MAY 3, 2017  

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Incentives & Rewards

The “City That Never Sleeps” lives up to the hype
with new venues, attractions and sights. New York City is investing infrastructure dollars in mid-town
and the boroughs with a number of new projects,
sure to delight convention and incentive guests for years to come. 





The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has just broken ground on a one million-sq.-ft. expansion, which includes a half million-sq.-ft. exhibition hall, a rooftop terrace and 60,000-sq.-ft. ballroom. 


Hudson Yards:

This new development on the northeastern side of Staten Island will be a go-to destination by the time it’s finished in 2019. Gleaming new glass skyscrapers will house offices and private residences, an observation deck and a permanent art centerpiece called the Vessel—already dubbed “New York’s Eiffel Tower.”


New York Wheel:

This new attraction will be the tallest observation wheel in the world, and the only one in New York City. Each of the 36 capsules on the wheel is as big as a subway car, and it will take 38 minutes to completely go around the ride. Coming in mid-2018.


Times Square:

The NFL Experience will open this November, bringing professional football to life with exclusive 4D film footage, interactive displays and championship memorabilia.  



As of this year, over 600 LinkNYC kiosks have been installed in all five boroughs offering free high-speed Internet, phone calls and device charging for all residents and visitors. The city hopes to have 7,500 kiosks installed by 2024.


Getting there:

LaGuardia Airport is undergoing a comprehensive redesign to transform the terminal, taxiway space and passenger amenities. John F. Kennedy International Airport will receive a $10 billion investment to connect the newer terminals, install state-of-the-art security technology and expand taxiways.


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Golf Pouch


Prince Edward Island Hub

The International Centre Hub


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hub

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Kincardine, Ontario

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New Global Alliance
IACC and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have announced a five-year global partnership for the mutual benefit of their members. These two organizations will share events and learning platforms at annual conferences and regional events, as well as online. This year, MPI conferences will be streamed live to IACC venues, where MPI members can congregate to learn and network. MPI will also take part in the next phase of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future research project, which will be presented at WEC 2017 in June.




Checking In
A new global survey by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and American Express Global Business Travel says 56 per cent of business travellers are concerned about personal safety while on the road and have become more vocal about the need for improved safety training. Concerns cross over to digital content, with 31 per cent of buyers reporting increased enquiries about business data security. Work-life balance is important for 31 per cent of travellers, with 43 per cent of employees asking to add leisure time to their corporate bookings.


Baha Mar
The long-awaited Baha Mar Resort in Nassau is finally open. The 1,000-acre resort will eventually feature three hotels, including the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar and Rosewood Baha Mar, but the Grand Hyatt is the only hotel of the three accepting reservations right now. The resort features a Jack Nicklaus designed 18-hole golf course, a casino, a 200,000-sq.-ft. performing arts and convention centre and over 40 restaurants onsite.   

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May Meeting Planner Matinee

May 12, 2017

Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto

Why go: This half-day event features tabletop exhibits, lunch and a keynote about the relevance of events in a connected world. Email us to receive application to attend.


SITE Canada Chapter Meeting – Vancouver

May 24, 2017

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Why go: SITE Canada’s first chapter meeting in the city. This lunch and learn features two speakers on how to thrive in an age of disruption.


Distill: The 2017 ILEA Vancouver Awards Gala

May 25, 2017

Loungeworks, Vancouver  

Why go: Event professionals recognize the best and brightest of the live events industry in British Columbia.


Administrative Professionals Conference of Canada

May 28 – 31, 2017

The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto

Why go: Learn new skills and techniques and be inspired by five professional educational tracks.

MPI Atlantic Canada 5th Annual Industry Awards Gala

June 13, 2017

Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax

Why go: Congratulate industry colleagues and celebrate success.

MPI 2017 World Education Conference

June 19 – 22, 2017

MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Why go: The world’s largest community of meeting and event planners will gather to network and attend sessions featuring topics such as experiential design, risk management and event production.



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Senior Meetings & Event Planner

Based in Montreal, you will be responsible for the delivery and execution of assigned meeting and event programs for CWT Meetings & Events. You will have five or more years of current meeting/event management experience, including at least two years of handling large and more complex events. A CMP designation is preferred. You will be required to travel 15 per cent of the time.

Manager, Conference Services

The University of Fraser Valley requires a manager of conference services for the promotion and management of events and conferences on all campuses. You will oversee the delivery of conference and event planning requirements and consult with internal and external clients. You will need a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of five years of experience.

Event Coordinator

The Medical Council of Canada, based in Ottawa is searching for an events coordinator. You will research and recommend vendors for events, negotiate agreements and review all event related paperwork. You will liaise with internal clients and event coordinators to ensure that all meeting requirements are met. You will provide onsite support for all special events. You will have at least five years of events management experience and post secondary education. Bilingualism is considered a strong asset for this position.

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