News & Articles - meetings

  • Meetings industry report ranks Vancouver top convention city

    Top ranking attributed to Vancouver’s leading service industry When international associations and corporations select cities in which to host their meetings, most rely on evaluations and recommendations from their industry colleagues – and the Watkins Research Group’s biennial Meeting and Convention Planners Survey is considered the most comprehensive and authoritative source. This year, out of 40 North American cities the research group surveyed, Vancouver was ranked top convention city in Canada and second in North America – and it’s all…

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  • MPI summer 2016 edition of Meetings Outlook Report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2016 Summer Edition. The latest installment of the quarterly special report indicates meeting and event industry projections remain solidly positive as planners and suppliers adapt and learn to thrive in the evolving seller’s market landscape. Key findings include the following: The past year has seen a 12 per cent drop in respondents that project positive growth for upcoming live event attendance (down from 62 per cent); yet, live and virtual attendance…

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  • How content management can extend the benefits of a conference after it’s over

    By Oliver Vadas Finding a way to provide ongoing support for professional development and information distribution are important considerations for a growing number of corporate and association meeting planners. Making conference content available to an entire audience or association membership — not only to registered conference delegates — is the best way to fulfill that mission. The first phase of the education process is to explain the benefits of preserving conference contents. The following article is intended to assist event…

    Event Operations, Meeting Community, Social Media & Technology, Special Events & Conferences, The Business of Meetings

  • Montréal crowned top international business tourism city in the Americas

    For the fifth consecutive year, Montréal ranked first in the Americas for international events, according to the International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2015 released by the Union of International Association (UIA), representing yet another outstanding performance. Overall, the city hosted 108 international events in 2015, up 29 per cent from 2014. This is an enviable position given how competitive the industry is worldwide. Montréal outranked all major U.S. cities by hosting: 42 per cent more international events than New…

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  • Take a stroll through the neighborhoods of Calgary

    Aside from its cool western vibe, exciting nightlife and stunning natural surroundings, Calgary has another appealing thing going for it:  it’s easy to explore on foot. With a vibrant downtown core consisting of five main neighbourhoods—Eau Claire, the Downtown West End, the Downtown Commercial Core, Chinatown and the Downtown East Village—each district offers some unique, pedestrian-friendly zones with distinct vibes of their very own. Here are a few of Calgary’s walkable neighbourhoods you should be sure to check out during…

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  • CWT/BTN Group research: 96 per cent rank strategic meetings management as successful

    Companies that have implemented a program for the strategic management of meetings say their programs are successful, though they also say there is still more work to do. The key benefits of an SMM program are greater transparency of spend, cost reductions, improved compliance, risk mitigation and, ultimately, improved effectiveness of their meetings and events. This is according to a new global study, released today by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and The BTN Group. Driving Success in Strategic Meetings Management, based…

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  • There’s a green app for that!

    By Joseph Lo Conferences and meetings can have significant carbon footprints. Power, ground transportation, air travel, paper and many aspects of an event can all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Knowledge is the key towards sustainability and increased social responsibility. More and more meeting planners are recognizing the importance of planning a green event and want to do their part in helping the environment. Whether your goal is to decrease CO2 emissions, travel-related fuel consumption or paper usage, the following…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Social Media & Technology

  • Allstream Centre achieves LEED Silver Certification

    Today, Mr. Hugh Mansfield, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place officially announced Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place has achieved LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Allstream Centre is now the first conference centre in Canada with LEED Silver certification.

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  • 2013 global meetings outlook

    As we move towards the fourth quarter of 2012, it’s time to start looking forward and searching for trends in the meetings industry. Each year at AMI, we analyze and summarize what hoteliers, travel and meeting industry professionals are saying and doing. That, in addition to monitoring the economic indicators from around the world, assists us in forecasting and budgeting for the upcoming year’s meetings and events. Doing this has become an increasingly important value for our clients with the financial uncertainty over the last few years.

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