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  • Technology, innovation and security were the hot topics of GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto

    All new tech talks designed to identify new technology platforms The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – wrapped up yet another successful conference in Toronto this week. Technology, innovation and security were among the hot topics discussed throughout the industry gathering bringing together travel professionals and industry leaders for Canada’s premiere business travel event. The Conference saw more than 800 registrants and record attendance despite mother nature’s best attempts to keep…

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  • Creativity in the meetings and events industry

    From where does creativity come? Let me just say, I dislike the phrase ‘thinking outside of the box.’ It means nothing. The sky is the limit. After having produced events with budgets ranging from small to large, I feel qualified to say that your creativity is only limited by your imagination. So, where do you start? Ask the right questions to discover your client’s vision, if they have one. Move on to the objectives, format for the program and demographics…

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  • MPI announces new advanced-level education offerings and plans to develop more security and risk management programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has introduced several new education offerings from the MPI Academy as part of its new Executive Education Series, including the Women in Leadership Program and a designation program for the highly-regarded MPI Experiential Event Series. In addition, the association formally announced it is collaborating with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi to develop educational programming and resources, with the first course – Emergency Preparedness for Meetings…

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  • Cruise industry contributed $3.2 billion to the Canadian economy in 2016

    Economic impact expected to continue growing as passenger visits rise again in 2017 Cruise ships, together with their passengers and crew, make a significant annual contribution to the Canadian economy – and cruise industry spending is increasing at a healthy rate in all three of Canada’s major coastal cruise regions – BC, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Those are among the findings of a new study detailing the economic impact of the cruise industry in Canada – including everything from spending by cruise lines home-porting and making port…

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  • 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…

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  • Travel professionals accept direct booking is here to stay, work to gain visibility into cost savings and risk management

    By Monica Sanchez, GBTA Foundation A new study from the GBTA Foundation, in partnership with Concur, explores priorities and challenges corporate travel programs face today. As the travel industry evolves in response to mobile technology and employee direct-booking behavior, travel professionals are finding they need to modernize their travel programs not only to control costs, but also to increase overall travel and expense visibility. Direct booking: Here to stay When it comes to travel program effectiveness, travel professionals report direct…

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  • New research presents insights in global behaviour of exhibition visitors

    UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has partnered with event research specialists Explori to release a thought-provoking report that focuses on visitors of exhibitions around the globe. This report was jointly researched and written and is supported by SISO; The Society of Independent Show Organizers (USA). The comprehensive analysis is based on Explori’s global database, consolidating visitor surveys from a sample of 920 events worldwide. It delivers key findings related to the visitor’s behaviour, the levels of…

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  • IACC Meeting Room of The Future publishes second set of research

    Visionary global initiative will transform meetings As part of an ongoing dynamic initiative from IACC, a second set of research has been conducted and reported following the survey of global venue operators, suppliers and industry experts. IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference space design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.  The first research, which surveyed meeting planners, was published in April 2016, with this next…

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  • Trends in the conference venue industry

    The news is positive The IACC has released the 2016 edition of “Trends in the Conference Venue Industry.” According to IACC CEO Mark Cooper, “The industry growth theme of the last four years continues.  This comprehensive trends report, the only one which focuses on small meetings-focused venues industry-wide, indicates that IACC members have improved revenue, occupancy, rate and profit over the previous year. For the second year running, significant strong performance was seen from IACC’s corporate meeting venue operators.” Cooper continued, “Corporate conference venues…

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  • Tourisme Montréal rallies tourism industry around its value proposition for the business travel market

    At its annual conference on tourism prospects, an event that kicks off Montréal’s fall tourism season, Tourisme Montréal presented the pillars that will support its strategy for the business travel market. The organization invited Montréal leaders to work synergistically with meeting planners to ensure the success of international conferences and events in Montréal. This value proposition underscores the promise that the group of Montréal-based partners extends to clients: one of a quality experience with expert support. In this lively city…

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