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  • Nine amazing off-site venue ideas for your next meeting or conference

    Always trying to dazzle their attendees, meeting and event experts are consistently finding that next unique way to “wow” their clients. Whether planning an event around the corner or around the world, here are some ideas of unique off-site venues for your next reception, dinner or party.

  • Local food in an urban setting: Why a rooftop vegetable garden makes sense

    Neatly tucked away under a tidy pergola, rows upon rows of fresh green herbs peek up from their pots and arch towards the clear downtown sky. Basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, parsley and myriad other herbs bask in the heat of their new home, high atop the roof of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It started as a bit of a dream, which became a concept, and then a project. Just a few weeks ago, the doors to the roof were opened and the rooftop garden was finally planted.

  • Six easy-to-implement employee recognition initiatives

    It’s not what is inside the gift box that matters, but what it represents: Your genuine appreciation. Peer-to-peer recognition is among an employer’s most powerful and cost-effective tools for engaging employees. When employees are actively encouraged to notice and appreciate the behaviors of their colleagues who contribute to the company’s success, you as a leader will create an environment that is guaranteed to excite and inspire your team to give their best every day. Being nice…

  • Top 10 risk management apps you should know about

    Kirsten Strand, BSc, CMM, CITE and Joseph Lo, co-Founders of, share the “Top 10 risk management apps you should know about”. With thousands of downloadable apps available, was created to easily find the apps relevant to the meetings and travel industry. Whether you are managing a meeting for over a thousand attendees or just interested in discovering new tools to assist with your personal safety on your next vacation, the following risk management apps will give you that piece of mind.

  • Top tips for surviving stress

    Have you ever considered quitting your job due to stress? Do you toss and turn at night thinking about everything you feel you need to do? Or, have you snapped at someone and then felt badly for overreacting?

  • MPI and HSMAI launch groundbreaking strategic partnership

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announces a revolutionary strategic partnership with Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) that leverages both organizations’ knowledge, training, professional development and marketplace opportunities to enhance their respective members’ experience, value and industry relevance.

  • J.D. Power and Associates reports: As guests return to hotels, rates increase and industry fundamentals improve, hoteliers are falling further behind in meeting guest expectations

    While the hotel industry continues to gradually recover from the economic downturn, guest satisfaction with the underlying hotel experience continues to deteriorate as hoteliers fall further behind guest expectations, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study released today.

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