Check out the latest news from around the world by the industry's movers and shakers.
Check out the latest news from around the world by the industry's movers and shakers.
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The reopening of the largest hotel in Eastern Canada is much anticipated after a year of transformation that required its complete closure. As planned, common areas, meeting rooms, the majority of the food & beverage outlets as well as 500 rooms will be ready for opening.
The details of the July 10th opening will be communicated soon.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale's energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai's Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.
About Ivanhoé Cambridge
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and real estate companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebec in 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, the Company invests alongside key partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their respective markets.
Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge holds interests in nearly 800 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail and logistics real estate sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridge held approximately C$56 billion in assets as at December 31, 2016. The Company is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers. For more information: ivanhoecambridge.com.
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Toronto/CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is celebrating a very successful 2016/17 fiscal year by confirming that it hosted 569 events and generated over $500 million for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario in total direct spending economic impact from April 2016 to April 2017. Based on the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM), the MTCC also sustained 5749 jobs in the city and generated $163 million in taxes.
As well, the Centre confirmed a total of 13 citywide conventions for future years last fiscal year, 11 from the United States. This represents the highest number of major convention wins from the United States within one fiscal year in more than a decade. It was also a record year for the MTCC's gross revenue, which totaled $65 million.
Looking forward to fiscal year 2017/18, Canada's leading convention and trade show facility projects a record-breaking summer as it will host an unprecedented eight international and U.S. citywide conventions from June to September 2017. These citywide conventions will gather worldwide thought leaders across a variety of subjects including law, midwifery, sports medicine, and education. A complete list is below.
“We are thrilled that our strong 2016/17 fiscal year generated significant economic benefit for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario as we remain committed to making a positive impact in our community,” said Barry Smith, President and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “We look forward to building on our achievements and creating new successful events for attendees from around the world in fiscal year 2017/18.”
Dentons Partner Meeting - June 8-18 2017
2017 International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 31st Midwives Triennial Congress – June 17-22 2017
Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) Toronto 2017 – June 27-29 2017
Enterprise World 2017 (Open Text Corporation) – July 11-14 2017
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting – July 20-23 2017
The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017 – July 25-28 2017
The North American Bridge Championships 2017 – July 20-30 2017
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting and Exposition - August 12-15 2017
About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 33 years, the Centre has hosted over 20,000 events and has added $5.8 billion in direct spending economic impact to the community. For further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.
SOURCE Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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Niagara Falls ‒ Niagara Falls Tourism has entered into a partnership with the Scotiabank Convention Centre to manage and deliver their Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) program. As part of this new partnership, the former program has been given a full rebrand under the name Niagara Falls Business Events.
“Seeing the success the Convention Centre has had in the Canadian and US markets, it made perfect sense for us to partner with them on this program”, said Jon Jackson, Executive Director of Niagara Falls Tourism. “The team who built the MC&IT program for Niagara Falls Tourism laid a very strong foundation. Through our new partnership with the Scotiabank Convention Centre, we will continue to grow Niagara Falls’ presence in this segment, delivering stronger results for the tourism industry and the city as a whole.”
Noel Buckley, President and General Manager of the Scotiabank Convention Centre, suggests “the idea behind this partnership begins with the fact that Niagara Falls is a dominant leisure destination, with millions of people visiting here each and every year. An opportunity like this to consolidate resources and strengthen Niagara Falls’ reputation in the business events world is something we wouldn’t turn away from. Actually it’s all part-and-parcel of what our sales and marketing team do right now on a daily basis. For Niagara Falls Tourism to propose we take the lead on the MC&IT program speaks to the level of confidence they have in the Convention Centre team.”
The destination and its stakeholders stand to benefit significantly from the positive impacts that come directly as a result of hosting more meetings and conventions. “The goal is to increase the number of business events in our city so that we have more people filling hotel rooms, eating in our restaurants and visiting our world-class attractions, which ultimately creates more industry jobs” said Jackson. Buckley added, “This approach is a more effective way of opening additional doors for the destination, and driving the kind of business travel that complements Niagara Falls’ booming leisure tourist market.
In line with this partnership, Niagara Falls Business Events is proud to announce the official re-launch of fallsmeetings.com. Corporate meeting planners and association executives are encouraged to visit the website and discover some of the many reasons why their next business event should take place in Niagara Falls. The team can also be reached individually by phone and email.
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Dixon, Vice President Sales
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Forest Kenney, Communications Manager
Niagara Falls Tourism
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Telephone: 905-356-6061 ext. 5240
About Niagara Falls Tourism | www.niagarafallstourism.com Niagara Falls Tourism is the official destination marketing organization for Niagara Falls. A membership based organization, our mission is to provide leadership and focus to foster, develop and promote the tourism industry in Niagara Falls increasing visitors’ experiences.
About Scotiabank Convention Centre | www.fallsconventions.com The Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) is Niagara’s largest conventions and meeting facility. Located directly inside the Fallsview Tourist District, and offering 288,000 square feet of flexible event space, this state-of-the-art venue regularly hosts visitors and professionals from all over Canada and the US.
About Niagara Falls Business Events | www.fallsmeetings.com Niagara Falls Business Events (NFBE) is an affiliate program of Niagara Falls Tourism operating with a mission to make the destination a top-of-mind choice for meetings, conventions and events. We believe Niagara Falls is one of Canada’s most exciting conference and event destinations and are eager to share our city and region’s world-class products and services with Canadian and international visitors.
Ontario, Canada: CanSPEP, in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon, recently awarded four event entrepreneurs with educational scholarships to attend the CanSPEP annual conference July 27-29, 2017 in Charlottetown, PEI.
We are pleased to announce this year’s Scholarship winners as follows:
Each of these planners will receive $1,000.00 to be used toward a one-year CanSPEP membership, registration fees to attend the annual CanSPEP conference in Charlottetown, and assistance with related travel costs.
Our winners’ responses on the scholarship application averaged the highest scores based on three independent reviews. We will be thrilled to have them join us at the conference and look forward to getting to know each of them.
Award sponsor Candice Schierling of Tourism Saskatoon had this to say about our scholarship winners: “Tourism Saskatoon is excited to be a partner in creating opportunity for education and membership with an outstanding organization like CanSPEP. We received such positive feedback from bringing forward the scholarship program in its inaugural year that we wanted to continue the opportunity for new planners to participate and grow their knowledge base as well as assist CanSPEP in increasing membership. It has been a win-win all around and we send huge congratulations to the recipients”.
Special thanks to the Scholarship Committee -- Meagan Rockett, Carly Silberstein and Dustin Rivers -- for their efforts to revise the scholarship program and criteria, and for their assistance with the evaluations.
About CanSPEP: CanSPEP, is a leader in Canada’s entrepreneurial event management industry. Leading in education and standards, we believe in a great rapport, supporting our industry and building connections. With over 100 members CanSPEP engaged in a comprehensive member survey looking at their “members” spend influence and at a more strategic approach in supporting our entrepreneurial members. CanSPEP reports a significant and direct influence with their clients for many aspects of an event from venue selection, audio visual to overall project management. CanSPEP is a definite leader in the events industry with a report member spend influence of over $58 million dollars a year.
Toronto, Canada - resiada announces the launch of a revolutionary new cloud-based application that takes the stress out of managing your meeting and events housing room block, available at https://resiada.com/
The foundation on which resiada was born was to redefine the meeting and event housing management experience. “Our mission is to innovate through continuously challenging the status quo and enhancing the experience, not just for guests, but for the planners as well,” says Jennifer Beatty (Holly), Managing Director of resiada. “We know how hard event planners work, but we want to help them work smarter rather than harder; we want event professionals to ‘Rest Easy.'”
An uncluttered user interface and elegant design make setting up an event in resiada straightforward, but its strengths lie in its capabilities for users to manage multiple venues, room-blocks, and sub-blocks. “With Resiada, there’s no more chasing individual hotels for pick-up reports,” remarked Jennifer.
The uniqueness of resiada is that it enables planners, DMO’s (Destination Marketing Organizations) and sporting events/associations an additional revenue generating opportunity, along with detailed real-time analytics and reporting to monitor the progress of hotel room bookings to help avoid attrition altogether
A veteran of the Meetings and Conventions industry for 15 years (11 of which she spent working for DMO’s), Jennifer is one who knows all too well the importance of attrition issues and how it can impact an organization and their conferences. “Why not fix the problem at the beginning and reset the process by being in control of your room block management with resiada.”
Additional support options are available to resiada users which include; call center, technical support and as well as dedicated account managers to help oversee your event. From start, to finish, resiada enables you to be in complete control of your events, and as a cloud-based solution, access to data and reports are available anywhere, anytime.
Learn more at resiada.com.
As of today, the Halifax region’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), formally known as Destination Halifax, has changed their name and brand to Discover Halifax, along with a brand new business strategy and fresh programs.
This morning at the Halifax Central Library, Discover Halifax hosted an event packed with over 150 local leaders and members of the business and tourism industry to announce a new strategic direction for the DMO, including stating their intention to make Halifax globally recognized as the favourite city in Canada.
“The rebrand came from a strong consensus within our organization and community that we need to evolve with the changing needs and behaviours of visitors. Essentially, we’re making changes to improve our relationship with visitors once they arrive and with tourism businesses all across the Halifax Regional Municipality,” said Ross Jefferson, President & CEO, Discover Halifax.
With its refreshed brand, Discover Halifax announced their intent to re-haul their membership program and is launching a new visitor experience program that targets and speaks to visitors who are already in-market. The change reflects the need to do more than just bring visitors to our destination, but to ensure they discover the best of Halifax once they get here. Additional changes to existing programs and marketing efforts also to come.
This is not the first time that the organization has rebranded. In its inception in 2002, Discover Halifax was known as the Greater Halifax Conventions & Meetings Bureau, which eventually merged with the Tourism Marketing arm of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Culture and Heritage Department to become known as Destination Halifax.
“Now, 15 years later, it’s time for the next step forward, complete with a new name, strategy and brand that better represents our organization’s goals and purpose. With that being said, we are also making changes to improve our relationship with visitors, our community and with tourism businesses across the entire Halifax region,” continued Jefferson.
“In previous years, we targeted our marketing efforts towards visitors planning their trip to Halifax, but we stopped the communication at their arrival. That aspect of our strategy has already changed and will continue to be improved upon in the coming months,” said Erica Pellerin, VP Marketing & Communications, Discover Halifax.
The launch of the rebrand was timed around Tourism Week in Canada, which runs from May 28 to June 3, 2017, and aims to bring attention to the significant economic impact and opportunities created by the tourism industry. This is tremendously timely, as now more than ever, tourism is BIG business in Halifax:
“To ensure tourism and the positive impact it has on our economy stays strong, we`ve had to evolve, and it’s a transition that we are absolutely thrilled with,” said Jefferson.
About Discover Halifax
Discover Halifax is non-profit, membership-based marketing and sales organization in partnership with the Halifax regional government, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Discover Halifax’s goal is to promote Halifax as a destination of choice for leisure and business travellers.
Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays each year, who spend $1 billion. Halifax alone represents over 54% of all visitation to Nova Scotia, and 24,000 Nova Scotians are employed by the tourism industry.
TORONTO/CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is proud to announce that it has been honoured with the 2017 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award and the Certificate of Building Excellence in the public assembly category by the Building Owner's and Management Association of Toronto (BOMA).
The TOBY Award and the Certificate of Building Excellence are prestigious recognitions awarded to facilities with the highest levels of quality in many categories of building operations including energy conservation, building performance, security standards and community impact.
Recognized as the first convention centre in Canada to offer clean renewable power, the MTCC continues to reduce its environmental footprint every year by diverting 90 percent of event waste from landfills and implementing successful strategies to reduce energy and water consumption.
Other notable sustainable practices include the upkeep of beehives on the South Building's roof and the recent implementation of the innovative app Voyage Control to reduce the C02 emissions during the delivery move-in process for trade and public shows. The MTCC also partners with Red Door Family Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and the Toronto District School Board's Arts Junktion Program to donate various materials per year and provides approximately 19,000 kg (approximately 60,000 meals) of food to local organizations including Margaret's Housing, Second Harvest, and the Toronto District School Board's Nutritional program.
This latest honour, consistent with the MTCC's strong commitment to environmental sustainability and positive community impact, follows the South Building's recent BOMA Canada Platinum level certification, based on an impressive 93 percent score received in categories including energy conservation, waste reduction, indoor environment, and environmental management systems.
"We are thrilled to be receiving this industry recognition, which reflects our team's effort and dedication to environmental sustainability", said Vince Quattrociocchi, Vice President of Operations at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "This award also recognizes the Centre's enduring commitment to operating a first class facility for our customers and their guests while also giving back to our community."
"As the producer of over 200 trade shows, consumer shows and conferences at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre since 1989, we are delighted that the building has received the recognition that it so rightfully deserves", said George Przybylowski, Vice President, Construction & Real Estate at Informa Canada. "The Centre is continually being updated and revitalized to ensure that it is providing high quality space for a diverse set of clients and purposes. Congratulations on your TOBY".
About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 30 years, the Centre has hosted over 18,000 events, entertained more than 55 million guests and has added $5.1 billion in direct spending to the community. For further information, please visit: http://www.mtccc.com
SOURCE Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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MONTRÉAL/CNW Telbec/ - At its annual general meeting held last friday at the Courtyard Marriott hotel, Tourisme Montréal announced the names of its board members for the upcoming year. The board will continue to be chaired by Raymond Bachand, who will be joined by 15 members.
"I would like to thank our board members for their excellent work, leadership and ideas on how to effectively manage the various tourism issues that Tourisme Montréal is tasked with. They have demonstrated remarkable dedication to developing one of Québec's most profitable industries," said Raymond Bachand, Chairman of the Board at Tourisme Montréal. "In addition, I would like to welcome the three new members joining our board this year, namely Madeleine Féquière, Nathalie Hamel and Philippe Sureau."
"On every level, 2016 was a record year, with tourism having a very positive impact on Montréal's economy. The city welcomed more than 10.2 million tourists, bringing in more than $3.3 billion in tourist dollars. I would also like to highlight Tourisme Montréal's outstanding performance," added Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
The members of the board are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Raymond Bachand, Chairman of the Board
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
Logifa service informatique
President and CEO
Delta Hotels Montreal
Director and Corporate Credit Chief
Steering Committee, Montréal métropole culturelle
Gilbert Stratégies Inc.
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
Aéroports de Montréal
President and CEO
President and CEO
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
President and CEO
Hotel Association of Greater Montréal
Director, Government Affairs
Community Relations – Québec / Atlantic
Co-Founder of Transat A.T. and corporate director
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position Montréal as a destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
For more information, visit www.mtl.org.
SOURCE Tourisme Montréal
CSI globalVCard and Vision Travel Bring Single-Use Virtual Card Payments to Canada's Business Travel Industry
Toronto/CNW/ - Vision Travel, a leader in travel management in Canada, and CSI globalVCard, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions, announce the integration of Concur Compleat to their single-use virtual card payments partnership.
The partnership, which brought the security and control of virtual cards to corporate travel in Canada, now offers automated functionality. Vision Travel places CSI globalVCard's highly secure virtual card numbers directly into Concur, automating and streamlining reservations. Vision Travel is the first travel management company in Canada to introduce virtual card payments to their customers.
"Vision Travel is committed to a personalized and responsive approach to the business of travel," said Brian Robertson, President, Vision Travel, Ontario-West. "This partnership advances our capabilities and gives corporate travel clients highly secure payments that are customized, controlled and easier to reconcile."
The integration solves the following pain points:
Juliann Pless, SVP, globalVCard Travel commented, "Our integration with Concur Compleat allows Vision Travel to offer next level service by saving time and increasing the security of payments. It's exciting to play such a pivotal role in the expansion of virtual travel solutions into the Canadian market. We are looking forward to this evolving partnership with Vision Travel."
About Vision Travel
Vision Travel is an established leader in travel management in Canada, employing 725 travel professionals. The company has provided a full range of corporate travel services to a wide spectrum of Canadian companies since 1953. www.visiontravel.ca.
About CSI globalVCard
CSI Enterprises has provided innovative payment solutions to world leading brands for nearly 30 years. The company's highly secure financial payment products include the globalVCard® virtual payment solutions and award-winning mobile applications. GlobalVCard offers duel issuing capabilities with international partner PPS and is also a member of ACTE and GBTA. www.csiglobalvcard.com.
The newly redesigned Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre commits to providing the ultimate guest experience
Toronto/CNW/--The Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre location announces the completion of their multi-million dollar transformation. As a part of the ongoing reinvention of Marriott Hotels, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is enhancing its guest experience, evoking the charm, confidence and quality long associated with the Marriott Hotels brand. Whether travelling for business or leisure, sophisticated shopping weekend, romantic get-away or cozy staycation with the family, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre hotel has curated the best guest amenities along with the flagship brand's signature premium updates, elevating it as one of the city's most iconic, and conveniently located, upscale hotels.
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre now offers guests a Greatroom lobby—a stylish hub of the hotel that serves as a great social gathering place for both day and night. The contemporary décor and layout provides guests a space to relax, collaborate with colleagues, or wind-down after a productive day.
Guests can upgrade to the concierge level where they'll be welcomed with a preferred selection of snacks and beverages throughout the day, including a complimentary full breakfast buffet, or end their day with a relaxing nightcap, indulging in chef-inspired hors d'oeuvres.
The spacious design and sleek décor extends to the guests rooms inviting your to lounge in luxury. Hotel rooms have been transformed to feature brand new 49" flat screen TVs in guest rooms and 55" flat screen TVs in all suites. New furnishings include large chaise lounges that double as a pullout bed. Deluxe walk-in showers and spa-like lighting provide a relaxed and upgraded bath experience. Coming soon, guests will appreciate the convenience of the Marriott's innovative mobile keyless to gain entry into their rooms.
Everyone will get the MVP™ experience, in the newly redesigned entertainment suite offered in each guestroom. MVP™ (Managed Video Platform) is a digital platform that replicates your in-home entertainment experience, seamlessly complimenting Marriott's GRE (Guestroom Entertainment) services. Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre provides access to Netflix, YouTube and more, as part of its ongoing commitment to creating the ultimate guest experience. As well, all Marriott Rewards members receive complimentary high-speed Internet access. Amenities include a newly renovated 24-hour fitness centre located on the 18th floor with breathtaking views of downtown Toronto, brand new equipment and an indoor pool; the perfect way to relax and unwind after a hard day of negotiations, or with the kids after a long day exploring Canada's largest city.
"We want our guests to experience forward-thinking, aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature," said Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels. "Marriott Hotels has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in travel to create experiences that inspire and push our guests' creativity. Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre has accomplished this and more and we know their guests will be thrilled."
Marriott Hotels brand is in the midst of a massive transformation, evolving everything from hotel design to associate training. Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre represents this evolution, echoing the sentiment that guests value personalized experiences and creativity. Last year, Marriott Hotels introduced delighted travelers with its mobile innovations global roll-out, its industry-pioneering two-way chat feature Mobile Request on the Marriott Mobile App. Guests and travel enthusiasts can visit www.travelbrilliantly.com to experience the countless ways Marriott Hotels continues to innovate to meet the needs of today's travelers.
Keeping with in the tradition of the traveler mindset: exploration, open minds, and new perspectives, Marriott hotels will be offering access to a selection of TED Talks and original TED content. Travelers staying at Marriott Hotels will now have access to thought-provoking and inspirational content to help jumpstart their own original, inventive thinking. The content is expertly curated by TED, with Talks that are topical and relevant to guests, including curiosity, innovation, travel and entrepreneurship. It's the perfect addition to the Marriott's robust and holistic guest experience.
Proud of its revamped renovations, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is truly charting the course for all hoteliers and travellers across the country, rounding out their commitment to providing every guest with the ultimate away-from-home experience.
Browse through the hotel's website to find out more. High resolution photos available.
About Marriott Hotels
With nearly 550 hotels and resorts in over 55 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest's stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. Marriott Hotels is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. Stay connected to Marriott Hotels on Facebook, @marriott on Twitter and @marriotthotels on Instagram.
SOURCE Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada
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