Industry Insights

  • Moving In: Making the best of your venue set-up

    Prepping for an event can be daunting. And while booking the venue, crafting the itinerary, and arranging guests are all essential steps, so too is ensuring that the move-in day goes off without a hitch. “A lot of upfront planning goes into a conference or meeting, but without considerations for how you’ll actually get through the doors and set up at your venue, you’re leaving a lot of chance,” says Luis Ribeiro, General Manager for Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal, Quebec.…

  • Sparking Business in Québec City

    There’s more to Québec City than leisure activities and romantic retreats. Brimming with industry leaders, innovators, and collaborative opportunities, the capital city has also become an international hub for business growth and innovation. “We’re getting our name out,” says Ann Cantin, Director of Communications at Québec City Business Destination. “Québec City has always been a popular tourist destination, but more and more organizations from around the world are recognizing what this region has to offer in terms of industry connections…

  • The Palais des congrès de Montréal to spark event innovation with CITÉ

    Disruption has come to the meeting and events industry. And as digital alternatives such as live streaming and virtual conferences pick up steam, the pressure is on venues to deliver unique, on-site experiences that keep crowds coming back. “One thing we learned years ago is that we’re selling experiences, not square feet,” says Robert Mercure, CEO of Montreal’s Palais des congrès. “When you start to look at physical venues as places to bring people together, stimulate creativity, strengthen relationships, and…

  • Party Bus 101: Getting the most from your mobile event

    You’ve booked the bus, set the date, and sent the invites. Now that your party bus is ready to roll, here are some tips to get the most out of your road trip. Setting the stage There’s a party bus for every crowd. Whether you’re taking the team on a multi-stop adventure, providing transportation for a city-wide pub-crawl, hosting a children’s birthday party, or treating the team to an upscale night out, there are ample ways to set a specific…

  • Upgrading Your Event at Halifax Convention Centre

    Advances in audio, visual, and online technologies have the potential to take events to the next level. Unlocking that potential means knowing your options, understanding your limits, and pairing with a venue that can deliver. The team at Halifax Convention Centre is no stranger to the power of meeting and event tech. Over the years, they have helped clients wield cutting edge AV gear to elevate everything from entertainment expos, industry conferences, concerts, and beyond. Doing so, however, has meant…

  • Quebec City launches exclusive event promotion

    From river cruises to spa retreats, and world-renowned festivals to unparalleled culinary experiences, Québec City has no shortage of experiences for visitors to explore. Now, thanks to a new promotion between Québec City Business Destination and its members, meeting and event planners have the opportunity to add an exclusive VIP experience to their program. “We wanted to share the very best of Québec City with meeting planners and their attendees,” explains Ann Cantin, Director of Communication and Marketing for Québec…

  • A New Chapter at Centre Mont-Royal

    Q&A with the Montreal venues new general manager 19 years after joining Centre Mont-Royal’s founding team, Luis Ribeiro is now general manager of the iconic Montreal venue. We reached out to learn his plans and discover what’s next for the city’s premier event destination. Now that you’ve had a few months to settle into your new role, what’s on your radar? My priority as general manager is to keep the Centre steady and moving in the right direction, which our…

  • 5 Reasons to Book the Halifax Convention Centre

    Since cutting its ribbon in 2017, the Halifax Convention Centre has provided a number of unique features, promotions, and local flavours that continue to make the venue a top pick for event planners. Here’s a highlight of what will keep guests and planners coming back to Halifax. No vision too big Size matters when it comes to making your vision a reality. And as planners who have entrusted their vision to the Halifax Convention Centre, there’s room to spare. The…

  • Are You Doing Business with an “Easy” Event Venue

    It’s one thing to say that doing business with your venue is easy, but it’s another thing entirely to back it up. For Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) in Niagara Falls, Ontario, being “easy to work with” extends far beyond planning assistance and dedicated staff. According to President and General Manager Noel Buckley, it’s a philosophy that’s embedded throughout every corner of the company, a mantra shared across different departments, and a guiding principle that unifies their team: “We’ve identified this…

  • Setting Milestones and Memories at Centre Mont-Royal

    General Manager Luis Ribeiro on the Montreal venue’s past, present, and future These are transformative years for Montreal’s Centre Mont-Royal. With the iconic venue’s 20th anniversary on approach, we spoke to its newly installed general manager, Luis Ribeiro, to reflect on its evolution and future ambitions. You recently became general manager after serving for years as director of marketing and sales. What’s your plan now that you’re in the big seat? It’s a big seat, but considering all the time…

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