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IncentiveWorks Announces Keynote and Education Line-Up

April 27, 2017 by Lori Smith

Trend-spotter Seth Mattison and serial entrepreneur Michele Romanow will deliver keynote presentations at this year’s edition of IncentiveWorks, Canada’s leading conference and trade show for business event professionals. IncentiveWorks 2017 is being held August 22-23 at the Metro Toronto Convention


That's What She Said - Are You Single?

April 24, 2017 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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How do you find a mentor? If you struggle with finding a mentor, you are not alone. Like any other relationship, there is no magic potion that will lead you to instant gratification. Mentorship is simply a specific type of


Industry Insider: Why does it take a PR disaster to focus on the client

April 21, 2017 by LES SELBY, CMP CMM
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

Everyone in our industry has heard the expression “duty of care.” Wikipedia defines a duty of care as “a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could


PCMA Releases White Paper on Digital Events

April 11, 2017 by Lori Smith

PCMA’s Digital Experience Institute (DEI) has released its white paper examining the impact and power of digital events. The Power of Digital Events is supported and sponsored by Freeman. PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) began its digital event journey six years ago.


SITE and MPI Announce Co-located Event in 2018

March 7, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to provide a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The event will take place January 12-14, 2018


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


Speakers' Spotlight Annual Showcase

March 1, 2017 by Lori Smith

WHO: Speakers’ Spotlight WHAT: The bureau’s annual charity event, which gives planners the chance to hear six speakers and give to a worthy cause. Speakers this year were:Dr. John Izzo; Melissa Agnes; Timothy Caulfield; Chris Bailey; David Segal; and Margaret Trudeau.


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


Kayak Reveals Top 10 Trending Destinations

January 20, 2017 by douloff

TORONTO — Havana, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, in. Osaka, Istanbul and Kahului, out. Travel search engine KAYAK has revealed the Top Ten Trending Destinations of the Year, according to Canadian traveller search data, it was announced Jan. 17. “Canadians are seeking experiences both


Hottest Luxury Hotel Trends for 2017

January 14, 2017 by douloff

NEW YORK —Virtuoso, the global network of luxury travel agencies, has released the top trends and insights seen among recent additions to the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts collection, it was announced Jan. 9. Luxury Hotel Boom in Emerging Destinations: According


Play Time

November 8, 2016 by ROGER HASKETT
Roger Haskett

Ask yourself: “How many times do we expect teams, meetings, conferences to work in an environment that produces dead rats?” Huh? A 2014 study conducted by a group of psychologists and neurologists found that if you take play away from


Thinking Outside the Box

November 7, 2016 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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When we meet, we change the world—unless we’re bored, that is. How many times have you sat in a conference session and: Texted every person from your phone in 30 minutes (yes, it is possible)? Fallen asleep (you may or