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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


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


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.



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.


Los Angeles

December 11, 2011 by Don Douloff
LAX Pylons (vertical shot)

The heart of the U.S. movie and television industry, eternally sunny Tinseltown finds new and intriguing ways to entice groups, with elegant hotels, exciting restaurants and peerless entertainment options.


Participant-Driven Incentives

December 11, 2011 by Don Douloff

Gazing into the looking glass for a peek at the future of incentive travel, one key area stands out—to achieve successful programmes, keep your participant at the centre of your design strategy.


Is It Time to Cut Price?

December 11, 2011 by Don Douloff

Cutting price should always be your last resort. Knowing when it’s absolutely necessary, and how to
do it so as not to erode profits, will save you in the long run.


Las Vegas Convention Center to Provide Free Wi-Fi

November 25, 2011 by Christine Otsuka

The Las Vegas Convention Center has partnered with Smart City Networks to give customers free Wi-Fi in all public areas of the venue.


Las Vegas on a Plate

November 23, 2011 by Don Douloff
Bartolotta restaurant, in the Wynn hotel.

Reporting from the restaurant front lines of my fall trip to Las Vegas. Here are the highs and lows of a week (mostly) well spent.