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March 19, 2015
Alberta hosting World Economic Forum regional event

As co-chairs, Calgary and Edmonton will be welcoming dynamic young leaders from around North America and the Caribbean to tap into the energy that Alberta has to offer and share peer-to-peer learning.

After beating out five other cities around the continent, Calgary and Edmonton Global Shaper Hubs have won the bid to host SHAPE North America, an annual conference put on by the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper initiative. Global Shapers is an initiative of the World Economic Forum that seeks to engage and equip young leaders between 20 and 30 years old, and is connected through city-based groups called Hubs.

"Alberta's Global reach continues to expand, we are happy to be part of that growth," says Kassie Burkholder, Curator of the Edmonton Global Shapers Hub. "We are honoured to have been chosen to host SHAPE North America in Alberta, bringing international attention to our local opportunities and successes." 

This conference, to be held in July 2015, is one among several “SHAPE” conferences hosted by the Global Shaper community for a region or sub-region. Though the main target audience of the conference consists of existing members of the Global Shaper community in the region, SHAPE North America will be looking to integrate members of the local community, such as entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, partner organizations and other stakeholder groups.

"We're looking to create a truly Canadian experience,” says Japman Bajaj, Curator of the Calgary Global Shapers Hub. “We want to invite Canada's top companies and the Alberta community to be a part of this unique gathering of North America's most influential group of young leaders."

The theme for this year’s conference will be “SHAPEMore – Minds over Matters”, focused on curated challenges for Global Shapers to leave a global impact while visiting Alberta.

About Global Shapers:
Global Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

March 13, 2015
Meeting Encore Welcomes New Regional Director

Port Hope, ONMeeting Encore Ltd. is pleased to announce that Jennifer Moir CMP will join the team as Regional Director starting April 1st.

As Meeting Encore celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Joe Nishi and Jennifer Glynn, Managing Partners and co-owners of Canada’s premier site selection company are thrilled to announce their newest Regional Director.

Jen brings 15 years of hospitality experience to the team. From boutique hotels to some of the world’s largest hotel brands to conference centres, Jen has worked hard to develop a great reputation in the industry for excellence in customer service. “It is important to see things through my client’s eyes. This was my motivation to get my Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.”

“We are so excited that our Meeting Encore family is growing again. We know that Jen will be a great compliment to our team.” says Joe and Jennifer. “Her positive attitude and dedication to this industry are just a few of the traits that her clients will truly appreciate.”

Jen is also a dedicated Mom, who along with her husband Patrick are their daughter’s biggest cheerleader at dance competitions around the province.

Carol-Ann, Solange, David, Elizabeth, Frank, Sandi, Rachel, Grace and Colin, join Joe and Jennifer in welcoming Jen and her family to Meeting Encore.

Jen will officially join the team on April 1st. She can be reached at jmoir@meetingencore.com

Meeting Encore Ltd. is Canada’s first and finest site selection company . They provide hotel consulting and site location services and have been partnering with their clients for the past 25 years. They can be reached at 905-403-9646 or contacted via their website at www.meetingencore.com

March 05, 2015
Le Meridien New Orleans Debuts in the Big Easy Following $29 Million Transformation

New Orleans—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the debut of Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million conversion of the former W Hotel. The renovation touched all aspects of the hotel, including a redesign of all 410 guestrooms, the debut of three new food and beverage outlets, the addition of the signature Le Méridien Hub (the brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby), and the modernization of the porte-cochere valet entrance. The multimillion dollar renovation added 1,600 square feet of new, flexible meeting space (for a total of 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space) as well as a new landscaped palm garden incorporating large-scale artwork and outdoor seating for guests, with the ability to host private events.

“New Orleans is a world-class city that shares in our passions for culture, cuisine and the arts,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien New Orleans unlocks the destination for our creative and curious minded travelers through unique local programming that brings to life The Crescent City’s distinct flavours and rich cultural scene.”

The pristinely modern hotel is comprised of 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 stunning suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including LMNO, the destination restaurant featuring New American cuisine with Cajun and Creole touches; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space for a total of 20,000 square feet of refreshed areas within the hotel. The contemporary design of Le Méridien New Orleans incorporates artwork inspired by the cartography and geography of New Orleans as seen from an aerial perspective. The design also features patterns and textures influenced by cultural and architectural elements, creating discovery moments for guests at every turn.

Centrally located on Poydras Street, Le Méridien New Orleans is adjacent to the Arts District and just a few blocks from the jazz clubs, restaurants and night clubs of the world-famous French Quarter. Nearby attractions include Harrah’s Casino, the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the French Market.

“Watching our hotel undergo such a significant transition has been an exhilarating journey,” said John Thompson, General Manager of Le Méridien New Orleans. “We are thrilled to unveil our beautiful new hotel and look forward to showing our guests a new perspective on the Big Easy.”

A New Orleans Style Welcome
To fete the opening of Le Méridien New Orleans, the hotel will host a First Night celebration on March 5th. Guests of the event will be invited to experience many of the global programs that the brand is best known for – taste mouthwatering fare from LMNO; sip Sparkling aperitifs from Longitude 90; enjoy a live performance by French bossa-nova band, Nouvelle Vague; and sample Chef Johnny Iuzzini’s newest Éclair recipe inspired by the Crescent City itself. Iuzzini will also attend the event to premiere the latest episode of The Éclair Diaries which accompanies him around New Orleans gathering culinary inspiration for this recipe.

About Le Méridien Hub™
Launched in 2011, the signature Le Méridien Hub™ reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place, building on the brand’s award-winning Arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; sensory experience, illustrated through the LM01 signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the destination; and a 24-hour soundtrack, now curated by Nouvelle Vague. Each Hub also features a Master Barista, a recently launched initiative to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide. Master Baristas lead coffee-related initiatives at each hotel, serve as a coffee cultural ambassador, and maintain knowledge of current coffee trends within the destination.

For more information, visit www.lemeridienneworleanshotel.com. Connect with Le Méridien New Orleans on social media through Facebook at www.facebook.com/lemeridiennola and on Twitter and Instagram @lemeridiennola.

About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation and redefined brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. For more information, please visit www.leMéridien.com or www.facebook.com/leMéridien. Follow @LeMéridien Hotels on Instagram and Twitter.

March 04, 2015
Atlantis’ New All-Inclusive Group Program Expands Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) All-Inclusive Hotel & Resort Options For Groups

Washington, DC—Meeting professionals, business executives, incentive specialists and association executives considering an all-inclusive group plan for their program should contact Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), which now offers more than 50 Four- and Five-Diamond quality all-inclusive group options within its worldwide portfolio. This now includes Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, which just launched an all-inclusive group package for groups for programs held September 24-December 16, 2015, or in the fall of 2016 or 2017, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

Set amidst the lush tropical splendor of Paradise Island, Bahamas, Atlantis is an awe-inspiring destination that features 3,400 rooms and suites, and a state-of-the-art Conference Center with 200,000 square feet of meeting space. The very appealing Atlantis all-inclusive group package includes:  luxurious accommodations with spectacular views; one meal per day per meal period for each attendee (with more than 10 dining options, ranging from fine to casual); deluxe brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at more than 10 on-property bars and lounges; basic Wi-Fi for up to four devices per room; gratuities; shuttle transportation on-property; surcharges and all resort taxes. The package also includes access to Atlantis’ Marine Exhibits, the 141-acre Aquaventure water park, fitness center, tennis courts, lap pool, daily fish feeding and marine life education, first-run movies in the Atlantis theater, entertainment in select areas (such as the lobby bar, and Dragon’s Nightclub), and pool and beach chair use. In addition, the group receives 20% off dolphin encounters, 20% off of spa menu prices at the serene 30,000-square-foot Mandara Spa; and 50% off of published greens fees and complimentary club rental.

Dining options for attendees taking advantage of Atlantis’ all-inclusive group package includes Bahamian Club, Casa D’Angelo, Chop Stix, Marina Pizzeria, Marketplace, Murray’s Deli, Olives, Sea Grapes, Virgil’s, and all of the outdoor cafés (except for Cain and Cascades). Beverages may be enjoyed by attendees at such Atlantis options as Bahamian Club, Beach Tower Lobby Bar, Casa D’Angelo Bar, Chop Stix, Coral Pool Deck, Coral Tower Lobby Bar, Dragon’s Bar, Olives Bar, Plato’s Bar, Virgil’s Bars,  and all outdoor bars except Cain. Groups also have the option to replace a meal period with a banquet for their attendees from select menus at no additional charge, and can have use of basic staging, and 10% off A/V purchased through Zamar (not including rigging, permits or electric).

In addition to Atlantis, ALHI has an impressive array of other attractive all-inclusive program choices in the Caribbean, and – surprisingly to some – many enticing AAA Four- and Five-Diamond opportunities across the U.S. as well.

“All-inclusive options have become increasingly popular for incentive/recognition programs, and for meetings too,” said Jim Schultenover, President of ALHI, which is a prestigious Global Sales Organization (GSO) that serves the North American meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace with its Global Sales Organization responsibilities for its membership of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. 

“While ‘all-inclusive’ was thought of exclusively for leisure travelers in the past, all-inclusive now has grown to become an appealing and widely accepted, quality-driven option for group programs,” said Schultenover. “There can be many advantages to conducting meetings and incentive programs at properties that offer this all-inclusive option to groups, just as there are many benefits to selecting a traditional plan at a hotel and/or resort that does not offer this. With all-inclusive resorts – such as with many of the Members of the ‘ALHI Caribbean Collection’ specialty segment – one rate typically covers the guest rooms, food, drinks and scheduled entertainment. The rate also may even include appealing recreational options like snorkeling and scuba diving. So it makes budgeting the entire program much easier, as the planner knows virtually all of the costs up front. This can be very appealing, particularly for planners who have tight budgets.”

Another advantage clients have shared, according to Schultenover, is that attendees like that they do not need to worry about paying for any food & beverage, recreational activities, or basic incremental charges when at the resort or hotel, and can essentially “leave their wallet at home.” 

ALHI Four- and Five-Diamond resorts and hotels offering an all-inclusive group package option are impressively diverse, with options available in the Caribbean region, and across the U.S. Planners can select from 50+ ALHI hotels, resorts and ships that offer this option. For more information on these options, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office for guidance and insights. Visiting the “ALHI Team” section on www.alhi.com  will provide your closest local GSO sales contact.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) (www.alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings, convention, and incentive marketplace for its distinguished Membership of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide which are specifically designed for meetings and programs. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and over 10 million square feet of function space within the hotel portfolio, ALHI also represents 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for the meetings & incentive (M&I) market; a worldwide DMC (Destination Management Company) for program support with operations in over 100 destinations including 65 global markets; and select DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) alliances, like the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) with its several island resorts. All are to assist planners and professionals with their meetings, conventions, and incentive programs around the world.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.

March 03, 2015
Le Meridien Versailles Montreal Completes Guest Room Renovation

Montreal, Que.— Le Méridien Versailles, Montreal today announced the completion of renovations to all of the 105 guest rooms and suites of the boutique hotel. Located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, the hotel is just a few steps away from the best shopping, venues and attractions in Montreal. The new look of the guest rooms was designed to complement the unique aesthetic of the neighborhood.

The completed renovation of Le Méridien Versailles includes a full top to bottom guest room and suite refurbishment. The new look rooms feature new Le Meridien beds, case goods, wallpaper, seating, lighting, mirrors and carpeting. Guest rooms will include new 32” flat screen televisions, plug and play docking stations and an enhanced wireless internet platform. Renovations include low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets in the bathrooms, reducing water consumption throughout the building. Public corridors and hallways feature new floor and wall finishes.

Le Méridien Versailles is also home to Branzino Restaurant, where executive chef, Alexandre St-Amand-Tremblay offers gourmet, Mediterranean inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant seats up to 100 guests, including unique dining spaces, a full-service bar and private dining room with views of the onsite wine cellar for groups of up to 12 guests.

“We are excited to debut the new look for guests of Le Méridien Versailles to discover,” said Massimo Urzillo, General Manager. “The new look of our guest rooms features contemporary design details inspired and connected to Montreal. This distinctive atmosphere is designed to unlock our destination for both the creative-minded traveller and locals alike.”

Travellers to Montreal can book a stay in one of the newly renovated guest rooms at the hotel with rates starting from just $129 per night. When booking guests will enjoy 1,000 bonus Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) Starpoints® per stay, a complimentary signature cocktail at Branzino, as well as complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. This offer also includes complimentary access to the Canadian Centre for Architecture located a few blocks from the hotel. Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and subject to availability. To book visit www.lemeridienversailles.com, or call 866-716-8101 and mention rate plan RENO2015.

About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien , the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005.  With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation and redefined brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. For more information, please visit www.leMéridien.com or www.facebook.com/leMéridien. Follow @LeMéridien Hotels on Instagram and Twitter. 

March 02, 2015
Kelly Shannon joins Ravine Vineyard Team

St. Davids, ON—Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Kelly Shannon to Manager, Hospitality Sales.

With a career spanning 20 years in hospitality and event sales, Kelly brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Her long-standing relationship with MPI Toronto and MPI International, her dedication to the Niagara brand and her love of Chardonnay, make her an excellent fit for the family winery nestled in St. Davids.

Overseeing all event sales, Kelly will work with the team to showcase Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery and Winery Restaurant to the meeting industry.   

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery is a family owned biodynamic and organic winery located on St. Davids Bench in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ravine opened in 2008 and has been recognized for producing VQA varietals on a farm that is steeped in history. Also known as the Upper Lowrey Farm, the family has milled, farmed and canned fruit at Ravine for 5 generations. Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Restaurant has been recognized as one of the top 20 winery restaurants in the world by Wine Access magazine. With exceptional wines, local dishes, and country charm, Winemaker Martin Werner, Proprietor Paul Harber and Chef Ross Midgley created a classic winery sitting in the heart of St. Davids, a perfect setting to host groups and visitors alike.

The Ravine team is thrilled to have Kelly join our family winery on March 23, 2015.

Media Contact:
Alexandra Montana
Communications Specialist
1366 York Road, St. Davids, Ontario, L0S 1P0
(905)262-8463 ext.31 | alexandra@ravinevineyard.com

March 02, 2015
Westin Hotels Continues to Lead Healthy Hotel Revolution with Launch of Wellness Escapes

Holly Perkins, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Founder of Women’s Strength Nation, Kicks Off Series with Inaugural Retreat in San Diego in April 2015 and Joins the Westin Well-Being Council

Stamford, Conn.—Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), has revealed the next phase of its year-long Westin Well-being Movement with the announcement of Westin Wellness Escapes, an ongoing well-being series led by experts in the fields of mindfulness meditation, nutrition, yoga, running and more. Taking place at Westin properties around the globe, the series will first launch in North America before rolling out internationally. Established health and fitness personality Holly Perkins will kick off the series by hosting the Women’s Strength NationTM LIVE retreat this April, following her appointment to Westin’s Well-Being Council as the brand’s Move Well Advocate.

Westin Wellness Escapes are designed to inspire empowerment and help attendees pursue their well-being through interactive workshops, including fitness classes, healthy cooking courses, panel discussions, seminars and robust itineraries of wellness activities. The inaugural retreat, held at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, April 10-12, will consist of a weekend-long curriculum of tutorials, exercises and activities designed to help participants’ cultivate their inner strength.

As a leading voice in fitness and the founder of Women’s Strength Nation, a resource dedicated to educating women on the value of strength training, Holly will offer guests the inspiration and tools needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Westin will also partner with other wellness leaders to curate subsequent retreats in 2015.

“The Westin Wellness Escapes series is designed to motivate and educate those seeking to achieve or sustain a healthy lifestyle while still exploring the world,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin. “Similar to Westin's collaboration with New Balance, Holly’s involvement in the program reinforces the Move Well philosophy and lets us further cater to the diverse needs of our guests.”

Westin Picks Up the Pace with First-of-Its-Kind Series
Travelers are increasingly seeking quick and effective wellness breaks instead of extended holidays for mind and body reboots, choosing more accessible options that offer a brief change of scenery, relaxation and wellness activities. Leading research groups, such as Global Wellness Tourism Economy Report, predict that wellness tourism will grow by more than 9% per year through 2017, nearly 50% faster than overall global tourism.

Westin is capitalizing on this growing trend with Wellness Escapes to offer concise, thoughtfully organized itineraries for discerning, wellness-minded travelers. The series is inspired by the brand’s six pillars of well-being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. Themes will vary across all events; with each workshop focused on well-being and the Westin brand philosophy, “For a Better You.”

The Westin Wellness Escapes slated in the brand’s pipeline thus far is as follows:

  • Women’s Strength Nation LIVE with Fitness Expert Holly Perkins at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter – April 10-12, 2015
    The weekend-long strength training retreat for women will enable attendees to achieve next level fitness through a multitude of educational sessions. Participants will learn techniques and methods derived from Holly’s Women’s Strength Nation platform to discover personal strength through the development of outer strength. Consumers can book this retreat now at westin.com/wellnessescapes.

  • Triathlon Recovery Retreat with runWESTIN Concierge Chris Heuisler at The Westin Jekyll Island – May 16-17, 2015
    In celebration of its grand opening and as part of its Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Triathlon sponsorship, The Westin Jekyll Island will offer a 24-hour triathlon recovery retreat, hosted by runWESTIN Concierge, Chris Heuisler. Activities will kick off right away at the finish line of the race with a private tent for hotel guests, and continue both on and off-property until Sunday at check-out. Westin racers who book a stay at the hotel on Saturday, May 16 will enjoy a number of carefully selected amenities targeted at the importance of proper recovery following a race, as well as an expertly crafted schedule of recovery activities and educational talks.

Additional Westin Wellness Escapes will be announced throughout the year. More about the inspiring series can be found at westin.com/wellnessescapes. To join the Westin Wellness Escapes conversation, we invite users to use #westinwellbeing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Holly’s Fitness Fundamentals Bring to Life Westin’s Mantra “For a Better You”
With 20 years of experience in the health industry, Holly is a leading voice in women’s fitness and the ideal candidate to support the brand’s Move Well pillar and host the inaugural Westin Wellness Escapes retreat with her Women’s Strength Nation programming. Also, as part of the collaboration, Holly has produced four strength training videos with exclusive and engaging content focusing on tips and tricks for staying fit while traveling. Developed as 5-minute video segments, the films provide a comprehensive, equipment free, 20-minute workout which can easily be done in a guest room or at home. The video content is accessible via on-demand for free at 80+ hotels across the country in addition to being available on Westin’s YouTube channels and westin.com/hollyperkins now.

As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, Holly’s success is derived from her philosophy that science should be the foundation of fitness. In 2014, Holly created the Women’s Strength Nation community to educate, inspire and lead women towards a new definition of inner strength. The platform serves as a resource for women seeking to enhance their strength in, and out of, the gym.

The Westin Well-being Council is a diverse advisory board composed of renowned thought leaders, each of whom aligns with a specific wellness brand pillar. Perkins joins Council members Ashley Koff, internationally-renowned dietician, Andy Puddicombe, Headspace Co-Founder and mediation expert, and media mogul Arianna Huffington in guiding and inspiring new initiatives, leveraging proprietary research to inform and introduce new programs throughout the year.

“It is exciting to join the Westin Well Being Council and help you stay fit even when you travel,” said Holly Perkins. “An active life is key to ensuring optimal health, wellbeing and vitality. In order to thrive, the human body needs to run, jump, dance and play every day. My mission in life is to provide inspiration and tools for you to create a fitness plan that works for your lifestyle and helps you achieve your personal best.”

About The Westin Well-being Movement
With a brand positioning rooted in wellness for more than a decade, Westin Hotels & Resorts is dedicated to ensuring that guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. Earlier this year the brand launched The Westin Well-Being Movement – a year-long global initiative designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates with the introduction of a string of innovative partnerships and programs across the brand’s six pillars of well-being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. Building upon its existing healthy SuperFoodsRx™ menus, Westin recently introduced new delicious and nutrient-rich offerings including Westin Fresh by The Juicery, featuring energizing juices and smoothies, and kid-tested nourishing dishes developed in partnership with SuperChefs on the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids (Eat Well). The brand also recently announced a partnership with the mindful meditation app, Headspace (Feel Well), in which guests have exclusive access to customized content through the Westin website, designed to spread healthy benefits including decreasing stress, improving mood and increasing creativity.

The inspiration for Westin’s wellness strategy, the iconic Heavenly® Bed (Sleep Well) is beloved by guests and lauded as one of hospitality’s great innovations. WestinWORKOUT®, RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance® (Move Well) together pack a formidable punch, offering guests a holistic fitness solution. The brand’s nature-inspired design, signature sensory welcome, Heavenly Bath and Heavenly Spa (Feel Well) offer a relaxing respite from the rigors of travel. Tangent (Work Well), an innovative workspace concept for small groups modeled to support today’s mobile traveler, is receiving rave reviews and high usage from guests in locations where available. Westin Weekend (Play Well) signature experiences are designed to let guests escape, discover and relax and the brand’s digital destination guide, Westin Finds from AFAR, provides guests with uniquely curated travel experiences.

For more information on Westin and the brand’s Well-Being Movement, click here. For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit westin.com, Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter and Instagram.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 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®, and Element®. 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 also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com.

February 27, 2015
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Wins Bid to Host International Sports Heritage Association Conference in Calgary in 2016

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce in partnership with Meetings and Convention Calgary that delegates from around the world will be hosted in Calgary at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for the 46th annual International Sport Heritage Association Conference September 26-28, 2016. The theme for the conference will be utilizing new and emerging technologies to create innovative, interactive and entertaining museum experiences. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to explore the 40,000 square foot international award-winning facility in Calgary featuring 12 visually stimulating galleries with more than 50 high-tech interactive exhibits including sport simulators, touch screens, motion activated exhibits and a 120-seat theatre.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring such a prestigious conference to Calgary. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a technological marvel that we are ready to share with the world.” Mario Siciliano, President & CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

“Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC) is excited to partner with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame…” said Jennifer Attersall, Business Development Manager, MCC. “We know that ISHA will be impressed with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s technologically advanced facilities. This is a great fit with the conference theme being technology. Calgary was recently named one of the top five ultimate sports cities globally as well as voted #2 in the Top 10 Large North American Cities of the Future.”

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a proud member of the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) incorporated in 1971. ISHA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to educating, promoting and supporting organizations, institutions and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage. ISHA includes nearly 140 members from around the globe including the United States, Canada, China, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan and Australia.

“ISHA is thrilled to be bringing its annual conference to Calgary in 2016. Our membership is looking forward to taking advantage of all that Calgary has to offer, especially Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, a leader in our industry", said Marjorie Snyder, ISHA President.

ABOUT CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an inspiring 40,000 square foot international award-winning facility. Located at WinSport Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame features 12 galleries, more than 50 hands-on interactive experiences and a collection of more than 95,000 artefacts. It is a place of honour for the 548 inducted sport legends and the 62 sports they represent. Our mission is to share the stories of the achievements of our Honoured Members so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Please visit www.sportshall.ca to learn more about Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. *Please note that the official name is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, not the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

ABOUT MEETINGS + CONVENTIONS CALGARY
Meetings + Conventions Calgary operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.

For interviews or further information, please contact:
Marnie Krell
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
P: 403-776-1086 | mkrell@cshof.ca
www.sportshall.ca | Facebook/CANsportshall | Twitter: @CANsportshall

Heather Lundy
Director, Marketing + Communication
Meetings + Conventions Calgary
P: 403.261.8514 | heatherl@calgary-convention.com
www.meetingscalgary.com