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September 12, 2019
A catalyst for change and industry advancement – IMEX America closes on another high

Las Vegas – The ninth edition of IMEX America comes to a close in Las Vegas today after a week that left no one in doubt about the strength, vitality and appetite for business that currently defines the global meetings, incentive travel and events industry.

“This edition has been our most imaginative yet, and for good reason given that our annual Talking Point and annual research white paper were both devoted to the Power of Imagination,” said chairman Ray Bloom at the show’s closing press conference.

He was joined by Chandra Allison, senior vice president sales, Sands Expo; Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and John Schreiber CEM, vice president of business sales, LVCVA.

“In an age that’s marked by an exceptional rate of change, particularly in technology, it’s impressive to see how the whole industry is embracing virtual reality and experiential activations. I can also testify that innovation, creativity and imagination have been in rich supply here at the Sands Expo this week,” said Bloom.

Reporting on the number of pre-scheduled appointments made between buyers and exhibitors, a key performance metric for the show and its attendees, Bloom explained the show had achieved a new high with a 3 per cent increase to 76,000 appointments recorded this week.

“As many of you know, every year we strive to be our own competition, to push ourselves to deliver richer experiences, better education and, of course, a really strong business pipeline for our exhibitors. Our partners keep rising to the occasion too. We’ve seen some spectacular booths and activations this year and are delighted to see so many exhibitors aligning with our annual Talking Point and using it so innovatively each year. Their level of investment and commitment to business is remarkable. Equally the feedback about the quality and variety of our education program has been second to none this year.” 

He went on to talk about the many industry “firsts” that had taken place during the week, including the launch of the Event Industry Council’s (EIC) new Center for Sustainable Events. EIC also announced that they plan to replace the old Apex standards with new EIC standards. In the process the standards have been consolidated and updated to make them more accessible for the whole industry; IMEX America is one of only two events that have committed to pilot them. 

The signing by multiple partners of the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force Pledge and the announcement of the events industry’s involvement in accelerating the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are the focal point of discussions at the UN Summit in New York later this month, also made this a stand-out edition of IMEX America. Other social justice issues, including ECPAT’s drive to encourage meetings and event planners to educate themselves on how to end child prostitution and slavery, were widely discussed at the show. IMEX is a proud sponsor of the ECPAT 20by20 campaign and has also signed the pledge. 

Bloom recapped other highlights of the week, including dozens of high-level partner events such as EIC’s Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards, MPI Foundation Rendezvous and SITE Nite. IMEX’s efforts to provide a wider range of healthier food and drink choices, including Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat hotdogs had proved a big hit, together with its waterwise menu options. “We’re opening people’s eyes to what’s possible with health, wellbeing, sustainability and better nutrition on the road and during large events. We really appreciate all those partners who have stepped up to help us make these massive strides forward. It’s also noteworthy that, thanks to Sands Expo, this year’s show is 100% powered by renewable energy.”

Other themes ran strong throughout the week including diversity and inclusion, transformation and collaboration and sustainability, all of which featured in the IMEX Imagination research report, sponsored by PSAV. The report has been downloaded by 1,900 events industry professionals to date, a significant achievement for authors EventMB.com and IMEX. 

Bloom also reminded his audience that 2020 see the 10th edition of IMEX America. He said: “We invite you all to share in our birthday celebrations. This isn’t about IMEX, it’s about you, your contribution and our collective desire to see this industry flourish, to use its influence and power responsibly and, above all, to grow in a sustainable way.”

In closing, Bloom announced the annual IMEX Talking Point for 2020 and 2021. “I’m delighted to tell you that, for the first time, we have a Talking Point that will run for two years. It’s a big, timely, important topic, one we can all relate to and one that warrants our full attention; that Talking Point will be “Nature.” We’ll be exploring what nature can do for us, and what we can do for nature and we’ll be running this theme over two years to give it the traction it deserves.”

IMEX America concludes today, September 12, in Las Vegas.

#IMEX19 

Notes to editors

IMEX AMERICA 2019

IMEX America 2019 took place September 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo® Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on September 9.

www.imexamerica.com

For IMEX America press releases, headshots and show images (to download for free) see:
www.imexamerica.com/press

Exhibitor news can be found here: 

https://portal.imexamerica.com/exhibitor-press-releases.php

Contact:
Emma Blake (UK): emma.blake@imexexhibitions.com 
Norman Birnbach (US): norman.birnbach@imexexhibitions.com    

IMEX AMERICA 2020

IMEX America takes place in September again next year: September 15 – 17, 2020 at the Sands Expo® Convention Center.

#IMEXcited. Why? Because IMEX America is celebrating its 10th birthday in 2020. More details to follow soon.

September 10, 2019
Marriott International Launches Marriott Bonvoy Events, Your Source for Meetings and Events

The New Digital Platform Will Serve as the Organization’s Ultimate Resource for Planners

Today, Marriott International has announced the launch of its new Marriott BonvoyTM Events platform – MarriottBonvoyEvents.com. This new site is a comprehensive tool for meeting and event planners, building upon former Marriott International meetings site, Meetings Imagined.

The new platform will provide detailed information about the brand’s portfolio of more than 5,700 participating properties through a meetings and events lens. The platform will also serve as a source for inspiration, including insightful articles on the industry, tips and trends from meetings experts, success stories, destination highlights, promotions from hotels around the world and more. With loyalty at the forefront, the platform will feature a Points Calculator, allowing planners to estimate the number of Marriott Bonvoy points earned for each meeting or event held at participating hotels.

The platform will be extremely user-friendly, hosting an interactive map feature to allow planners to easily conduct a filtered search by destination to find the perfect hotel to host their meetings and events. Acting as a dynamic resource for planners, the site will provide hotel details such as number of guest rooms, total meeting space, largest meeting space and floorplans as well as the ability to submit an RFP for participating hotels through the platform.

“With the launch of Marriott Bonvoy Events, planners can easily navigate the depth and breadth of the Marriott International portfolio to select the property that best fits their meeting or event needs,” said Tammy Routh, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Marriott International. “The website was designed to offer the facts and figures our clients need alongside inspiration to execute dynamic events, all in one user-friendly experience.”

Marriott International’s wide range of accommodations and experiences meet every planners’ needs, from luxury board meetings to largescale conventions. Marriott Bonvoy Events will simply combine the best of previous Marriott International meeting resources, becoming the place where planning meets inspiration, leading with loyalty.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.  The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG).  For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Contact
Julie Rollend
Julie.Rollend@marriott.com

(301)547-4751

September 05, 2019
SITE, FICP and IRF Release Second Landmark Study of the Incentive Travel Industry

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), and Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) along with research partner Oxford Economics are proud to announce the release of the second joint study of the global incentive travel industry, Incentive Travel Industry Index Powered by SITE Index, IRF Outlook and FICP is the largest-ever survey undertaken into the incentive travel industry, achieving an unprecedented number of submissions from five categories of incentive travel professional.

“Following last year’s hugely successful inaugural joint study, we wanted to increase responses, both numerically and geographically, so as to ensure deep penetration into the universe of incentive travel. We received a total of 2,600 submissions from over 100 destinations around the world, almost triple the number received in 2018,” said SITE CEO Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP.

Conducted in association with Oxford Economics, well known to global incentive travel professionals for its extensive work with the Events Industry Council (EIC), US Travel Association and Meetings Mean Business coalition, the study is a wide-ranging inquiry into the state of the incentive travel nation, at once an historical snapshot of where the industry has come from and a predictive hypothesis of where it’s going. 

“Almost half of all responses came from corporate end-user and agency buyers, representing 15 distinct industries or sectors that typically use incentive travel as a performance-enhancement tool. Financial services and insurance, pharma/healthcare and information and communications technology were the top three sectors represented, with automotive a close fourth,” said Steve Bova, CAE, FICP executive director.

The survey findings show further increases over 2018 in per-person investment with hotel spend and not airline costs – the outlier in 2018 – now capturing the majority of the spend. Destination infrastructure – i.e. hotels – is also the top consideration in destination selection, relegating destination appeal into third position, after safety. 

“Beyond the hard dollar outcomes, we’re finding soft-power objectives like engagement, relationship building and company culture emerging stronger, continuing the trend identified in 2018,” added IRF VP of Content, Andy Schwarz. “And the primacy of the human touch within the world of incentive travel is carried across many other areas of inquiry, with reputation being the leading factor influencing supplier choice – significantly more important than financial stability and value.”

This important research project would not have been possible without the support of the following sponsors:

·     Champion Level:  Accor Hotels, Peerless Performance, One10

·     Prime Level: Business Events Canada, Meliá Hotels International

·     Principal Level: Caesars Entertainment, Eco Destination Management Services, IMEX Group

The full study will be released at IMEX America during SMART Monday at 1:45 – 3:00 PM at Marco Polo 801, Level 1, The Venetian® l The Palazzo® Congress Center

A panel of industry experts representing SITE, FICP and IRF will discuss the findings with Adam Sacks, Founder and President of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company. 

The session will be streamed live on the SITE Facebook page.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Bova, 

Executive Director, FICP 

(312) 245-1023

sbova@ficpnet.com

 

Andy Schwarz, 

VP of Content, IRF

(703) 651-8189, aschwarz@theirf.org

 

Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP

CEO, SITE

(312) 673-4905  

dscaillet@siteglobal.com

 

About Incentive Travel

Incentive Travel, the “I” in MICE, is the fastest growing sector of the Business Events industry with the highest per capita spend and the widest supply chain. 

Accounting for about 7% of all Business Events activities, the Events Industry Council’s Global Economic Impact study (2018) estimates the incentive travel industry to be worth around $75 billion globally. 

About FICP

Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) is a community of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals dedicated to developing members, and advocating the positive impact and value of their work. We elevate the profession by leveraging partnerships and our members’ collective skills and experiences to create purposeful interactions for all stakeholders whose professional success is linked to our members’ work.

About IRF

The Incentive Research Foundation (TheIRF.org) funds and promotes research to advance the science and enhance the awareness and appropriate application of motivation and incentives in business and industry globally. The goal is to increase the understanding, effective use, and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives and others interested in improved performance.

About SITE

Founded in 1973, The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is a professional association of 2,500 members located in 90 countries, working in corporations, agencies, airlines, cruise companies and across the entire destination supply chain. 

September 04, 2019
Marriott International to Debut the W Hotels Brand in Toronto

Slated to Open in 2020, W Toronto Will Bring Bold Design, Innovative Programming and Whatever/Whenever Experiences to Toronto

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has signed an agreement with Larco to bring W Hotels’ bold design, signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming to Toronto for the first time, underscoring growing demand for luxury in Canada and the brand’s boundary-breaking approach to design.

The 9-story, 255-room property located at 90 Bloor Street East in Toronto’s fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood, will be surrounded by high-end boutiques, galleries and design studios as well as chic cafes, polished bars and fine-dining restaurants. The $40 million design transformationthe property’s guest rooms, restaurants and amenities. The property is expected to open as W Toronto in Summer 2020.

“We are applying a unique, vibrant sensibility to the upcoming W Toronto, one that has not been seen before in Toronto,” said Paul Cahill, Area Vice President, Eastern Canada for Marriott International. “The exciting evolution of this property into Toronto’s first W hotel is consistent with the ongoing evolution of this Toronto neighbourhood whose vibrancy, sophistication, and density continues to grow. This is a strategic location for the brand, and we foresee it welcoming international business and leisure travellers, but also becoming a destination for urban thrill-seekers.”

W Toronto will redefine modern luxury in Toronto, taking inspiration from social, historical and physical insights and embedding elements of each into the rooms and public spaces. Upon entering the hotel, guests will be immersed in a modern biophilia and laboratory style experience, that leads to breath-taking indoor/outdoor spaces, perfect for soaking in spectacular sunsets and sounds.

When it opens, W Toronto is expected to feature multiple food and beverage venues including: an indoor/outdoor lobby bar and lounge equipped with a DJ booth/recording studio for collaborating, broadcasting and recording podcasts; a specialty restaurant and a 9th floor roof top restaurant, accessible from street level with a glass exterior elevator; and a unique coffee and cocktail bar. W Toronto will also feature a 3,300 square foot fitness facility and 4,800 square feet of meeting space to serve as a unique venue for social and corporate events.

W Toronto will embody the brand’s signature work hard, play hard philosophy, with FUEL-focused activities (fitness and wellness programming) including weekly workouts, healthy and delicious cuisine and amazing adventures powered by the W brand mantra of DETOX. RETOX. REPEAT.

This signing also underscores Marriott’s growing luxury portfolio in Canada, where the company now has 7 open luxury hotels along with additional luxury hotel projects expected to be announced before year-end.

For more information visit w-hotels.marriott.com. 

About W Hotels Worldwide

Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for nearly two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with more than 50 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com

Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.  The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG).  For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contacts
Sabrina Bhangoo
Marriott International
Sabrina.bhangoo@marriott.com

September 04, 2019
Hosts Global Appoints Kurt Paben as President of Global Sales

Hosts Global (Hosts), has appointed seasoned loyalty and events industry leader Kurt Paben as president of global sales and the newest member of the company’s executive leadership team. Paben will assume the new role on September 9, 2019 and join Hosts’ global alliance of DMCs in their booth at IMEX America, an exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events occurring September 10 – 12, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Widely recognized for his event expertise and success within the loyalty industry, Paben was instrumental in the strategic growth and eventual sale of Aimia’s (formerly Carlson Marketing) events business, where he served as president, to One10. Subsequently he expanded Aimia’s consumer loyalty solutions and commercial operations across the globe. A tireless champion for the events industry, Paben has participated in several industry boards, including two terms as the SITE Foundation president.  In his new role with Hosts Global, Paben will be responsible for driving the creation and execution of sales solutions company-wide and integrating Hosts’ global teams to ensure efficient and consistent service worldwide

“Kurt’s industry leadership and successful history of developing and implementing sales strategies that strengthen the value for global clients will be a tremendous asset for our customers and our company”, said Jennifer Patino, DMCP, chief executive officer of Hosts Global. “His deep understanding of our clients’ unique needs will bolster our services and enable scalability across the enterprise.” 

Since transforming from Hosts USA to Hosts Global in 2011, the company has experienced extraordinary growth. “I’m excited to build off of Hosts’ incredible momentum and creative talents to elevate our approach and delivery of best-in-class destination management services worldwide,” said Paben. “My decision to join Hosts was based on personal passion, the company’s tremendous reputation and growth potential. And, most importantly the cultural fit. We’re aligned in our core beliefs that taking care of people and having fun along the journey equates to good business for all.” 

Paben will be primarily based out of the Hosts Chicago office, where he will develop and implement the strategic growth of the worldwide enterprise. 

About Hosts Global: Hosts Global is a strategic partner for meeting and event planners worldwide. We offer full-service destination management solutions in over 300 locations through our global alliance of select DMCs. Our clients receive streamlined global planning, dedicated account management and superior execution of group programs including meetings, conventions, incentive programs and special events. Contact a Hosts global liaison at www.hosts-global.com to learn more about our services and locations. 

Global Reach. Local Experts
www.hosts-global.com
 

Media Contact:

Katie Davis
Hosts Global
760.803.1545
katie.davis@hosts-global.com

September 04, 2019
Sheraton Laval Unveils its $13 Million Renovation Project to Become an Ultra-Modern Hotel Complex in the Greater Montreal Area

LAVAL, QC, Sept. 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - The Groupe Hotelier Grand Château will be undertaking major renovation work on its Sheraton Laval hotel over the next two years. 

The words: InspireEngage and Attract are the values that describe the heart of our renovations, in an effort to reposition the hotel within the community and stay ahead of the present trends and in the coming years. 

The goal is to return to the hotel industry's core values of spaces that are open to people and encourage discussions. The hotel's ergonomics were redesigned on both the interior and exterior by the architecture firm, Provencher Roy and by the interior design firm Massarelli Design, from the reception, to the administrative offices and the entirety of its banquet halls. 

The convention center will be expanded by more than 10,000 square feet, including large windows, and its multimedia tools, Wi-Fi systems, lighting, automated soundproof partitions and a modernized sound system. 

This reorganization will enable approximately 70 different space configuration possibilities, meeting a wide range of needs and accommodation for 2 to 1,800 guests. 

Expanding the spaces, developing an innovative and collaborative work environment, fused with an on-site market offering local goods and creations from our Executive chef Eric Robidoux will enable the

Sheraton Laval to diversify its users and respond to an endless variety of requirements. 

The Sheraton Laval is undergoing a major makeover, while maintaining our expertise, our team is committed to achieve the highest level of expectation and needs of our customers to attain their full satisfaction. 

This $13 million investment will provide a lodging and event experience that perfectly aligns with the changing needs of the customers and the community while embodying the latest trends in design and amenities. 

Photos Sheraton Laval

About the Groupe Hotelier Grand Château :

The GHGC owns and manages two renowned hotels in the Laval region as well as a prestigious golf course since more than 25 years. As leaders in the region, the hotel establishments operate in an innovative business development context and manages over 500 employees.

For further information: Mylène Gross, Marketing Manager, mgross@ghgc.ca, 438 989-8450

August 28, 2019
Marriott International to Eliminate Single-Use Shower Toiletry Bottles From Properties Worldwide, Expanding Successful 2018 Initiative

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced that it’s expanding an initiative to replace tiny, single-use toiletry bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in guestroom showers with larger, pump-topped bottles. To date, the company has already rolled out larger bottles at about 1,000 properties in North America, and now expects most of its other hotels to make the switch by December 2020. When fully implemented across the globe, Marriott International’s expanded toiletry program is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills; that’s about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30 percent annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.

“This is our second global initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastics in just over a year, which underscores how important we believe it is to continuously find ways to reduce our hotels’ environmental impact. It’s a huge priority for us,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. “Our guests are looking to us to make changes that will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels.”

Already, more than 20 percent of Marriott International’s more than 7,000 properties now offer larger-pump-topped bottles in guestroom showers, doing away with single-use bottles that often end up in landfills.

Today’s announcement expands Marriott International’s early 2018 initiative to switch single-use shower toiletry bottles to larger bottles with pump dispensers in five brands: Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott and TownePlace Suites. In addition, four of Marriott International’s brands – Aloft Hotels, Element by Westin, Four Points and Moxy Hotels – previously implemented the pump-dispenser toiletry concept, while a fifth – AC by Marriott – is well on its way to making the change.

A typical large, pump-topped bottle contains the same amount of product as about 10 to 12 tiny, single-use bottles. Because tiny bottles are not usually recycled, they end up in the hotels’ trash bins – generating refuse that will never truly decompose in landfills. In addition to allowing guests to use as much of a product as they need, the larger bottles are also recyclable along with other basic containers, such as plastic soda bottles.

Company first introduced larger-size toiletries in early 2018

Marriott International, which welcomes more than 1 million guests each night, first began replacing single-use toiletry bottles in the guest bathrooms of about 450 select-service hotels with larger toiletry bottles that contain more product in January 2018. Today, the about 1,000 hotels that have made the switch overwhelmingly report positive feedback from guests. Each brand will implement the larger amenity bottles in a way that is consistent with the brand experience and quality standards that Marriott International’s guests have come to expect. The company is already working on ways to reduce single-use items elsewhere in the guestroom.

This initiative furthers Marriott International’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact as part of its Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction platform that addresses social and environmental issues. As part of Serve 360, Marriott International is working toward several sustainability goals such as reducing landfill waste by 45 percent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories – including guestroom amenities – by 2025. These goals, along with other sustainability programs, help reduce Marriott’s global environmental footprint.

The global shower amenities initiative comes 13 months after the company’s first global plastics-reduction initiative, which addressed disposable plastic straws. In July 2018, the company’s hotels across the portfolio began phasing out disposable plastic straws and stirrers and switching to an on-demand approach with alternative products wherever possible. As of last month, the company had met its goal, resulting in an estimated annual diversion of 1 billion plastic straws from landfills – a first step on its journey to further reduce the portfolio’s reliance on single-use plastics and other disposables.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.  The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG).  For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contant

Barbara DeLollis

Marriott International

Barbara.DeLollis@marriott.com

August 21, 2019
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Appoints Ron Pellerine as General Manager

(Toronto, ON) The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Pellerine to the position of General Manager. Pellerine will join the MTCC team on September 16, 2019 after serving as General Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto.

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Pellerine has worked internationally in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and brings extensive experience in all aspects of facility operations. Prior to the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, he held the position of General Manager at the Langham, Boston and the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, where he oversaw Canada’s largest hotel.

“Ron Pellerine has a strong record of leadership excellence in operating some of the finest properties across the globe,” said Lorenz Hassenstein, President & CEO at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “His knowledge and experience will be valuable to the MTCC and we look forward to welcoming him to our team.”

About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada’s number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 34 years, the Centre has hosted over 20,000 events and has added $6.3 billion in direct spending economic impact to the community. For further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.

Media enquiries:

Melanie Wade, Social Media and Communications Specialist T: (416) 585-8504 E: mwade@mtccc.com

August 19, 2019
NFBE & SCCN welcome two new Account Directors

Niagara Falls—Niagara Falls Business Events (NFBE) and Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) are pleased to welcome Sonja Turek and Amanda Munroe to their team of Account Directors.

Sonja brings more than 20 years of experience working with some of today’s leading brands, like Tourism Toronto and Xerox Canada. Well known to industry and meeting professionals across the country, Sonja is excited to expand the destination’s client base in the corporate market.

“I look forward to promoting the Niagara experience, which to me is a key differentiator from any other experience in Canada,” said Turek.

Amanda takes on her new role after three years at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, where she focused on the association market. With over 15 years of sales exp-erience, Amanda will continue to serve this market and maintain her commitment to the highest standards in customer service.

“I’m thrilled to be representing Niagara Falls alongside such a passionate and com-mitted team. Famous for its beautiful wineries, not to mention one of the most magical views in Canada, it’s truly the people that set this destination apart,” said Munroe.

For more information, please contact:
Judy Mahoney, Vice President Sales & Marketing
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Canada L2G 3Y9
t. 905-357-7003 e. jmahoney@fallsconventions.com

About Niagara Falls Business Events | fallsmeetings.com
Niagara Falls Business Events is an affiliate program of Niagara Falls Tourism operating with a mission to make the destination a top-of-mind choice for meetings, conventions and events. Representing a network of industry partners, we take an active role in raising Niagara Falls’ profile and showcasing its unique power to create great meeting experiences.

About Scotiabank Convention Centre | fallsconventions.com
Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada, is the region’s largest meetings and events facility. Steps away from the famous waterfall, this state-of-the-art venue boasts more than 300,000 sq. ft. of open, flexible space. With close proximity to three international airports, world-renowned wineries and over 4,000 branded guest rooms, we make doing business easy.

August 19, 2019
InterContinental Toronto Centre Unveils Remodeled Presidential Suite

Toronto—InterContinental Toronto Centre has unveiled its newly renovated Presidential Suite. The famed $5,000-per-night suite — which has hosted famous politicians, dignitaries and celebrities — has been upgraded with sleek decor and modern technology.

Located on the 18th floor, the 2,200-sq.-ft. suite includes a living and dining area with a built-in kitchenette, a master bedroom with a lavish bathroom and tub and a second bedroom with an en suite. The suite also includes a media room with full surround sound and Amazon Alexa in the bedroom to help guests stay connected.

In addition, the Presidential Suite boasts a wraparound terrace, affording a south-east/west view of the downtown cityscape and waterfront. Those staying in the suite will also have access to the exclusive Club InterContinental Lounge, which features benefits such as complimentary deluxe breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres.

“For years, the InterContinental Toronto Centre’s Presidential Suite has been the choice of accommodations for a who’s who of notable names, including Barbara Walters, Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton,” says Mary Ann Gamboa, director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Toronto Centre. “With this renovation and the new technology upgrades, we’re confident it will stay their choice for years to come. This suite is the ultimate reflection of our commitment to providing luxurious and memorable experiences to all our guests.”