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April 17, 2018
Montreal Landmark Marriott Chateau Champlain Acquired by Tidan Hospitality and Real Estate Group

MontrealMontreal-based Tidan Hospitality and Real Estate Group is pleased to announce its acquisition of the iconic Marriott Chateau Champlain, effective April 16, 2018. Atlific Hotels will continue to provide hotel management services during the transition.

Initially constructed by CP Hotels in celebration of Expo 67, the Chateau Champlain was designed by celebrated French-Canadian architects Roger D’Astous, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jean-Paul Pothier who were inspired by the arches of Windsor Station, located just a short distance from the hotel’s coveted downtown location.

Tidan co-owners Mr. Mike Yuval and Mr. Jack Sofer have pledged significant investment in restoring the hotel’s many heritage features while upgrading all guest rooms and suites, hallways, lobby, meeting and special event spaces and restaurant re-establishing the property as one of Canada’s most desirable hotels.

“The Chateau Champlain is a cornerstone of Montreal’s modern history,” said Mr. Yuval. “This building holds wonderful memories for me personally and for Canadians across the country. We are very proud to make it a beacon of civic pride for future generations to enjoy.” “We are pleased that Atlific will continue to collaborate with us on a transitional basis in order to ensure continuity.”

The hotel will operate normally during restoration, which is expected to begin in late 2018.

About Tidan Hospitality and Real Estate Group
The Tidan Hospitality and Real Estate Group is a dynamic real estate organization, headquartered in Montreal. Since its founding in 1975, Tidan has assembled an extensive and diverse portfolio of self-managed revenue-producing properties in both Canada and the United States. The portfolio includes office, retail, industrial and residential buildings, as well as a group of affiliated hotels and one of North America’s largest indoor tennis facilities. Tidan has proudly applied its combined experience in the hospitality and construction sectors to the restoration of the historic Mount Stephen mansion and addition of a 5-star luxury boutique hotel in Montreal’s iconic Golden Square Mile. For more information please visit .

About Atlific Hotels
Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating over 60 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has 60 years of experience managing well-known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended stay properties. The company has built a reputation for best in business accounting reporting, exceptional sales and marketing programs and sound operational systems. Atlific Hotels’ parent company, Ocean Properties Hotels Resorts & Affiliates operates over 70 hotels throughout the United States. Together they manage over 130 properties in North America with over 20,300 rooms, which include independent hotels and resorts as well as internationally recognized hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Holiday Inn. For more information please visit

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Naomi Strasser
Aerial Communications Group

April 17, 2018
Growth Continues at MCC

MCC Destination Management is now a Global DMC Partner

Toronto, Ontario—Moore Carlyle Consulting is pleased to announce that our destination management division has partnered with Global DMC Partners, the elite worldwide partnership of Destination Management Companies (DMC). The division of MCC—known formally as MCC Destination Management, offers DMC services in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Ontario’s Cottage Country.

Catherine Chaulet, President of Global DMC Partners, stated, “We are absolutely thrilled to officially welcome MCC Destination Management to our DMC partnership. Their focus on creativity and their strong dedication to client satisfaction makes them a perfect addition to our global portfolio.”

Celebrating 30 years in business in 2018, MCC is dedicated to showcasing the best that the region has to offer. Since purchasing the company in 2008, Anita Carlyle and Sheri Moore have partnered to build a team that is centred on delivering service excellence, sound logistics planning and innovative design. Collectively, the team is passionate about the destination and their clients’ successes.

Anita Carlyle, Managing Partner of MCC, says, “We are thrilled to be joining the Global DMC Partners family. We are very proud of the uniqueness of our destinations--Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa and the surrounding area. MCC is proud to share Ontario’s best-in-class experiences with GDP’s global client base. It’s terrific to formalize a standing relationship and partnership with GDP. We look forward to working with this extraordinary network of destination partners all over the world. We are honoured to be in their company.”

To learn more about MCC, please visit us at

About MCC: As a full-service event agency, Moore Carlyle Consulting offers the expertise to transform your next business event to a true experience for your guests. From customer events, galas and media launches to conferences, conventions and internal meetings, our team offers project management and consulting services that allow you to focus on your stakeholders, the vision for the program and the content that you need to deliver. We also offer destination management services through MCC Destination Management, A Global DMC Partner. Over the last 30 years, MCC has assisted clients in designing, planning and executing creative programs that produce positive results and exceed guest expectations. Our destination experts provides our clients with local area knowledge, creativity and sound logistical planning. From transportation, tour and staffing support onsite to dine-arounds, off-site events, entertainment, decor and production, we offer our clients the options, talent and best-in-class experiences that impresses a sophisticated audience.

About Global DMC Partners: Global DMC Partners is the largest global network of independent destination management companies (DMCs) and sales advisors offering meeting professionals one worldwide solution for total event success. The network has exclusive partnerships with more than 65 DMCs that represent over 500 destinations around the globe. Each DMC provides an unparalleled level of creativity and commitment to clients by promising to deliver one-of-a-kind programs under a singular standard of excellence. Thanks to a global team with decades of experience and a passion for the industry, clients can centralize everything from DMC communication to DMC spend through one dedicated Global DMC Sales Advisor. For more information, including a complete listing of destinations in the Global DMC Partners network, please visit us online at

Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM
Managing Partner
email: | phone: 416-621-6622

April 13, 2018
2018 Distinction Awards - Tourisme Montréal celebrates innovation and excellence

Montreal/CNW Telbec/—Leaders from Montréal's tourism industry were honoured yesterday at the Distinction Awards, an annual gala celebrating innovative business strategies (formerly called the Ulysse Awards). The event, which took place at the InterContinental Montréal, was organized by Tourisme Montréal and presented by Air Canada.

"Tourisme Montréal encourages audacity by recognizing the noteworthy initiatives of its industry partners. Thanks to these bold thinkers, Montréal is one of the most attractive urban destinations in North America and enjoys an international reputation for being an open, vibrant and creative city," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

The 2017 winners are: 

  • Hospitality Award, presented by Air Canada: Société de développement de l'Avenue du Mont-Royal
  • Destination Marketing Award, presented by Le Journal de Montréal: Festival Mondial de la bière
  • Synergy Award: Ponts Jacques Cartier et Champlains inc. and Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal
  • Museum Award – Under 50,000 visitors: Stewart Museum
  • Museum Award – Over 50,000 visitors: Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex

Industry leaders awards

  • Tourism or Hotel Management Student Award: Roxanne Provost, LaSalle College
  • Bill Brown Leader of Tomorrow Award: Melina Salazar, Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel
  • Clefs d'Or Montréal Award: Véronique Bourgeault, Le Mount Stephen Hotel
  • Business Meetings and Conventions Award: Société de transport de Montréal
  • Innovation Award, presented by Aéroports de Montréal: Montréal en Histoires – Cité Mémoire

During the award ceremony and networking event, a special tribute was paid to Raymond Bachand, who is completing his term as chairman of Tourisme Montréal's board of directors. France Chrétien Desmarais and Alain Gignac, who were the leading contributors to the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, were also commended for their remarkable contributions.

The Distinction Awards were made possible thanks to support from the following partners: Air Canada, Le Journal de Montréal, Aéroports de Montréal, PSAV and InterContinental Montréal.

About Tourisme Montréal 
Tourisme Montréal leads concerted efforts in hospitality and promotion to position Montréal as a premier leisure and business travel destination. It is also responsible for developing the city's tourism business and keeping it aligned with the latest market trends. For more information, visit

SOURCE Tourisme Montréal

April 13, 2018
Meridican Divides and Conquers with Three New Directors

Meridican Incentive Consultants, a leader in incentive travel, meetings, conferences and events for more than 30 years, recently announced the appointment of three new Directors to help manage their growing business:

Executive Vice President Terry Manion said, “In promoting Brett, Joanne and Nagesh to Director roles within their areas of expertise – sales, operations and transportation respectively – we are increasing cross-functional communication. This organizational restructuring will amp up the stellar customer service our clients have come to expect. It’s an exciting time for the team here at Meridican!”

For more than 30 years Meridican has been manufacturing memories and experiences for their clients through spectacular incentives, by planning and executing highly creative meetings, special events and corporate branding initiatives.

For more information about Meridican, please visit:  

It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts

Terry Manion
Executive Vice President

April 08, 2018
Cineplex to host the Leadership Event of the Year

Forbes calls it “A leadership conference you don’t want to miss”.

On Friday May 4th, select Cineplex theatres across Canada will host Leadercast Live, the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, GA and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world.   

The theme of this year’s conference is “Lead Yourself”. What does it look like to lead yourself? How can you intentionally develop your own leadership skills and style? What qualities do you hope to embody as a leader?  The Leadercast Live stage will highlight leaders who will answer these questions and explain the power and importance of leading yourself first so you can lead others well. Among the leadership experts speaking this year are:

o        Mae Jemison - NASA Astronaut, Engineer & Physician 

o        Ian Cron - Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher and Speaker

o        Andy Stanley -  Leadership Author & Communicator

o        Jim Loehr - Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute

o        Jen Bricker - Acrobat, Aerialist, Author & Speaker

o        Michael Hyatt -  Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company

o        Carey Lohrenz - The First Female F-14 Pilot, Speaker & Trainer

o        Joe Torre – Baseball Hall of Famer, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball

o        Kat Cole – COO and President, North America of FOCUS Brands

Hosted by YouTube sketch comedy sensation Tripp Crosby, the day promises to be inspiring, educational and fun, with opportunities to network and share stories with other like-minded professionals.  

For more information, including locations, tickets, and group discounts, visit

About Cineplex
A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 163 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (, food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers ( Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada (Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.

Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit or download the Cineplex App.

March 29, 2018
Edmontonian Wins National Event Industry Award

Local businessman Brent Taylor bestowed with Canada’s highest honour at the 2018 Canadian Event Industry Awards

Edmonton, Alberta—Timewise Event Management’s managing partner Brent Taylor received national recognition at the 21st Annual Canadian Event Industry Awards hosted in Toronto on March 21, 2018. He was selected from among numerous nominations and five finalists in the Event Professional of the Year category, the most prestigious and coveted of the awards.

Taylor was recognized for his contributions to the meeting and event industry. Working with his business partner Arlene Schilke, who founded Timewise in 1999, they built it into a leading conference and corporate event management firm. “I am so grateful and honoured to receive this recognition,” says Taylor. “I work in an industry I love and with so many talented people that I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

After 25 years, Taylor continues to be actively involved in the industry. He has achieved the highest industry designations of CMP and CMM. He was recently appointed to the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International, the world’s largest association of meeting and event professionals with a global community of 60,000 across 19 countries. He is one of few Canadians to receive this appointment. Taylor also sits on numerous advisory boards, contributes to industry publications, and mentors the next generation of event professionals.

The Event Professional of the Year award is given to a person who inspires others to achieve event success, who stands out from the crowd by having made exceptional contributions to the industry, and operates their business or career with the highest level of enthusiasm, accomplishment, and professional integrity. This person shows exemplary performance in their discipline, have contributed to the growth and development of the industry and have gone above and beyond client and peer expectations and have raised the bar for those they work with.

Edmonton-based Timewise Event Management Inc. has been a leading event management agency since their inception in 1999.  Driven by innovation, they are known for being pioneers in the meeting and event industry. They founded and produce the Edmonton Event Awards and Calgary Events Awards, initiatives to bring the local event communities together. In 2017 they were recognized internationally with an esteemed ILEA Esprit Award for their event awards initiative. In February 2018, Timewise spearheaded GO WEST 2018, the largest annual event in Western Canada for meeting and event professionals.  

The Canadian Event Industry Awards are the hallmark of achievement in the Canadian event and meeting industry. The program was established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals to be recognized and celebrated for their talent, hard work and success. Since its inception, over 676 Canadian professionals have been recognized for their achievements in events and the competition has become a globally recognized symbol of excellence. For more information on the Canadian Event Industry Awards, visit

Brent Taylor, Managing Partner
Timewise Event Management Inc.
780-444-3773 | 

March 23, 2018
Cineplex Announces New Location of The Rec Room Coming Soon to Winnipeg

Eats and Entertainment' Hot-Spot Coming Soon to Seasons of Tuxedo Retail Complex

Toronto/CNW/(TSX: CGX) – Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, today announced plans to build a new location of The Rec Room at Seasons of Tuxedo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The country's newest social playground for grown-ups, The Rec Room brings together incredible dining experiences with exciting live entertainment and amusement gaming experiences, all under one roof. The new location announced today is targeted to open in late 2019 and will be approximately 40,000 square feet.

"When people think of Cineplex they typically think of our film exhibition business, but I'm excited to show the Winnipeg community that we're about more than movies," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. "The Rec Room leverages our industry-leading entertainment, amusement gaming, food & beverage, digital media and operational capabilities that combined will bring an entirely new, technology-enhanced destination to the city."

Located in south-west Winnipeg on the south-west corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Blvd., The Rec Room at Seasons of Tuxedo will be popular with young adults and families, while also serving as the ultimate gathering spot for corporate events and parties. Built with the support of North American Development Group / Centrecorp as part of its multi-million dollar development project, the new location will include:

  • The best in Canadian-inspired cuisine at The Rec Room's upscale casual dining restaurant as well as its 'eatertainment-style' dining options in the games area
  • A massive attractions area where social-seekers can play over 110 amusement games. Credits earned are tracked on RFID wristbands and can be redeemed at a redemption store for fun prizes
  • Classic favourites like air hockey, pool and ping pong as well as large feature attractions, that could include experiences like virtual reality, luxury bowling and axe throwing
  • A bar area where sports fans can grab a drink and catch the game on huge HD screens
  • A guest experience that integrates the latest in technology and gamification coupled with SCENE, Canada's leading entertainment rewards program
  • A performance space that's ideal for hosting live entertainment such as musical and comedy acts
  • Multiple private dining rooms that will make it the ultimate gathering spot for celebrations, meetings, corporate events and parties

Cineplex plans to open 10-15 new locations of The Rec Room over the coming years, each ranging in size from 30,000-60,000 square feet and customized to the individual community. The massive entertainment complexes will see half of the space being devoted to dining and live entertainment and the other half being devoted to amusement games and feature attractions. In addition to the Winnipeg location targeted to open in late 2019, Cineplex currently operates four other locations of The Rec Room in South Edmonton (AB), West Edmonton Mall (AB), Calgary (AB) and Toronto (ON), and has announced plans for complexes in London (ON), Mississauga (ON), St. John's (NFLD) and Vancouver (BC).

About The Rec Room
The Rec Room is Canada's premier 'Eats & Entertainment' destination that brings together incredible dining, amusement gaming, technology and live entertainment experiences all under one roof. Part of Cineplex, The Rec Room is a premier social destination and the ultimate gathering spot for corporate events, groups and parties. While each location is customized to the individual community, The Rec Room concept features multiple dining environments and a wide range of entertainment options including a large amusement games area featuring state-of-the-art simulation, feature attractions and redemption games as well as an auditorium-style space perfect for musical acts, bands and comedians. For more information, visit or follow the action on social media through Facebook, Twitter (@TheRecRoomCA), Snapchat (@TheRecRoomCA) and Instagram (@TheRecRoomCA).

About Cineplex
A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada's largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 163 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (, food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers ( Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada'snewest destination for 'Eats & Entertainment' (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada(Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada's largest entertainment loyalty program.

Proudly recognized as having one of the country's Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit or download the Cineplex App.

March 16, 2018
The Sutton Place Hotels Partner with the Ramia Family at Halifax's Nova Centre

The Sutton Place Hotels, a sophisticated collection of luxury properties in North America, is investing in a new hotel property in Halifax’s Nova Centre. This is the first Sutton Place property in Atlantic Canada.

It is an integral part of Nova Centre, a one-million-square-feet of mixed development space, including the newly opened Halifax Convention Centre, a financial centre, office space, restaurants, shops, and a public plaza known as Rogers Square. The hotel will feature 262 well-appointed guest rooms and suites with an on-site contemporary restaurant and lounge along with underground parking.

“Nova Centre is a state-of-the-art development and we are thrilled to bring the Sutton Place brand to Halifax,” said Tom Gaglardi, Chairman and CEO of The Sutton Place Hotels. “My family opened its first hotel in 1967, so it makes perfect sense to partner with another well-established family like the Ramias to bring Sutton Place’s ‘Tradition of Luxury’ to the east coast.” 

Finishing work on the property will begin immediately, with a grand opening scheduled in Spring 2019.

“We are very excited to introduce such a prominent business family as the Gaglardis to Nova Scotia and The Sutton Place Hotel as the new luxury hotel in Nova Centre,” said Joe Ramia of Argyle Developments. “There is a great synergy between our two families because we share similar values and a deep background in family business. I’m proud that the Gaglardi family is choosing to invest in Nova Scotia.”

With hotels in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort, as well as breaking ground in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Frisco (Texas) in 2018/19, The Sutton Place Hotels represent luxury accommodations with tasteful elegance, classically refined décor, and warm and inviting staff. From hand-crafted furnishings, silk tapestries and premium bedding, every detail at The Sutton Place Hotels represent a history of refined style and polished perfection that is both inviting and distinguished.

The Sutton Place Hotel will be a fantastic addition to Nova Centre, an already iconic piece of Halifax’s evolving skyline, featuring the latest in technology, energy efficiency, and design, and a fine example of modern architecture that pays tribute to the city’s seafaring past.

About The Sutton Place Hotels
The Sutton Place Hotels are a collection of sophisticated properties in North America. Each hotel is distinctly different in style and offers timeless elegance, consistent product and exceptional service. As a select group of luxury style properties with a definite European flair, each Sutton Place Hotel is carefully selected for proximity to the business, financial and entertainment centres in each city or destination that they are located within. For more information, visit

About Argyle Developments
Argyle Developments and its sister companies are owned by the Ramia family. For close to 40 years, they have been in the business of developing, owning, and managing commercial, residential, and industrial properties in Nova Scotia. For more information about Nova Centre, visit

March 15, 2018
Calgary and the Digital Experience Institute Partner to Host Inaugural DES Boot Camp

Calgary, AB—Meetings + Conventions Calgary is excited to announce their partnership with Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Digital Experience Institute (DEI) to offer the first-ever Digital Event Strategist (DES) boot camp. This is an extension to Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s ongoing collaboration with the Digital Experience Institute.

The boot camp is a certification journey that begins in late April with an online course orientation and concludes with a 3-day boot camp in Calgary, Canada, July 26-29, 2018. While in Calgary, attendees will explore the DES course, participate in knowledge retention exercises, and experience the city’s renowned hospitality.

“The speed of innovation in our industry is truly remarkable. A few years ago, it was uncommon to see digital components incorporated into events, whereas today, the majority of conferences integrate a degree of digital or live streaming into their program,” says Dave Sclanders, Executive Director of Meetings + Conventions Calgary. “We believe that educating our colleagues to leverage growth and engagement in face to face audiences through the creative use of digital will propel our whole industry forward.”

Investing in the future of the Business Events industry, Calgary will be the host city for the DES boot camp and will sponsor 15 planners to attend. Scholarship applications are open until March 30 and interested planners can apply here: These scholarships are a part of the 175 meeting planners supported by Meetings + Conventions to obatin their Digital Event Strategist certification.

About Meetings + Conventions Calgary: Meetings + Conventions Calgary is a partnership between the Calgary Hotel Association and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. It operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.

For additional information, please contact

Carolyn Watson, Manager, Marketing + Communications
Meetings + Conventions Calgary
Phone: 403.261.8551

March 15, 2018
Connect Worldwide Canada Rebrands as Reach Global Marketing

Reach Global Marketing will continue to execute usual operations

Toronto, ON—Effective today, Connect Worldwide Canada is rebranding as Reach Global Marketing Ltd. after Charmaine Singh, co-founder, acquired sole ownership. The Canadian company will maintain its current structure, servicing its existing client base.

“As Reach Global Marketing, our experienced team will continue to provide outstanding service and exceptional results,” said Charmaine Singh, President and CEO. “Reach is a quantifiable measurement to determine success, but it’s also extending a hand, making personal contact, communicating effectively, arriving at an end point, and stretching ourselves to accomplish the unexpected.”

President and CEO Charmaine Singh has over twenty years of leadership experience. Her diverse team, with a background in a variety of sectors and industries, is dedicated to delivering innovative platforms, impactful stories, and tailored partnerships.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Charmaine over the years and her passion and commitment to achieving excellence makes her a true leader in the industry,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. “I am delighted to support her in this new direction and am confident that Charmaine and the team will continue to deliver groundbreaking results."

Reach Global Marketing’s head office will remain in Toronto at 370 King Street West, with satellite offices in Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, please visit

About Reach Global Marketing Ltd.
Reach Global Marketing is a full-service marketing agency providing market intelligence, customized strategies, and impactful execution with a boutique service ethic. Located out of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, the team is comprised of multi-disciplinary experts with a variety of backgrounds and experience including tourism, hospitality, corporate, government, consumer and more. Expertise in marketing, communications, sales, event management, promotions, activations, and social and digital media. To learn more, please visit

For more information, please contact:
Aisha Dhalla
Marketing + Communications Director

Shahfreen Elavia
Marketing + Communications Manager