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  • Vancouver among North America’s top meeting and convention destinations

    Press Release Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. Considered the most comprehensive and authoritative ranking in the industry, the biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organizers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning city and convention bureau perception, meeting requirements and…

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  • Will market disruption make room blocks the next casualty?

    By Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM At a recent PCMA East Canada workshop in Ottawa, meeting professionals and business event suppliers came together to discuss room blocks. Consensus among the hotel sales representatives was that it is business as usual – if clients want the use of meeting space, they will be held to specific room blocks. These blocks will continue to be contracted with attrition clauses that mandate room and food & beverage revenue. Group business is the hotel’s base…

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  • The Palais des congrès and Fonds de recherche du Québec focus on promoting the scientific community and international conventions

    Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Pavel Hamet, President of the Ambassadors Club, and Hany Moustapha, Vice-President of the Ambassadors Club, at the signing of the partnership agreement. The Palais des congrès de Montréal, its Ambassadors Club and the Fonds de recherche du Québec have formed a major partnership aimed at acknowledging the role Québec’s researchers and scientists play in bringing international conventions to Montréal and helping to…

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  • PCMA announces proposed 2017 Board Officers and Directors

    The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 23, in Chicago, IL and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2017 open board officers and directors positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2017 PCMA Board of Directors. According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1.…

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  • Meetings industry report ranks Vancouver top convention city

    Top ranking attributed to Vancouver’s leading service industry When international associations and corporations select cities in which to host their meetings, most rely on evaluations and recommendations from their industry colleagues – and the Watkins Research Group’s biennial Meeting and Convention Planners Survey is considered the most comprehensive and authoritative source. This year, out of 40 North American cities the research group surveyed, Vancouver was ranked top convention city in Canada and second in North America – and it’s all…

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