Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. November 18, 2015 Issue

NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards


Planners no doubt are already busy with files for their big events in 2016. We've gathered some new intel that you may want to integrate into the mix.

Quick Step:

Thinking on your feet takes on new meaning if you incorporate netwalking in your next meeting. Think networking with walking instead of standing around a ballroom with a canapé. This company is on a mission to get people to walk even when conducting meetings to spark ideas, create discussion and take in the surrounding community at the same time. Founder Jessica Tunon says netwalkers feel open to communicate because walking helps break down barriers and encourages camaraderie. Netwalking can be used for speakers to actively engage with an audience, encourage event attendees to interact and increase social networks.

Uber Convenient:

Popular rideshare company Uber is now offering UberEVENTS as an option that lets event organizers purchase rides for guests, and only pay for what they use. Planners create an event with Uber and for a processing fee they can set up discounted or fully paid ride passes for attendees. Guests will receive passes or codes in an email and then use the Uber app to get their ride. The planner gets to set the value of the ride or how much they want to discount each ride. The service was rolled out in New York City last month.

It's a Win:

Halifax Convention Centre (HCC) was awarded the best marketing award at the International Congress and Convention Association's annual congress. The award highlighted the bold, simple and fun marketing campaign that encouraged planners to interact with centre staff and offer insight on how they use a convention centre. Mailings with pieces of carpet, forks and even types of hand soaps were sent to planners to evaluate. "Their opinion is important to us, this is all part of building our centre, and we want planners to be a part of it," says Erin Esiyok-Prime, manager, marketing and communications for Trade Centre Limited. The HCC, opening in 2017, already has 30 events booked.


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Save the date

Do you hear the jingling bells?

Major industry holiday parties are booked for the month of December... Here's a list so you can put the dates in your calendar!

Event Industry Kids Circus Noel
When: Dec. 20th
Where: Atlantis Pavilions at Ontario Place, Toronto
Why go: Kids of industry event planners get their "own" Christmas party, complete with a visit from Santa, interactive performances, facepainting, a delicious buffet lunch and gifts!

MPI Holiday Gala
Check provincial chapter listings for cross-Canada MPI events
CanSPEP Holiday Culinary Competition
CSAE Holiday Gala
ISES Toronto Holiday Event
• SITE Canada Holiday Social

Check out Ignite's Industry Events Calendar for current listings!

Good to know

It's a First
SPiN:Senior Planners Industry Network has announced free membership dues for all qualified members until the end of 2016. The association will also waive registration fees for all member events and activities in 2016 including the annual conference, live education and online roundtables. SPiN founder Shawna Suckow, CMP says "resources are limited and we don't want the cost of membership to be the reason why a senior-level planner does not engage with our peer-to-peer community experience." SPiN is for senior planners who have been in the event industry for a minimum of 10 years. SPiN has two Canadian branches, in Toronto and Ottawa.

AirBnB Business Ready
Digital accommodations sharing company AirBnB has created a new tool for owners who want to target business traveller guests, called business travel ready. Hosts that display this badge on their listing are guaranteeing Wi-Fi, a designated workspace, an iron and a hair dryer and a strict policy when it comes to cancellations—meaning hosts can't cancel less than seven days before a stay. There is also a new feature called Host Assist for easy key management, and travellers have a 24-hour check-in time for the listing.

VAT Exemptions
The Tourist Office of Spain is planning a virtual event in December to showcase multiple regions and suppliers, and to explain how recent changes to VAT (value added tax) legislation may save your client serious cash by meeting in Spain. Live webinars, live chat and Skype will be utilized during this event that will run the first three days of December.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

National Meetings and Incentive Groups Manager
Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the exclusive worldwide representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts is seeking an experienced National Meetings and Incentive Groups Manager. This exempt position will be remotely based, preferably near a major airport. The individual will be responsible for the meetings and incentive market on a national basis.
Corporate Sales Manager
byPeterandPauls.com is looking for a seasoned Corporate Sales Manager to represent all byPeterandPauls.com venues, services, and products to the corporate market. We are looking for someone with at least 2-3 years experience in the corporate group market segment who understands large events, and large spaces for conferences, events and trade shows.
East Coast Operations
As Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel's Director of Event Planning, you'll be managing functions and staff, with the event planning team being your core area of responsibility. You'll oversee the pre- and post-event administrative processes and the associated transitions between all event phases, while ensuring a seamless turnover from sales to operations and back to sales. Experience in the event management, food and beverage, sales and marketing area, and a degree from an accredited university in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hospitality, Business Administration, is a major asset.

Check out Ignite's new Job Board for exciting career opportunities.

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