Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. February 4, 2015 Issue

FEBRUARY 4, 2015

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

The IMEX Group, organizers of the annual IMEX trade shows in Europe and the US, identified four key trends for meetings in 2015.

Come and Play:

Gamification will continue to have an impact on the meeting and events space, helping attendees to engage, connect and explore. Playfulness and creativity will be a primary mechanism for transforming business operations, according to Brian Burke, vice president at Gartner. He says that gamification can help change behaviours, develop skills and drive innovation.

App This:

The IMEX/QuickMobile global survey reports that 60 to 63 per cent of all respondents have used a mobile app for at least one of their events in the past two years. Expect to see apps linking across different media platforms, especially websites, and interacting with live messaging, polling and feedback.

Free to Roam:

Meeting space and formats will impact on meeting design. Expect to see shorter meeting times, or even walking meetings where everyone is standing. Washington University research suggests that workers are more engaged, less territorial and more collaborative when they're working on a project while standing upright. There's even the "slow meetings" trend where face-to-face meetings mean just that—no electronic devices are allowed.


Previously only in the mindset of spiritual gurus, the positive benefits of meditation have been espoused by the likes of Marc Benioff of salesforce.com and Rick Goings of Tupperware. Meeting keynotes, sessions and formats will include a singular, introspective focus, to be more powerful and authentic as a way of conducting business.

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Central Counties: Your Conference Destination!
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Save the date

Industry Icons – Celebrate the Legacy

When: March 12, 2015
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
What's in it for you: It's a special anniversary of the Toronto MPI Awards, as the chapter celebrates a quarter century of history and honours the icons of the industry. A dollar from each registration will be donated to the MPI Foundation for scholarships and grants to Canadian members.

More industry events at Ignitemag.ca


Good to know

Coast-to-Coast Service
WestJet has announced enhanced regional service in Eastern Canada with the 2015 summer schedule. Halifax will be the centre of the service increase with WestJet Encore's service. There will be non-stop daily service from Halifax to Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Sydney, Nova Scotia, beginning on July 15. There will be an increase in frequency between Halifax and Ottawa, Toronto and St. John's, Newfoundland. WestJet will also initiate a new daily non-stop service between Halifax and Glasgow, U.K.

Successful Business Trips
Research recently done by CWT Solutions Group surveyed the traveller's perspective on successful business trips. Of 10,000 responses, about 88 per cent of all trips were successful, 9.5 per cent were rated as average, while 2.5 per cent of trips were unsatisfactory. Not surprisingly, there is a pattern for success. Savvy road warriors arrange multiple meetings per trip, each additional meeting reduces the likelihood of an unsuccessful trip by 10 per cent. The longer in advance the trip is planned increases the likelihood of success. The same goes for the amount of time scheduled for each meeting. When face-to-face time is at least an hour long, your chances of a successful trip increases threefold.

Baha Mar Reveal
By Laura Bickle
Billing itself as The New Riviera, the Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas prepares to open the doors on March 27. The resort boasts four luxury hotels—Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, Rosewood at Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar and SLS LUX at Baha Mar—offering a total of 2,200 guestrooms. The 100,000 sq.-ft. casino acts as the hub of the property and—unlike other casinos that try to shield players from the outside world—features stunning views of the ocean. Designed to celebrate Bahamian culture, local art is featured throughout the resort and is curated by The Current, headed up by famous Bahamian artist John Cox.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Very Vine
Ensuring guests have an exceptional experience at Inniskillin Estate Winery will be your guiding principle as assistant event manager for public, corporate and internal groups. You will act as the main point of contact for event groups, confirming details, outsourcing third party suppliers, as well as executing events and follow up. You will have a post secondary education and a minimum of two to three years in event service experience.
It's in the Stars
The groups and events department of Cineplex is recruiting for the position of event coordinator, reporting to the manager, events and program development. You will work with the groups and events sales team to facilitate the in-theatre program. Strong interpersonal skills and organizational abilities, as well as a minimum of five years of theatre or hotel management experience are required.
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