Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. August 5, 2015 Issue

AUGUST 5, 2015

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards


Even though most of us are taking summer vacations, business travel occurs every day, 12 months of the year. Here's a collage of corporate travel news to keep you in the loop during the dog days of summer.

Instant Reporting:

Thirty Carlson Wagonlit Travel clients are testing a new program that will transform travel reporting. The CWT AnalytIQs dashboard populates near real-time data (within 30 minutes of booking), constantly changing as each new transaction passes through the system. The dashboard shows client data from around the world, with the option to drill down into regions or countries. Companies can instantly compare their performance on key metrics with top performers and an area on the dashboard highlights where improvements can be made to drive future performance.

Airbnb/City Partner:

San Francisco is the first destination to formalize a relationship with the accommodation-sharing site, Airbnb. Together, the new partners will connect visitors to San Francisco neighbourhoods to experience the city like a local. Tourism toolkits will be created for local merchants, with unique content about communities, businesses and experiences in the city. Airbnb will be connected to meeting and event planners to achieve peak attendance during city-wide conventions and big events.

100 Best Moments:

In honour of its 100th anniversary, American Express Global Business Travel has curated a list of the 100 Business Travel Moments that changed history. Starting in 1915 and continuing through to 2015, each moment tells the story of a discovery, invention, expansion, idea or connection that changed business travel as we know it.

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Editor's Choice

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Save the date

CMP Conclave

When: September 26 - 28, 2015
Where: Reno, Nevada
Why go: Exclusively for CMPs, this annual conclave provides educational sessions for recertification, networking events with industry leaders and the opportunity to help set the direction of the CMP program.

Good to know

MPI Academy
A new MPI Academy will centralize MPI's portfolio of training courses, certificate programs and online streaming sessions that help individual planners with their professional development. Recently launched programs include: Meeting Essentials, Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate and Meetings and Events at Sea Certificate. In addition, new certificate programs to be launched later this year include: Experiential Event Series, Sustainable Practitioner Certificate, Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate and CMP-Healthcare Certification boot camp.

Flight at the End of the Tunnel
It's longer than two football fields and it's finally open—the underground walkway tunnel to Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport. The tunnel is accessible by elevators on the mainland and opens to a central path flanked by four moving sidewalks travelling at 2.3 km per hour. A bronze sculpture of WWI flying ace, Billy Bishop, and other aviation artifacts grace either side of the tunnel. The walkway is an alternative to the 90-second ferry ride to the terminal that will still be in operation.

Future Flyers
It may seem like science fiction, but an article in the UK newspaper, The Independent, says Airbus has received a patent for a hypersonic aircraft that could cut the flight time between New York and London to about an hour. The French company says that the design incorporates two different types of jet motors and a rocket motor. In the patent application, the manufacturer envisions the jet will be principally for the VIP or business traveller.

Share your event news, case studies or story ideas with us here at ignitemag.ca.

Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Bank On It
Scotiabank is hiring a senior manager to provide support on a variety of events within the event management team, in Toronto. You will provide project planning including tasks, timelines and key deliverables, work closely with the event planning team and be point of contact with partners, vendors and suppliers. You will have at least eight years of experience in event management, a university of community college diploma and a CMP designation.
Conference Central
Put your excellent customer service skills to work as the conference services and catering manager at the Fairmont Royal York, in Toronto. You'll be responsible for corporate and social events at the hotel, coordinating with internal departments and your clients. A minimum of four years experience in hotel catering and conference planning is required, and you will either possess or attain your CMP designation within three years of hire.
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