News & Articles - events

  • Don’t let technology become a meeting distraction, warns Imago Venues

    Technology in meetings has to be used carefully to avoid it becoming a distraction, according to Imago Venues. Its research – Is the meetings industry is doing enough to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow? – found that whilst 75 per cent of delegates and 77 per cent of students like meetings to use interactive games and new technology, it has to be used so it does not take away from the learning process. The research was carried out in conjunction with…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community, Social Media & Technology

  • Montréal’s aerospace industry takes business to new heights

    The aerospace industry that has taken flight in the Greater Montréal area over the past two decades is now soaring. In fact, the area has grown into one of the largest aerospace clusters in the world next to Seattle and Toulouse, and features the second highest density of aerospace jobs globally. Key leaders in the field flock there because of the vibrant interaction between academia, science and business, and also to tap into a rich history of accomplishments. For instance,…

    Industry Insights

  • Five areas to watch for reducing risk in business event planning

    By Yma Sherry The meetings and events environment has undergone a lot of change in the past few years. More and more companies are rolling out managed meetings programs to enhance transparency, gain efficiencies and save money. But, as with any bustling business division, there are inherent risks lurking in meetings and events departments. These are risks that companies cannot afford to overlook. American Express Meetings & Events took a look at meeting planners’ current awareness and behaviours around these…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Palais des congrès de Montréal: 16 aerospace events have brought in $34.4-mil in tourism revenues

    The Montréal aerospace industry contributes to the city’s reputation as a premier business destination through major events held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. In the last five years, the Palais has hosted 16 regional, national and international aerospace events, which have attracted 18,500 delegates to the city. These gatherings translated into 38,500 room nights in Montréal hotels, and generated an estimated $34,000,000 in tourism income for the city and Québec. “We have every intention of continuing to encourage the…

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  • Group bookings: Getting the total package

    It used to be that planning an event meant finding a room and setting up tables and chairs. Today, however, expectations are higher. “Whether it’s an industry conference or group occasion, attendees are often taking time away from their home life and work, so they want that experience to be worth it,” says Scott Fischburg, Director of Resort and Hotel Sales with Caesars Windsor. “That means not only providing a comfortable and modern venue, but great entertainment, top notch food,…

    Industry Insights

  • The power of events in disruptive times

    When “unpredictable” is the new buzzword for the economy, everyone in the meetings and events industry should be a little nervous. We have been through cutbacks, recessions, governances, regulations, and threats from both Mother Nature and other humans, all forever changing our ability to deliver hospitality to our guests in the way we (and our clients) feel they are most deserving of. Yet, as humans, we still travel, meet, attend events, and celebrate all that life brings us. These events…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations, Site Selection

  • Meeting Professionals International confirms Boards for 2017

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the approved slate of volunteer leaders for its Board of Directors and the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees in 2017. Board member selections are effective January 1, 2017, for the term of January 1 through December 31, 2017. Brian Stevens, CEO of Conference Direct, will assume the role of chair of the MPI Board of Directors; he has been an active member of MPI since 1985. Jim Russell, Executive Vice President, Sales at…

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  • The role of technology in event planning

    By Kate Vasiloff, GBTA Foundation A new GBTA Foundation study revealed the most valued and most desired features when it comes to site sourcing technology. Conducted in partnership with Lanyon, the study is being released during a Lanyon Live breakout session. Meeting and event planning starts long before anyone sets foot onsite, of course, and many factors can greatly contribute to or detract from the success of an event. A majority of planners (57 per cent) use events or meeting…

    Breaking News, Event Operations, Meeting Community, Social Media & Technology

  • Why Calgary?

    There’s a reason Calgary is regarded as one of Canada’s premier meeting destinations. More than a few, in fact. From its wealth of venues to its vibrant entertainment, its breathtaking views to its contemporary western charm, Calgary is an all-in-one pick for unforgettable events. Still need convincing? Here are some answers meeting planners receive when they ask, “why Calgary?” Always accommodating Calgary sports over 1.2 million square feet of meeting space across a range of conference centres, convention halls, exhibition…

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