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Program Savvy

December 20, 2012 by Don Douloff

Five tips on how to develop an awards program to motivate employees. By Leighanne Parent As event planners, we are in the enviable position to be witnesses to acts of appreciation on an ongoing basis. Clients come to us to


The 'Guest 360' Approach

September 26, 2012 by Don Douloff
Jim Ruszala.

Treat incentive participants as guests, to be recognized, motivated and wowed. BY JIM RUSZALA AND JUSTIN AARSVOLD Many times, the use of industry jargon helps meeting planners create categories that simplify and standardize how they view different meeting types and


Euro-Crisis...or Euro-Opportunity?

September 25, 2012 by Don Douloff
Don Douloff

In a year of firsts for M+IT, this issue marks yet another milestone: a cover story based on the news. We’ve rarely travelled down the current-affairs road before. But as part of our mission statement to propel our industry forward,


Rethinking a life resulted in charity:water

September 25, 2012 by Don Douloff

Selflessness changed everything. By Scott Harrison In 2004, I left the streets of New York City for the shores of West Africa. I’d made my living for years in the Big Apple, promoting top nightclubs and fashion events, living selfishly


How to Sell Your Message

September 4, 2012 by Don Douloff

By Mark Jeffries At the start of all of my keynotes—no matter the industry, audience or country—I always ask the same question. I ask the audience whether they see themselves as being, primarily, involved in “sales.” Unsurprisingly, very few hands


My Two Cents: Sustain. Ability

July 25, 2012 by Don Douloff
Don Douloff

This issue focuses on corporate social responsibility (CSR), explored in-depth, from a number of angles, in these pages. But why CSR? The immediate benefits of adopting CSR initiatives, be it socially conscious projects or increasing eco-friendly business practices, are obvious:


Critic’s Notebook: Restaurant Views and Reviews

March 16, 2012 by Don Douloff
Estiatorio Volos offers a modern Greek decor and menu.

Estiatorio Volos was one of my fave new restaurants that opened in Toronto last year. Don’t expect the traditional taverna style common to Toronto’s Danforth.


Starwood to Open 20 New Sheraton Hotels in 2012, Including Company’s Largest

February 23, 2012 by Christine Otsuka

Sheraton is slated to open 12 new properties in China by year’s end, which would bring the brand’s total to nearly 80 properties in this market by 2015.


My Two Cents: Taking Things to the Next Level

February 23, 2012 by Don Douloff

The personal and the professional, the individual and the collective, feed one another, which can’t help but have ramifications (all good) for our industry.



January 12, 2012 by Don Douloff
Hamilton Harbor

About an hour from Toronto and even closer to Niagara wine country and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Hamilton offers first-rate activities and amenities for groups.


Best Hotel Service EVER!

January 3, 2012 by Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM, Imagination + Meeting Planners Inc

Recently, my husband and I were in Playa del Carmen Mexico, at the Royal Playa del Carmen, where we encountered the best service I believe I’ve ever had, either on vacation or during the delivery of a conference or event.



December 11, 2011 by Don Douloff
Charlotttetown Waterfront

With a new conference facility expected in 2013, P.E.I.’s coastal capital offers groups the perfect blend of culture, charm and hospitality, delivered with urban flair.