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IncentiveWorks 2016 Keynote: Avoiding Distractions

June 17, 2016 by Lori Smith
Curt Steinhorst, IW Keynote Speaker

We all fall victim to distraction at one point or another. Is it any wonder with the bevy of advertisements, alerts, emails and constant notifications that we’re faced with each day. It’s gotten so intense that the average person struggles


Leadership: NMID Turns 20

April 13, 2016 by Lori Smith

Independent planner Louisa Davis remembers the day National Meetings Industry Day was born. It was at a gathering of the Canadian Council of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) at Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, she says. The year was probably 1997,


Motivating Millennials

February 17, 2016 by ISSA JOUANEH

With all the buzz about how millennials are changing the workplace and shifting planners’ meeting strategies, it comes as no surprise that this generation—defined globally as individuals born between 1981 and 2000—is perhaps the most influential in incentive travel, today.


How CVBs Use Support Funds

February 10, 2016 by ALLAN LYNCH

Once upon a time destination choice was based on simple things like geography, venue options, lift and pillow counts. Then, until it became standard, connectivity was the new factor in choice. What has, somewhat purposely, flown under the radar are


Critical Path - Taking Control


There’s something you should know about our generation, Gen-Y, a.k.a. millennials. Our cohort is known for taking more risks in their careers; wanting more control over the nature of their work—where it is done, when it is done, how it


Cuiscene: What's behind higher food and beverage costs

June 6, 2014 by Lori Smith

BY DON DOULOFF Numbers don’t lie, and the numbers from M+IT’s 2014 Market Report Survey reveal that food and beverage costs are rising. Indeed, almost 46 per cent of respondents said f&b costs for incentive-travel programs increased in 2013 compared


Changing Spaces: How venues are rethinking space

June 6, 2014 by Allan Lynch
Allan Lynch

The executives who oversee and sell convention centres and hotel meeting spaces universally describe the events industry as “robust”, “dynamic” and “flexible.” After enduring years of recession, the industry seems much healthier, competitive and optimistic, an evaluation which is borne


Good For You: The Helper's High

February 4, 2014 by Lori Smith

BY CHRISTINE OTSUKA I’ve had long hair my whole life. When I was 10 years old, my hair was so long I often sat on it. But I didn’t mind. Long hair, I thought, was the ultimate representation of femininity.


Twentysomething: Katie Dolan

February 4, 2014 by Lori Smith
Katie Dolan, Ottawa Tourism

  Name: Katie Dolan Title: Convention Services Manager Company: Ottawa Tourism Age: 29 Education: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Leisure Studies/Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Cum Laude), University of Ottawa Association membership (past and present): CSAE, MPI, ESPA & PCMA I got my


Detroit Rising: Meetings & the Revitalization of Motor City

December 16, 2013 by Lori Smith

BY LORI SMITH “If you could have seen this riverfront five or six years ago, you wouldn’t have believed it,” says Judy Booth, director of sales and marketing at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. She is standing at


The WiFi Disconnect

December 16, 2013 by Meetings Canada
Dave Webb, Principal of Dweeb Media

BY DAVE WEBB Having WiFi at a conference is no longer negotiable for Andrea Wagner, Health Canada’s travel programs and communications officer. Once a nice-to-have, it’s now a must-have at the events she organizes. Not only are people addicted to


Good For You: Finding Focus

December 16, 2013 by Meetings Canada

BY CHRISTINE OTSUKA In October, our team set up residence at Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ont., a few hours away from Toronto, for our annual meeting, where we close ourselves off from the rest of the world and plan