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GES Acquires Poken

March 21, 2017 by Lori Smith

Event services provider GES has purchased Poken, a cloud-based , 360-degree event management platform. The Poken platform has been used, in part or whole, at more than 2,000 events around the world. It includes tools for networking, digital content collection,


etouches Acquires Loopd

March 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

  etouches, a global provider of cloud event management software, has acquired Loopd, an enterprise SaaS start-up that enhances attendee experience through data-driven technology. The company reports that the acquisition complements its recent pivot to a data-driven approach to enhancing clients’ event


PCMA Reports Record Attendance at Convening Leaders 2017

March 1, 2017 by Lori Smith

Convening Leaders 2017 drew 4,175 delegates, making it the most successful edition of the conference ever, reports its organizer, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). The conference was held January 9-11 at the Austin Convention Centre in Austin, Texas. In addition to


Shift Away from Strictly Seller's Market, reports MPI

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

There are indications that the industry is finding some equilibrium and moving away from being strictly a seller’s  market, according to the latest edition of Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook™ quarterly report. The 2017 Winter Edition, which is available online at, also


Shaw Conference Centre Partners with GES Canada

February 15, 2017 by Lori Smith

GES Canada has been selected as the preferred supplier of exhibit and display services for Edmonton’s  Shaw Conference Centre. This new, five-year partnership also makes GES the exclusive provider of all dock marshalling and material handling services. “GES is a


Siedel Joins Freeman

February 13, 2017 by Lori Smith

Steve Bury, senior vice-president of Sales, Freeman Audio Visual Canada, has announced the appointment of Chris Siedel to the position of regional director, Strategic Partnerships for Eastern Canada. He will be based in Freeman’s Toronto office. “In this role, Chris will develop


Anaheim Marriott Powers Guestrooms with Solar Panels

January 31, 2017 by douloff

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim Marriott has installed a commercial rooftop solar system that now fuels the daily power needs of nearly one-third of the property’s 1,030 guestrooms, it was announced Jan. 27. Positioned above the Platinum, Grand and Marquis Ballrooms,


Ridesharing App Lyft Introduces Lyft Events

January 24, 2017 by douloff

SAN FRANCISCO — A new service from ridesharing app Lyft lets event organizers, including meeting planners, arrange transportation on behalf of their attendees, it was announced last month. Lyft Events provides safe, easy transportation when guests will be drinking, when


Allstream Centre Rebranding as Beanfield Centre

January 11, 2017 by douloff

TORONTO — Toronto City Council has approved a multi-year sponsorship agreement between Exhibition Place and Beanfield Metroconnect for the title sponsorship of the conference venue, to be called Beanfield Centre (formerly Allstream Centre), it was announced Jan. 10. Taking effect


FMAV to Offer Event Smartphone Charging Stations

January 5, 2017 by douloff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — FMAV has been named an authorized partner for Brightbox, offering secure mobile device charging stations available for rental across Canada, it was announced Jan. 3. “Brightbox provides a best-in-class secure mobile device charging solution that truly engages


Tourism Vancouver's Attendance Marketing Toolkit

December 23, 2016 by douloff

VANCOUVER — Tourism Vancouver has launched an online marketing toolkit designed to help planners boost attendance, it was announced Dec. 6. Curated by Tourism Vancouver’s convention services team, the interactive and mobile-friendly microsite offers destination expertise intended to attract interest


Freeman Names Richard Purcell to Regional Director Post

November 28, 2016 by douloff

TORONTO — Richard Purcell has been named regional director, strategic partnerships, Western Canada, at Freeman Audio Visual Canada, it was announced Nov. 11. “In this role, Richard will develop new business partnerships for us with hotels, convention centres and alternative