JUNE 1, 2016  

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Some neat tips and hacks that we discovered to make your travel experience more comfortable.

Author Joey Green has been there and done that and come up with a cool book to banish the petty annoyances of travel—cramped airplanes, car trouble, awful hotels and “other trips from Hell” with his book Last Minute Travel Secrets. Here’s a few tips from the book, just released last month. Featuring more than a hundred travel tips that really do work.


Fussy faucets

Is the constant drip from your hotel tap driving you insane? Cut a piece of dental floss and tie one end from the spout to the drain. Make sure the knot is under the aerator at the end of the faucet so that the dripping water flows from the top, down the floss into the drain.


Air pressure earache

Anyone flying with a cold knows how painful an earache can be on a pressurized aircraft cabin. To relieve the pressure build up, carefully dampen a tissue or paper towel with hot water (hot tea or coffee will work in a pinch). Ball it up and place in either a paper or plastic cup. Hold the cup over the affected ear. The steam from the hot water will soften the wax in your ear and alleviate the pain caused by the change in the pressure in the airplane.



Wayward curtains don’t stand a chance with these nifty hacks. Green recommends using the clothes hangers from your closet if your drapes don’t close completely shut to ensure a dark room. Close your curtains and use the clips on the hangers to hold the draperies shut. About three hangers should do it for a normal room. Green says heavy-duty binder clips from reports can take the place of hangers—if you have them in your luggage—or even hairclips will work in a pinch.


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Trunkster Luggage

Luggage is evolving for a seamless travel experience. Trunkster luggage features zipperless entry, a built-in digital scale and USB charge port for devices—no more huddling around plug-ins at the airport. Even better, the case comes with location tracking (a $60 upgrade) so you’ll never lose your suitcase again.


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Digital Sketches
Here’s a way to get your face in print—but in a good way. Ontario-based caricature artist, Jason Wilkins can set up his tech-savvy sketch bar at your next event. Working in full colour with a digital drawing tablet and stylus, his portraits are transposed to a flat-screen monitor sharing the process interactively with guests. The resulting caricatures can be shared on multiple media platforms, with your brand, logo or message on every caricature.


Travelling Whims
Catering to a business traveller’s whims for a perfect hotel solution just got a lot easier with the new Hotels by Egencia, an interactive booking tool that puts 190,000 hotels at your fingertips. Highlights include a filter to sort by up to 30 preferences such as Wi-Fi, fitness centre availability and complimentary breakfast. An option list notes which hotels are eligible for the traveller’s loyalty program.


Impact Experiences
Incentive groups can contribute to local communities through the Ritz-Carlton Impact Experiences program that is unique to each destination. Whether on property or offsite, each experience includes the local community and varies from community farming projects, building bird nests for migrating rare bird species or supporting critical coastal trail and rain forest restoration projects. Projects can also be completed within the hotel property and include making emergency kits, preparing ingredients for a local food bank, or assembling backpacks for local schools.

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Cruisin’ Into Summer Gala

June 21, 2016

Waterview Special Event Space, Vancouver

Why go:
The BC MPI chapter hosts their Annual June Awards Gala with a reception and dinner. Bring your wallet for a silent and live-auction filled with surprises.

ILEA Toronto Gala

June 29, 2016

Casa Loma, Toronto

Why go:
Join your ILEA Toronto colleagues (formerly ISES Toronto) for their Industry Awards night, the introduction of the new board and an evening of entertainment under the stars. VIP tables are still available.

PCMA International 2016 Education Conference

June 26 – 29, 2016

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO

Why go:
Leading Strategies for Business Events is the theme for this year’s conference. Learn how events work in concert with an organizations goals and objectives. The program also includes a healthy dose of wellness tips for keeping your life balanced.

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National Meetings and Incentive Group Manager
Unique Vacations Inc. an affiliate of the exclusive worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts seeks an experienced meetings and incentive executive based in Toronto. Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts offer an extraordinary collection of 23 all-inclusive luxury resorts in seven countries throughout the Caribbean.

Event Services Manager
This maternity leave contract is for the InterContinental Toronto Centre. As the event services manager you will coordinate all meetings, catering events, group functions and activities booked through the sales and catering department. Some college or equivalent combination of education and one to two years of work experience is preferred. Knowledge of hotel sales and/or catering is a definite asset.

Conference Services Coordinator
This entry-level position in the conference services and catering department will perform day-to-day administration and assist members of the department with various tasks. The position is available at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Over the year, as skills and knowledge develop, the candidate will do pre-event work for small groups, and catering only functions. The position is well suited for a career-minded individual who aspires to become a conference services manager.

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