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August 10, 2017
Destination Direct Canada Announces Departure of Two Principals

The partners behind the highly successful venture Destination Direct Canada wish to announce the departure of two of the four principals.

The departure of Jennifer (Holly) Beatty of Hollyworks and Doreen Ashton Wagner of Ashton Wagner Enterprises Inc. is taking place for completely unrelated reasons and the split is under amicable terms. Both women say their decision came down to a realignment of priorities in the face of competing time demands. Patricia Pearson of CanPlan Event and Conference Services and Chantel Beaupré of Say Something Communications will remain to manage the event for 2018.

Jennifer will be focusing on her growing business development efforts for resiada, a new Event Reservation Management solution that simplifies the housing management process and generates extra revenue for event organizers. Of course she continues to devote time to Meeting of the Minds, a collaborative group designed for Destination Marketing Organizations to engage in high-level discussions about the Canadian meetings industry. Jen wants to pursue other personal interests,  all while having a little more time to smell the roses!

Doreen will be continuing her work as Organizational Catalyst and professional event facilitator for Greenfield Services, and co-producer of The Engaging Associations Forum. Doreen also will be devoting more time to her passion project: ForLoveAndBusiness.com is a community for women entrepreneurs who are in business with a spouse or "significant other." Having been in business with her husband for almost 20 years, she knows about precarious the balance between love and business and she is dedicated to helping others learn through downloadable resources, online and live events.

Both Jennifer and Doreen wish Patricia and Chantel the very best for a successful Destination Direct in 2018.

August 10, 2017
The International Live Events Association Names 2017-2018 International Board of Governors

Chicago—The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is pleased to announce its International Board of Governors for fiscal year 2017-18. Members come from six U.S. states, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The role of the board is to govern, establish policy and make strategic decisions about the future of the organization.

Officers

  • President: Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, Owner/CEO, By Design Collective, Denver
  • President-elect: Sara Grauf, CSEP, Vice President, Giants Enterprises, San Francisco, California
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP, Managing Director, The JT Group, Port Melbourne, Australia
  • Immediate Past President: Judy Brillhart, CSEP, PBC, Catering Director, Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Directors

  •  Alex Gorriaran, CSEP, Senior Director, (add)ventures, Providence, Rhode Island
  •  Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP, CEO/Founder, The Simplifiers: Full Service Event Planning, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  •  Dana L. Macaulay, Director of Events and Operations, Sonoma County Vintners, Santa Rosa, California
  •  Gwen McNutt, CSEP, Regional External Affairs Manager, Comcast Cable, Chicago
  •  Tanya Posavatz, CSEP, Owner, CLINK, Austin, Texas
  •  Corinne Kessel, CSEP, Principal, Greenscape Design & Décor, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  •  Morgan Doan, CSEP, PWC, Event Planner & Designer/Owner, Morgan Events, San Francisco, California

We are pleased to welcome this exceptional group of event professionals to lead ILEA into the future,” said Christie Pruyn, CAE, ILEA Executive Director. “As the voice for the live events industry, ILEA is focused on change and re-invention to position ILEA for continued growth, and its members as industry leaders, for years to come.”

The new board went into effect at ILEA Live, Aug, 10-12, 2017 in Calgary, AB, Canada.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Ande Leslie
Marketing and Communications Manager
t: +1.312.673.5534
e: aleslie@ileahub.com

August 01, 2017
International Live Events Association Recognizes New Group of Certified Special Events Professionals (CSEP)

Chicago—The International Live Events Association (ILEA) proudly recognizes the following event professionals who recently earned the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation.

Kaelin Caldwell, Premium Franchise Brands
Sarah Cash-Darvell, Augsburg College
Jennifer Gowers, GoPro Event Solutions LLC
Jeffrey Hudson, Spacecraft Entertainment Elaine McLoughlin-Overhold, The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University
Jessica Ruth, Children’s Cancer Research Fund
Ondria Torres, NYC & Company
Erica Vasquez, MorEvents

ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards. The CSEP continues a remarkable progression as worldwide recognition of the live events industry continues to evolve. Now more than ever, professionals within the industry recognize the CSEP as an influential designation for the education and the promotion of professional ethics and standards. Earning the CSEP designation demonstrates a continuous dedication to enhance individual and professional performance, and ILEA congratulates each of these new recipients on earning this distinguished credential.

“ILEA has certified nearly 450 live event professionals with the CSEP designation to date,” said Judy Brillhart, CSEP, PBC, ILEA President. “Earning this credential proves to the industry that these live events professionals truly have the qualifications needed to produce live events.”

About the CSEP Credential
The Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability essential to perform all components of a live event. The CSEP designation offers a competitive advantage when soliciting business as either a live events industry planner or supplier. It represents proof of an individual’s professional market knowledge. Learn more about the CSEP at www.ileahub.com/CSEP.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Ande Leslie
Marketing and Communications Manager
t: +1.312.673.5534
e: aleslie@ileahub.com

August 01, 2017
Heidi Welker Appointed Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Partnerships

Toronto, ON—David Campbell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Freeman Audio Visual Canada, is pleased to announce the promotion of Heidi Welker to Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Partnerships.

“This new role is truly one Heidi alone created after leading the Marketing Group at Freeman since inception” said Campbell. “Heidi will lead the development of new and exciting cutting-edge research and development initiatives to help our customers and partners achieve their goals.”

In addition to these new responsibilities, Heidi will continue to remain engaged in the industry through her current roles on the PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees, Meetings Mean Business Board of Directors and 2017 CanSPEP’s Partner Advisory Council.

Heidi brings to the role a successful track record in driving organization growth through sales, business development and event marketing with over 35 years of experience in the industry. “I am thrilled to be taking on this new position within our organization”, said Welker. “We have so many great customers, venue and industry partners. I look forward to working in close collaboration with them to ensure their objectives are accomplished.”

About Freeman Audio Visual
As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Freeman Audio Visual uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Freeman invests heavily in maintaining and growing its stable of state-of-the-art technology around the world. Freeman Audio Visual provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change.

Freeman Audio Visual has a deep, rich history of success and has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Freeman Audio Visual will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit www.freemanav-ca.com

About Freeman
Recognized by Advertising Age as the world’s largest brand experience company, Freeman uses the power of integrated digital and live brand experiences to move markets, connect markets, connect people, support growth and generate revenues for the world’s leading companies and associations. Freeman derives insights that help define program strategies, target key audiences, deliver meaningful messages and drive revenues and results. Through its expansive network of offices, talent and global partnerships, Freeman has the reach and access that is unmatched in the industry. A family- and employee-owned company, Freeman is known for its stability, strength, customer service mentality and its success over its 90-year history. A values-driven company with a strong and purpose-built culture, Freeman is dedicated to making meaningful connections with audiences. This is accomplished through a process of continuous innovation and improvement. Freeman produces more than 4,300 expositions annually and 11,000 other events worldwide. Freeman has been awarded multiple consecutive J. D. Power awards for its Customer Call Center. For more information, visit www.freeman.com.

July 26, 2017
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Four New Member Hotels to Boost Its Convention Portfolio

Orlando, FL—Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the Meetings & Incentive marketplace, has expanded its worldwide portfolio and “ALHI Convention Collection” with the recent addition of four new member hotels. This includes:  the new InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf, slated to open in October 2017 on the beautiful Potomac River in Washington, D.C.; the grand and completely refurbished Omni Shoreham Hotel, offering 834 rooms in Washington, D.C.; the 1,059-room Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, the only AAA Four-Diamond convention hotel in downtown Atlanta; and the luxurious new 612-room Omni Louisville Hotel, opening in spring 2018 in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The announcement was made by ALHI’s Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot.

With the new additions, ALHI now offers 30 member hotels in its “ALHI Convention Collection.” ALHI’s worldwide portfolio features more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and which specialize in serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences and Exhibitions/Events (M.I.C.E.) marketplace.

“The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. and the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center are both outstanding convention hotels in cities of tremendous appeal for meetings and conventions,” said Sergot. “We are very pleased to add those two fine hotels to our portfolio, and very excited about the two exceptional new hotels that will soon open, the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf and Omni Louisville Hotel. All four hotels are terrific choices for groups.” 

Expected to open in October 2017, InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is the newest addition to the reimagined Wharf neighborhood. Ideally situated on the picturesque Potomac River, the hotel will offer 278 elegant guest rooms and suites with state-of-the-art touch panel technology, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and incredible waterfront views of Washington, D.C.  The sophisticated hotel will offer two on-site dining options, and will be very convenient to all of D.C.’s famous attractions. The hotel is only seconds away from major thoroughfares, just a few blocks to major transit stops, and four miles from Reagan National Airport.

Known for its stunning indoor and outdoor spaces, the grand Omni Shoreham Hotel has been hosting groups and guests in our Nation’s Capital since its opening in 1930. Now completely refurbished and restored to its original grandeur, the hotel is Washington, D.C.’s only AAA Four-Diamond convention hotel. In addition to featuring 834 guest rooms and several dining options, the hotel offers 24 meeting rooms totaling over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes seven ballrooms and scenic gardens for outdoor functions. The hotel is just 8 miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport, 34 miles from Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and 28 miles from Dulles International Airport.  

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the AAA Four-Diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is conveniently connected to the Georgia World Congress Center and is also the nearest hotel to the newly built Mercedes Benz Stadium. The hotel offers 1,059 spacious guest rooms and suites, which offer magnificent views of Atlanta’s downtown skyline, the lively CNN Center Atrium or Centennial Olympic Park. In addition, the hotel features 45 meeting rooms with more than 120,000 square feet of function space, which includes the 19,864-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Also providing three unique dining options, the hotel is just 12 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Opening in spring 2018, the luxurious Omni Louisville Hotel will be located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and will feature a unique design of intersecting towers that represent the crossroads of the past, present and future of Louisville. Inspired by the city’s rich history and authentic character, the hotel will offer 612 guest rooms and suites, and 65,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The latter will include the 20,000-square-foot Commonwealth Ballroom, the 10,000-square-foot Olmsted Ballroom, and 18 additional breakout rooms. Additionally, the hotel will have a full-service spa, fitness center, a rooftop café, and a speak-easy with bowling lanes. The hotel will be only 8 minutes from Louisville International Airport. 

InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf and the Omni Shoreham Hotel become ALHI’s fifth and sixth member hotels in Washington, D.C., joining such acclaimed hotels as:  the renowned Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., offering 397 newly renovated guest rooms; the recently renovated, boutique-style Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill; the renowned and centrally located The Watergate Hotel on the banks of the Potomac; and the elegant and prestigious Willard InterContinental, just two blocks from the White House.

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center becomes ALHI’s third option in Atlanta, joining the sophisticated 422-room InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta on Peachtree Road in the center of Buckhead, and the stylish 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel in the heart of trendy Midtown.

For more information about ALHI, any of its member hotels and resorts or Global Luxury Alliance members worldwide, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office. For specific contacts, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your area. In Canada, call (905) 846-4477, email canada@alhi.com, and visit alhi.com .

About ALHI, with 250 Hotels & Resorts + Alliance Members
ALHI, established in 1986, is the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, providing one-call access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. Hired and authorized by member properties, ALHI features a distinctive portfolio of exquisite resorts, luxury-level city center business hotels, historic grand landmark hotels, lifestyle hotels, and boutique hotels. ALHI’s portfolio also features a Global Luxury Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. ALHI offers 21 Global Sales offices in the U.S., Canada and now London, providing extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide, at no cost to accounts. alhi.com

PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208 in the U.S. or klamonica@78Madison.com

July 25, 2017
ILEA Names Klaus Inkamp Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Chicago – The International Live Events Association (ILEA) today awarded the 2017 Klaus Inkamp Lifetime Achievement Award to David E. Merrell, CEO & Creative Director of AOO Events.

Awarded on an annual basis, the prestigious Inkamp Award is given to an ILEA member in recognition of his/her extensive contribution to ILEA and the industry. Additional criteria includes:

  •  Well-respected individual
  •  Individual has given selflessly to the industry
  •  Individual is highly ethical and above reproach
  •  Individual maintains participation in the industry

This year’s Klaus Inkamp Lifetime Achievement Award is industry leader David E. Merrell. For over 25 years it has been David’s philosophy that, “All special events truly demand a customized approach in order to fully achieve the client’s vision and purpose.” It is this vision, passion, and dedication, to each and every client, and to ILEA, that has inevitably led David and AOO Events, to become one of the most sought-after producers with a growing list of Fortune 500 and international corporations for product launches, corporate events, celebrity-attended fundraisers, and intimate weddings.

“I’m honored and completely humbled to be the ILEA 2017 recipient of the Klaus Inkamp Lifetime Achievement Award,” said David. “When I started out in this industry, I looked to ILEA to find mentors and drum up some potential business. What I gained from it and what I continue to gain from it, is a whole lot more. From my development as a business professional, to exposing me to an international stage, to securing clients, and especially the endearing friendships I have gained with so many, I attribute much of the framework of my success as an individual and a company to ILEA. For these reasons, ILEA will always be home, its members will always be family, and I will always feel a profound sense of responsibility to advance the messaging and branding of this great industry and its guardian angel, ILEA.”

“I cannot imagine a more fitting Inkamp Award recipient than David. His passion and dedication to our industry, and our association, has been unwavering,” said Judy Brillhart, CSEP, PBC, ILEA President.

David will be honored for his award at ILEA Live 2017, along with several other award winners, including ILEA’s Esprit Award winners. View the 2017 Esprit nominees here: www.ileahub.com/ilea-esprit-awards-home/2017-nominees. For more information on ILEA Leadership Awards, visit www.ileahub.com/events/spirit-of-excellence-awards.

For more information on, visit www.ilealive.com.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Ande Leslie at ILEA Headquarters
Marketing and Communications Manager
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
t: +1.312.673.5534
e: aleslie@ileahub.com

July 18, 2017
Soar Over 600 Feet at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka with New Dual Zip Line 

Minett, Ontario, Canada – Resort guests and day visitors can elevate their perspective this summer while soaring 600 ft. across the Five Bridges trail on the new zip line at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka! In partnership with SOAR Management, the resort is taking the Muskoka experience to new heights by offering this dual zip line daily from 10-5pm for $15 per zip run or $25 for two consecutive runs.  

Zip line users from 50 to 250lbs and at least 44” tall, climb the stairs of the 30 ft. launch tower where they are strapped in by the expert SOAR zip line team. When ready, each zip line riders can go solo, or two can race side by side, with dual zip capability. With speeds up to 40km an hour, midair “high-fives” are exchanged upon landing!  

Jeff Hill, owner of SOAR Management, wanted to expand on The Rosseau’s scenic views from 30ft above ground while adding an adventure experience to the resort.  

“As a well-known provider of authentic outdoor experiences and team-building activities in Ontario, SOAR wanted to incorporate the view with an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether that may be a family on vacation or a corporate group working on team building, the zip line will be an asset to the resort’s offerings.  The zip line can be utilized in so many ways by a variety of guests, especially during corporate challenges where it is built into a task list for teams to complete. “

This new adventure addition to the resort will create a fun family or group activity during summer, fall and late spring.  The zip line can be used in varying weather conditions including sunshine, overcast skies and light rain.  

Resort guests can also add more action to their day by exploring the resort’s nature trails with SOAR’s off-road Segway tours. Segway riders learn the basics from a SOAR professional and navigate their way around the fields on two wheels built for Muskoka’s rugged terrain.  At $59 per person for an hour, this activity is priceless for the memories.  

SOAR’s Waterfront Management, Zip line and Segway services run seasonally from May 1st to October 31st, while SOAR’s Team Building services operate year round at the resort.

About SOAR Management
Since 1995 SOAR Management has been helping organizations engage people, empower leaders and accelerate team building and development. SOAR helps organizations push the boundaries of their success to achieve peak performance, innovate and lead in their respective sectors. Expanding into Event Management and Recreation Services was a natural fit for the organization; as educators in business services and customer relations it is our business to understand what is required to deliver the best guest experience. SOAR successfully expanded to include opportunities to enjoy and grow to not only corporate clients but also families, first time visitors and special groups. Through the years, SOAR Management has built successful teams, managed complex relationships and infrastructure and created authentic and memorable experiences for all of his clientele from small, budding fishermen and women sitting on a dock, to CEOs with multi-million dollar needs. Visit us online at www.soarmanagement.com or on Twitter and Instagram @soarmanagement, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoarManagement.

About JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is a luxury conference resort two and a half hours north of Toronto, in Ontario’s scenic “cottage country”.  Recipient of two prestigious Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence and Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, the resort is set atop a bluff overlooking pristine Lake Rosseau.  Visitors enjoy inspirational views, intuitive service and the opportunity to explore nature on their terms. Visit us online, www.jwrosseau.ca, on Twitter and Instagram @JWMuskoka and facebook.com/TheRosseau

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are more than 75 JW Marriott hotels in over 25 countries countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 115 properties in over 35 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

July 13, 2017
Airbnb and Concur Expand Partnership to Provide Airbnb Listings Within Concur Travel

Expanding partnership to deliver more content to corporate travel management companies

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 13, 2017 /CNW/—Concur®, an SAP company and the world's leading provider of travel, expense and invoice management solutions, today announced the availability to view and book Airbnb listings embedded within Concur Travel.

Embedded listings allow travelers to search for Airbnb listings directly on the search results page of the Concur online booking tool. The tighter integration will deliver greater flexibility for businesses to offer alternative lodging choices to business travelers within their existing travel management program and policy framework while delivering the ease of use customers have come to rely on from Concur, with itineraries and e-receipts being automatically fed back to Concur to simplify expense reports. Concur is now the only online business travel booking tool with Airbnb listings.

Airbnb usage continues to show strong growth over time, with the number of business travelers expensing Airbnb accommodations increasing by 33% year-over-year in Q2 2017. In fact, employees from more than 250,000 companies in over 230 countries and territories use Airbnb for work. Concur Travel connects users seamlessly, while allowing organizations to maintain control over spend and compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.

“Our customers want to give their employees the ability to take advantage of Airbnb lodging, but within the framework and controls of their existing travel program,” said Tim MacDonald, Chief Product Officer at Concur. “We partnered with Airbnb to do exactly that. First with TripLink and now with Concur Travel integration, we are providing the control and visibility our customers require, while helping travel managers fulfill their duty of care needs.”

“The lines between business and leisure travel are blurring, with more and more of us combining business trips with weekend stays,” said David Holyoke global head of business travel at Airbnb. “Travelers often want to get out and absorb the culture of a city when they're traveling for business, while travel managers need visibility in to employee spend and whereabouts to support corporate policy and duty of care programs. We're excited to expand that opportunity through our partnership with Concur's industry-leading solutions to make Airbnb for business travel easier to book.”

Airbnb listings are expected to be available in the coming months. For more information, visit the Airbnb blog.

About Concur
For more than two decades, Concur, an SAP company, has taken companies of all sizes and stages beyond automation to a completely connected spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk. Concur's global expertise and industry-leading innovation keep its customers a step ahead with time-saving tools, leading-edge technology and connected data, in a dynamic ecosystem of diverse partners and applications. User-friendly and business-ready, Concur unlocks powerful insights that help businesses reduce complexity and see spending clearly, so they can manage it proactively. Learn more at concur.com or the Concur blog.

Media Contact:
Carrie Peters
Concur
+1-425-590-0311
Carrie.peters@concur.com

July 10, 2017
Montreal's Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel reopens

MONTREAL, July 10, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Following several years of planning and 12 months of work, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel has officially reopened and welcomed its first guests.

The hotel's owner, Ivanhoé Cambridge, had closed the property for a year while a major transformation was completed. The project objectives have been achieved with the collaboration, expertise and hard work of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and principally two Montreal firms: Pomerleau, the general contractor, who worked closely with Sid Lee Architecture on the project.

Starting today, guests can enjoy a totally renewed hotel experience, thanks to the efforts of the team and the commitment of the more than 600 employees of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Some 500 rooms are now accessible, along with all of the common areas, the Fairmont Gold lounge, the new CoLab 3 business campus on the third floor, with its vast outdoor terrace overlooking René-Lévesque Boulevard, Suite 1742 (site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic Bed-In for Peace), as well as the spa.

The other new "Queen E" experiences being introduced today include the Agora, Rosélys restaurant, Krema café, and Nacarat bar. Many more new features will be unveiled in the weeks to come, and all will enhance the unique experience of this pre-eminent hotel destination, while celebrating made-in-Montreal creativity and talent.

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.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travellers 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 3,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

July 05, 2017
CanSPEP Announces 2018 & 2019 Annual Conference Locations

The Annual conference is the association’s signature event that attracts professional event entrepreneurs and industry suppliers from across the country.  The conference focus is to deliver innovative business skill development and education topics that serve the business owner in this niche market. This key event also provides members with the opportunity to network with each other and suppliers to discover and strengthen business relationships.

CanSPEP is pleased to announce the confirmation of its’ Annual Conference Locations for the next two years:

2018 – Sudbury, Ontario; hosted by Tourism & Culture, City of Greater Sudbury

Thursday, July 26 - Saturday, July 28 - Radisson Sudbury Hotel

“Greater Sudbury is at the intersection of Indigenous, French and English Canada. It is a microcosm of the origins of Canada. We feel this emerging conference and meeting destination will be one our members will be thrilled to discover.” Says CanSPEP President, Tuesday Johnston-MacDonald.  “More than mining, this dynamic city is now a hub for tourism, a green city that is home to innovation and cutting edge research, and in particular, a place where diversity thrives.”

"We are pleased to be selected and eager to host the CanSPEP Conference in 2018.  Greater Sudbury's unique offerings paired with our Northern Hospitality are sure to make a memorable experience!" says Paul Schweyer, Major Events Development Officer, Tourism & Culture, City of Greater Sudbury.

2019 – St. John’s Newfoundland; hosted by Destination St. John’s

Thursday, July 25 - Saturday, July 27 - Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland

“We’re off our heads with excitement to be chosen as your 2019 host destination!  

July is the perfect time of year to experience close encounters with our majestic whales and it’s always a perfect time to experience our slightly off-kilter yet magical storied city that we love to call home!  We can’t wait to welcome you!” says Krista Cameron, Director of Sales at Destination St. John’s. 

“We can’t wait to be welcomed!” says, Patricia Pearson, in-coming CanSPEP President.  “We understand that there have been a lot of changes in the Meetings and Events offerings in St. John’s in the last number of years.  Our members will be excited to get the chance to explore new and updated venues while enjoying one of Canada’s most unique cultures”.

About CanSPEP: The Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) is a dynamic, diverse and innovative society of Independent Event Professionals with a leading national voice in the event industry and is the only association in Canada that offers exclusive membership to event planner entrepreneurs.  Formed in 1996, the association provides forums in which members exchange ideas, develop skills through educational programs and creates opportunities to explore business development.

Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald
2016-2017 President
Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP)
613-288-4539 (Association Office)
info@canspep.ca