Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. December 3, 2014 Issue

DECEMBER 3, 2014

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

It's the beginning of December, and you've already been to three holiday parties. You will be on the road one last time before the Christmas break and you don't even want to think about the list a mile long that waits for you at home. Yes, it's that time of season, when you're running on fumes and flu germs lurk on every surface. Keep these handy tips in mind to protect yourself in the run up to the holidays, so you can enjoy them to the fullest.

In the run up to the American Thanksgiving holiday last month, Forbes ran an interesting, yet disturbing article on how to avoid the flu when travelling by air. Here's the dirt—no pun intended. Stay away from an aisle seat, people tend to touch the armrests as they walk by. Those seatback pockets are a virtual biohazard and the trays are none too clean either. Best to carry alcohol based wipes and give the armrest and tray a swipe before you touch them. Use those handy wipes or hand sanitizer often.

Stuck beside a sniffling passenger? Try to move, but if you can't try to aim your overhead vent to blow the air in front of your face. It may help to force some germs away from you and increase your chances of staying healthy.

Pack a couple of snacks for the plane like almonds, fresh fruit, and protein packed Greek-style yogurt. Try to drink green tea, as the polyphenols in the plant help to boost your immune system.

Salut! With plenty of parties and the usual holiday cheer, did we mention to stay hydrated with plenty of water? The full force of internal heating systems also adds to the feeling of dehydration. From all of us at Ignite, have a wonderful holiday season!

Look for tips on staying healthy while travelling at ignitemag.ca. To share your own best practices with other readers, meet us on facebook, twitter or at IgniteMeetingsConnect.

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Save the date

Inspire with MPI/ISES Calgary

When: December 10, 2014
Where: Epcor Centre, Jack Singer Concert Hall
Why go: The Calgary chapters of MPI and ISES have teamed up for their annual industry event to network with colleagues and celebrate the holiday season.
What's in it for you: Guest speaker David Merrell will talk about the "Business of Creativity" to help you manage the fine line between client budgets and event designer's great ideas. If you act today (Dec. 3rd), you can still get in on early-bird pricing.

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Good to know

Trends for 2015
Generally speaking, improving economic conditions are pointing towards a stable year for 2015 in the meetings and events space. The 2015 Meetings and Events Forecast by CWT points to tougher negotiations on attrition and cancelation clauses and hotel rate increases in major markets where meeting space is at a premium. Hybrid events are expected to proliferate to attract and reach a wider audience, as North American planners implement these events as part of an environmentally conscious strategy. Compliance will continue to be a main focus for the meetings and events industry as the Sunshine Act, which comes into force in January 2015, will impact meetings for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Gatwick Expansion
The Gatwick Airport in London celebrates its fifth birthday with a roll out of a £1billion spending spree that includes the transformation of the North Terminal Building. Improvements include: a brand new check-in area phased in over the next two years; a full refurbish of the arrivals area; new security areas to be completed in 2016; and a new departure lounge and revamped retail space. Over £250 million will be earmarked for new infrastructure that includes elevators and escalators. In the last five years, total passenger numbers have grown by over six million. Gatwick services 46 of the top 50 European business cities.

2015 Outlook Looks Bright
It's full steam ahead for incentive programs for the second year in a row, according to the Site Index Annual Study on motivational travel. Just over half of the respondents (52 per cent) say that incentive travel will increase over the next six months. The use of social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter has increased for the marketing of incentive travel programs, although 41 per cent of program developers don't measure the effectiveness of their social media campaigns. This year, 57 per cent of respondents said they decide on a potential destination based on the value of their currency in relation to the destination's currency.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Nirvana Within Reach
lululemon athletica is looking for a full-time community events manager to be based in Vancouver. You will be responsible for the strategy, planning and implementation of large-scale events. You will manage a strong team of internal coordinators and recruit the best external contractors to make these events happen. You will also research and present to management recommendations for future expansion opportunities. You have a Bachelor's Degree in Arts, Business or a related field, experience in athletic event management and strong communication skills.
Facility Coordinator
The MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina is searching for an events and rental coordinator to develop and deliver event programs for the facility. You will respond to inquiries about renting the gallery and meet with clients and internal staff to plan events, review guidelines and fees and coordinate event set-up and take-down. You will have good general office skills and be able to work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Global Events
If you're ready to take your career experience to the next level, Scotiabank has a position open for a manager in the global event management division. The successful candidate will independently design and execute client events and internal conferences. For larger events, you will be a part of a team under the senior manager of global event management. Key competencies include: developing strategic objectives for client events, sourcing suppliers and managing budgets, and the successful execution of events upon approval. You will have a minimum of eight to 10 years of event experience, an industry designation (CMP or CSEP), and the ability to independently manage and execute assigned programs.
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