Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. September 2, 2015 Issue


Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

Looking for somewhere a little out of the ordinary for your peeps to stay? Check out these esoteric accommodations for surefire story starters.

Ink-stained wretches

Located in the Old Port District of Portland, The Press Hotel was once the offices and printing plant of the Portland Press Herald. The owners have kept most of the building's distinct architectural details and managed to salvage many artifacts to reuse throughout the premises. Check out the headlines from the last 50 years in The Inkwell Bar, which used to be the busy city newsroom for the paper.

Scotland Yard

Super sleuths may want to check-in to The Great Scotland Yard, a new luxury hotel to be developed in the former landmark premises of the Scotland Yard police force. The Guardian newspaper says the building will undergo a £50 million renovation—but guests will need deep pockets too—as rooms are rumoured to cost up to £10,000 per night. At that rate, you may have to rob a bank to stay there.

Underwater in Dubai

Sleeping with the fishes takes on new meaning when staying at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. The Neptune and Poseidon suites have floor to ceiling windows that look right into the Ambassador Lagoon, with over 65,000 marine inhabitants for company.

Man the Fort

Originally constructed to protect the English Channel and an important port against French invasion, the manmade Solent Forts are now luxury hotel and event venues like no other. The forts are literally in the middle of the Solent waterway, and are reached by boat from Portsmouth. The Spitbank Fort has eight guestrooms and No Man's Fort is comprised of 22 suites.

Good Fortune

Guests at The Inn at Bay Fortune may do a quick double take as the lanky chef and innkeeper comes into view. Celebrity chef and honorary Prince Edward Islander Michael Smith has purchased the inn where he got his culinary start. Seventeen guest rooms, a picturesque lookout over a pretty bay and need we mention—glorious gourmet food served on butcher-block tables, family style.

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Save the date

CAEM Executive Forum and Luncheon

When: September 30, 2015
Where: Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto
Why go: Learn what Big Data means in relation to business events and trade shows. A keynote address and related industry panel will discuss how data analysis can change face-to-face meetings.

SITE Global Conference

When: October 23 - 25, 2015
Where: New Delhi, India
Why go: Join colleagues from around the world at this premier event for incentive travel planners and suppliers. Education tracks will focus on the business case for incentive travel.

Certified Meeting Professional Summit

When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2015
Where: Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI.
Why go: A total immersion learning experience exclusively for CMPs or those taking steps to obtain the designation.

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Good to know

Heading East
Well-known destination management company (DMC) Cantrav Services Inc. has just set up a new office in Toronto, to complement their sites in Vancouver, Banff, Whistler and Alaska. As Cantrav's new Ontario regional director, Debbie Cotton-Burinski brings over 20 years of business event knowledge to her new role. She says Toronto is a logical step for the organization. "Although we are an inbound DMC, mostly based in Toronto, we can help with programs that need local expertise to destinations like Niagara, cottage country and even Ottawa. This is a new chapter for Cantrav, and we look forward to building great programs in the city."

Robotics in Motion
The future is here—and it's 100 pounds of metal in motion. The Crown Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley hotel's Relay robot, named Dash, delivers snacks, toothbrushes and other amenities to guests at a human walking pace and can independently navigate between floors calling for elevator service with a special Wi-Fi connection. The robot calls the guest room phone number when it arrives at the door. After delivery, Dash returns to the front desk to dock itself into a charging station. Based on testing and feedback at the hotel, the Crowne Plaza brand will decide whether or not to roll out the robot at other properties.

Travelling Tribes
This future-forward report makes interesting reading for program managers responsible for incentive travel over the next 15 years. Future Traveller Tribes 2030 attempts to categorize the future traveller and forecasts six distinct travel tribes. The social capital seekers will structure their travel to online posts. Reward hunters will be the luxury travelers of the future and will demand a return on investment through wellness and mental self-improvement options. Cultural purists will travel as a way to totally engage themselves in a different way of living.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Business Development Manager
Moore Carlyle Consulting is recruiting a results driven business development manager who can grow our current client base and expand our service offerings to a new market. This position is ideally suited for someone currently selling meeting and event services, communications/ branding or a hotel sales professional looking for a move to the planning side of the industry.

Event Manager
Moore Carlyle Consulting is recruiting a creative and dynamic event manager who can deliver outstanding business event and destination management programs for our client. The main purpose of the role is to deliver events that surprise, impress, and stand out from the ordinary.
Senior Events Manager
Providing conference and event management support for business meetings, seminars, trade shows, incentive conferences and special events will be the focus of a senior events manager position with Sun Life Financial. You will be responsible for all facets of project management including event development, vendors, contracts and event execution and follow-up. You will need at least five years of meeting planning experience and at least two years of experience managing complex projects.
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