News & Articles - meetings

  • Harnessing the transformative power of virtual reality in events

    By Victor Paan More than ever before, virtual reality (VR) is now capturing our imaginations and transforming everything from everyday experiences to industrial design processes — and smart brands are sitting up and paying attention. Although it’s not necessarily a new innovation, recent advancements have made VR more immersive and affordable. We believe that well-executed VR has enormous potential to enhance events, build brand loyalty through immersive content, and make virtual experiences as powerful as real-life ones. So, what is VR exactly?…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Social Media & Technology

  • Using nature to boost engagement and attention at your next event

    By Ben Moorsom Last year we were in Vienna working out of a Hilton, sitting inside dim meeting rooms for 12 hours at a time (sound familiar?). At the end of each day, we’d walk to this vibrant neighbourhood nearby for dinner. There were three different routes we could take to get there. But, every time we left the hotel that week, I noticed that we’d all naturally walk in the same direction—toward the big park with a scenic pathway…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Site Selection

  • 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…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations, Speakers & Entertainment, Special Events

  • Niagara Falls Tourism partners with Scotiabank Convention Centre to form Niagara Falls Business Events

    Niagara Falls Tourism has entered into a partnership with the Scotiabank Convention Centre to manage and deliver their Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) program. As part of this new partnership, the former program has been given a full rebrand under the name Niagara Falls Business Events. “Seeing the success the Convention Centre has had in the Canadian and US markets, it made perfect sense for us to partner with them on this program”, said Jon Jackson, Executive Director of…

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

  • The Outaouais, an ideal meeting place

    Urban getaway meets countryside escape just a few minutes from Ottawa As First Nations peoples realized thousands of years ago, the Outaouais region is an ideal meeting place. Conveniently located between Montreal and Toronto, minutes from Ottawa, the Outaouais is appealing on many levels, with generous indoor spaces for meetings and vast outdoor spaces for recreation. Cultural hotspots, regional cuisine and acres of green space, from wildlife reserves to national parks, can be explored on foot or by wheel. Along…

    Industry Insights

  • 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…

    Breaking News, Career Development, Meeting Community

  • 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

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