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.
Minett, Ontario, Canada – Resort guests and day visitors can elevate their perspective this summer while soaring 600 ft. across the Five Bridges trail on the new zip line at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka! In partnership with SOAR Management, the resort is taking the Muskoka experience to new heights by offering this dual zip line daily from 10-5pm for $15 per zip run or $25 for two consecutive runs.
Zip line users from 50 to 250lbs and at least 44” tall, climb the stairs of the 30 ft. launch tower where they are strapped in by the expert SOAR zip line team. When ready, each zip line riders can go solo, or two can race side by side, with dual zip capability. With speeds up to 40km an hour, midair “high-fives” are exchanged upon landing!
Jeff Hill, owner of SOAR Management, wanted to expand on The Rosseau’s scenic views from 30ft above ground while adding an adventure experience to the resort.
“As a well-known provider of authentic outdoor experiences and team-building activities in Ontario, SOAR wanted to incorporate the view with an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether that may be a family on vacation or a corporate group working on team building, the zip line will be an asset to the resort’s offerings. The zip line can be utilized in so many ways by a variety of guests, especially during corporate challenges where it is built into a task list for teams to complete. “
This new adventure addition to the resort will create a fun family or group activity during summer, fall and late spring. The zip line can be used in varying weather conditions including sunshine, overcast skies and light rain.
Resort guests can also add more action to their day by exploring the resort’s nature trails with SOAR’s off-road Segway tours. Segway riders learn the basics from a SOAR professional and navigate their way around the fields on two wheels built for Muskoka’s rugged terrain. At $59 per person for an hour, this activity is priceless for the memories.
SOAR’s Waterfront Management, Zip line and Segway services run seasonally from May 1st to October 31st, while SOAR’s Team Building services operate year round at the resort.
About SOAR Management
Since 1995 SOAR Management has been helping organizations engage people, empower leaders and accelerate team building and development. SOAR helps organizations push the boundaries of their success to achieve peak performance, innovate and lead in their respective sectors. Expanding into Event Management and Recreation Services was a natural fit for the organization; as educators in business services and customer relations it is our business to understand what is required to deliver the best guest experience. SOAR successfully expanded to include opportunities to enjoy and grow to not only corporate clients but also families, first time visitors and special groups. Through the years, SOAR Management has built successful teams, managed complex relationships and infrastructure and created authentic and memorable experiences for all of his clientele from small, budding fishermen and women sitting on a dock, to CEOs with multi-million dollar needs. Visit us online at www.soarmanagement.com or on Twitter and Instagram @soarmanagement, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoarManagement.
About JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is a luxury conference resort two and a half hours north of Toronto, in Ontario’s scenic “cottage country”. Recipient of two prestigious Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence and Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, the resort is set atop a bluff overlooking pristine Lake Rosseau. Visitors enjoy inspirational views, intuitive service and the opportunity to explore nature on their terms. Visit us online, www.jwrosseau.ca, on Twitter and Instagram @JWMuskoka and facebook.com/TheRosseau
About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are more than 75 JW Marriott hotels in over 25 countries countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 115 properties in over 35 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Expanding partnership to deliver more content to corporate travel management companies
BELLEVUE, Wash., July 13, 2017 /CNW/—Concur®, an SAP company and the world's leading provider of travel, expense and invoice management solutions, today announced the availability to view and book Airbnb listings embedded within Concur Travel.
Embedded listings allow travelers to search for Airbnb listings directly on the search results page of the Concur online booking tool. The tighter integration will deliver greater flexibility for businesses to offer alternative lodging choices to business travelers within their existing travel management program and policy framework while delivering the ease of use customers have come to rely on from Concur, with itineraries and e-receipts being automatically fed back to Concur to simplify expense reports. Concur is now the only online business travel booking tool with Airbnb listings.
Airbnb usage continues to show strong growth over time, with the number of business travelers expensing Airbnb accommodations increasing by 33% year-over-year in Q2 2017. In fact, employees from more than 250,000 companies in over 230 countries and territories use Airbnb for work. Concur Travel connects users seamlessly, while allowing organizations to maintain control over spend and compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
“Our customers want to give their employees the ability to take advantage of Airbnb lodging, but within the framework and controls of their existing travel program,” said Tim MacDonald, Chief Product Officer at Concur. “We partnered with Airbnb to do exactly that. First with TripLink and now with Concur Travel integration, we are providing the control and visibility our customers require, while helping travel managers fulfill their duty of care needs.”
“The lines between business and leisure travel are blurring, with more and more of us combining business trips with weekend stays,” said David Holyoke global head of business travel at Airbnb. “Travelers often want to get out and absorb the culture of a city when they're traveling for business, while travel managers need visibility in to employee spend and whereabouts to support corporate policy and duty of care programs. We're excited to expand that opportunity through our partnership with Concur's industry-leading solutions to make Airbnb for business travel easier to book.”
Airbnb listings are expected to be available in the coming months. For more information, visit the Airbnb blog.
For more than two decades, Concur, an SAP company, has taken companies of all sizes and stages beyond automation to a completely connected spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk. Concur's global expertise and industry-leading innovation keep its customers a step ahead with time-saving tools, leading-edge technology and connected data, in a dynamic ecosystem of diverse partners and applications. User-friendly and business-ready, Concur unlocks powerful insights that help businesses reduce complexity and see spending clearly, so they can manage it proactively. Learn more at concur.com or the Concur blog.
MONTREAL, July 10, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Following several years of planning and 12 months of work, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel has officially reopened and welcomed its first guests.
The hotel's owner, Ivanhoé Cambridge, had closed the property for a year while a major transformation was completed. The project objectives have been achieved with the collaboration, expertise and hard work of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and principally two Montreal firms: Pomerleau, the general contractor, who worked closely with Sid Lee Architecture on the project.
Starting today, guests can enjoy a totally renewed hotel experience, thanks to the efforts of the team and the commitment of the more than 600 employees of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Some 500 rooms are now accessible, along with all of the common areas, the Fairmont Gold lounge, the new CoLab 3 business campus on the third floor, with its vast outdoor terrace overlooking René-Lévesque Boulevard, Suite 1742 (site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic Bed-In for Peace), as well as the spa.
The other new "Queen E" experiences being introduced today include the Agora, Rosélys restaurant, Krema café, and Nacarat bar. Many more new features will be unveiled in the weeks to come, and all will enhance the unique experience of this pre-eminent hotel destination, while celebrating made-in-Montreal creativity and talent.
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.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travellers 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 3,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.
The Annual conference is the association’s signature event that attracts professional event entrepreneurs and industry suppliers from across the country. The conference focus is to deliver innovative business skill development and education topics that serve the business owner in this niche market. This key event also provides members with the opportunity to network with each other and suppliers to discover and strengthen business relationships.
CanSPEP is pleased to announce the confirmation of its’ Annual Conference Locations for the next two years:
2018 – Sudbury, Ontario; hosted by Tourism & Culture, City of Greater Sudbury
Thursday, July 26 - Saturday, July 28 - Radisson Sudbury Hotel
“Greater Sudbury is at the intersection of Indigenous, French and English Canada. It is a microcosm of the origins of Canada. We feel this emerging conference and meeting destination will be one our members will be thrilled to discover.” Says CanSPEP President, Tuesday Johnston-MacDonald. “More than mining, this dynamic city is now a hub for tourism, a green city that is home to innovation and cutting edge research, and in particular, a place where diversity thrives.”
"We are pleased to be selected and eager to host the CanSPEP Conference in 2018. Greater Sudbury's unique offerings paired with our Northern Hospitality are sure to make a memorable experience!" says Paul Schweyer, Major Events Development Officer, Tourism & Culture, City of Greater Sudbury.
2019 – St. John’s Newfoundland; hosted by Destination St. John’s
Thursday, July 25 - Saturday, July 27 - Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
“We’re off our heads with excitement to be chosen as your 2019 host destination!
July is the perfect time of year to experience close encounters with our majestic whales and it’s always a perfect time to experience our slightly off-kilter yet magical storied city that we love to call home! We can’t wait to welcome you!” says Krista Cameron, Director of Sales at Destination St. John’s.
“We can’t wait to be welcomed!” says, Patricia Pearson, in-coming CanSPEP President. “We understand that there have been a lot of changes in the Meetings and Events offerings in St. John’s in the last number of years. Our members will be excited to get the chance to explore new and updated venues while enjoying one of Canada’s most unique cultures”.
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.
Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP)
613-288-4539 (Association Office)
CHICAGO—Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) has released its first Pulse Survey Report, for Q2 2017. Featuring data on trends impacting both meetings professionals and hospitality partners within the FICP community, this new survey initiative is intended to provide timely and relevant information to those across the meetings and events industry.
Q2 Pulse Survey Highlights – Meetings Professionals:
Q2 Pulse Survey Highlights – Hospitality Partners:
FICP will conduct future Pulse Surveys on a quarterly basis and provide benchmarking with past-survey data.
FICP is a community of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals dedicated to developing members, and advocating the positive impact and value of their work. We elevate the profession by leveraging partnerships and our members’ collective skills and experiences to create purposeful interactions for all stakeholders whose professional success is linked to our members’ work.
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
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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
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