly renovated hotel in Chicago’s bustling Near North neighborhood,” said Brent Menzel, General Manager of The Westin Chicago River North. “The Westin Chicago River North showcases all of the brand’s signature services and amenities – including some exciting new offerings.”

The hotel is also proud to announce the introduction of a new unique amenity, the Treadmill Desk. This sit-stand-walk workstation is being piloted in a guest room on-property, allowing travelers more opportunities to move and work well, while aligning with the Westin brand’s commitment to enhance the overall wellbeing of its guests.

The newly refurbished 20th floor Executive Club Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy breathtaking views of the Chicago River and the city skyline, as well as complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This sleek space features new flooring and wallpaper, flexible seating areas, and amenities including 42” plasma televisions, complimentary magazines and newspapers, high-speed Internet, computers and printing stations.

A popular choice for meetings and weddings, The Westin Chicago River North now features 19 total meetings rooms and over 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with the addition of the Riverfront room. All meeting and event rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art meeting technology.

Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, evening cocktails, appetizers, as well as other Westin SuperFoodsRX™ options at Hana located in the lobby. Kamehachi Sushi Bar, also located in the lobby, features an enticing selection of Japanese specialties which can also be enjoyed through in-room dining.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “For a Better You™” through the Westin Well-being Movement, a platform comprised of six well-being pillars: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly® Bed (Sleep Well), RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance® (Move Well), delicious and nutritious meal options of SuperFoodsRx™ (Eat Well), the innovative workspace Tangent (Work Well), Westin Weekend signature experiences (Play Well), and the brand’s nature-inspired design, signature sensory welcome, Heavenly Bath and Heavenly Spa (Feel Well). Westin, like all brands within the Starwood portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, the industry’s leading loyalty program. To learn more, visit www.starwoodhotels.com/westin. Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Westin.

June 24, 2015
Meet in Style at Delano Las Vegas

New Delano Beach Club Offers Prime Outdoor Events Venue for the Season

Las VegasMeeting in style, both inside and outdoors, is easy at Delano Las Vegas. Ideal for corporate and incentive groups, executive board meetings and other small meetings, Delano appeals to business travelers from around the world.

Located adjacent to Mandalay Bay, the non-smoking, all-suite luxury hotel features 20,000 square feet of indoor meeting space with 31 meeting rooms including four boardrooms plus engaging social locations. Just off the stylish lobby is Franklin, a lounge that evolves throughout the day and offers a curated craft bar program, a menu of signature creations and a private group area.

Within the four separate floors of meeting area is Sage Living Room, a chic and alternative space with plush overstuffed couches, specialized chairs designed with lower back support, end tables and coffee tables. The room, featuring two 52-inch flat screen TVs, can be used for presentations in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

Groups can take it outside at the new Delano Beach Club, extending the outdoor group experience with a South Beach-inspired paradise. From booking one of 16 private cabanas during the day to buying out the entire club for an evening reception, the luxurious pool retreat is a posh yet playful new take on the Las Vegas pool scene with whimsical elements such as an oversized chess board perched atop the pool’s refreshing deck.

The dedicated catering team will customize a menu for any occasion and uses a farm-to-table approach by choosing only the finest products, local fresh fare when available, and sustainable and organic ingredients. One evening reception could combine Delano’s signature spirits with a cheese pairing menu featuring farms from Nevada. Banquet and catering menus also are designed to offer the latest trends in food preparation and presentation.

From planning through execution of a meeting or event, Delano’s expertly trained team tailors the experience to appeal to discerning travelers looking for an environment of intimate exclusivity, inspired gatherings and a relaxed business atmosphere.

Delano Meeting Space Fast Facts
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20,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting space
--31 meeting rooms including 4 boardrooms
--Wi-Fi – 5 Mbps
   --Seamless connectivity from the guest rooms to the public spaces to the meeting spaces
--Non-traditional meeting spaces:
   --Sage Living Room
      -1,257 square feet
      -Capacity: Seating for up to 16
   --Franklin
      -Lounge max capacity: 175
   --Delano Beach Club (Opened May 2015)
      -Min. / Max. group capacity: 10-350
      -16 private cabanas
      -Semi-private events for 10-50 can be done poolside in cabanas during the day
--Evening pool receptions available; hours vary by season
--Convenient access to the multi-level, 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center
   --Expanding to more than 2 million square feet; phase 1 opening in August 2015
--Key features of Delano Las Vegas:
   --Non-gaming, non-smoking, all-suite luxury hotel
   --Meeting space is a short distance from rooms
   --Farm-to-table banquet menus available

For more information, visit delanolasvegas.com/meetings or call toll-free 877-632-7900

About Delano Las Vegas
Delano Las Vegas offers a new all-suite, smoke-free luxury hotel experience located steps from Mandalay Bay, blending signature elements of Delano South Beach with the distinct energy only found on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel features dynamic social spaces such as Franklin, an eclectic lounge; 3940 Coffee + Tea; and Della’s Kitchen, where “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen.” BATHHOUSE Spa infuses the soothing elements of locally sourced ingredients, drawing inspiration from Morgans Hotel Group’s collection of hotels around the world as well as Delano Las Vegas’ desert locale. Delano Las Vegas is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit delanolasvegas.com  or call toll free at (877) 632-5400 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

June 23, 2015
Calgary Foundation donates $3 million to the National Music Centre and CKUA Radio partnership

(Calgary, AB — June 23, 2015) The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce that the Calgary Foundation has donated $2 million to NMC and $1 million to CKUA Radio to build, outfit and operate the Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio.

CKUA’s new Calgary studio will be housed in the restored, legendary King Eddy Hotel portion of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Located at street level, the studio will be visible to the public and will be CKUA’s first publically accessible radio station in Calgary.

The Calgary Foundation saw that the CKUA/NMC partnership presented a unique opportunity to bring the local arts and music scene to larger audiences throughout Alberta and across the world—and to give CKUA a Calgary home in the new NMC.

Eva Friesen, CEO of the Calgary Foundation, said: “The new National Music Centre is more than a hub for music lovers from across Canada and beyond. It is a virtual gathering place for the community to share and engage with one another and strengthen ties.”

“We are grateful to the Calgary Foundation for seeing the importance of supporting this alliance of two cultural charities committed to serving Albertans. This highly visible studio will strengthen our relationship with Calgary-based listeners and supporters and allow CKUA to be a part of and contribute to the dynamism and excitement of Studio Bell and the National Music Centre,” said Ken Regan, CEO of CKUA Radio.

From its new home in Calgary, CKUA will present live prime time programming, develop new special event programs, and feature live interviews, conversations and performances. Broadcasts are planned to begin in fall 2016.

“CKUA Radio and the Calgary Foundation share our passion for community and supporting Alberta’s diverse musical landscape.  For NMC this is a perfect partnership as our new building’s exhibitions and broadcast studio will share stories about music in Canada including CKUA’s unique on-going story, as Canada’s oldest public broadcaster,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC.

Construction of Studio Bell began in early 2013 and remains on schedule to open in the spring of 2016. The project will cost $168 million, and NMC has raised over $125 million to construct the 160,000 square foot cultural space. With interactive education programming, artist incubation, engaging exhibitions and performances, NMC will become a hub for music in Calgary’s East Village.

About the Calgary Foundation
Since 1955, the Calgary Foundation has been in the business of building a vibrant community. It is the philanthropic partnerships within the charitable, government and corporate communities that enables them to do this work. The strength and value of the community foundation is reflected in a healthy community supported by a strong, sustainable charitable sector. In 2013-2014, the Calgary Foundation saw $47 million in new contributions, had an asset base of $740.1 million and granted $34.7 million to 758 charitable organizations.

About CKUA Radio
Founded in 1927, CKUA Radio Network is Canada's first educational broadcaster and one of Alberta’s foremost cultural ambassadors. Recognized as the voice of Alberta and Canadian musicians, artists and cultural enthusiasts, the station has a long and proud history of championing the early careers and talents of emerging and undiscovered Albertan/Canadian talent—from k.d. lang and Corb Lund to 100 Mile House and Reuben and the Dark. For more information, please visit ckua.com.

About the National Music Centre
The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. In its new home at Studio Bell in Calgary’s East Village, NMC will preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through programming that includes on-site and outreach education programs, performances, artist incubation, and exhibitions. For more information, please visit nmc.ca.

June 17, 2015
IAPCO at the cutting EDGE

The new educational offering "EDGE from IAPCO" was recently launched at IMEX. No longer will the Annual Seminar be limited to Switzerland, the dynamic educational seminar will now be offered worldwide with three seminars per year in different regions. EDGE - Experts in Dynamic Global Education - will provide education at three different levels: Level 1 - new to the industry with 2-3 years' experience; Level 2 - intermediate, 5 or more years' experience in this your chosen career path; Level 3 - senior project or departmental manager, or business manager/owner. Seminars that provide people with that edge they need in a global competitive environment. Focused on professional congress organisation these seminars will replace the traditional Wolfsberg Seminar and will play an important role in international MICE education for the PCOs, Meeting Planners and the wider meetings industry. As hosts of the seminars, Destination Partners in IAPCO Education will be able to participate in the programme, showcasing their destination and bringing an international flavour to EDGE.

There are three EDGE programmes already in place: Auckland, New Zealand, 24-26 August 2015; Copenhagen, Denmark, 18-21 January 2016; Whistler, Canada, 25-27 May 2016.

Cutting EDGE seminars will now be delivered worldwide, affordable and accessible. Are you standing on the EDGE of the future?

MORE ABOUT IAPCO EDGE SEMINARS

About IAPCO: Meeting Quality
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) was founded in 1968, is registered in Switzerland and represents today more than 120 professional organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 41 countries. IAPCO members [2014] organise in excess of 7075 meetings annually, totalling some 2.861 million delegates and representing an economic impact in the region of 4.63 billion euros. IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry. Today IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance, since entry into membership of IAPCO is by meeting strict criteria and by continuous quality assessment. The high quality standards are secured by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. The Annual Seminars, The Meetings MasterClass and the Annual Meeting & General Assembly of its members are the highlight events of IAPCO.

For further information, please contact:
IAPCO Head Office: Brambles House, Colwell Road, Freshwater, PO40 9SL, UK Email: info@iapco.org www.iapco.org

June 15, 2015
Blue Mountain Resort Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence Award

Blue Mountain, ONBlue Mountain Resort, a four-season destination nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, is proud to announce that it is a 2015 recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

“In all that the resort has to offer, our team at Blue strives to provide exceptional service for our guests,” said Vice President of Marketing, Paul Pinchbeck. “We put a lot of care into what we do here, and this achievement reinforces our commitment to delivering memorable experiences to all of our visitors.”

Blue is Ontario’s largest mountain resort hosting over 1,000 accommodation units and more than 45 unique concept restaurants and retail stores in its 40 acre pedestrian village. In the green season, the resort offers a variety of attractions and events for all ages and interest levels. This summer, Blue is continuing to focus on impactful guest experiences with 90 Days of Summer, a campaign that promotes taking advantage of all that summer has to offer by making each day memorable.

“Positive reviews from guests and travelers are the most meaningful accolades we can receive,” says Pinchbeck. “It is a testament to our focus on the customer experience and it drives us to continue finding ways to enhance every guest’s visit to Blue all year round.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business's tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

June 11, 2015
4th Annual Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MIET), Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place

Toronto, ON—On April 30, 2015, the Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MIET) rallied a sold-out crowd of 157 planners and suppliers to kick off the 4th annual tournament in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Helen Van Dongen of Pinstripe Events opened the game and kept a serious subject light while sharing her personal story of diagnosis to survival. Mike Ryan of Lisa Shamai Cuisiniere rang the starting bell in memory of Lisa who passed away this January after battling a rare form of leukemia. Lisa, whose catering company has been serving the meetings industry for nearly three decades, was instrumental in planting the seed to use euchre as a form of fundraising for her Rainbows Team in the PMH Cancer Walks. From a small group of 30 walkers in a condo party room, the tournaments have become a much-talked-about industry-wide event.

The buzz of MIET brought out a record number of new players (16) who learned to play onsite with volunteer instructors Alice Parnis of Event Fusion and Paul Bies from Mystique Brand Creative. These brave souls had their own competition away from the pressures of the more experienced and competitive players. “This is my second year,” said Rita Plaskett of AGENDUM Inc. “It’s by far the best meetings industry event. There are novices to experts and you can find a team of your skill level to play with … speaks of how well the tournament is organized.” Tracy Blyth, Executive Director of CSAE Trillium Chapter echoes Plaskett’s sentiments, “What a fun networking event for a great cause. It has become my favourite event of the year”.

Euchre is a simple game compared to bridge. And unlike poker, it’s not each man for himself. With a partner seated across from him, each player tries to win the most tricks in a hand. Played at tables of four, it’s the perfect card tournament for a social networking event.

With the support of Allstream Centre and Tourism Toronto, the 2015 MIET raised $20,000 for cancer research. Once again, Scotiabank kicked in $5000 to match funds raised the night of the event. A committee member and sponsor for the second year, Sandra Moniz of Meetings and Conventions Calgary had this to say. “As a proud sponsor, we encourage all those that touch the Meetings Industry to participate in some way so we can unite to help find a cure for a disease that has devastated so many of our colleagues and friends.” 

“We are pleased to announce the 2016 date -- Thursday, April 28,” says incoming chair Margaret Johnston of EventsWork who is thrilled to be taking over the reins and leading another star-studded team of dedicated volunteers. “We want to grow the event until we run out of card tables.”

For more information, please contact:
Sheila Wong
BBW International Inc.
416-767-3036 ext 104
swong@bbwinternational.com
www.miet.ca

June 11, 2015
Montreal Airport Marriott premieres a new film inspiring business travellers to experience stress-free meetings

Montreal—The award-winning Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is making news as it prepares to premiere a new short film entitled 'An Ideal Day' as part of an exciting communications campaign developed by Gala Media of Montreal. Created to inspire business travellers to enjoy the luxurious facilities and convenient location of the top-ranking hotel, the film debuts as a 30-second teaser today at the airport, followed by distribution online.

With this launch, Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel becomes the first hotel in Quebec to introduce a video with the innovative capacity to be interactive at the same time. It is the first in a series of planned, concept short films that tell a story using the celebrated hotel as its backdrop. Each film will showcase the hotel's unique qualities and top-notch services that cater to various business communities, groups and leisure travellers.

"We're excited to launch this ground-breaking short film and share our story with a wider audience," says Brenda Rodricks, General Manager. "It's a dynamic and engaging way to visually appeal to people and really show them who we are and how we facilitate smooth and successful meetings."

By clicking on the 'hot spots' that appear during the film, more in-depth information pops up on the hotel's standout features including the convenient location, hi-tech meeting and events facilities, highly-rated Bijou Resto I Bar (Trip Advisor Award of Excellence Winner 2015) and upscale fitness and spa facilities highlighted by its indoor pool. The overall message is that any business traveller coming to Montreal will appreciate and enjoy the hotel and its brilliant customer service. This message was echoed most recently by its guests, who helped the hotel earn a TOP TEN placement out of 360 Marriott hotels in North America and an Award of Excellence 2015 from Booking.com.

The film hits airport screens today in a 30-second teaser before being distributed further.

Discover for yourself 'An Ideal Day': http://myidealday.ca
This is the video in its interactive format

About the Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
The AAA 4-Diamond airport hotel is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner and ranks TOP TEN out of 360 Marriott hotels in North America in customer service as voted by guests and Booking.com. The hotel offers 279 guest rooms and 5 luxurious suites featuring wireless Internet access throughout, business centre, fitness centre and indoor pool. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Montreal, it offers a stress-free environment to enjoy a fine meal made with farm-fresh, local ingredients at Bijou Resto I Bar, or unwind in the on-site AltiSpa before or after a flight. The hotel features 20 meeting rooms and over 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space making it an ideal venue for meetings and events.