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April 25, 2017
CanSPEP Education Scholarship

CanSPEP, in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon, recently renewed an agreement for the second year to offer four educational scholarships of $1,000 to event planner entrepreneurs to attend the CanSPEP annual conference and provide a one-year membership to the Association.

"To have a direct involvement with an organization like CanSPEP and be a part of their growth aligns with Tourism Saskatoon's goal of giving back and doing more to help people achieve their goals. Thinking creatively and being able to collaborate on this partnership is a win-win," said Candace Shierling, Director of National Conventions and Event Marketing at Tourism Saskatoon.

The scholarships are intended to assist professional event planner entrepreneurs overcome business challenges through education and networking with other event planning entrepreneurs. Open to professional event planners operating their own business, the money allows them to become a new CanSPEP member and/or to re-engage as a lapsed member and attend their first ever CanSPEP Conference.

“We are very excited to once again confirm our partnership with Tourism Saskatoon.  Our partnerships demonstrates the level of commitment we jointly have in serving Event Entrepreneurs raise the level of their business as well as Industry,” clarifies Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald, CMP, CMM, President of CanSPEP. “Through on-going education and networking opportunities with suppliers and Association members, one is able to maintain up to date on the ever changing technology, enhance their business relationships and increase their skill on both an event and business application.  Being an entrepreneur operating a small enterprise can be isolating and costly when looking for the distinctive opportunities that is unique to our membership.” 

As a leader in Canada’s entrepreneurial event management industry, CanSPEP is the only association in Canada that offers a membership exclusively to event planner entrepreneurs and the opportunity for members to exchange ideas and best practices, develop business skills and co-creation opportunities.

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.

Applications and further details are available on the CanSPEP website. Deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2017.

For more information contact
Meagan Rockett, Association Ambassador
Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP)
Tel:  613-288-4539 / Email:  info@canspep.ca
Website: www.canspep.ca  / Twitter Handle: @CanSPEP

April 24, 2017
Leigh Bochicchio Named President of the Association for Corporate Travel Executives for 2018-20 Term

NEW YORKThe Association of Corporate Travel Executives has named Leigh Bochicchio its next president, effective 1 January 2018.

Bochicchio, VP of Business Process Improvement, PME at Mastercard, will be ACTE’s senior volunteer leader, serving at the order of the Board of Directors. The position runs for two years and follows Leigh’s second term on the Board.

“Just about every day, the travel industry faces new micro and macro challenges and opportunities.  With an extensive background in strategy development, talent management, and learning, Leigh is well suited to lead ACTE’s education and learning strategies to the next level,” said current Association President Kurt Knackstedt, CEO of robotic process automation company Troovo. He has held the position since 2014 and will serve until 31 December 2017.

Bochicchio has chaired the ACTE Board’s Nominations Committee and has led the development of improved succession planning and board director sourcing and selection.  At Mastercard, which she joined in 2006, she manages the company’s product lifecycle discipline globally. She’s also worked in Mastercard’s global learning and talent development organization and commercial product organization. Previously, Leigh ran sales and account management for two critical components of Galileo International’s travel distribution on-line strategy and held a number of leadership positions at American Express Travel Related Services.

“Change is coming at us from every direction. Innovation is critical to staying relevant and learning drives innovation. ACTE is a catalyst for change by providing top notch learning and idea exchange opportunities throughout the travel community. I’m passionate about finding new and innovative ways to continue to do this and assist the community to prepare for the changes that are coming at us every day,” Leigh said.

She will be president-elect through the end of the year. Her appointment was announced today at ACTE’s Global Conference in New York City. 

The President chairs both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.  The President has general supervision of all business and affairs of the Association and helps formulate the Association's philosophy, mission, strategy and goals.

About ACTE: 
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has a 29-year reputation for pioneering educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward. ACTE initiatives drive change in corporate KPIs, technology, and travel policy philosophy, all while improving conditions for business travellers and increasing corporate revenue. http://www.acte.org

Contact: 
Meghan Warren
Sloane & Company
mwarren@sloanepr.com
212-446-1897

April 24, 2017
FMAV Wins Big at Live Music Industry Awards

FMAV AWARDED AV PRODUCTION COMPANY OF THE YEAR AT 2017 LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS 

TORONTO, ON—FMAV is pleased to announce it has been awarded AV Production Company of the Year at the 2017 Live Music Industry Awards, presented by El Mocambo. Held during Canadian Music Week, the awards celebrate the best of Canada’s live music business sector.

“It’s truly an honour to share the stage with some of the best and brightest in the Canadian music scene,” says Dave Corkum, General Manger, Halifax, FMAV who received the award from host, Paul Shaffer. “We were up against some very stiff competition and feel very proud that we were called to the stage.”

FMAV maintains a long standing track record in the live music scene supporting venues, events and festivals across the country including the award-winning TD Halifax Jazz Festival, Celtic Colours and the David Foster Foundation Gala.

In addition to an already robust array of audiovisual and staging equipment, FMAV recently expanded their outdoor staging capabilities to include the addition of a Stageline SL320 to their inventory.

About FMAV
FMAV is the audiovisual and event technology company for people who plan meetings and live events. As the largest Canadian-owned audiovisual company, FMAV has more than 250 staff across seven offices from coast to coast, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. For more information, visit fmav.ca.

Media Contact:
Alissa Hurley
VP, Marketing 
FMAV
613-222-0453
ahurley@fmav.ca

April 24, 2017
International Live Events Association Opens Registration for ILEA Live

ChicagoThe International Live Events Association (ILEA) is going LIVE as registration opened today for the association’s annual conference on the business of creativity, ILEA Live 2017. This year, ILEA Live will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from Aug. 10-12, 2017.

Known for attracting the best and the brightest in the live events industry, ILEA’s annual conference draws more than 400 live event professionals from all areas of live event production for three days of thought-provoking discussion and collaboration on creativity and innovation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from leaders in creative thought and business strategy from around the globe, while connecting with fellow live event professionals to be inspired through experiential learning opportunities.

"This year, as we commemorate ILEA’s 30th Anniversary, we take this opportunity to celebrate our place as the principal organization representing the live events industry, globally," stated ILEA President Judy Brillhart, CSEP, PBC.  "By participating in ILEA Live, you are not only bettering yourself and your individual business, but we also set a new standard for forward thinking within our industry."

With a focus on the business of creativity, ILEA Live provokes conversation and fosters innovation. Learning doesn’t just happen in the meeting rooms, but in the hallway, standing beside a new connection or on a tour. At ILEA Live, the opportunities to connect, learn and inspire are endless. 

Commenting on this year’s event, Anne Finzer, ILEA Live 2017 Conference Chair said, “There is so much to be proud of when it comes to ILEA Live 2017. We are pleased to deliver education that will inspire our attendees to think outside of their comfort zone and challenge them to integrate new tools and ideas into their businesses. That, coupled with the chance to experience Calgary – a world-class event destination – will surely lead to one of the most memorable conferences yet.”

Register now at www.ilealive.com.  Best rates expire June 2.

About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences. For more information, visit www.ileahub.com.

About ILEA Live
Produced by members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), ILEA Live is about the business of creativity.  It is an educational and collaborative experience for creative event professionals to strengthen their creative output, sharpen their business strategies and find inspiration along the event horizon. In 2017, ILEA celebrates its 30th anniversary! For more information, visit www.ilealive.com.

April 20, 2017
The Omni King Edward Hotel's Crystal Ballroom Sparkles Again After $6.5 Million Restoration

Almost 40 years after its closure, and restored to its former grandeur, the admired ballroom opened its doors with a lively celebration

TORONTO/CNW/—Restored to its former splendor, The Omni King Edward Hotel's elegant Crystal Ballroom was revealed yesterday at its grand re-launch event. After a $6.5 million renovation, the anticipated space is set to revive the glitz and glamour of Toronto's thriving social scene. Home to the city's most prestigious functions from the 1920s through the 1970s, the Crystal Ballroom unveiled its new look, almost 100 years after its initial debut in 1922.

Located in the heart of Toronto and within the city's first luxury hotel, the Crystal Ballroom opened its doors to great public acclaim, standing high above the skyline on the 17th floor. The venue quickly became the most sought-after destination for high-profile galas and elegant events.

"This project centered around restoring a significant space in Toronto's history; a space which played an integral part in bolstering its colourful social life," said Christophe Le Chatton, general manager of The Omni King Edward Hotel. "We are looking forward to the positive impact this wonderful, revived space will have on the city and the momentous occasions it will once again be a part of."

Similar to the newly renovated hotel property that underwent a $40 million transformation in 2015, the Crystal Ballroom's restoration has been heavily influenced by its original interior featuring old-world charm, enhanced by modern style and luxury. The venue's ornate and spectacular mouldings, 8-metre high coffered ceilings and magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer panoramic views of the lake and the city, remain central features in the Crystal Ballroom.

Additional highlights include a pre-function space, finished in mosaic tile, and a new permanent bar reflecting the timeless details of the original era. The updated carpet is reminiscent of designs from the early 1920s and surrounding chandeliers and wall sconces are embellished with ornate crystal elements. The 5,000 square foot Crystal Ballroom can accommodate up to 300 people.

When The King Edward initially opened in 1903, it set the standard for luxury hotels in Canada and was Toronto's first hotel of its kind. Designed by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and Toronto architect E.J. Lennox for developer George Gooderham's Toronto Hotel Company at a cost of $6 million, it quickly became the first choice for the city's elite, as well as convention-goers, political figures and business travelers. ERA Architects, Moncur Design Associates Inc. and Omni Hotels & Resorts are responsible for the new look and design of The Omni King Edward Hotel's Crystal Ballroom.

For event bookings, parties can contact The Omni King Edward Hotel at omnihotels.com or by phone at 416-863-9700 to arrange a personal consultation.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants and unique wellness options.  Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications and was ranked "Highest in Upper-Upscale Segment Guest Satisfaction" in the J.D. Power 2016 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), Omni's loyalty program is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. Committed to reducing hunger, Omni is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to help provide more than 18.2 million meals each year for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities in which it operates. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

 

April 12, 2017
Palais des congrès de Montréal partners with a world leader in live event services

MontréalThe Palais des congrès is pleased to announce the selection of GES as its official supplier of event decorating services following a call for tenders. “We welcome our new partner, and are pleased with this agreement, which will add to the full-service offering we will be able to deliver to our customers. The Palais’ business development teams look forward to telling our customers about GES’ long track record and the role they can play in the success of their event,” mentioned Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

GES is a leading full-service provider of products and services for exhibitions, special events, conventions, fairs, corporate events, and promoters and allowing exhibitors to get everything they need via a single point of contact. “Our team focuses on quality and innovation to provide solutions that meet the needs of event organizers, and they do it by delivering incomparable customer service. We take great pride in contributing to the success of the events held at the Palais,” indicated Alain Canuel, General Manager for Québec, GES Canada.

Actively involved with the Palais des congrès de Montréal for many years, GES will act as a business partner offering products and services that will complement those supplied by the Palais. GES meets the high standards and requirements of the Palais des congrès, which holds the industry’s highest distinction for quality.

About GES
As Canada’s leading service provider for special events, trade shows, conventions, consumer shows and corporate events, GES provides complete decorating services, custom exhibits, rental furniture, accessories, carpets, signage, material handling, and logistics. ges.com/ca

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry and shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC), the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. It generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to the international reputation of Montréal, the top host city in the Americas for international events. congresmtl.com

Source:
Chrystine Loriaux, Fellow Adm.A., B.A.A.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Palais des congrès de Montréal

For information:
Amélie Asselin
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Palais des congrès de Montréal
amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com
Phone: 514 871-5897

Alain Canuel
General Manager Québec
GES
acanuel@ges.com
Tel. 514 367-4848

April 04, 2017
IACC and Meeting Professionals International Form Global Alliance 

CHICAGO and DALLAS—IACC, the only association to certify conference and meetings-focused venues on a global basis, and Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the leading global association for meeting professionals, have announced a five-year global partnership for the mutual benefit of their members. The two associations will share event and learning platforms, including education delivered at annual conferences, regional events, and online as well as research initiatives. 

In the last year IACC has delivered education at European and US MPI events, including more recently at the Southern California Chapter Conference and MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter Education Institute, and the two associations are exploring opportunities for additional MPI chapter events. In addition, MPI presented two workshops at the IACC-Americas Connect conference this week in Los Angeles. 

IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper commented, “The leadership teams at MPI and IACC have been collaborating on several successful initiatives over the last two years and now seems the perfect time to bring all this great work together under one strategy to allow us to seize more opportunities and provide more for our respective members. Just as MPI is passionate about designing great meeting experiences, IACC is passionate about venues delivering an exceptional meetings experience. It’s the perfect marriage”.

One new project slated to roll out in 2017 will entail MPI conferences streamed live to IACC venues, where MPI members can come together, learn and experience valuable networking. The venues will all be IACC certified and capable of delivering a quality event with live streaming of content, supported by IACC member staff. MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress (WEC), which takes place June 19-22 in Las Vegas, will be the first conference featured.

“One of our top priorities at MPI is to continuously enrich our portfolio of professional development offerings and this collaboration with IACC will certainly help us deliver more value to our membership community,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to live stream WEC to members that are unable to make it to the conference this year and in an environment that encompasses peer-to-peer engagement and networking.”

MPI will also take part in the next phase of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ research project, which aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference and meeting space design, technology, hospitality, delegate collaboration, experience and conference management. The first phase surveyed meeting planners, including MPI planner members, and was published in 2016, and the second phase will focus on the venue buyer community and look to draw parallels with the initial research.

The results will be unveiled at MPI’s WEC 2017 this June, with IACC conducting a Research Showcase at the conference. A full copy of the initial report and infographic can be downloaded from the IACC website here.

Alex Cabañas, IACC president and CEO of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, comments, “This is the perfect project to use as an example of the power of the alliance, as it combines venue innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals”. 

Education, Education and More Education
With IACC leading the field in representing the top one percent of small-to-mid-size meetings-focused venues in 25 countries over four continents and MPI representing the largest community of meeting professionals worldwide, this alliance is a natural one and comes following many years of working together.  

This is an era where the industry sees a significant increase in the number of part-time meeting planners, who with busy jobs look at professional development a little differently. IACC certified venues, which host smaller conferences and meetings, have a large number of part-time planners booking space and one objective of this alliance is to provide relevant education to this important group.

Additionally, IACC venues consist of many individual and small specialist conference group venues, which MPI and IACC will make more accessible via simple venue search tools on their respective websites. 

ABOUT IACC
Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the meetings venue industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 370 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mongolia, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, Scotland, Wales, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Hungary and the Philippines.

For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.  “There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings.”
Twitter:  @IACCmeetings
Facebook            
YouTube             
LinkedIn

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 19 countries. “When we meet, we change the word.” www.mpiweb.org
MPI Social Media – Twitter: @MPI, Facebook, LinkedIn

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Media Contacts
Mark Cooper
CEO, IACC
mcooper@iacconline.org
www.iacconline.org / www.iaccmeetings.com

Ken Ellens          
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

201-758-2864  /  KenEllens@aol.com  

Sonya Thorpe Cobb
Meeting Professionals International
972-702-3098 / sthorpe@mpiweb.org

April 04, 2017
Global Meetings Industry Day 2017

Vancouver—The BC Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) together with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Canada West Chapter and the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Vancouver Chapter are joining forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) and meetings industry organizations worldwide to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. “GMID helps share the meetings industry’s value story, ensuring that the media, elected officials and general public understand the benefits of face-to-face,” said Paul Van Deventer, chief executive officer and president at Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of MMB.

The Canadian Economic Impact Study (CEIS) 3.0 reveals the following research:

• In 2012, business events in Canada attracted 35.3 million participants

• 585,000 business events held in Canada in more than 2,000 venues

• These events delivered $27.5 billion to Canada’s GDP!

• Business events supported employment of 200,000+ full-year jobs

On April 6th, 2017, leaders from across the meetings & events industry will come together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID events will be held across the globe to demonstrate the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies and communities.

The event on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, with event host Coleen Christie, a former CTV news anchor, will include a formal GMID Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Vancouver, Keynote Speaker Dee Byrnes of the Disney Institute, as well as “live” feeds and social media between other participating Canadian Cities.

 

AGENDA

8.00am - 9.00am

Registration & Networking, Breakfast

8.30am - 9.00am

Breakfast Buffet

9.00am - 9.15am

Opening Remarks, GMID Program

9.15am - 10.45am

Disney Institute Program, Keynote Dee Byrnes

10.45am - 11.00am

Closing Remarks

 

Media Contact: Amy Ballard, President-Elect, MPI BC Chapter
Director, Sales & Marketing
JW Marriott parq Vancouver & the DOUGLAS
T: (604) 569-0013
president@mpibcchapter.com

 

April 03, 2017
Congratulations to the ILEA Toronto members 2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards Winners

Event Marketing Awards

Best Trade Show/ Exposition
aNd Logistix Inc., Toronto, ON for Discovery 2016

Technology Awards

Best Technical Support for an Event
bb Blanc Inc., Woodbridge, ON for Honda of Canada Manufacturing Holiday Party 2016

Meeting /Convention Awards

Best Conference
The Idea Hunter & Moniker Partners, Richmond Hill, ON  for YPO Culture Shock

Best Multiple Day Incentive or Convention
aNd Logistix Inc., Toronto, ON for Mortgage Professionals Canada National Conference

Event Planning/Production Awards

Best Corporate Team Building Event
Senik Montreal, QC  for Hackathon

Best Event Produced for a Corporation by an in House Team or Planner
Centennial College, Toronto, ON for Paint the Town Green

Best Event for a High Profile Charity
e=mc2 events and Fluid Events, Toronto, ON for The Teddy Bear Affair

Outstanding Logistical Achievement
Production Canada, Vaughan ON for Galaxy - A Night Under the Stars

Design & Decor Awards

Best Event Decor $0 - $30,000
R5 Event Design & Management and Fab Fete Event Planning, Toronto, ON for The Whimsical World of Avatar - Madelyn's Bat Mitzvah

Best Event Decor $80,000 +
Decor & More Inc., Oakville, ON for Let It Snow

Best TableScaping
POP Kollaborative Inc., Calgary, AB, Decor & More Inc., Oakville, ON and Designing On The Edge, Calgary, AB for Every ONE Has A Story

Brightest Star Awards

Most Outstanding Event Up to $200,000 (TIE)
Fifth Element Group, Toronto, ON  for The Addams Family Mansion & Cantrav Services Inc., Toronto, ON for The Nissan Club Excellence

March 29, 2017
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Mexico's Ultimate Luxury Resort, Debuts its Second Property in Los Cabos The AAA Five Diamond recognized brand is set to open Fall 2017

MIAMI/CNW/—Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – is pleased to announce the highly anticipated debut of luxurious, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in Fall 2017. The second property comes after the tremendous success of Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, the brand's flagship property and Cancun's #1 all-inclusive resort as designated by the TripAdvisor® community. The resort located on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula is the second property under the umbrella of Palace Resorts, a hospitality company with over 30 years of experience in the luxury all-inclusive market. This opulent beachfront property will feature the traditional facilities and over the top amenities Le Blanc Spa Resort is known for, including well-appointed designer suites, an award-winning 29,000 sq. ft. full-service spa with 25 treatment rooms, an incredible hydrotherapy facility, a 3,961 sq. ft. fitness center and wellness center, juice bars, four plunge pools, gourmet specialty cuisine, butler service, over 14,000 sq. ft. meeting space, four breakout rooms and much more.

The 373-room luxury beachfront adults-only resort, will boast whimsical suites all over 760 sq. ft. with private terraces, featuring panoramic ocean views. In addition, the resort will feature seven gourmet restaurants and six bars with an extensive wine and beverage program. Incredible amenities at this adults-only oasis will include: A brand new fitness center with top-notch personal trainers, the latest fitness activities including, TRX training, Spinning & Aqua Spinning, Yoga and Pilates, as well as a meditation area, for the ultimate tranquility. The resort will also feature an array of recreational activities; 24-hour personalized butler service, as well as 24-hour in-suite service. Conveniently located just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport and, 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an oasis of luxury unlike any other.

"Palace Resorts continues to reinforce itself as the leader among the luxury, all-inclusive market. We are so excited to continue to grow our most coveted brand, Le Blanc Spa Resort. It only made perfect sense, to do so in a destination such as Los Cabos, a magical place, known for its world-renown luxurious offerings, untouched beauty, impressive landscapes and unparalleled picturesque views. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, was designed with even the most discerning luxury traveler in mind. No detail was spared in its design and we are confident in the quality, service and offerings, behind the brand," said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts. "The Le Blanc Spa Resort brand is already recognized around the world as the top luxury hotel in Cancun, and we know we will bring the same exceptional caliber of service to our second property in Los Cabos."

Exteriors designed by master architect, Roberto Elias and interiorly brought to life by Francois Frossard of Francois Frossard Design (FFD), Le Blanc Spa Resort is a designer's dream. With an impressive grandesque entrance, seven stories high, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an elegant, yet chic designed hotel, rivaling some of the most modern hotels in the world.

The luxurious resort will be comprised of four buildings that curve toward the ocean and permeate the flair of the local area's rich soils. The suites, restaurants, and bars feature ocean views, larger terraces and greater use of open outdoor spaces. The unique flora and fauna of Los Cabos, the climate, the landscapes, and surrounding mountains, played a big influence in the architect's design of the resort. He wanted to ensure the property was in line with the original brand born in Cancun with its smooth lines, redefined corners, and elegance without complications.

Sophisticated Rooms & Suites
The interiors of the 373 guest rooms and suites were designed with a tranquil color palette with cool shades of white and plush furnishings. Suites range from 760 to 1,400, sq. ft. and all feature ocean views. Suites come equipped with, private terraces, comfortable living spaces, a king or two standard double beds, oversized bathrooms with luxurious bathtubs and sophisticated rain showerheads.

Guests can enjoy personal butler service, a nightly aromatherapy menu, a selection of lavish pillows from our pillow menu and the most luxurious of in-room amenities like CHI blow dryers, CHI flatirons and BVLGARI personal products, including an array of luxury bath salts in every room. Suites are also stocked with mini-bars featuring top-shelf spirits, snacks, high definition flat screen SMART TV's, with Apple TV and gourmet Lavazza coffee makers. Guests will rest on goose down pillows and luxury bedding with 100% cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, signature beach tote and umbrella.

A Taste of Luxury
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos
will offer an extensive array of gourmet restaurants sure to please even the most discerning palettes. Featuring cuisines from around the world, Le Blanc Spa Resort will offer foodies the chance to dine on exquisite ingredients with unique presentations and savory bites from around the globe. The resort's signature restaurant, Lumiere is sure to impress with a seven-course French tasting menu, paired with signature wines. Other restaurant options include:

  • BLANC INTERNATIONAL- Offering a casual dining experience, the all-day dining restaurant will offer scenic views and international cuisine and gourmet Robata Grill featuring a variety of meats, fish & chicken.
  • BLANC ITALIA – An upscale Italian dining experience awaits guests, featuring a refined upscale Italian a la carte menu, with traditional dishes with a modern twist.
  • BLANC ASIA – An eclectic mix of modern Asian fusion mixed with classic favorites, the Asian fused menu will offer an abundance of sushi, modern Thai favorites and traditional dishes.
  • BLANC PIZZA – Gourmet brick-oven handcrafted pizza awaits guests, along with other light bites.
  • BLANC OCEAN – A haven for seafood lovers, the menu will feature fresh catches of the day from the region's best, traditional grills and Baja California's best fish. At night, the restaurant will offer classic Mexican cuisine.
  • BLANC CAFÉ – Indulge in delicious, freshly baked goods, as well as unique French pastries, sweets and a variety of coffees, teas & juices.

Guests can also delight in high-end mixology and indulge in unique cocktails at one of the many on-property bars. Featuring an extensive list of carefully crafted libations by the resort's top mixologists, Le Blanc Spa Resort will set the stage for any mood, with its six different bars including – BLANC Stage, BLANC Lobby, BLANC Sol, BLANC Eclipse, BLANC Fire and BLANC Beach.

Le Blanc Spa Resort will also offer guests non-stop entertainment, from special dining experiences, to a gourmet coffee bar, live music, DJ, an incredible fire pit, dubbed Blanc Fire and interactive mixology classes.

An Award Winning Spa
BLANCSPA will span more than 29,000 sq. ft. and will feature a hydrotherapy area, hot & cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromo therapy, ice room, relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms where guests can indulge in a full menu of exotic and invigorating spa treatments. With unique services, featuring the latest in spa technology trends, the spa will feature ancient local inspired treatments. Other services will include a variety of massages, diamond facials and traditional salon services and more. The spa will also feature a beauty salon, boutique and state of the art fitness center.

Meet in Luxury
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos will offer more than 14,000 sq. ft. of space for corporate and social events. Facilities will include the 8,912 sq. ft. BLANC CONVENTION a room that accommodates up to 630 people, with three additional rooms – BLANC BREEZE (2,368sq. ft.), BLANC WIND (1,370 sq. ft.) and BLANC BOARD (914 sq. ft.). The resort will offer groups the latest in technology, top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment, and a fully equipped business center, with complimentary WIFI throughout the entire resort.

Leisure Activities
Le Blanc Spa Resort will offer a variety of leisurely activities, allowing guests the option to unwind in complete relaxation, or get moving! Activities will include stand up paddleboard yoga, live music, karaoke, guided meditation classes, aqua spinning and more.

Giving Back
Le Blanc Spa Resort will also have a local chapter of the Palace Foundation, to ensure the resort is giving back on a local level. The foundation will provide services to the surrounding communities in the region, including health services, scholarship funds, access to medical care, environmental sustainability and will offer guests a part in conservation activities such as the turtle release programs, among others.

Le Blanc Spa Resort is conveniently located 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport. Resort guests can also enjoy complimentary self and valet parking services. Rates start at $850 per night for a standard double suite. To reserve your Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos stay, please visit www.leblancsparesort.com/en/los-cabos or contact your preferred travel professional.

FOR MEDIA INFORMATION:
Cessie Cerrato
Senior Public Relations Director, Palace Resorts
305.416.6544
ccerrato@palaceresorts.com
SOURCE Palace Resorts