News & Articles - events

  • Growth in agency bookings provides increasing revenue for London’s Barbican

    Press Release The Barbican’s business events team has seen agency bookings over the last year increase to 33 per cent, continuing a trend of significant sales growth. While just 1 per cent of bookings were made through agencies in 2015, three years later they provide a third of business sales at the venue. Overall growth in the last year saw Barbican Business Events exceed sales targets by 4 per cent. “We have seen a real benefit from the commitment we…

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  • Ramadan is coming – Are you prepared?

    Experienced meeting professionals know to check the calendar very carefully when choosing event dates. Statutory and religious holidays are simple – we need to just avoid them altogether! Examples of some dates that are completely off limits: Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Passover. One of the religious holidays that causes some confusion among event planners is Ramadan. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide, it falls in May/June and it lasts for about a month. The timing is different every year.…

    Event Operations, Meeting Community, Special Events, Special Events & Conferences

  • Six marketing tips to promote your next event

    By Brent Taylor Let’s talk marketing. It seems today that there is a plethora of marketing materials, opinions and experts advising us on how to best market any product or service we have to offer. Why is that? Why is there so much attention being given to marketing? I recently read Seth Godin’s books, All Marketers are Liars and Purple Cow. I recommend both these books along with Simon Sinek’s Start with Why. I was intrigued by what Godin identifies as…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations, Social Media & Technology

  • Los Cabos International Convention Center celebrates grand reopening

    New conference center adds 72,000 square feet; expands Los Cabos capabilities to host diverse and dynamic world-class events Los Cabos International Convention Center (ICC) has unveiled the highly-anticipated and newly renovated convention center, marking a new era for Los Cabos as a premiere host destination for world-class events. The grand reopening coincides with the kickoff of the fifth annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress (DWP) which will be held at the ICC from April 10 to 12, 2018. Highly regarded as one of the…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • Four reasons why you should attend professional association meetings

    As an association manager, I’m regularly coming up reasons why professionals should join their industry associations, and different ways to market and share their value propositions – and yet, there is still work to do around awareness in our own meeting planning industry! How do you get your professional development? What networks have you joined? Is it time to start being more active in your industry’s association? Or, maybe you’ve already had a full career and it’s time to give…

    Career Development, Meeting Community, People & Profiles, The Business of Meetings

  • Cineplex announces new location of The Rec Room coming soon to Winnipeg

    ‘Eats and Entertainment’ hot-spot coming soon to Seasons of Tuxedo retail complex Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, has announced plans to build a new location of The Rec Room at Seasons of Tuxedo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The country’s newest social playground for grown-ups, The Rec Room brings together incredible dining experiences with exciting live entertainment and amusement gaming experiences, all under one roof. The new location announced today is targeted to open in late 2019 and will be approximately 40,000 square feet.…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Wish list of items for a perfect event space

    By Jessica Symons and Sarah Stockton Before determining what the perfect event space is, you first need to understand your client’s needs, their demographic, and their expectations: Do they prefer downtown locations versus the suburbs? Do they need to be close to transit or the airport? Do they need to have off-site social locations close by? Where is the majority of their membership coming from? How many people are expected to attend this event? Are they mostly women, mostly men,…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Meeting Checklists, Meeting Venue Overview, Site Selection, Speakers & Entertainment

  • The Palais des congrès de Montréal celebrates 35 years

    In 1975, when a major study was released proclaiming Montréal’s tourism potential, the idea of building a convention centre was born. Eight years later, the Palais des congrès de Montréal ushered guests through its doors and hosted its first international event: The 8th International Congress of Plastic Surgery, one gathering that helped build the city’s now thriving life sciences industry. The Palais has been actively contributing to Québec’s international reputation ever since. This year, as the conference centre celebrates its 35-year…

    Industry Insights

  • Striving for sustainability in events

    By Daniella Bustamante The concept of “sustainable” and “green” events is not new. Over the years, we have seen a shift towards making events more eco-friendly. This has been most noticeable with more hotels and convention centers coming up with detailed eco-friendly initiatives. With venues stepping up to the plate, planners and producers (myself included) need to do our part to prioritize sustainability. Overhauling an event to make it “green” is not an easy nor appealing feat, but even through…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Meeting Checklists

  • Safety and security education for planners

    By Maria da Cunha, CTC, CMP Planning an event consists of various planning aspects throughout the life of the event. In today’s environment, one of the most important stages is security for the event and how the planner ensures that everyone and everything is protected leading up to and during the event. Security has always been part of event planning, but it’s not always top of mind in the initial planning stages of the event. Instead, it is often considered…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

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