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  • 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…

  • WestJet launches new Atlantic Canada services

    Airline’s regional arm WestJet Encore connects more cities WestJet recently launched daily non-stop flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Deer Lake and Gander, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, on board WestJet Encore’s fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline will also inaugurate new daily non-stop service between Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ottawa. “These new flights represent our continuing commitment to expand WestJet service to smaller-sized cities from coast to coast, offering Canadians lower airfares, more choice and…

  • IAEE Public Events Council releases Analysis of the Public Events Industry, 2014 Results report

    Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2014 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual…

  • WestJet Encore launches service between Toronto and Fredericton

    WestJet recently launched twice-daily, non-stop service between Toronto and Fredericton, New Brunswick. Flights will be operated by WestJet Encore using its fleet of 78-seat, Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. “Fredericton is an important destination that represents our commitment to bring increased competition and lower fares to Atlantic Canada,” said Ferio Pugliese, WestJet Executive Vice-President, and President, WestJet Encore. “We know that traffic at new WestJet Encore destinations can increase by as much as 40 to 55 per cent after we…

  • PCMA releases 24th annual Meetings Market Survey

    This month, PCMA Convene magazine published the results of its 24th annual Meetings Market Survey. Long considered a barometer of the meetings industry, the survey this year showed that key indicators of the industry’s health — attendance, budgets, exhibitors, and revenues — are positive. Of the 500-plus association, independent, and corporate planners who completed the latest Meetings Market Survey in late 2014, nearly half experienced an increase in attendance at their 2014 flagship event and 38 per cent expected their…

  • Canadian Economic Impact Study 3.0: Letting the numbers tell the story

    What do the forestry, agriculture and entertainment sectors have in common with meetings and events? The meetings industry is on par with all these sectors in terms of their impact on the Canadian economy as a whole. But as amazing as it may sound — almost unbelievable to many — the numbers do indeed tell the story. Earlier this year, the MPI Foundation Canada released the Canadian Economic Impact Study (CEIS) 3.0, a study produced by Maritz Research, Conference Board…

  • Technology to transform the role of travel managers by 2019

    Travel managers expect their role to shift from tactical to more strategic activities Technology is poised to transform the role of travel managers within the next three to five years, according to a new study by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Travel managers see their positions shifting to a more strategic role, thanks in part to streamlining and automating processes. Today, travel managers’ responsibilities are dominated by tactical tasks, with…

  • The event planner-supplier relationship: When our clients stopped listening and our relationships became a commodity

    The reality is that climate change, drought, the rising cost of fuel, labour and transportation are not the concern of the client. It is however a tremendous burden to assume year-after-year for the supply chain, which has taken us to a precipice and inevitably a tipping point in our industry. It can be said that since pre-9/11, the cost of delivering the ultimate client experience has gradually become a working exercise to achieve. Suppliers are faced with providing the same…

  • UFI’s 13th Global Barometer of the exhibition industry identifies contrasting perspectives

    Results of UFI’s 13th Global Barometer survey indicate contrasting perspectives for the main exhibition markets. In reviewing the consolidated results over five years, UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, identified a majority of companies declaring an increase in their turnover. Almost one company out of two declared an increase of annual profit of more than 10 per cent since 2010. However, 56 per cent of the respondents declared that the impact of the “economic crisis” on their business…

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