Industry Insights

  • A New Day for London Events

      London is ready to breathe new life into the meeting and events community. As Ontario re-opens and groups re-connect, Tourism London and its partners are making plans to welcome clients and business events back into its borders. “We’re eager to get back to what we do best,” says Karen Dowhan, Director of Conventions with Tourism London. “All of our hospitality partners are excited to help planners bring their people back together and build back those relationships with genuine human…

  • Bringing Events Back to Mississauga

      Mississauga is ready for brighter days. After a stretch of shutdowns and social restrictions, the City’s meetings and events providers are preparing to welcome guests back for safe and memorable in-person experiences. “We’re counting down the days,” says Tej Kainth, Manager, Tourism Mississauga. “A lot of our venues, hotels, restaurants, and attractions are chomping at the bit to host physical events again, and they’re taking all possible steps to ensure they do so safely.” For its part, he adds,…

  • Post-pandemic F&B: Evolving service at the Palais des congrès

      The world has changed. What will F+B service look like in the coming years? How will food and beverage (F&B) services evolve in the post-pandemic? It’s an important question for the meeting and events community, and one that the Palais des congrès de Montreal has spent recent months considering as it moves closer to a “new normal”. “Food is life. Not only is it vital for our bodies to survive, it’s also a vital part of how we gather.…

  • Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Prepares a New Experience

      Q&A with Bertil Fabre, GM After a year of lockdowns and skeleton crews, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal is eager to get back to doing what it does best. With economies re-opening, we reached out to Bertil Fabre, General Manager with the iconic Montreal venue, to get his perspectives on past challenges and future opportunities. Is it safe to say the last year has been challenging? Absolutely. It’s been an experience of a lifetime. We were planning to have our…

  • Reasons to Make Mississauga Your Event Destination

      Mississauga is ready to make an impression in the meeting and events community. After decades of fostering its business and cultural communities, the City is ramping up efforts to attract and welcome local, domestic and international events of all scale and size. “We’ve been hosting sport groups and championship events from around the world for years, but as the new official DMO for Mississauga we are ready to expand beyond sport and invite business events and conferences to our…

  • Palais des congrès de Montréal Honours its Ambassadors

      In-person galas may be limited or on-hold, but that didn’t stop the Palais des congrès de Montréal from rolling out a (virtual) red carpet for the Ambassadors who have helped attract groups worldwide to the reputed venue. On May 13, the Palais turned its spotlight on six well-known Montréal envoys during its virtual Ambassador Club Recognition Awards Gala. The free and bilingual event was hosted by Rebecca Makonnen. It took shape over a 60-minute virtual magazine format featuring Club…

  • 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…

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