Industry Insights

  • Chatham-Kent Using Popular Venue for Vaccinations

      In the COVID-19 pandemic, adaptation is key. And for Chatham-Kent, responding to this evolving public-health challenge meant turning its John D Bradley Chatham-Kent Convention Centre into a vaccination clinic. “We intend to vaccinate a large number of people here, and our main limiting factor will be vaccine supply because we intend to burn through every bit of it very fast,” said Dr. David Colby, a medical officer for the region, upon the clinic’s opening. The clinic opened in February…

  • A fresh look at London, Ontario

      Q&A with Karen Dowhan, Tourism London The future looks promising for London’s meeting and events (M&E) scene. Thanks to new developments and a wealth of event amenities, the southwestern Ontario city has become a go-to events destination and is poised to grow even more in the days ahead. With insights into London’s evolving M&E scene, we spoke with Karen Dowhan, Director of Conventions with Tourism London. When do you believe London started becoming a meetings and events hotspot? London…

  • Re-energizing events at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

      Le Centre Sheraton Montreal has unveiled a newly renovated addition for the meeting and events community. This year, the premier venue cut the ribbon on its renovated Sheraton Club Lounge, a stylish and amenity-rich gathering space designed exclusively for visiting groups. “We wanted to create a place where people can connect with confidence,” says Christopher Spear, Director of Sales and Marketing with Le Centre Sheraton Montreal. The idea is to provide an open, collaborative, and versatile space that can…

  • Toronto “Shows Love” to Meeting Planners

      Toronto has a plan for attracting event organizers to “The 6ix”. This February, Destination Toronto launched “Show Love, Get Love”, a campaign designed to entice small groups into the City with a host of the exclusive event offers, incentives, and enhanced safety measures. “It’s been a trying year for event organizers, so the Show Love, Get Love campaign was created to remind Canadian planners that—once it’s safe to do so—our Toronto hotels are ready when they are to begin…

  • Transforming events at the Palais des congrès de Montréal

      Challenging times call for creative solutions. And in the meetings and events space, the most valuable solutions help organizers reinvent their strategies to bring people together. Venues play a critical role in bringing these solutions to the market. A case in point is the Palais des congrès de Montreal, which has spent much of the pandemic collaborating with local creatives, innovators, and tech specialists to breathe new life into in-person and hybrid events. The Palais’s solutions have taken many…

  • Elevating Events in London, Ontario

      The search for an “all-in-one” event destination can leave planners scratching their heads. But as guests of London, Ontario can attest, the most engaging (and budget-friendly) meeting location is closer than expected. Over the years, the southwestern Ontario city has attracted groups of all types and sizes with a mix of business and entertainment offerings. From its vibrant city centre to lush outdoor spaces, and state-of-the-art venues to its unique attractions, London has proven itself more than able to…

  • Sudbury’s Surprising Venues

    There are events that “check the box” and those that get remembered. Planning for the latter means taking your groups to destinations with unique experiences and unconventional venues. Sure, it can be tempting to search beyond Canada’s borders, but a glance north of Toronto will reveal that there are plenty of surprises waiting for meeting and event planners in the City of Greater Sudbury. Need a reason to head north? Sudbury has become home to event spaces designed to pique…

  • 5 Québec City venues that cater to physical distancing

      Physical distancing has become a key consideration for meeting and event planners. And while there are many good reasons why physical distancing rules must be respected, finding a venue with the space and resources to protect guests during the pandemic is no small challenge. Fortunately for guests of Québec City, there are more than a few safe options. Without a doubt, guest health and safety is priority number one for Québec City’s venues. To that end, size, convenience, and…

  • Palais des congrès de Montréal debuts “immersive” event spaces

      Montréal’s premier venue introduces world-first OASIS immersion Innovation is alive and well in the meeting and events community. Leading the charge is the Palais des congrès de Montréal, which recently launched cutting-edge OASIS immersion exhibition spaces to help planners connect their guests in fresh and engaging ways. “As hybrid events continue to assert themselves as the current standard, we continue to innovate by adding three immersive rooms to its permanent facilities, which are a world first among convention centres,”…

  • 5 reasons to put Sudbury on your event radar

      There’s a reason meeting and event planners are turning their attention to Ontario’s north. Many, in fact. With a wide range of venues, ample indoor and outdoor entertainment, and a rich culinary scene, the City of Greater Sudbury offers plenty of incentives for groups to meet closer to home. “A lot of international, or even inter-provincial, event plans have been put on hold during 2020, but more and more organizations are recognizing that they can get that same event…

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