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  • Swoop carries its one-millionth traveller

    Press Release Swoop celebrated its one-millionth traveller on a flight from Edmonton to Hamilton earlier this week. William and Emily Burchat were surprised to be selected as the lucky recipients of a round-trip for two on Swoop and a commemorative, Swoop branded, model aircraft. The pair were travelling to Hamilton with their twin infant daughters who were meeting their grandparents for the first time. “It was an awesome experience. They were all super helpful, every single one of them,” said…

  • The Air Canada Foundation makes every bit count for thousands of Canadian children

    Press Release The Air Canada Foundation is pleased to announce that, to further strengthen its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), all funds raised in 2019 on board Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights through the “Every Bit Counts” program will be remitted to the 14 CMN paediatric member hospitals in Canada. “Over the years, Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation have made a direct impact in local communities across Canada through a unique combination of grants to children’s hospitals, airline tickets and Aeroplan Miles donations. We are proud…

  • Trendsetting: Developing talent in event entertainment

    By Janice Cardinale Anticipation is what drives every one of us in the event industry. At The Idea Hunter, my corporate entertainment agency, we do our best work when we anticipate the future and craft ideas before our clients are aware they need it. Our work needs to inspire, resonate and, most importantly, add real value to our clients’ businesses. When we’re successful, it’s fulfilling not only for my clients and the talent I connect them with, but for me, too. To…

  • Ten reasons to choose Calgary for your next corporate event

    Calgary is one of Canada’s most energetic and diverse cities, ideally located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. With its beautiful surroundings, reliable sunshine, and warm, western hospitality, it’s no wonder more than four million visitors flock to the lively destination for corporate meetings and events each year. Although there are countless reasons to consider Calgary for your association’s next big meeting, here are the top 10 reasons to make it happen: 1. Calgary is for everyone. With its…

  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel announces completion of $120 million renovation

    Flagship property shows off fresh style and sleek technology enhancements for today’s modern traveller and convention attendees Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, recently announced the completion of an extensive $120 million renovation of a flagship property, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The two year refurbishment project includes a full overhaul of all 1,372 guest rooms and suites, as well as the completion of function space expansion and…

  • Group Germain announces first Alt Hotel in Saskatchewan, features 4,000 square feet of meeting space

    In collaboration with City of Saskatoon, new Alt Hotel to open in evolving River Landing area Group Germain Hotels is adding a new Alt Hotel to the dynamic River Landing area of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2018. The stylish property will be a key feature of the city’s extensive River Landing development project, a new extension currently under construction in the south downtown business district. “We are pleased to be working closely with Greystone Managed Investments Inc., Victory Majors, Triovest and…

  • Freeman Audio Visual Canada achieves new milestone in sustainable event standards

    In partnership with Tourism Whistler and the Whistler Conference Centre, Freeman Audio Visual Canada has recently become the first AV company in the country to achieve Level 1 APEX/ASTM sustainability certification. APEX is spearheaded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and its relationship with the Green Meeting Industry Council. Standards were developed in collaboration between APEX and ASTM (an ANSI-certified international standard development organization). The standards are referred to as the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards. There are nine independent…

  • ICCA aims to increase the value of association meetings and get closer to international associations

    The International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) new five-year strategic plan, launched at the General Assembly before the ICCA 2015 Congress in Buenos Aires, focusses on improving the success and value of association meetings and on increasing the effectiveness of ICCA’s relationship with association executives and meeting planners. The plan includes a new vision to shape the future and value of international association meetings’ in a move which positions the association much closer to the aspirations of its members clients.…

  • Corporate incentive travel gets personal

    By Kathy Stoodley If the next three years are any indication, the demand for incentive travel shows no signs of weakening, particularly since incentive programs continue to play a critical role in amplifying sales and marketing initiatives in many Canadian organizations. In many sectors, Egencia Meetings & Incentives have witnessed a continued increase in incentive budgets over the past several years. As meeting owners and key stakeholders continue to look for ways to dangle the proverbial carrot, they are looking…

  • WestJet increases non-stop service from Edmonton

    New flight to Vancouver Island tops list of more flights from Alberta’s capital WestJet recently announced new non-stop service between Edmonton and Nanaimo, British Columbia, as well as more flights between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Kelowna, Regina and Saskatoon. “Edmonton is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada and these important schedule improvements will support that growth,” said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “These increases cover a broad range of areas including key business and…

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