News & Articles - meetings

  • Sunwing to offer flights from Mont-Joli, Quebec for the first time this coming winter

    Sunwing is excited to announce that it will be adding a new Quebec gateway for this coming winter. Beginning Thursday December 21, 2017 and operating weekly until March 22, 2018 travellers will be able to depart from Mont-Joli, in the Bas St-Laurent region, to the popular vacation destination of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  This will be the first time that local residents have ever had the opportunity to travel to a sun destination from their local airport. The addition of the new gateway by Sunwing also means…

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

  • The future of talent in meetings and events

    By Issa Jouaneh Meetings and events are about bringing people together. This is an industry that combines art and science to create unforgettable experiences, and relies heavily on talent within to manage the seamless execution of those experiences. To succeed, it takes a special kind of person with the right training, a firm grasp on new technology, passion and integrity. My team at American Express Meetings & Events has explored the future of talent in the meetings and events industry,…

    Career Development, HR Tips, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Montreal brings chemistry to life science events

    Advances in medical technology drive need for more multidisciplinary events Last summer, hundreds of professionals headed to Montreal for the world’s first International Congress on Personalized Health Care. A crowd of researchers and academics, economists and ethicists gathered at the Palais des congrès de Montréal to address key issues and updates facing the health and medical technology field. “We are at the dawn of a new era of medicine that will redefine healthcare management,” said Congress President, Dr. Pavel Hamet,…

    Industry Insights

  • 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

  • Zimbabwe opens its arms to meetings and incentive travellers

    By Delina Alwanger As a destination for meetings and incentive travel, the southern African country of Zimbabwe is in a state of evolution. The successful hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly in 2013 was the catalyst which put the country back on to the world’s radar. However, with the growing threat of terrorism in many countries today, it is the relative safety and low risk of terrorist activity which is arguably Zimbabwe’s biggest competitive advantage. According to GBTA Foundation’s latest…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Employee Incentives

  • ICCA announces all-time record number of association meetings in 2016

    The number of international association meetings continues to double every ten years. Paris reclaims the top spot in the 2016 city ranking. ICCA captured 12,212 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2016, which is clearly an all-time record for ICCA’s annual snapshot of immediate past year’s meetings data, and 136 additional meetings compared to 2015. More than five decades of doubling every ten years This was another decade of great success for the sector as ICCA identifies more than…

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

  • MPI’s Spring 2017 Meetings Outlook Report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2017 Spring Edition. The latest installment of the quarterly report shows the forecast for business conditions and budgets continues to improve at a healthy rate. It also reveals how audiovisual partners have an increasingly powerful role in the outcome of successful events, while planners are driven to focus more on myriad aspects of contingency planning. Key findings include the following: 69 per cent of respondents predict favorable business conditions—up 11 per…

    Breaking News, Industry Research, Meeting Community, Meeting Facts & Stats

  • 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

  • Meetings Market Survey reveals resilience and optimism for 2017

    PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)’s magazine, Convene, has published its 26th annual Meetings Market Survey and the results show that the industry is in robust health: budgets for meetings and attendance at conference and exhibitions are both increased on 2015 and 28 per cent of industry professionals expect to plan more meetings during 2017. Nearly 300 North American-based event professionals participated in the 2016 survey which took place in the months leading up to the U.S. Presidential Elections. It has…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Meetings Mean Business Coalition goes global

    American-led coalition will work with international partners to unite the meetings industry around the world The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, is introducing a platform for industry professionals in every corner of the globe to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings. A newly created licensing agreement will allow partners in countries and regions outside of the United States to use MMB branding, messaging and research to form one strong, cohesive voice for…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

Venue & Supplier Profiles