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  • Top five incentive travel trends for 2011

    The Incentive Research Foundation, based in St. Louis, MO., is a private not-for-profit foundation that funds research studies and develops products serving all segments of the global incentive industry. With permission, here are their Top Five Incentive Travel Trends for 2011.

  • Top five emerging international incentive destinations

    Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW), the sales and marketing alliance for independent luxury hotels has revealed its top five predictions for the most popular destinations for meetings and incentive travel during 2011 and beyond.

  • Why event planners should ‘start with why’

    The concept is simply this – it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters why you do it. Citing examples ranging from Apple and Harley Davidson to Martin Luther King, Simon convincingly argues that the one thing these and other successful organizations and leaders have in common is that they answer the why questions before the who, what, when, where and how questions. This basic distinction permeates everything they do. For their companies and organizations, this can be seen in everything from their corporate culture to their marketing, and their overall strategic direction, vision and purpose.

  • Conference explores new value measures for meetings industry

    This event brought together not only senior representatives of the industry but a range of academics, government policy experts, media, medical and other professional organizations and those familiar with the economics of business in order to take a multi-dimensional view of the situation and to make recommendations as to how the industry could better measure, document and present its value proposition.

  • MPI introduces the Business Value of Meetings toolbox

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently introduced the Business Value of Meetings (BVOM) toolbox, a collection of resources created from research findings unveiled at AIBTM in June that indicated meeting and event professionals are challenged with five primary barriers to successfully proving the business value of meetings and events.

  • Ottawa Convention Centre is New Business of the Year

    The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place, was presented with the New Business of the Year Award last evening at a gala event hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) at the Fairmont Château Laurier. “We are very pleased to recognize all Canadian Tourism Award winners as organizations and individuals who help make Canada a world-class destination,” said TIAC president and CEO, David Goldstein. …

  • WestJet introduces self-serve bag tagging for Canada to U.S. flights

    Airline hits another milestone in its self-serve options for guests WestJet today introduced self-serve baggage tagging for its guests flying to the United States from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. Having launched the same service November 7, 2012, in Calgary, WestJet is the first Canadian airline to introduce self-serve baggage tagging on non-stop transborder flights. Self-serve baggage tagging allows WestJet guests to use mobile, web or kiosk check-in to check in for their flight and print their own baggage…

  • Seven categories of meetings

    There are as many kinds of meetings as there are reasons to plan them. Yet what distinguishes meetings from one another? In the book How To Make Meetings Work, authors Michael Doyle and David Straus separate meetings into seven categories.

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