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  • Seven tips for doing more with less

    Managing budgets – developing, tracking, and sticking to them – is a fundamental skill for planners and suppliers alike. They don’t seem that hard to develop; after all, most of us have a template or checklist that includes a line item for each of the disparate elements of a meeting. After that, it’s pretty much arithmetic: 100 breakfasts at $22 equals $2,200 plus plus plus. Where’s the challenge in that?

  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Steelcase, and IDEO collaborate to innovate on the future of meetings and work

    The nature of work is changing: it’s mobile, fast-paced and global. While most people demand choice and control to work when and how they want, wherever they are, working remotely doesn’t always offer consistent options when it comes to access, comforts and convenience. Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR); Steelcase, the world’s leading workplace experience provider; and global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, recently announced a collaboration to design, create and test innovative concepts and solutions for the future of work and meetings in hotels. The collaboration comes to life this week as a showcase of these potential solutions is unveiled at the Marriott Hotels & Resorts Global General Manager Conference in Los Angeles.

  • Positive outlook for global exhibition industry

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) recently announced the release of the CEIR Index Report, an Analysis of the 2011 Exhibition Industry and Future Outlook today, and the outlook is positive. Despite a sluggish macro economy, the overall exhibition industry posted a relatively strong rebound of 2.7 per cent, outpacing real GDP growth by 1 percentage point in 2011. The gain in the exhibition industry was reflected in all four metrics of measurement. This marks an end of three consecutive years of declines. The relatively strong rebound was better than expectations, finishing 15 per cent higher than forecast.

  • Mill Street Brewery Pub to open at Toronto Pearson International Airport

    SSP Canada, the Canadian division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is delighted to announce, opening soon, in time for Easter, the Mill Street Brewery Pub at Toronto Pearson, Canada’s largest airport. The restaurant showcases Mill Street Brewery’s award winning beers with locally inspired cuisine. Guests travelling out of Terminal 1 will find the new location between gate D20 and D22.

  • Business travel is picking up, says Hotel Association of Canada Survey

    Latest results from the 2012 HAC Canadian Travel Intentions Survey show that business travel is projected to be up four per cent in 2012, while leisure travel is expected to be static. Eighty per cent of business travellers said they would be doing more or the same amount of business travel in Canada in 2012 as they did in 2011 with the highest percentage coming from Ontario and Quebec. Eighty-two per cent of leisure travellers said they will be travelling more or the same for vacation this year.

  • Establishing trust and rapport in non face-to-face situations

    When I was approached to write this article I thought, “sure, no sweat.” After all, I run a company that helps meetings industry organizations grow their business through phone and email lead generation programs. I’ve been teaching my clients and employees how to build trust and rapport for the last 14 years we’ve been in business.

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