Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. April 2010 Issue

APRIL 2010
Ignite - a spark of inspiration

We asked viewers to share a few handy business travel resources, whether it’s for help booking a last-minute business trip or arranging to take the whole team off-site somewhere new:

Sitting pretty. Everything your online booking tool might not tell you, SeatGuru can help you  choose the best airline seat for your pickiest travellers (you wouldn’t put them in the worst, would you?) based on advice from 25,000 frequent fliers and covering more than 700 seat maps for all major airlines.
Deal-finder. If you want to know who’s offering points or promotions (within your travel policy of course!) rewardscanada.ca  is Canada’s best independent resource tracking current points, perks and special offers by hotels, airlines and car rental companies.
Dot-com and dine. Find a restaurant wherever you’re headed and reserve a spot online at opentable.com. Look out for its growing “private dining” section at the bottom, to find and book banquet space and private rooms at listed restaurants in major cities.
Professional connections. Connect with corporate travel managers in the National Business Travel Association LinkedIn Group, or register to join the Association of Corporate Travel Executives ACTE Connect site. Both association sites are open to non-members.
Greener trips. Keep sustainability in mind when planning business travel using these Sustainable Travel Tips drawn from the upcoming April/May issue of Ignite magazine.
Mobile plans. If you’re not already connecting mobile travel itineraries through your travel management company’s online booking tool (and, why aren’t you?), worldmate.com can be used to automatically synchronize travel plans and meeting schedules with any mobile device or smart phone. 
Elite chatter. Get an earful of what die-hard road warriors have to say about any airline or travel issue in the discussion forums on FlyerTalk, a gathering spot where some of the world's most obsessed frequent flyers and travel pros gather to chatter.
Management resources. For perspectives on key issues around corporate travel management, including this 62-page Sustainable Travel Management Primer to help clean up your company’s footprint, the consulting arm of BCD Travel Advito’s Document Centre offers a valuable bookmark.

Connect to more corporate travel ideas and resources at ignitemag.ca, including our Hot Rates and Dates, for hotels and meeting spaces.


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Association of Corporate Travel Executives: A New Economy - A New Approach

When: May 16-18, 2010
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Why go:
Education sessions focused on your business needs, from leaders in global business travel and strategic meetings management.
What’s in it for you: A small investment in education that could land your organization millions worth of good ideas for managing travel and expenses.

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good to know
What employees want: more training and development
Training and career development is what today’s post-recession employee seeks in exchange for corporate loyalty, suggests a recent survey of employee attitudes by HR consulting firm Towers Watson. “The survey results tell us that what Canadians really want from their employers is the opportunity to learn and advance in their chosen professions along well-understood career paths,” says Ofelia Isabel, a Towers Watson leader in Canada with expertise in rewards and talent management. The recession has helped employees focus on what they need from their employers — 60% want more mentoring and 59% want more clarity on defined career paths.
Food trends that will influence special event menus
Keep your food and beverage selections on the cutting edge with a cue from these top 10 up-and-coming menu trends identified by nearly 400 professional chefs surveyed by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association:
1. Ancient grains, like kamut, spelt and amaranth
2. Gluten-free beer
3. Vegan entrées
4. Organic alcohol
5. African cuisine
6.  New cuts of meat
7.  Gluten-free cuisine
8.  Middle Eastern cuisine
9.  Quinoa
10.  Non-traditional fish, like branzino, barramundi
WestJet lands its frequent traveller perks program
Courting the frequent business traveller doing short-haul trips within Canada, WestJet has launched two new credit cards as well as a long-awaited Frequent Guest Program. The first reward level is a $50 credit for the first $1,500 spent in base fares. The WestJet Credit Card Program is offered in partnership with RBC and MasterCard, letting cardholders earn WestJet dollars on purchases. Every WestJet dollar accumulated can be used as cash toward the purchase of any flight on any date to any destination – including seat sales.

Fuel financial futures at Manulife
If you’re a strategic thinker and know what it takes to develop and support an elite network of financial advisors, consider a leadership job as Manager, Wealth Management Programs & Events in Manulife Financial’s Canadian Division Conference & Meeting Management Team. Apply here, or search the company’s career opportunities in Canada.

Make a career move for a cause
If you have five-plus years experience, plus know-how in social media and online fundraising, apply to work with partners of Canada’s largest cancer research hospital as Manager, Special Events, Third Party for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Toronto. See details for vacancy #623425.
Take flight against oppression
Bid to provide Corporate Travel Management services for the soon-to-open Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, responsible for servicing and tracking travel  and meetings for executives, staff and associates. Get details for reference 194124 on Merx before April 26, 2010.
Promote ‘Paris of the Prairies’
Play a part in destination marketing as Director of Convention and Event Sales for Tourism Saskatoon. From city bids to host events, to managing staff, this post calls for a minimum of six years of tourism marketing and sales savvy. Apply online at Workopolis or send email to awallman@tourismsaskatoon.com before April 30, 2010.


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