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April 18, 2019
Kelowna and Saskatoon airports receive federal funding to promote international connections

Kelowna, BC/CNW/Saskatoon and Kelowna airports are important destinations for both tourists and business travelers. Maintaining international flights into both centres, and promoting new flights, is essential for increasing economic development and tourism opportunities.

Today, Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $840,000 in funding for the Saskatoon Airport Authority, in partnership with the Kelowna International Airport, to promote tourism and trade through developing and sustaining trans-border air routes for Saskatoon and Kelowna airports.

Through this investment, the Saskatoon and Kelowna airports will work to develop strategies and marketing campaigns to increase trans-border air passenger traffic in their two regions. The initiatives will target airlines, while also marketing Saskatoon and Kelowna as tourist destinations in major U.S. cities. Tourism employs 15,000 people in the Kelowna area, and another 16,500 in Saskatoon. Additionally, a number of large, international companies based in each of these centres rely on trans-border air travel for their own employees and those seeking to do business with them.

Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan aims to build an economy in which Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and Canadian businesses are well-placed to participate in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.


"Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today's investment in the Saskatoon Airport Authority, partnered with the Kelowna International Airport, builds on our competitive advantages and will result in better access for international travelers to Kelowna and Saskatoon, boosting economic growth and creating good, middle-class jobs for Canadians."
     -       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"The Okanagan Valley sustains successful diverse communities and outstanding recreational opportunities in Kelowna and the corridor. Kelowna is the largest community and is also often recognized for its innovative entrepreneurs as well as large corporations. The Government of Canada supports the efforts of Kelowna and Saskatoon airports, as they strive to serve the needs of tourism and business sectors effectively."
     -       Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country

 "We continue to hear from our community about the importance of enhancing our air service connections for economic development, tourism and business. The funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada will support our efforts to sustainably grow connectivity through air service options that are valued by the province of Saskatchewan. We are proud to partner with Kelowna International Airport and would like to thank Western Economic Diversification Canada and the federal Government for supporting Canadian airports in attracting essential air services to our communities."
     -       Stephen Maybury, President and CEO, Saskatoon Airport Authority

"We're excited to partner with Western Economic Diversification Canada and Saskatoon Airport to enhance connections for leisure and business travel. Providing access to the United States is a key component of a resilient economy and the investment will give YLW the opportunity to enhance its air service for the benefit of the region and Kelowna residents."
     -       Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna elown

April 15, 2019
The Idea Hunter Welcomes New General Manager Adrienne Giroux

The Idea Hunter is delighted to announce the appointment of Adrienne Giroux as the company’s General Manager.

With over 15 years experience in the events industry, Adrienne Giroux has created over 300 events, including some of Toronto’s most iconic galas (Fashion Cares, TIFF’s Opening Night Party and annual fundraiser BOOMBOX). Giroux is a highly respected industry professional who has also been recognized as an outstanding team leader with an award from TIFF where she has spent the last 9 years of her career. 

“We are thrilled that Adrienne will be joining our team at The Idea Hunter. Her experience and leadership will play a vital role in the strategic business directions of the company,” said Janice Cardinale, CEO, The Idea Hunter.

With a long-standing reputation for building corporate partnerships with brands, agencies, vendors and clients, she excels at fostering new and existing relationships. Giroux is a highly strategic, analytical, creative and passionate person that excels in producing innovative and award winning results. She is driven to create experiences that build community and have a cultural impact.

"It is with great pleasure that I join the dynamic team at The Idea Hunter. Janice and Hailey are industry leaders in their field, and I look forward to working with the team to grow the business and propel it to the next level." said Adrienne Giroux, General Manager, The Idea Hunter.

The Idea Hunter is a Corporate Entertainment Company that is invested in creating the latest trends in live entertainment experiences. While our foundation was established in Toronto, our ideas travel across Canada, the United States and beyond.

April 12, 2019
IACC’s Americas Connect explores radical changes in the meetings industry

The 38th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place this week (10 – 11 April) at Vantage Venues and The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto, with more than 230 delegates attending over the two days.

Over 20 meeting planners from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia joined the two-day conference - themed ‘Radical Innovation – Change Everything!’ – to participate in a full schedule of education, networking and discovery.

The conference delivered a 100% new speaker line-up and put a ban on PowerPoint presentations with slides that included more than one-word. The mission for the event was to turn the stereotypical conference on its head and shake things up to create an environment where delegates could think differently.

The tone for the event was set by opening keynote speaker Pablos Holman, former computer hacker turned inventor and innovator, who delivered a session that encouraged attendees to be the disruptors of the events industry in the next five-years with their innovative venues, services and solutions to some of the industry’s biggest problems.

Toronto’s meeting planning community also joined a lively debate on culinary trends. The panel of experts, including Mariela McIlwraith of Events Industry Council, Tracy Stuckrath of Thrive Meetings, Alan Booth of Deloitte University and Brian Stapleton of Aramark Conferencing, led a discussion on how the industry can best embrace the fast pace of change, covering topics from allergens and dietary preferences, to new foods, managing wastage and sustainable practices. 

This year, for the first time, IACC directly involved the meeting planner and university student communities. Students from Ryerson University and Seneca College attended to gain experience in the industry. 

In a fast-paced competition focused on innovations, IACC members and suppliers were invited to deliver a four-minute-long elevator pitch for their innovation to a panel of global senior press judges. IACC announced Janice Cardinale and Richard Emmanuel of The Idea Hunter as the winner of the competition at the IACC Opening Awards Ceremony. Delegates were also treated to a mystery culinary tour around the city, where they visited three number of venues which all approach food and beverage differently.

Nancy Lindemer, IACC Americas President commented: “We felt it was time that Connect returned to Canada after 15 years in the US. Our members in the region embraced the opportunity in a truly incredible way, and the ideas and creativity from the team tasked with designing this year’s event was immense.”

The Global Copper Skillet competition took place on day two of the event where the Americas, European and Australian finalists competed for the title of Global Copper Skillet Champion. Celebrity chef Michael Smith, regular on the Food Network Canada, presented a workshop and joined the line-up of judges for the Copper Skillet final. Sebastian Layen of Deloitte University | Benchmark, a Global Hospitality Company was named Senior Chef Champion and Niclas Jansson of Sigtunahöjden was named Junior Chef Champion. 

Chef Michael Smith commented after the competition “I am truly impressed with the creativity from all of the chefs today. The ability to think on your feet and execute a dish from what’s on hand is what we do every day but once that clock starts ticking you never know what can happen!”

The winning dishes from the chefs were –

Sebastian Layen, Senior Chef Champion – Crusted Canadian bison medallion, fig and maple syrup gastrique, roasted fig, artichoke and root vegetables barigoule.

Niclas Jansson, Junior Chef Champion – Beef with brown buttered tempeh, roasted cauliflower, stewed cauliflower with apple and maple syrup, vinegar and lemon poached asparagus, onion, red wine, maple syrup and browned butter.

IACC’s next annual European conference ‘Knowledge Festival’ will be taking place in Brussels on 4 – 6 October 2019.

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Images from the event can be downloaded here.

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About IACC

Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realised. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe.  IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally.  IACC membership is a symbol of meeting excellence and exceptional connections amongst the best in the meeting industry.  This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking and results-driven meeting venues globally.

All members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics.  IACC includes over 400 member conference venues from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Wales, Canada, Costa Rica and the United States. 

The IACC Mission Statement: "To bring together the brightest industry minds to promote the best meeting venues, which deliver exceptional meeting experiences.  There are meetings... And then there are IACC Meetings".

The IACC Vision: “IACC is a global community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.

April 11, 2019
Event Industry Trends & Forecast with David Merrell

On April 24, 2019 at Hotel X, located at 111 Princes' Boulevard, ILEA Toronto - in partnership with Senik Events and Hotel X Toronto by Library Collection brings you Event Industry Trends and Forecast with David Merrell. 

No matter what your role is in the event industry; caterer, planner, venue, designer, or client - it's imperative that as an event professional, you know what trends are on the horizon. It can be arduous to keep up with all the different elements. Here is your chance to get a forecast of the industry on many fronts. 

As Creative Director of LA based AOO Events, David Merrell has his finger on the pulse of what's happening in social and corporate events, globally.  For over 25 years, David has been one of the most sought-after producers globally; with a growing list of Fortune 500 and international corporations for product launches, corporate events, celebrity-attended fundraisers, and intimate weddings. Most recently, David capped off another successful Oscar season as Lead Designer for Alfre Woodards' coveted Sistah's Soiree which is an annual dinner for African American women, and women of colour in film.

David has served as President of the ILEA Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and sits on the Advisory Board for top industry publications BizBash, and Catersource, as well as The Global Event Forum. He has been named "Event Designer of the Year" by Event Solutions Magazine, and awarded the prestigious Crystal CITE Award from the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives, the 2017 ILEA Klaus Inkamp Lifetime Achievement award, and the 2019 Steve Kemble Leadership Award awarded at The Special Event 2019 global conference.

International Live Events Association (ILEA), is the premier association for live event professionals; building and supporting an engaged community through educational content, and creating environments for business opportunities.


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April 11, 2019
Designing a New Experience

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre Announces new decor Partnership

Calgary, AB—Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) is excited to announce Decor & More Inc. (D&M) as their official decor partner.

“Our partnership with Decor & More is a first for the Centre,” said Clark Grue, President and CEO of CTCC.

“It is a huge win for everyone because now we provide economic and administrative decor advantages to our clients and we know Decor & More will provide the highest standard of decor for events happening in our building.”

A high-end venue located in the heart of Calgary’s downtown, CTCC is committed to creating custom and personalized experiences. CTCC facilitates and host events that connect people so they can converse, learn, grow, celebrate, discover, share and experience what’s important to them.

D&M is Canada's largest and most-awarded event decor firm, designing and executing more than 500 events per year. They create experiences that change how brands connect with their followers, companies connect with their employees and the way people view space and time. As a creative design company, their approach to projects is creating transformational experiences that have lasting impressions.

“We are thrilled to be the first official decor partner at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.” Said Brian Bell President of D&M. “Having worked on numerous award winning events at the CTCC for many incredible clients over the course of 15 years, we are excited about the road ahead and the vision of the CTCC. We believe this partnership will allow us to expand our product and service offerings, and help enhance the client experience through event designs that look spectacular!”

Decor & More will provide decor for events happening at the center over a five contract and will use their 25 years of experience and design acumen to execute spectacular events at the centre.

About CTCC
The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre is focused on enhancing the services that we provide well beyond the venue—to create a place and experience that supports all events for people to convene, connect and converse together. What started as a central location for coming together has grown into a next generation of convention services and experiences.

About Decor & More
D&M helps design experiences that create an impact. From product launches to fund-raising Galas, Corporate meetings to social events, D&M helps enhance the look of receptions for as many as 6,000 guests, to more intimate affairs including customized personal events for 20. Our goal is to help build events

that look great, serve a purpose through each design element, and help elevate the event from ordinary to an experience.

Media Contacts: 
Kaili Cashin
Manager, Marketing + Communications
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

Bryan Bell

April 11, 2019
Four Seasons Hotel Montreal Announces May 8, 2019 Opening Date

Montreal's most anticipated hotel and restaurant openings are now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning May 8, 2019

MONTREAL/CNW/—The new luxury centrepiece of Montreal's Golden Square Mile, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal will officially open on May 8, 2019.  

With 169 guest rooms, 19 suites and 18 Four Seasons Private Residences, Montreal's Four Seasons is an emblematic place where sensuality meets intelligent design and where guests are invited on a journey of discovery through enchantment and inspiring social connections.

In this noteworthy update, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal and the onsite MARCUS - the debut Canadian restaurant by visionary Chef Marcus Samuelsson - are confirming reservations for dates beginning May 8, 2019.

"We can't wait to receive our local community, as well as world travellers, into our luxury ecosystem for the full Four Seasons experience, right in downtown Montreal," says Four Seasons General Manager Gonçalo Monteiro. "With summer and all its great festivals and events just around the corner, spring is the perfect time for us all to enjoy Montreal's trendsetting style and culture."

Highlight - The Social Square
The third-floor lobby level of the new hotel is the Social Square, an open-concept series of spaces where fashionable Montrealers can mix with international visitors. The Social Square sets the stage for unforgettable moments, unexpected connections and a journey of discovery of multifaceted experiences. Luxury shoppers will also delight in direct indoor access to the newly opened Holt Renfrew Ogilvy.

The Social Square includes the new MARCUS Restaurant + Terrace and MARCUS Bar + Lounge, celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson's brasserie concept. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, focal points will be sustainable seafood, a raw bar, local vegetables and grains as the culinary team works closely with local producers and growers.

"I couldn't be more excited to finally be opening here at Four Seasons Hotel Montreal," says Chef Samuelsson. "It's amazing to become a part of this neighbourhood and to debut in Canada for the first time. We want everyone to feel at home with us as they explore our flavours, dynamic vibe, and culinary perspective."

With interiors designed by Atelier Zébulon Perron, MARCUS flows through the third-floor lobby level. On the expansive all-season heated terrace, guests can delight in panoramic views while dining, drinking and socialising.

Highlights - World-Renowned Services and Amenities
The Hotel will enchant guests around the clock with world-renowned Four Seasons services including special programs for parents and pets, and luxury valet service so guests arrive in style. There's a 24-hour fitness centre by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, skylit indoor pool, sauna and luxurious spa (including fully private VIP rooms). The Hotel's stunning 450-person Palais des Possibles ballroom features a sweeping terrace overlooking Montreal. Blending intelligent design with sensual, sumptuous materials, guest rooms have both drama and class, with floor-to-ceiling windows, chaise longues and remarkable free-standing bathtubs (in certain rooms).

With interiors designed by Paris-based Gilles & Boissier in collaboration with Montreal-based architect and designer Philip Hazan, the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Montreal features white marble, gold elevators and pink and grey velvet walls that demand to be touched.

Be among the first to experience Four Seasons Hotel Montreal:

  • Hotel reservations may be made by calling 1 800 819 5053 or booking online.
  • MARCUS Restaurant + Terrace, MARCUS Bar + Lounge reservations can be made via email.

Wedding couples and event planners are invited to contact Four Seasons for inquiries and to arrange pre-opening site tours. 

April 08, 2019
The Hotel Room Block Model Is Under Industry Review

New research reveals booking trends of large-scale, urban convention attendees

HiltonNYC & Company and PCMA Foundation announced today that approximately half of all delegates attending large-scale, urban conventions are circumventing the established room-reservation process and booking accommodations on their own. The three organizations collaboratively conceived of and funded the “Room Block of the Future” study to better understand room booking behaviors within the business events industry, with the hope of developing a delivery system that better suits planner and attendee needs in an ever-evolving meetings landscape. 

Kalibri Labs and Prism Advisory Group were lead research consultants on the project and identified the behaviors and motivations that are driving this decision-making. They jointly analyzed more than 2 million anonymous hotel and Airbnb guest records from conventions held in Houston, New York City and San Diego between 2015 and 2018 in addition to surveying a sample of U.S. business travelers who have attended a city-wide convention.

According to Mark Lomanno, Partner at Kalibri Labs, “One of the more surprising findings from the research was the fact that almost 25% of attendees at large city-wide conventions actually booked their accommodations at the hotels specified in the room block, but did not go through the traditional room reservation process resulting in them not being recognized in the room block.  Clearly, this segment of attendees room booking priorities were not being met by the existing process.”

Elaine Hendricks, Partner at Prism Advisory Group, added, “It was very unexpected to learn from the survey of city-wide attendees just how much it bothers them to lose control of their hotel-booking process — being generally unable to do the things they normally do in hotel bookings, such as accessing their loyalty benefits. It’s this desire for control that creates frustration and prompts a quarter of them to make transient bookings in convention hotels to get what they want.”

Better booking model

“Partnering with PCMA Foundation and NYC & Company on this project was a natural collaboration as we are all committed to innovating within the room block space and know true innovation will only occur after understanding the buying behaviors and needs of the guest or conference attendee. We all recognize the meetings industry is rapidly evolving and that it’s crucial to adapt to changing customer preferences to maintain relevance,” said Frank Passanante, senior vice president, Hilton Worldwide Sales, Americas

Research findings could profoundly shift how cities, hospitality organizations and business events professionals organize meetings and conferences.

“The results of ‘Room Block of the Future’ reflect a shift in the industry that CVB’s must adapt to,” said Jerry Cito, executive vice president, convention development at NYC & Company. “The findings will help NYC & Company educate planners and suppliers on the need for flexibility, pricing transparency and potential development of a cross-loyalty program.”

Loyalty, cost, choice and age

Hospitality loyalty programs, cost, room preferences and age are significant factors in booking behaviors and consumer trends, the study found.

A common attendee misperception — affecting booking patterns across different sizes and types of conferences — is that hotel rooms within the block are more expensive. However, the research proves that in a majority of cases (66 percent), rooms within the block are more affordable.

Room variety, or lack thereof, is another factor affecting booking patterns. Among many business travelers, a perceived rigidness and the inability to choose a preferred room type played a role.

Overall, younger attendees (59 percent) are more likely to use alternative accommodations.

Advancing the industry

The “Room Block of the Future” study is just one of the many research projects supported by PCMA Foundation, which is committed to empowering individuals and advancing innovations that fuel the future of business events.

"Through the generous support of PCMA members and partners, the Foundation has provided more than $800,000 over the past four years to fund education and research projects to help advance the business events industry," said Meredith Rollins, PCMA Foundation's executive director. "Part of our mission is to collaborate with industry partners, thought leaders, and academics to challenge current thinking and models; and all of the organizations that aligned to fund and execute this Room Block project is a great example of the value that can be created when we work together.


About PCMA:

PCMA educates, inspires and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. Visit us at and

About Hilton: 

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

About NYC & Company:

NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization and convention & visitors bureau for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information on meeting in New York City, visit

About Kalibri Labs:

Kalibri Labs evaluates and predicts revenue performance using its proprietary algorithm to generate the Optimal Business Mix for individual hotels, revealing the most promising opportunities to pursue along with specific direction on how to find and convert them. The Hummingbird PXM revenue strategy and benchmarking platform also includes the industry’s most robust profiles for travel agent and OTA production. The Kalibri Labs database, updated monthly, is comprised of ADR, room revenue, room nights and acquisition costs from over 7 billion guest stays adding 100 million each month from over 33,000 hotels dating back more than 5 years to give an expansive view of the U.S. hotel industry. Real estate developers, brokers and others involved in hotel transactions use Kalibri Labs data to improve underwriting with a more granular view of each market and benchmarks and trendlines for both individual hotels and sub-markets for all U.S. metro areas. For more information, please visit

About Prism Advisory Group

The Prism Advisory Group (PAG) is a Boston-based travel and hospitality consulting practice that focuses on bringing innovative solutions to business problems. PAG is built around a core team of executive partners, and highly skilled collaborators, all of whom have held senior positions in the travel industry. The group specializes in uncovering bold and pragmatic solutions to business challenges with a focus on delivering transformative growth. PAG's skill sets include strategy development, sales, marketing, research and business solutions and their clients include some of the most recognizable names in travel.  For more information, please visit

April 05, 2019
The World Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day 2019

The Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) board members and leaders from across the meetings and events industry globally celebrated for the fourth annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on 4 April 2019.

GMID is an international day of advocacy that highlights the proven value that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions bring to businesses and the economy. GMID was created in 2016 to raise the profile of the meetings and events industry, and this year, involved meeting professional organizations, association chapters, corporations, destinations, elected officials and business leaders. 

On April 4th 2019, more than 258 GMID events spanning 44 countries took place, a significant increase in the number of events that were held in 2018.

A number of famous buildings and structures across Canada lit up in celebration of the immense economic success that the meetings industry has achieved whilst shining a light on important advocacy work carried out by the Meetings Mean Business Canada coalition. The buildings lit up included - The CN Tower, Toronto Sign and Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Enercare Centre and Sheraton Centre in Toronto, the Olympic Cauldron & District Markers in Vancouver and the Reconciliation Bridge in the East Village and Stephen Avenue Galleria Trees in Calgary.

According to the recently launched Global Economic Impact Study, Canada ranked in 6th position out of 50 countries within the business events sector. Within Canada, this means direct spending of over $33 Billion, $19.3 direct GDP along with the creation and sustainability of over 229,000 jobs. The meetings and business events industry is an important economic driver.

“Global Meetings Industry Day is all about highlighting the power of what business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions collectively do for people, businesses and communities across Canada and around the globe. Outside of the results driven by business meetings, the events and meetings industry creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, generates billions of dollars of revenue and supports communities across the country.

I was privileged to be speaking at GMID event in Vancouver this year as my colleagues also spoke across Canada on behalf of Meetings Mean Business Canada. It truly was a global occasion as 230 GMID events spanning 42 countries took place all over the world.”

- Heidi Welker, Chairperson of Meetings Mean Business Canada.

Future GMID celebrations are set for April 2 in 2020, April 8 in 2021 and April 7 in 2022. Like this year, we hope to exceed the record numbers this important day achieves

For more on Meetings Mean Business Canada, see our website MMBC website.

You can also find out more about Global Meetings Industry day here.

About Meetings Mean Business Canada

Meetings Mean Business is the single advocacy voice of the meetings industry in Canada.  Our key focus is to communicate the importance of these business events to stakeholders across the country in order to promote investment to ensure our industry prospers. Through our relationship with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), we communicate the economic and social value of face-to-face meetings and business events to elected officials at all levels of government.  This is intended to assist our leaders in government as they shape policy and legislation to grow the industry across Canada.

April 05, 2019
Seneca presents the Annual Inspired Spaces Event

Seneca Event Management – Event and Exhibit Design students participated in the annual Inspired Spaces event at Newnham Campus on March 27. Students created event templates for potential clients, thinking of everything from the venue and caterer to florals and décor. All of their fresh ideas were displayed on tabletops and presented to more than 200 industry professionals from across Canada. 

“It’s a fabulous event every year and this year was no different. The students have worked hard and this is their time to shine, to put into action all they have learned,” said John MacBride, program co-ordinator for Seneca’s Event Management – Event and Exhibit Design program.

This year's event was extra special for Seneca, as Inspired Spaces was part of the Canadian Special Events Live event week. It was also hosted at Seneca's new Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship for the first time. 

The Inspired Spaces 2019 winners are Sakina Li (gold), Riley Wilson (silver) and Han Vo (bronze). 

Inspired Spaces was sponsored by the International Live Events Association, FMAV, Event Rental Group, Canadian Special Events Magazine, OneWest, Presidential Gourmet, The Butler Did It and Seneca Alumni. 

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April 04, 2019
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Launches Campaign to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day

Toronto/CNW/—Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, today launched a worldwide campaign celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day (#GMID19), the annual celebration that profiles the importance of business meetings, events and incentive travel to individuals, businesses and communities around the world.

The 2019 GMID campaign celebrates the people of Four Seasons whose skill, creativity and innovation create exceptional event experiences that go above and beyond the ordinary.

"Our Four Seasons meetings and events teams are true masters of their craft, creating personalized, innovative events that make the extraordinary happen," says Ben Trodd, Senior Vice President, Sales and Hotel Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "On Global Meetings Industry Day, we thank our partners for entrusting us with their most high-profile gatherings, and we also recognize the talented Four Seasons craftspeople who transform our properties and bring these events to life. Their dedicated efforts, creativity and passion continue to impress guests from around the world and ensure our clients trust and return to Four Seasons year after year."

From an exclusive Florentine palace dinner alongside the Duomo curated by Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, to a private mixology class led by one of the world's leading mixologists at the renowned Fifty Mils bar in Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, event planners have confidence in Four Seasons to create customised, unique events that are thoughtfully curated for any occasion.

Meetings and events are an important business for Four Seasons, and property teams work seamlessly together to craft custom events that transform spaces, celebrate food and beverage craftsmanship and deliver Four Seasons service excellence. No event is identical, and Four Seasons continues to lead the industry by transporting events outside of traditional ballrooms and into the inspiring, expansive world of Four Seasons across each property. Four Seasons function spaces are purposefully designed to allow for flexibility and personalisation, and planners can leverage the full extent of Four Seasons services, amenities and people when choosing to book an exclusive or buyout.

Here's what industry experts around the world are saying about meetings and events at Four Seasons:

"The reason I continue to book with Four Seasons is the trust I have, not only with the brand, but with the salespeople who I've worked with over the years. When you're bringing a customer to a Four Seasons hotel, or booking a piece of business there, you know the end result is always a win-win. It's consistently a perfect program from start to finish."
– Deanne Vigil, Regional Vice President, HelmsBriscoe

"We are always proud to partner with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – the passion from their global team sets them apart. Their high-touch delivery gives us confidence to place our business with them."
– Sue Gill, Managing Director, Your Event Solutions

"Four Seasons is synonymous with quality and outstanding service. The mention of Four Seasons alone is enough to generate excitement among our most discerning clients who are also world travelers. Four Seasons makes our job easy."
– James Koh, CMP, Senior Consultant, Amway Japan G.K.

To kick-off #GMID19, Four Seasons launched a video highlighting a transformative event at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, brought to life by the property's team of masters whose craftsmanship and expertise curated an immersive, one-of-a-kind garden brunch. This Four Seasons event provides a glimpse into the creativity and inspiration seen in each and every one of our hotels around the world every day.

To plan your next Four Seasons meeting or event, visit our website.

About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently operating 112 hotels and resorts, and 41 residential properties in major city centres and resort destinations in 48 countries, and with more than 50 projects under planning or development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world's best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit For the latest news, visit and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.

Laura Schlecht