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June 27, 2016
Ignite magazine awarded Best Trade Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors' annual Editors’ Choice Awards

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

Best Tablet
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 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.

Media Contact:
Melaya Horsten, CMP
Marketing & Communications, Ignite
(647) 637-9952

June 23, 2016
FICP Introduces New Mission, Vision and Brand Statement

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.

Brand Statement
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

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

June 23, 2016
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity launches new strategic direction and visual identity

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:

  • An update of its public name to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • An ongoing commitment to excellence in artistic learning
  • A dedicated public arts program
  • A world-class public presenting series
  • The development and introduction of a dedicated cultural leadership program
  • A commitment to be a centre of excellence for Indigenous arts and leadership programs
  • The long term plan for the investment and stewardship of our campus infrastructure

"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

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

  • Banff Centre summer classical music programs will engage an international faculty of artists, thinkers, and composers to create new work and re-examine traditional repertoire under the co-artistic direction of Claire Chase and Steven Schick.
  • Banff Centre opera programs will continue to explore new approaches to the art form in collaboration with national and international partners through one full production residency each year.
  • Banff Centre will develop new media programs in digital storytelling, audio and video, gaming and virtual reality, with additional theatre production training in rigging, lighting and sound, and projection.
  • Banff Centre will continue to contribute to our artistic community throughout Alberta and the arts and cultural sector with a dedicated public outreach strategy.

2 - Banff Centre as a cultural destination

  • Banff Centre will create a public art walk from the town of Banff to the Centre with an accompanying art park on campus. The experience will help to bring to life the creative practice that is present throughout learning programs.
  • Banff Centre will commission a series of public art works, beginning in summer 2017. 

3 - Becoming a leading destination for creativity in Leadership and Conferences

  • Banff Centre will work with Russell Willis Taylor, former President and CEO of the US based National Arts Strategies, to establish a new, value-based leadership program for executive level cultural administrators and in addition to overseeing all leadership programs.
  • Banff Centre will facilitate unique conference experiences that utilize arts, creativity, leadership practices and the natural environment while advancing programmatic practices and conference measurement techniques.

4 - A centre of excellence for Indigenous programs

  • Banff Centre will maintain its world respected programs in Indigenous Leadership and Management.
  • Banff Centre will develop new programs that bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners around topics of national importance, including training and summits based on recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Banff Centre will annually commission an emerging Indigenous visual artist annually with an award of $20,000 to create a new work. This first award will be announced in summer 2016.
  • Banff Centre will provide year-round programing and artistic direction in Indigenous arts. 

5 - Celebrating and preserving our creative home in the Canadian Rocky Mountains   

  • Banff Centre will steward, invest, and improve the existing buildings and venues on its campus to best support artists, leaders, and guests.

6 - An adaptable, resilient organization

  • Banff Centre will continue to operate as a not-for-profit that is driven to invest its earned and contributed income into arts program in support of its mission/vision, while delivering balanced or surplus operating results

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

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.

SOURCE Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

June 21, 2016
Destination Halifax Names Director of Marketing & Communications

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.

Media Contact:
Katie Conklin
Online Communications Coordinator
Phone: 902-442-9344

June 20, 2016
CanSPEP Announces Keynote Speaker for Inaugural Business Summit

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:

  • Take place in 3 locations – Saskatoon, Montebello and St. Catharine’s via a live hybrid model format, delivered in partnership with FMAV;
  • Address key issues facing event entrepreneurs – including scope creep, articulating and demonstrating value, when to up-sell, etc;
  • Anniversary celebrations are on Sunday, with a breakfast and keynote on Monday, followed by members-only professional development for the rest of the day.

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.

June 16, 2016
Event Industry Celebrated at Regional Chapter’s Annual Awards Gala

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 to learn more about the Chapter or apply for membership

For more information, please contact:
Leanne Andrecyk, VP Marketing & Communications
MPI Atlantic Canada Chapter
Cell: 902-488-9753

June 13, 2016
MPI Celebrates 2016 RISE Awards Recipients at World Education Congress

Dallas—Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards. The recipients were selected for exceptional achievements in the meeting and event industry and honored today at the annual MPI RISE Awards Presentation and Luncheon during the association’s 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City.

This year’s RISE Awards feature seven awards in three categories: individual achievement, community achievement and organizational achievement. Recipients are recognized for innovation, global transferability, impact and influence within the industry, and will join the MPI Community of Honorees, a group composed of past MPI award winners and distinguished leaders.

“Congratulations to the 2016 RISE Awards recipients,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We salute each of these leaders who were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions and performance. Their achievements will be recognized within our global community for years to come.”

The RISE Award for Young Professional was presented to Lydia Blanchard of the MPI Ottawa Chapter. As a past volunteer for the chapter’s Community Outreach Committee, Blanchard helped raise more than $90,000 towards the Ottawa Network for Education School Breakfast Program as part of the annual charity auction dinner. She also developed a sport tourism events partnership for the region in order to create unity among key stakeholders so that the city could bid on large tournaments and events. Blanchard is a business development sales manager for NAV Centre and currently serves as the director of publications for the chapter.

The RISE Award for Meeting Industry Leadership was presented to Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, GTP of the MPI Northern California Chapter. Iwamoto is considered one of the original founders of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM), is acknowledged globally as a leading subject matter expert in the discipline, and continues to work with key influencers across industries to raise awareness of SMM benefits. He currently serves on the MPI Foundation US Council and is a senior consultant with GoldSpring Consulting LLC. Prior to this role, Iwamoto served as vice president of industry strategy at Lanyon, where he guided the company’s strategy for engaging with buyers, associations and suppliers. The RISE Award for Member of the Year was presented to Carol Norfleet, MBA, CMP, DMCP, of the MPI Tennessee Chapter. Norfleet has consistently given back to the profession through multiple leadership roles and continued involvement with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program. She has mentored many of the chapter’s past volunteer leadership and created their first five-year-plan, helping establish a long-term vision and strategy. Norfleet is the executive vice president and COO of Destination Nashville, and has served as co-presenter for the CMP Boot Camp/Master Class at WEC since 2004.

The RISE Award for Educational Programming was presented to both the MPI Minnesota and MPI Tennessee Chapters for the advancement in education and professional development of its members through innovative programming with their respective hybrid meeting and road trip initiatives.

In September 2015, the MPI Minnesota Chapter began implementing MPILive! hybrid meetings in conjunction with monthly educational programs. This initiative has allowed them to broaden their reach to members who live outside of the metropolitan area and also to those who are not able to attend in-person.

The MPI Tennessee Chapter Past Presidents’ Road Trip incorporated a new meeting style called Pecha Kucha, where educational presentations are given in just under seven minutes and limited to 20 slides. The program involved traveling across the state to three cities in three days and resulted in the chapter growing their membership by 27 percent.

The RISE Award for Marketplace Excellence was presented to the MPI Belgium Chapter for providing exceptional business exchanges for its members. The chapter approached its annual BE Conference differently, including sponsors and partners in the planning process and during the event. Their new approach helped elevate the connection between attendees and their partners and created business opportunities between their members. Since the successful conference, MPI Belgium has also seen growth in its chapter involvement from its members.The RISE Award for Membership Achievement was presented to the MPI Arizona Sunbelt Chapter for outstanding membership growth, engagement and retention. The chapter held a volunteer-a-thon from June to August 2015 with the goal of influencing 50 members to join a volunteer committee. They also set out to educate membership on the various networking, educational and volunteer opportunities available. At the program’s conclusion, 34 members signed up to serve on 12 committees, and by October 2015, the chapter’s volunteerism rate grew to 31 percent and is expected to continue to increase.

The RISE Award for Meetings Impact was presented to Ricoh USA, Inc. for its achievement through the strategic use of meetings and events. By holding their annual Ricoh Services Leadership Symposium in smaller sessions within seven regions, they created the opportunity for more local leaders to attend and interact with their counterparts. This approach also provided a more effective way to deliver content, gain consensus and momentum, and make adjustments as needed to customize each regional event.

“The MPI RISE Awards highlight the exceptional talent we have in our beloved industry on a worldwide scale. This year’s recipients have all demonstrated that with hard work and dedication we can achieve success whether as an individual or team,” said Daniela Caputo, Chair of the RISE Awards Judging Panel.

For more details on the MPI RISE Awards and this year’s recipients, visit

About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For additional information or to join, visit

June 09, 2016
ACTE Announces Site of 2017 North American Conference: New York!

Alexandra, Va.—"It's New York!" The Association of Corporate Travel Executives today announced that its North American global conference will be held in New York City, on April 23 through April 25, 2017. Citing "Location... Location... Location..." ACTE's Executive Director Greeley Koch said the association would be returning to New York City for a conference event that will redefine travel management techniques for the year and beyond.

 “New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world,” said Koch “The broad spectrum of corporate cultures and viewpoints in New York mirrors ACTE’s membership. The dialogue between participants and speakers, and the networking, will be incredible.” He added that easy access for participants from across the Americas and Europe ensures the global participation the industry expects from ACTE’s events.

The conference will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis, located in Times Square, where a special rates package has been negotiated.

How will this conference redefine travel management techniques?

“ACTE has a 28-year history of providing the stage to explore technological advancement, traveller collaboration, and the evolution of the travel manager’s role. Yet for all that, our conferences are about people -- the people who travel and the people who make that travel possible. We recently released a study linking processes and policies to travellers’ performance. The New York conference agenda, and other ACTE events, will focus on ways people can work more effectively together,” said Koch.

The New York City conference will be included in the “Zero Registration” program, which eliminates event registration charges for qualified travel manager members. “This idea is slowly spreading to other groups and travel industry entities,” said Koch. “This is one more example of ACTE bringing about a long awaited change.”

About ACTE
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives was founded in 1988 to simplify the business travel industry, improve efficiency for travelers and reduce costs for businesses around the world. A global association with members in more than 50 countries, the Association offers 75 educational conferences in 24 countries, advocates for business travel industry and advances the careers of its members.  

For more information, contact:
Jack Riepe
ACTE Communications Officer
Tel: +1-610-256-0124

June 08, 2016
Virtual Reality to Launch This August for Saskatoon

Tourism Saskatoon is excited to be on the forefront of this up-and-coming technology to promote increased visits to our destination

Saskatoon, SK – June 7, 2016 – With virtual reality, prospective event and conference planners can experience the next best thing to actually being in Saskatoon, when they are selecting a destination for their convention or special event. This is a huge advantage in a highly competitive marketplace, and is sure to garner a lot of interest in Saskatoon when Tourism Saskatoon officially releases two exciting virtual reality experiences in August at Canada’s Meeting and Event Show, Incentive Works, in Toronto this August. 

“One of our bestselling features for confirming national conventions and cultural events for Saskatoon, is to bring planners to the city to see it for themselves. Virtual Reality is the first step in immersing them into an experience from anywhere in the world that up until now, you could only get by actually being in the city,” says Candace Schierling, Director of National Conventions and Event Marketing at Tourism Saskatoon.

Saskatoon is the first Canadian city to launch virtual reality to promote their destination to the lucrative national conventions market.

Media contact:
Aviva Kohen
Director of Media
Tourism Saskatoon
Direct: 306.931.7585
Mobile: 306.280.7797

About Tourism Saskatoon
Tourism Saskatoon is a membership-based, non-profit visitor and convention bureau marketing Saskatoon and region as a destination of choice for leisure and business travel.  Services include convention and events attraction, media relations, membership services, and advocacy. Tourism Saskatoon is proud to be an internationally accredited destination marketing organization. A place of unexpected surprise and discovery, Saskatoon provides visitors from near and far with the opportunity to experience the unforgettable. Where prairie skies meet urban parkland, Saskatoon is host to unique and captivating events, attractions and natural treasures, just waiting to be explored. With an open heart and vibrant energy, Saskatoon welcomes the world. For more information, visit

June 02, 2016
German Convention Bureau (GCB) Hires New Regional Manager for North America

NYC Office to continue to provide strong resource and support for U.S. and Canadian Planners & Delegates Coming to Germany

The German Convention Bureau is pleased to announce that Linda Nuss has joined their New York City office as the new Regional Manager of North America effective June 1, 2016. Ms. Nuss, who is bilingual in German and English, and holds dual citizenship, will lead all marketing, public relations and sales activities stateside communicating the value that Germany’s dedication to innovation, key industry expertise and sustainability brings to planners and delegates.

In her new role she will also provide hands on support for meeting planners interested in returning to Germany and also work to attract planners for the first time to this leading destination. The country was once again ranked #1 in Europe and #2 worldwide for association meetings in the recent ICCA rankings.

Ms. Nuss brings a background in marketing leadership in both German and U.S. markets in the innovative space of medical devices and also has experience in executing large-scale trade shows. This combination of skills means she understands the precise level of planning required to make meetings a success and the importance of linking events with local experts who can speak directly to the core business of delegates.

“Ms. Nuss will be a strong resource for U.S. and Canadian meeting planners given her firsthand experience in hosting events and trade shows and her in depth marketing experience in one of Germany's, and the world’s, key industries of medicine and technology,” said Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB. “We are delighted to have her join our team and look forward to continuing to grow our meetings and events market from the U.S. and Canada.”

To get in touch with Linda Nuss please call her at 212-661-4582 or email her at

About the GCB
The German Convention Bureau (GCB) represents and markets Germany as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives both on a national and international scale. It is the first point of contact for companies, associations and organizations around the world planning events in Germany.

Acting as a connector to the wide range of German event service providers, venues and host cities, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) provides hands-on advice and support to planners and executives in all industries and organizations. To bring maximum value, quality and customization to each meeting and event hosted in Germany, the GCB also helps hosts and attendees leverage the country’s deep expertise in green meetings and key industries such as pharmaceuticals, financials, automotive, logistics & transportation, and technology.  The GCB’s more than 200 members include leading hotels, convention centers, destinations, event agencies and service providers of the German meetings and conventions industry. Congress hall KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig - partner of the congress initiative, the Hamburg Convention Bureau and Maritim Hotels are Preferred Partners of the GCB. As Strategic Partners, Lufthansa German Airlines, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railways), and the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) support the work of the GCB. The GCB website ( serves as a useful online tool to find detailed information on Germany, search venues and vendors, get tips for green meetings, catch up on the latest news, access travel guides, and much more. Follow the German Convention Bureau on Twitter:

For further information, please contact:
Beth Lutz
(978) 273-2493
Jennifer McNeil
(508) 380-2902

German Convention Bureau
122 E 42nd St #2000
New York, NY 10168, USA