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  • Egencia reveals 2019 top 100 preferred corporate hotels

    Press Release Today Egencia, business travel from Expedia Group, announced the winners of this year’s prestigious Top 100 Preferred Corporate Hotel awards program. With hundreds of thousands of properties available worldwide through Egencia, this program aims to recognize hotels that are committed to putting the customer’s experience first, both through providing the best overall service to business travellers and overall value for corporate clients. Ranging from large hotel chains to independent hoteliers, finalists for the fourth annual awards program were…

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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…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Event Operations, Meeting Venue Overview, Site Selection, Travel Tips & News

  • 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 City, this announcement signals a significant opportunity for IHG and its Canadian family of owners and further demonstrates the brand’s rapid start and growth potential. The avid hotels brand is designed for travellers who want a hotel stay that finally meets their…

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  • 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 well as tangible extensions of a community, says Ian Rolston, senior project designer at HOK Ltd. (HOK). The economic downturn post 2009 and the rise of technology are two elements that have shifted the idea of status in North America,…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Event Operations, Site Selection, Social Media & Technology

  • 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 the number of business travellers are under the same impression (37 per cent), meaning many travellers are booking and staying in properties unsupported by their travel policy – a serious duty of care issue. The study, Home-Sharing and Travel Policies…

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

  • Can event venues cancel your contract concessions?

    It feels great to negotiate concessions as part of an event contract. Concessions, by definition, are a contractual agreement where one party provides something of value to the other party in exchange for something else. In the case of the events and meetings industry, one typically sees concessions offered in a venue contract, in recognition of the event host choosing the venue to host its event. Venue contract concessions can be wide-ranging and are prioritized differently for each event. Examples…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Site Selection

  • 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 event planners. Natural disasters and extreme weather mean planners have to worry about cancelling or making frantic last-minute changes. Civil unrest, threats of terrorism and health warnings make it hard to ensure a city or site will be safe for…

    Breaking News, Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations, Meeting Community

  • 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 business meetings thanks to its high level of service, easy access, business culture, as well as competitive pricing. According to ICCA, Canada ranked 9th in the world in 2014 for most international meetings held. Destinations like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal continue…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings, Travel Tips & News

  • 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.

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