Industry Insights

  • Palais des congress de MontréalSafe Reopening Strategy

      The Canadian meeting and events industry is getting ready for its comeback, and the Palais des congress de Montréal is ready to lead the pack. Recently, the Montreal venue revealed the COVID-19 safety measure its team is putting in place in advance of its reopening. “Although gatherings have been put on hold because of COVID-19, our teams at the Palais have been working non-stop so you could continue to benefit from their expertise in order to foster returning to…

  • Palais des congrès’ hybrid approach to events

      Challenging times call for innovative solutions. This is especially true in the meeting and events space where critical COVID-19 safety considerations have made it more difficult than ever to get everyone in the same room. To that end, Palais des congrès de Montréal has joined its partners in launching a slate of hybrid meeting solutions designed to re-connect groups and fast-track the reopening of its operations. “There are a host of safety concerns and social distancing requirements that are…

  • 6 reasons why Club Med Quebec Charlevoix is a must-book destination for groups

      Live meetings and events may be hard to envision for the moment, but Club Med plans to re-vitalize the MICE community with the arrival of its first Canadian resort, Club Med Quebec Charlevoix, in 2021. “Club Med Quebec Charlevoix will not only be Club Med’s first resort in Canada, but also the first Club Med all-inclusive 4-seasons mountain resort in North America.” Says Amelie Brouhard, Vice President, Canada and Mexico at Club Med “Post COVID-19, we believe domestic destinations…

  • Breaking Ground on Hotel Vie

      It’s been over 35 years since Château Le Jardin first opened its doors to the meeting and event community. Now, the Vaughan venue is taking the next step in its evolution with the development of Hotel Vie. How is Chateau Le Jardin planning to revitalize the live event space? What will set Hotel Vie apart? We reached out to Carlo Parentela, the visionary behind Hotel Vie, to talk about the venue’s big plans for 2021. You’ve been operating Château…

  • Together as One: A message from Montreal’s Palais des congrès

    These are strange days for the meetings and events community. And for venues, adjusting to the “new normal” has meant taking significant steps to comply with strict social distancing rules and secure the safety of their staff and guests. Maintaining operations in the age of COVID-19 is no small challenge. Yet as Robert Mercure, CEO of Montreal’s Palais des congrès, notes in his following message to the industry, there is strength in numbers. A message from Robert Mercure These are…

  • 8 Reasons to Bring Your Event to Chatham-Kent

    Urban centres are a common pick for meeting planners. However, as past (and recurring) guests of Chatham-Kent in Ontario can attest, there are advantages to choosing a destination with a unique rural appeal. “We may not be the ‘big city,’ but we offer immense benefits,” notes Katrina Scharuda, Sales and Marketing Manager with the Chatham-Kent John Bradley Convention Centre. “When planners trust their conference, convention, or getaway with us, those advantages quickly become clear.” Are you considering somewhere new for…

  • Celebrating Montréal Luminaries at the Palais des congrès

    It was an evening for industry celebration and peer appreciation during Palais des congrès de Montréal’s Ambassador Club Recognition Awards Gala. Held February 5th at the acclaimed downtown venue, the evening turned a deserved spotlight on 17 luminaries who played an active role in attracting 11 international conferences to Montréal. Their combined efforts resulted in attracting thousands of visitors from across the globe and generating an estimated $83 million in tourism revenues. “The Recognition Awards Gala celebrates the dedication of…

  • Québec City: A destination “like no other”

      It’s a mix of unique venues, attractions, foods, and local experiences that makes Québec City a destination without compare. And for event planners hoping to break away from the predictable, a one-of-a-kind location can have its advantages. “With destinations competing fiercely to attract conventions and meetings, it’s important to stand out from the crowd and make an impression,” agrees Québec City Business Destination president Pierre-Michel Bouchard. Distinguished tastes Québec City’s culinary scene is among the region’s most distinct features.…

  • Club Med Unveils “Exclusive Collection”

    The “traditional” conference plans may check all the boxes, but for events that guests will actually remember, being different counts. It’s with this in mind that Club Med has curated a number of extra-ordinary venues and experiences to help organizers elevate their plans with its “Exclusive Collection.” “Our goal with the Exclusive Collection is to offer event and meeting planners unique and breathtaking destinations that will truly make an impression on their attendees,” says Maria Chung, Business Development Manager for…

  • The Culinary Edge at Chateau Le Jardin

    When it comes to what event guests remember most, food and beverage ranks supreme. It’s for this reason that Toronto’s Chateau Le Jardin makes it a daily mission to serve up unforgettable meals for groups of all tastes. “Food is an extremely important – if not the most important – facet of our hospitality business,” says Carlo Parentela, CEO of Château Le Jardin. “The meal is the centrepiece of any event, and regardless of the menu or ethnicity, it must…

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