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 – … Continue reading

IHG’s avid hotels is now franchise ready in Canada

Licensing of new midscale brand signals significant growth opportunity for IHG in Canada IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces that its new high-quality midscale brand, avid™ hotels, is officially available for licensing in Canada. Coinciding with the brand’s first groundbreaking ceremony taking place today in Oklahoma … Continue reading

Immersive hotels create unique experiences for corporate travellers

Technology plays prominent role in what corporate travel guests now covet By Rebecca Melnyk Hotels are no longer just a place to sleep or eat; they have become “social connectors, ambassadors of all things local, curators of personal narratives,” as … Continue reading

Many business travellers staying at home-sharing properties unsupported by travel policy

Home-sharing properties are allowed in one out of every six travel polices (17 per cent), according to a new study released by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. However, more than double … Continue reading

Canadian company Planner Protect to build better event contracts

This week marked the official opening of Planner Protect, a Canadian firm that helps event planners, venues and event hosts negotiate fair contracts. Natural and economic changes over the last two decades have made business events riskier than ever for … Continue reading

Five corporate travel challenges meeting planners should prepare for

By Dirk Baerts The year 2016 continues to bring unprecedented opportunities for the meetings and incentives industry in Canada. While new opportunities exist, meeting planners and travel organizers will also face increased challenges. Canada is an attractive destination for international … Continue reading

Egencia releases 2013 Global Corporate Travel Forecast

Egencia®, an Expedia, Inc. company, today unveiled its 2013 Global Corporate Travel Forecast for air fares and hotel rates. Egencia found, based on improving from 2012, albeit still sluggish market conditions going into 2013, Average Ticket Prices (ATPs) and hotel Average Daily Rates (ADRs) for top corporate travel destinations will be slightly up overall in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Continue reading