Industry Insights

  • 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…

  • Energizing Events at Palais des congrès de Montréal

      Adding health and wellness to the itinerary Engaged audiences drive successful events. And while flashy technologies and compelling content put people in the seats, adding health and wellness breaks are an easy and effective way of keeping them alert and involved. Understanding this, Palais des congrès de Montréal has welcomed Organik as the newest member of CITE, the venue’s in-house Event Lab, to help event planners turn warm bodies into active participants. “Attending an event usually means sitting down…

  • Quebec City: A hotspot for incentive travel

      Everyone likes a little recognition. And when it comes to rewarding office stars and top performers, sending them for a trip is an impactful way of rewarding good work. What makes for a memorable incentive travel destination? It’s the promise of unique surroundings, rejuvenating experiences, and entertaining adventures. It’s also a place that will be talked about long after employees gets back to work. Here, then, are several reasons employers choose Québec City as their incentive destination. Sights to…

  • Providing shelter in a time of crisis

      2020 has proven challenging for every Canadian, particularly for those who were vulnerable before the pandemic hit. Recognizing this, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent leveraged its local resources and partnerships to provide relief to community members who did not have a safe space to call home. This April, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Employment and Social Services (CKESS) department transformed the John D. Bradley Convention Centre’s exhibition hall into a temporary shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. The initiative made 55 beds…

  • Hotel Vie to debut Sopra Sopra Ristorante

      Château Le Jardin’s Hotel Vie is set to take shape in Vaughan. This fall, the renowned meeting and events venue continued its plans to develop a 12-story luxury hotel at its central city location. And in addition to bringing new suites, offices, and networking spaces to the region, Hotel Vie will host the soon-to-be-famous Sopra Sopra Ristorante. “We’re excited to make Hotel Vie a reality, and include amenities like the Sopra Sopra Ristorante restaurant and wine bar,” says Carlo…

  • A Spotlight on Quebec City’s Venue Renovations

      It’s the season for fresh venue styles, views, and amenities in Québec City. Despite the challenges of 2020, several meeting and event destinations have undergone renovations in their bid to offer meeting and event planners new reasons to explore old favourites. Hotel Manoir Victoria, located in the heart of old Québec, is among the iconic venues to receive an upgrade. On June 23, 2020, the 4-star hotel revealed the results of a facility-wide renovation which included the full renovation…

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