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.
Canada's low-fare leader invests in communities across the country
Calgary—WestJet announced today it will add dozens of new flights to its growing domestic and international networks as part of its 2016-2017 winter schedule, enhancing service for leisure and business travellers.
"WestJet has been Canada's low-fare leader for 20 years with a proven track record of bringing safe, affordable and stress-free air travel to communities across the country," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "The addition of dozens of new flights demonstrates our commitment to invest in communities and serve Canadians now and in the future, a commitment backed by our established, trusted brand and caring, people-driven service. These increases enable communities to stimulate development, improve infrastructure and grow their economies. As our network of more than 100 destinations in over 20 countries continues to expand, we remain committed to offering our guests more choices, better connectivity and the opportunity to fly with Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service."
Highlights of WestJet's 2016-2017 winter schedule:
For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet's 2016-2017 winter schedule, please visit www.westjet.com/winterschedule.
This winter, WestJet will operate an average of 642 daily flights to 95 destinations including 36 in Canada, 25 in the United States and 34 in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Combining summer and winter routes, this year WestJet will operate an average of 639 daily flights to 101 destinations including 38 in Canada, 27 in the United States and 36 in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe.
WestJet Vacations provides affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 64 destinations in 20 countries, including the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mexico and United States.
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods ̶ even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.
Winnipeg/CNW/—NewLeaf Travel Company is excited to announce lift off with flights leaving from Hamilton, Kelowna, and Winnipeg on July 25, 2016.
Following NewLeaf Travel Company's June 23, 2016 announcement that they would resume sales for flights to 11 Canadian destinations, President and CEO Jim Young credited the 16,000+ Canadians who "purchased tickets and placed their trust in NewLeaf Travel Company. We've accomplished a lot, and walked through many hurdles in order to deliver an ultra-low-cost travel service."
Less than one month after ticket sales opened, NewLeaf Travel Company announced that the inaugural flight from Hamilton to Moncton on July 29th has sold out. "This exceeds our projections, and we are thrilled. In addition, many of our flights are near capacity," shared NewLeaf Travel Company's President and CEO, Jim Young.
NewLeaf Travel Company in partnership with Flair Air offers a long-awaited ultra-low-cost option for Canadian travellers. NewLeaf Travel Company achieves base fares that are below other Canadian carriers through cost-saving measures, such as operating out of regional airports with lower landing fees; flying a simple point-to-point network with minimal time between flights; and offering purchase options for carry-on verses checked baggage, priority boarding, and call-centre assistance.
Flights booked through NewLeaf Travel Company will be operated by Flair Air, a licensed Canadian airline with an experienced crew and pilots flying Boeing 737‐400 passenger jets.
NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba that provides leisure travellers with low fares and travel options that are unbundled and transparent. See more at www.GoNewLeaf.ca
Flair Airlines Ltd. is a Canadian airline with operations based in Kelowna, Calgary and Hamilton. In business since 2003, Flair Air has a strong track record of safety and service. Learn more at www.Flairair.ca.
First-of-its-kind agreement adds home sharing accommodations to corporate travel programs and helps travel managers provide more options to business travellers
Toronto—American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) today announced a commercial agreement with Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company. The new referral partnership will make Airbnb for Business more accessible to GBT customers and allow data transfer and traveler tracking.
Since being founded in 2008, Airbnb hosts have welcomed more than 100 million guest arrivals at Airbnb listings worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of all travellers on Airbnb are business travellers. This trend is largely driven by travellers seeking accommodations that allow them to experience cities and neighborhoods they visit.
During the first phase of the program, once GBT refers a customer to Airbnb, individual travellers can book accommodations directly on Airbnb.com using a corporate email address. In the coming weeks, GBT and Airbnb will integrate Airbnb booking information into GBT’s reporting platform so that GBT’s customers can easily track their travellers’ Airbnb bookings. Once that integration is complete, the reservation details for each business trip will automatically be shared with GBT. Travel managers can then access the data through corporate reporting and duty of care platforms. Travellers will then be able to access that booking information through GBT’s corporate reporting and duty of care platforms. Travellers will also have the ability to view their booking details in their regular corporate itineraries and on mobile devices.
“Business travellers want the freedom to choose accommodations that align with their personal and professional tastes,” said Wes Bergstrom, Vice President, Global Supplier Relations, American Express Global Business Travel. “At the same time, traveler safety and security are a top priority for companies. As the first travel management company (TMC) to partner with Airbnb, our customers can further evolve their travel policies and offer their travellers the ability to book preferred accommodations.”
“We are excited to be working with one of the leaders in the travel management space, and look forward to helping business travellers feel more at home while traveling on the road,” said Lex Bayer, head of Global Payments and Business Travel at Airbnb. “Airbnb for Business gives business travellers access to more than two million homes around the world, and the ability to explore a city like a local, even if it’s just for one night.”
The first phase of this partnership is expected to go live in the U.S. in the next few weeks, and to expand to additional countries later this year. GBT and Airbnb will continue to develop additional phases of this program, which will enable greater integration throughout the booking process.
About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) equips companies of all sizes with the insights, tools, services and expertise they need to keep their travellers safe, focused and productive while on the road. With approximately 12,000 employees and operations in nearly 120 countries worldwide, GBT empowers customers to take control of their travel programs, optimizing the return on their travel and meetings investments, while, more importantly, providing extraordinary traveler care. Learn more at amexglobalbusinesstravel.com and amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/content/. Follow us @ twitter.com/amexgbt.
American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) is a joint venture that is not wholly-owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (“American Express”). “American Express Global Business Travel”, “American Express” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express, and are used under limited license.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Montréal, QC—For a fifth consecutive year, Montréal ranks first in the Americas for international events, according to the International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2015 released by the Union of International Association (UIA), representing yet another outstanding performance. Overall, the city hosted 108 international events in 2015, up 29% from 2014.
This is an enviable position given how competitive the industry is worldwide. Montréal outranked all major U.S. cities by hosting:
Within Canada, the city clearly dominated by hosting over half (52%) the international events held in the country’s three major cities, i.e. Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal.
“As Montréal’s main venue for large-scale conventions, the Palais is proud of the city’s standing among the world’s leading destinations. Everyone in the business tourism industry keeps mobilizing, and this is essential to secure big international events so we may continue to be steadfast in our pursuit of generating ever more intellectual benefits and tourism revenue for Montréal,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. “We’ve earned the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and have been named a finalist for the AIPC* World’s Best Congress Centre award, so the Palais is clearly thoroughly equipped to handle major events,” he added.
“Montréal attracts thousands of business tourists each year, thus entrenching its standing as a tourism leader in the Americas. At Tourisme Montréal, we are committed to working alongside our clients to ensure they host successful events and to give them a unique experience. I would like to point out the hard work of our local tourism industry in maintaining Montréal’s Number One ranking at the top of the list of leading host cities for international events,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
For the 2015-16 year, the Palais des congrès welcomed almost 57,000 participants who attended 25 international events**, generating nearly $118,000,000 in tourism revenues for Montréal.
About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and shortlisted by the AIPC for its World’s Best Congress Centre award, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates significant tourism revenues for Montréal while contributing to promoting the city’s international reputation. www.congresmtl.com
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership with regard to the concerted hospitality and promotion efforts aimed at positioning Montréal in leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with changing market conditions. For more information, visit www.mtl.org.
About the Union of International Associations (UIA)
The Union of International Associations, founded in 1907, is a research institute and documentation centre that specializes in researching, compiling and providing information on international organizations and international associations as a means of understanding global issues
* International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)
** Including U.S. conventions
Palais des congrès de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-5897
Manager – Corporate Public Relations
Phone: 514 844-3344 / 514 264-1638
Ignite magazine was honoured with the award for Trade Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors' annual Editors’ Choice Awards on Wednesday June 8, 2016.
Ignite's editor, Laura Bickle, accepted the award on behalf of the team. “It is truly an honour to be recognized by our magazine industry peers. The business events community we serve through Ignite is passionate and creative — and we try to capture that within the pages of our magazine. It's thrilling to know that the judges recognized that!"
Debbie van der Beek, co-publisher of Ignite, shared, “It’s such an exciting time for our publication. We continue to seek new and innovative ways to deliver content to our readers — both in print and through our digital interactive edition. Laura is exceptional at seeking out great stories that are relevant and keeping the writing fresh. Our design studio also understands our vision, delivering a vibrant design that makes it easy to consume on the run… perfect for business planners."
The Editors’ Choice Awards are designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of Canadian publications and their editors, who aim to provide engaging content and innovative ideas to their readers.
The 2016 Award recipients are:
Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation
Winner: BC Business
Editor: Matt O’Grady
Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation *Tie *
Winner #1: Elle Canada
Editor: Noreen Flanagan
Winner #2: Today’s Parent
Editor: Sasha Emmons
Trade Magazine of the Year
Winner: Ignite Magazine
Editor: Laura Bickle
Custom Magazine of the Year
Winner: Mercedes-Benz Magazine
Editor: Natasha Mekhail
Winner: Today’s Parent
Editor-in-chief: Sasha Emmons
Tablet Designers: Stephanie Han-Kim, Jamie Piper, Sanjay Pinnock, Nicole Chung, Nica Patricio
Best Web Editorial
Editor-in-Chief: Sasha Emmons & Web Editors: Suzanne Gardner and Alyssa Ashton
Best Front of Book *Tie*
Winner #1: Fairmont Magazine
Editor: Natasha Mekhail
Winner #2: BC Business
Editor: Matt O’Grady
Best Art Integration
Winner: Western Living
Editor: Anicka Quinn Art Director: Paul Roelofs
Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing
Winner: Elle Canada
Editor: Noreen Flanagan
Ignite is Canada’s leading source of ideas and inspiration for business event planners. Experience our engaging new suite of resources including Ignite’s fully interactive digital edition (complete with video, slideshows, downloads and more)! Plus, visit our website for helpful new tools such as the Fabulous Fams listings, Job Board and What’s On Calendar. Tired of trying to find relevant info on the internet? Check out a refreshing way to research destinations, venues and more in Ignite’s new Inspiration Room. Visit us at ignitemag.ca and sign up for your flexible FREE subscription that lets you pick the products that you want to receive, so you create a fully personalized experience.
Melaya Horsten, CMP
Marketing & Communications, Ignite
Chicago—Today, at the 2016 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) Education Forum, Chair Caryn Taylor Lucia introduced the organization’s new mission, vision and brand statements. The new direction reflects the needs of meetings and events professionals in the financial services and insurance industries and reaffirms FICP’s commitment to elevating those professionals.
“Moving forward, FICP will not only focus on the development of its members and partners, but will be looking to increase visibility into the positive impact, and value, these individuals provide within their organization,” said Taylor Lucia.
The new statements are as follows:
FICP’s vision is to amplify the positive impact and value of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals.
FICP serves to strengthen our members through education, outreach and partnerships so that the positive impact and value of their work is fully recognized by both their organizations as well as the meetings and events industry.
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.
For more information on the updated mission, vision and brand statements, as well as strategic goals for the coming years, visit www.ficpnet.com.
About Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP)
FICP serves to strengthen our members through education, outreach and partnerships so that the positive impact and value of their work is fully recognized by both their organizations as well as the meetings and events industry. For more information, please visit ficpnet.com.
Banff, AB/CNW/--Together with its Board of Governors, Banff Centre is proud to unveil a new, long range strategic plan in order to advance and secure its position as the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity. Work on the Banff Centre five-year strategic plan commenced in May 2015, and was accompanied by a thorough review of the mission, vision and strategic direction. Concurrent to the strategic planning work, the Centre undertook an update to its branding and institutional graphic identity.
Entitled The Creative Voice: 2016- 2021, the strategic plan includes the introduction of:
"The six strategic goals detailed in this plan celebrate the dynamic work we do at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and provide the strategic framework to enable the continued creation of work for the national and global stage," said Janice Price, President and CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. "As we look forward to the next five years, we see an organization that's equipped to realize its mission and vision, including the aspiration to become the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity. Our success in implementing this five year plan will be measured by our ability to nurture the creative voices of today and tomorrow."
Banff Centre Board Chair David Weyant added, "The work outlined in the five year strategic plan, that has been endorsed and unanimously adopted by Banff Centre Board of Governors, truly represents the outstanding creative practice that takes place on our campus. We are now firmly positioned to be a powerful and sustainable force in the world of arts and creativity."
As a public introduction to the new strategic plan and visual identity, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is hosting a free, celebratory concert on July 16 at the Centre's Shaw Amphitheatre featuring the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, nine-piece string ensemble collectif 9, Cree singer Mariame Hasni, and kora player Seckou Keita along with emerging voices from Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity programs. Tickets are free, but must be reserved at banffcentre.ca
The Creative Voice Overview
The plan, The Creative Voice, has helped to shape a clarified mission and vision and identifies six key areas of focus over the next five years. Highlights of activities in each of the strategic objectives include:
1 - Excellence in artistic learning
2 - Banff Centre as a cultural destination
3 - Becoming a leading destination for creativity in Leadership and Conferences
4 - A centre of excellence for Indigenous programs
5 - Celebrating and preserving our creative home in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
6 - An adaptable, resilient organization
For more information about Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's strategic plan and to reserve tickets for the free concert in the Shaw Amphitheatre on July 16, visit banffcentre.ca
About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. www.banffcentre.ca
SOURCE Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Halifax—Destination Halifax is pleased to announce Erica Pellerin as the new Director of Marketing & Communications. She brings over 15 years of marketing experience to the table, including five years as Marketing Director - Communications, Sponsorship & Insights with Bell Aliant.
“With a strategic mindset and a wealth of marketing expertise, Erica will be a valuable addition to the team,” said Ross Jefferson, President & CEO. “I look forward to working with her in marketing Halifax as Canada’s premier travel destination.”
Prior to Bell Aliant, Erica held increasingly senior roles in the consumer packaged goods industry in Toronto at General Mills and Cadbury Canada where she was Marketing Director for the Gum Category. She also worked as a Marketing Consultant at Sklar Wilton & Associates, a marketing advisory firm. Erica holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, with a major in marketing.
“I am excited to promote Halifax, a vibrant city with so much to offer, as one of Canada’s top places to visit,” said Erica Pellerin.
Reporting directly to the President & CEO, the Director of Marketing & Communications will be responsible for the continued promotion of Halifax as a top destination of choice for business and leisure travellers. This is part of the long-term strategy aimed at building the economic potential of tourism for the Halifax region.
About Destination Halifax
Destination Halifax is a partnership of the Halifax regional government, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Destination Halifax has operated with a goal of promoting the Halifax region as a year-round destination of choice for business and leisure travellers.
Online Communications Coordinator
Inaugural Business Summit for Event Entrepreneurs to focus on Growth and Value
Ontario, Canada: CanSPEP is pleased to announce that Marc Gordon will be the keynote presenter at the inaugural Business Summit, taking place July 10-11, 2016. Marc will engage planners and suppliers in: "Selling Happiness: How to create customer experiences that inspire loyalty and encourage referrals"
“CanSPEP has made several strategic shifts this year – all directed to growth, demand and at understanding challenges our membership is facing. One shift is the design of our inaugural Business Summit. Building on CanSPEP’s revered Pricing Session (a highly sought after professional development session with our members) the Summit will address the factors that entrepreneurs evaluate when establishing price. We believe it will result in a much more meaningful and impactful conversation.” says Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM. “This is only the first of many planned future Summits, all to be designed around specific issues.” “The summit also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate our OFFICIAL anniversary (CanSPEP is 20 on July 10th) with our industry partners.”
The inaugural Business Summit will:
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 independent event planner entrepreneurs.
Formed in 1996, the association provides forums in which members exchange ideas, develop skills through educational programs and create a public awareness around the profession of event planners.
It was a night of celebration for winners of Meeting Planners International Atlantic Chapter Awards Gala, held in Halifax on Wednesday evening at the Delta Halifax. The annual gala feted winners Jeff Totten (WTCC, Halifax) in the category of Planner of the Year, Wu Conference Centre (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton) for Supplier of the Year and Festival of Trees (Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Halifax) for Event of the Year.
The awards event tops off an exceptional year for the regional chapter now boasting its largest membership to date since the chapter’s creation 10 years ago. In 2006 a small group of event industry natives established the chapter under the passionate direction of Barbara Broome, currently conference services manager with The Prince George Hotel. In honor of her dedication the Barbara Broome Legacy Award was created in 2013 to honor others who are committed to advancing the event industry in the Atlantic Region. This year’s recipient was Helene Moberg (Destination Halifax).
“Congratulations to all our recipients and the nominees on their well-deserved recognition,” said chapter President, Roberta Dexter. “Events continue to be an integral part of our region’s businesses, associations and societies to reach positive business outcomes and these are the people helping to make this happen.”
Since the gala’s inception in 2013 the following members have received accolades:
Planner of the Year
Leanne Andrecyk, ZedEvents great productions, Halifax
Wendy Levy, Innovative Planning, Halifax
Claudia Habib, downeast destination management, Halifax
Supplier of the Year
Limelight Communications, Halifax
Frischkorn Audio-Visual, Halifax
Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax
Event of the Year
Right Some Good, Sydney
Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon, Halifax
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival 25th Anniversary, Fredericton
Barbara Broome Legacy Award
Barbara Broome, The Prince George, Halifax
Elizabeth Newman, RCR Hospitality, Halifax
Alana Hirtle, Super 8, Truro
Meeting Planners International is the largest global meeting and event industry association bringing together a broad network of skilled event professionals to provide networking, premier education and business opportunities.
Go to www.MPIAtlantic.com to learn more about the Chapter or apply for membership
For more information, please contact:
Leanne Andrecyk, VP Marketing & Communications
MPI Atlantic Canada Chapter