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January 15, 2018
Renaissance of a Landmark Hotel

A beloved and iconic destination hotel in Atlantic Canada has undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation designed to enhance guest experience down to the smallest detail.

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is proud to launch the official unveiling of its elegantly redone spaces.

As an historic landmark with an unmatched location overlooking the downtown Halifax Public Gardens, the Lord Nelson has hosted meetings, events and special gatherings for nearly 90 years. From corporate conferences to grand celebrations, each occasion has been added to the list of visitor’s fond memories of the hotel.

As a commitment to securing the Lord Nelson’s future and its art deco past, Mani Suissa, President & CEO of Universal Realty Group and owner of the hotel, turned to the renowned team at Design360 led by Keri Koch. The collaboration resulted in the perfect blend of heritage refinement and contemporary style.

All 12,500 square feet of event space encompassing the majestic ballrooms, meeting rooms and corporate boardrooms have undergone a total restoration utilizing sophisticated and stylish design elements while preserving irreplaceable historic charm. Swarovski chandeliers illuminate the elegance of the newly hand-crafted ceiling moldings, and rich marble borders the exquisite wool carpeting. A gleaming new grand piano adds to the resplendent ambiance of elegant space.

Each of the 262 guest rooms have been completely remodeled including modern new flooring, plush seating and custom-made furnishings. No detail has been overlooked. Decorated in serene colours, the hotel accommodations are bright, airy and comfortable. Each room offers premium linens, 55” flat screen televisions, convenient work desks equipped with charging stations, and Nespresso coffee makers.

One of the unique features of an historic landmark is the ability to offer guests a selection of room types and layouts beginning with the efficient ‘Petite’ guest room to the spacious ‘Park View Suite’ boasting panoramic views of Public Gardens. Even the ‘Victoria Suite’, known famously as being a home-away-from-home for media stars such as The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney will be freshly transformed and available for VIP occasions.

So many people have a Lord Nelson connection. A story, a shared memory. One thing each of these guests have in common is an expectation of authentic Maritime hospitality in a uniquely beautiful space. Something the Lord Nelson has always offered but now, more so than ever.

For more information, please contact:
Lesa Griffin, General Manager 902-491-6137 | lesa@lordnelsonhotel.com
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 | 800-565-2020
lordnelsonhotel.com | Serving Excellence

January 10, 2018
PCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2018 Visionary Awards Professional Excellence Finalists

NASHVILLE, TN—Fifteen individuals will be honored as Professional Excellence Award Finalists at the 2018 Visionary Awards on May 2nc, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC. These awards annually celebrate exceptional individual contributions to the business events industry. The award winners will be announced live during the Awards Show. Registration will open this month to get a ticket for the Visionary Awards – the industry’s premier recognition event. 

Meeting Professional of the Year Finalists

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, President, Association for Women in Events
Carrie, described as passionate, connected, ethical and knowledgeable, has been a meeting professional for almost 15 years. She is the co-founder and current president of the Association for Women in Events, an organization dedicated to showcasing the professional advancement of women in all aspects of the events industry. Through monthly webinars and personal presentations at events, Carrie consistently helps event professionals to connect and share knowledge with each other. She is dedicated to shaking up the industry to ensure women are treated equally alongside their male colleagues.

Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, Chief Program Officer, Endocrine Society
Wanda has contributed a huge amount to both the meeting management and healthcare industries, over a 25-year career. To her peers, she’s an inspiring leader they regularly ask for insights, collaboration and capabilities. She’s also considered to be level-headed and strategic in her thinking. Through her continual involvement with PCMA, she has utilized her platform to better the industry; bringing her personality and influence.

Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP, Senior Director, Conferences and Events Management, Water Environment Federation
Stephanie is known for her helpful insights and tips on how to best handle a situation; she has been called a ‘beacon of light’ in the events industry by her peers. She freely shares her knowledge and experience, and is recognized by her team as someone who imparts excellent advice, though Stephanie finds it so natural to share, she’s unaware she’s doing it.

Supplier of the Year Finalists

Mary Beth Baluta, Regional Director of Sales – Washington DC, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau
Mary is known for her vigorous efforts in liaising with potential clients, convention bureaus and suppliers. She has an infectious positive nature and is a great listener, taking in every detail before offering an idea or possible solution. Mary also shows her dedication to her local PCMA chapter through her volunteer efforts and desire to do whatever is asked of her.

Chris FJ Lynn, Vice President, North America & Emerging Markets – Business Tourism, London & Partners
Chris is incredibly knowledgeable in the hospitality market and goes the extra mile to ensure that his customers have a great experience. He dedicates time getting to know his customers wants and needs before presenting a bespoke creative solution. Chris also devotes his energy to help elevate PCMA’s New York Area chapter. Despite being its past president, he consistently provides support for the chapter, most recently sponsoring 40 meeting professionals for an event. 

April Williams, VP – Business Development, Freeman
April has more than 20 years’ industry experience in sales strategy and technology and regularly demonstrates her professional excellence and exceeds client expectations. She recently helped transform the Endocrine Society event branding from being city-specific, to more value-orientated; aligned with the organization’s mission and vision. She also actively advises her clients to share insights on trends shaping the future, including technology with a purpose, data analytics, personalization and brand experience.

Community Advocate of the Year Award Finalists

Jeff Chase, Vice President of Sustainability, Freeman
Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience in the events and exhibition industry. In 2017, he worked closely with the Consumer Technology Association to advance the organization’s sustainability goals for its annual CES event. Jeff developed and implemented a waste management program to encourage the event’s 3,600 exhibitors to contribute unused supplies, such as tote bags, pens and notepads, as well as reusable building material from the stands, such as furniture and flooring. The Exhibitor Program diverted 19 trailer loads of materials from landfill and donated them to local non-profit organizations, including Teacher Exchange, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Opportunity Village.

Rachael Riggs, CMP, Manager, Meetings and Conventions Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver
Rachael has made incredible fundraising achievements throughout 2017. She single-handedly organized a charity drive for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, within one week of these destructive events. She gained approval from the tourism board to match the funds that were raised, wrote a press release and issued it, all in one day. Earlier in the year, Rachael organized a charitable component at Global Meetings Industry day, which involved attendees from industry organizations packing 750 ‘clean-the-world’ kits and donating them to several Chicago charities.

Ken Sien, CMP, Director, Strategic Accounts, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
Ken helped oversee the Maritz Global Events Human Trafficking Committee, building awareness of its course within Maritz and within the entire global events industry. He was involved in creating a town hall meeting where he introduced the company and key representatives to the app TraffickCam, which seeks to combat sex trafficking. Ken also works to identify deserving organizations in each city that hosts a company event, leading fundraising activities for each.

Event Designer of the Year Finalists
Supported by Maritz Global Events

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen
Phelps has impressive experience as an event designer, and has helped implement fresh ideas and experiential opportunities to meetings. Most recently, in October 2017, he redesigned the Girl Scouts Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which resulted in a shorter, more focused, event and a 50 percent increase in registrations.

Laura Metcalf Jelinek, CAE, Associate Vice President – Meetings and Travel, American Osteopathic Association
Laura is known for her creative and innovative approach to events. She recently created an event, which brought together members of the osteopathic industry. Laura used a mixture of music with arts and culture, to create an experiential environment for attendees. It was described as totally unforgettable.

Lisa VanRosendale, TEDster, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, FreemanXP
Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and was most recently named in M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry. Lisa, who is known for her innovative and immersive approach, is also a former TED speaker. Last year, she was responsible for leading a team that successfully organized each aspect of the Siebel Scholars 2017 Conference and in a post-event survey of attendees, 100 percent said they would attend another Siebel conference. 

Digital Event Strategist of the Year Finalists
Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

Nicole Armstrong, Vice President, Worldwide Events, MicroStrategy
Nicole is a champion for digital events, which she has demonstrated in her previous job roles as Sr Events Manager and Director of Stakeholder Relations at InternetSociety. This included overseeing the introduction and expansion of a series of digital event experiences for the company. Nicole will continue to utilize these skills in her new position at MicroStrategy.

Todd Helton, MBA, Senior Director, Meetings, Conferences & Online Learning Events, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)
Todd was one of the pioneering Meeting Professionals who saw the vision and value of Hybrid Live Events, launching the first AICPA Live Streaming Event in 2009. Over the past eight years he has grown the online program exponentially and has devoted a significant amount of time to providing thought leadership in this field. He gives speeches at leading meetings and takes part in industry panels and interviews.

Patrick McCrea, Senior Manager, Digital Events, HIMSS Media
Pat helps provide educational content and thought leadership programs to IT Healthcare Directors, Executives, Managers, and VPs. Through his work, HIMSS remains the leader in the IT Healthcare education space. He has created a solution that has ungated and gated content, a mix of content (editorial vs. sponsorship), and has collecting actionable data to help drive organic growth among subscribers. The solution is working, and makes the ROI valuable for participating sponsors.

About PCMA Education Foundation
The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at foundation.pcma.org .

Please contact Davies Tanner for all PCMA Media Relations and press releases at pcma@daviestanner.com or +44 1892 619100.

January 09, 2018
The International Live Events Association Recognizes Seven 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.

Tim Altbaum, Vario Productions
Lindsey Hollingsworth, Atlassian
Marcus Jones, Arizona State University
William Rathwell, The City of Calgary
Virginia Schlitt, Travaasa Experiential Resorts
Tom Sibbald, Jones Lang LaSalle
Julie Weeks, Jobe & Associates

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 is honored to recognize each of these new recipients on earning this distinguished credential.

“I am thrilled to acknowledge another group of certified event professionals with the CSEP designation,” said Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, ILEA President. “By earning this prestigious credential, these live events professionals are contributing to the industry’s overall knowledge base, removing performance uncertainty from clients’ minds and opening up market opportunities.”

About the Certified Special Events Professional Credential
The Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all components of a special event. The International Live Events Association (ILEA) endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards. 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

January 04, 2018
Bermuda Tourism Authority names CWW Canada as Canadian Agency of Record

Year-round destination to target Canadians with #OutHere365 campaign

TORONTO, ON – Bermuda Tourism Authority selected Connect WorldWide Canada (CWW Canada) as their new integrated Public Relations, Tourism Trade Marketing and Business Groups representation agency in Canada.

CWW Canada will launch an integrated marketing campaign called #OutHere365 to highlight Bermuda’s year-round attractions and tourism promotions.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with CWW Canada, a well-respected and innovative leader in the industry in Bermuda’s second largest international market,” said Victoria Isley, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Bermuda Tourism Authority. “Following on an increase in Canadian visitation to Bermuda in 2017, we are excited to launch this new partnership and are confident that CWW’s creativity will excite more and more Canadians to visit Bermuda.”

“We are honoured to work with the team at the Bermuda Tourism Authority,” says Charmaine Singh, President, CWW Canada. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell Bermuda’s story and showcase her unparalleled adventure and island life.”

Bermuda is easily accessible to Canadians with direct flights under three hours from both Air Canada and WestJet through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. To kick off 2018, Canadians can look forward to something special from Bermuda’s Pink Sale with over 10 hotels offering discounts up to 50% off until January 23, 2018.

For more information about Bermuda, visit: http://www.gotobermuda.com/pinksale

Media Contact: Ashton Marcus | ashton@cww.travel |416-341-0245

About Bermuda
Out here is closer than you think. Located in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina’s coast, the island of Bermuda is just a two-hour nonstop flight from most eastern U.S. airports. Attracting adventure seekers, explorers, romantics and originals, Bermuda is where people, cultures, and an alluring mystique swirl together, connecting visitors to a place far from everyday life. The island’s legendary pink-sand beaches, frozen-in-time historic towns, and pastel-coloured buildings stand out at first. But it’s Bermuda’s original, ever evolving take on island life that brings travelers out here again and again. The Bermuda experience is elegantly relaxed and genuinely warm, celebrating culture, reveling in nature and staying open to whatever is around the bend. Recently, the 35th America’s Cup, held in Bermuda May and June of 2017, brought a fresh energy to the destination, with new and redeveloped hotels, must-visit attractions and restaurants adding to the island spirit. www.facebook.com/bermudatourism and www.twitter.com/bermuda

About CWW Canada
CWW Canada is a full-service tourism marketing agency offering clients customized, integrated strategies. With over 10 years in the travel and tourism industry, our current portfolio includes NYC & Company, Visit North Carolina, Las Vegas, Arizona Office of Tourism, Visit New Hampshire, Experience Scottsdale, Choose Chicago and more.

December 15, 2017
Halifax Convention Centre Opens

HALIFAX – The Halifax Convention Centre hosted its official opening ceremony today, Dec. 15.

“The Halifax Convention Centre will attract thousands of new visitors from around the world to our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It will build on our booming tourism economy and help build a stronger Nova Scotia.”

The centre features 120,000 square feet of flexible event space including a mix of multi-purpose and meeting space including a spectacular ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown. The configuration was enhanced from the original design with more natural light, an above ground ballroom, two distinct convention levels and a floor of dedicated meeting space. 

“The Government of Canada is proud to celebrate the opening of the new Halifax Convention Centre, an impressive, modern facility that confirms Nova Scotia as a world-class destination,” said Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Investments in innovative and green infrastructure projects like this one are vital to creating middle class jobs, and providing sustained economic growth for our communities.” 

There are 90 events booked for the first year of operations in the new facility, bringing an estimated 75,000 delegates and more than $50 million in new money to the province. This includes 44 national and international conventions. 

“This new centre gives us the opportunity to show visitors everything that makes our city and our region unique,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “I know our guests will create great memories here that will inspire them to come back. It’s an exciting time in Halifax.”

The centre has planned a welcome weekend for the public to see the new space January 12-14. 

“We are ready to welcome the world to our brand new, state-of-the-art facility,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “Together with our community and partners, we look forward to delivering an amazing event experience for our guests that will make Nova Scotians proud.” 

The interior design of the facility was inspired by Nova Scotia’s culture, landscape and history and shaped by input received through a series of public consultations.

“This is more than a building, it’s a platform to connect Nova Scotia to a global audience,” said Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments. “I’m very proud to have built a facility that will serve as a gathering place, connecting our guests to the people and experiences that make our province so special.”  

The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial towers, public plaza, retail space and parking. It is the largest integrated development project in the province's history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totaling $169.2 million.

Media Contact:
Erin Esiyok-Prime
Halifax Convention Centre
902-421-1302, ext. 2791
Email: erin@halifaxconventioncentre.com

December 13, 2017
MPI Appoints Julie Holmen as Sales Leader for Canada, International Markets

WHAT: Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Julie Holmen to serve as Director of Business Development covering Canada, Europe and Asia, effective December 4, 2017. Based in Toronto, Holmen will be responsible for revenue generation and management of strategic partnerships for the association and the MPI Foundation within her assigned markets, and reports to Evan Casey, MPI’s Vice President of Global Sales.

DETAILS: Holmen has 20 years of experience working in the meeting and hospitality industries. Prior to joining MPI, she held sales leadership roles with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Tourism Toronto, and Delta Hotels. Holmen is also a member of MPI and has held volunteer leadership roles with the MPI Toronto Chapter. For more information on Holmen’s career background, check out her LinkedIn profile.

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 world.” www.mpiweb.org

MEDIA CONTACT:    
Sonya Thorpe Cobb, +1 972-702-3098, sthorpe@mpiweb.org 

December 13, 2017
Hosts Global's Alliance of DMCs Concludes Annual Conference to Drive Industry Best Practices

Hosts Global (Hosts), a strategic partner for meeting and event planners worldwide, recently concluded its annual education conference for participating Destination Management Company (DMC) members in Scottsdale, Arizona. This members-only conference harnessed the power of bringing together the best-of-the-best in the DMC industry to share knowledge and establish processes intended to not only elevate Hosts’ business operations, but also positively impact clients and industry.

“Since initiating this conference in 2016, our alliance business has grown significantly,” said Marty MacKay, DMCP, president of Hosts Global’s alliance. “A continued focus on industry best practices has strengthened our members individual businesses as well as our unified approach to service standards.”

The conference included four education tracks with tailored content specific for the key roles within the DMC business; owner, sales, operations and creative services. Over the three-day conference, each track narrowed in on industry hot topics, tools, trends and ideas to advance the global alliance’s DMC services.

An evening pajama jam sponsored by participating DMCs, Amusement Masters and Wet Paint Group, provided charitable give-back, networking and lasting bonds between attendees. All guests received Punjammies® garments manufactured by Sudara, an organization that invests in job creation and skills training for women in India who are at a high risk or survivors of human trafficking. Hosts’ alliance members were honored to support the cause and dress in the high-quality garments.

The conference concluded with leadership training from Kayla Curry, president of Organization Impact, LLC who led attendees in a group exercise focused on pushing momentum and preserving relationships through critical conversations. “I’m thrilled to bring leadership from each department of my company to Hosts’ best practices conference,” said Robyn Bass, DMCP, president, chief executive officer and owner of Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global Member. “We always gain valuable information that streamlines internal operations and improves our performance for clients. It was a privilege to co-chair this year’s education committee and is thrilling to be part of an organization that provides this level of focus on education.”

About Hosts Global: Hosts Global is a strategic partner for meeting and event planners worldwide. We offer full-service destination management solutions in over 300 locations through our global alliance of select DMCs. Our clients receive streamlined global planning, dedicated account management and superior execution of group programs including meetings, conventions, incentive programs and special events. Contact a Hosts global liaison at www.hosts-global.com to learn more about our services and locations. 

December 11, 2017
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Appoints Lorenz Hassenstein as General Manager

Toronto/CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of General Manager. Hassenstein joins the MTCC team after serving as General Manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Recognized as a dedicated leader, Hassenstein brings over 23 years of experience and an impressive record of accomplishment in general management, trade/consumer event management and strategic business development to his new role. Prior to his most recent position as General Manager at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, he held various senior leadership positions in the publishing, exhibition and event industries. Notably, he holds 10 years of experience as the Vice President and General Manager of Reed Exhibitions.

As General Manager at the MTCC, Hassenstein will provide leadership and vision designed to ensure the overall success of our Centre, while overseeing key operational areas.

"We are thrilled to have Mr. Hassenstein join our team and I am confident that he will bring valuable expertise to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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.

December 06, 2017
FICP Releases Q3 Survey Report

CHICAGO—Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) has released its second Pulse Survey Report, for Q3 2017. Featuring timely data on trends impacting both meetings professionals and hospitality partners within the FICP community, this survey initiative is intended to provide timely and relevant information to those across the meetings and events industry.

With its second Pulse Survey release, FICP also offers a look at how these trends have evolved in the second half of 2017.

Q3 Pulse Survey Highlights – Meetings Professionals:

 74% indicated the size of meetings being planned has remained the same, as compared to 53% in Q2. An increasing number of respondents also saw greater stability in the number of meetings being planned and lead time for meetings being planned as compared to earlier this year.

 Overall, 94% of respondents indicated that meetings professionals have influence on decision making with executives. While those with more than 6 years of professional experience and those at insurance companies indicated this in higher numbers, the majority of professionals at all experience levels and company types noted this influence at their companies.

 In spite of their general influence on executive decision-making, only 43% of respondents noted they contributed to dialogue about the U.S. Department of Labor Ruling or recent changes to the Canadian regulatory environment. This is an indication of the opportunity for meetings professionals to participate in discussions on topics with cross-functional impacts at their companies.

Q3 Pulse Survey Highlights – Hospitality Partners:

 In terms of frequency and pace of RfPs over the next six months, 89% expected business to increase or remain the same. This is similar to 92% who anticipated business to remain the same or increase in Q2.

 Seventy-five percent indicated having been either positively impacted or not impacted by merger and acquisition activity in both the financial services and hospitality industries. A common theme in open-ended comments to explain this impact was an expectation that mergers result in the need for more meetings.

 Meetings professionals at financial services or insurance companies are directly responsible for a significant volume of FICP hospitality partners’ business, with 32% indicating that 26-50% is from this source and 22% noting up to 75% of their business coming from these professionals. Those at chain hotels experienced the greatest volume of business from meetings professionals in the financial services and insurance industry. As a result of increasing food, labor and related costs, 49% of those hotel chain representatives also indicated that their F&B minimums were also increasing.

For a copy of the Q3 Pulse Survey Report, visit TheBlog on FICP’s new website.

FICP is a community of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals dedicated to developing members, and advocating the positive impact and value of their work. We elevate the profession by leveraging partnerships and our members’ collective skills and experiences to create purposeful interactions for all stakeholders whose professional success is linked to our members’ work. 

December 04, 2017
Montréal certified as an environmentally sustainable destination for meetings and conventions

MONTRÉAL /CNW Telbec/ Montréal has once again been certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards. Developed in partnership with Green Meetings and Events, the certification confirms the city's position as an environmentally sustainable destination.

Crafted by over 300 professionals from the business tourism industry, the ASTM-APEX standards are the first in North America to establish performance criteria for sustainable practices and responsible management systems used by tourism stakeholders in the meetings sector. The standards cover various aspects of event organization, including meeting venues, communications, audiovisual, transportation, accommodations, energy sources, onsite offices and exhibits.

"Montréal is a popular destination for conventions and international events of all kinds. This certification gives the city an edge in a highly competitive global market in which business clients are increasingly attuned to sustainable development and environmental issues. Tourisme Montréal has been working with the tourism industry for several years to pioneer an ambitious environmental shift," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.  

"The Palais des congrès de Montréal has been actively involved in sustainable development for many years and is proud to hold the ASTM Green Meetings Standards Certification. Our ambitious action plan is testimony to our commitment, with a comprehensive sustainable events program and an innovative Urban Agriculture Lab on our rooftop," said André Saucier, Vice-President, Finance and Administration and head of sustainable development at the Palais des congrès. "These initiatives contribute to positioning Montréal as a leading destination for sustainable conventions and to raising awareness among our clients."

"In an effort to pave the way, Montréal is committed to adopting exemplary practices in terms of sustainable development. In this capacity, we could not be prouder of this certification, which allows Montréal to be internationally recognized as a sustainable city. This certification is the result of numerous efforts towards integrating the principles of sustainable management in every facet of activity within our metropolis." said Mr. Jean-François Parenteau, member of Montréal's executive committee, responsible for citizen services, procurement, rolling stock and workshops, environment and sustainable development and mayor of Verdun borough.

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  

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to Montréal's international reputation as a premier host city. congresmtl.com

SOURCE Tourisme Montréal

For further information: Andrée-Anne Pelletier, Manager - Corporate Public Relations, Tourisme Montréal, 514-844-3344| 514-248-7844, aapelletier@mtl.org