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Cirque du Soleil Debuting New Program for Groups

October 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

Cirque du Soleil® has launched a new program for VIP groups and corporate teams. SPARK Sessions offer learning and teambuilding workshops in the entertainment company’s theatres, studios and training facilities. “Our guests have always wanted to go behind the curtain at


Final Conference Lineup Announced for M+IT University

October 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

Next month, Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) will bring its planner-specific education to Western Canada in a full-day conference series called M+IT University. Marketing and creativity expert Darren Dahl headlines the Vancouver edition of M+IT University November 2nd and the Calgary


Cineplex Building New Social Destination

September 30, 2015 by Lori Smith

Cineplex Entertainment has announced plans to build a two-storey dining and entertainment complex in Deerfoot City (formerly Deerfoot Mall), Calgary, Alberta. Scheduled to open in December 2016, The Rec Room™ is a nearly 50,000-square-foot “social destination” designed to appeal to young adults

News Reports Secondary Cities More Popular

September 15, 2015 by Lori Smith

Secondary cities have experienced the greatest growth in popularity with domestic and international travellers, reports The one exception is Winnipeg, which climbed two spots, breaking into the top ten. According to the accommodation booking website’s latest Hotel Price Index™, Mont


Hotel Prices Back to Pre-2008 Levels

September 14, 2015 by Lori Smith

Hotel prices in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America have overtaken their pre-2008/09 financial crisis levels, according to the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from™. Factors cited as contributing to the rise are more travellers, higher consumer spending


IncentiveWorks: Building Stronger Connections

September 3, 2015 by NIKKI PETT
Nikki Pett

There’s a plethora of information out there on making a good first impression; how to dress, how to appear confident, books on how to shake hands (firm, but not too firm) and even how to articulate your words. We’re told


Don Appetit! The Wilcox’s Gastropub Grub

August 31, 2015 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

A new entry in Mississauga’s dining scene, The Wilcox operates in the space previously occupied by an Irish pub and before that, Barbizon restaurant. It’s a bright, contemporary, multilevel room done up in a clever Canadian theme (earth tones, tree


Leadership: What does work-life balance really mean?

August 9, 2015 by JILL HARRINGTON
Jill Harrington, salesSHIFT

We all strive for the elusive utopia of “work-life balance” (WLB) dangled before us by professional development gurus like a golden carrot. How many of us have quietly berated the boss, pointed a guilt-laden finger at the client or cursed


MPI Releases New Meetings Outlook Report

August 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Summer 2015 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Meetings Outlook report shows a renewed planner focus on attendee engagement and putting sizzle into events but little growth in budgets vis-à-vis increasing costs. Key findings in the report, which is released quarterly,


Industry Insider - Is This Your Time?

August 6, 2015 by LES SELBY, CMM, CMP
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

We certainly work in a profession that is constantly changing.  Client and participant expectations, technology, economic conditions, competition and corporate cultures are in a state of constant flux. If you know me personally, you will know that I am a


Attendees Booking Outside the Room Block

July 27, 2015 by Lori Smith

An industry-wide collaborative study of 170 U.S. events shows that on average one out of three group nights are booked outside the event-contracted room block. The landmark study was performed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. It was jointly released by


QuickMobile Launches Event App with Apple Watch Integration

July 13, 2015 by Lori Smith
QuickMobile Event App + Apple Watch Integration

Vancouver-based QuickMobile has launched the industry’s first mobile event app with Apple Watch integration. Developed for the 2015 Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) Annual Summit, July 12-14, 2015, the app allows attendees to personalize their schedules, network with other attendees and