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Member Voices: Are you new to the industry or seeking a career shift?

June 15, 2018 by TAHIRA ENDEAN, CMP, DES, CED

If you are starting out in the business events industry, or seeking a more senior role, you must start with what you know and build on it. For example, if you grew up doing live theatre, offer to enhance an


Industry Insider: Expect Significant Price Increases

June 14, 2018 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby

If you plan events or incentive travel programs or you hire someone else to do that for you, you should expect fairly steep price increases.  Don’t assume you can hold a program similar to last year’s unless you have more


MPI Publishing Meeting Planning Safety and Security Guide

June 13, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will publish “The Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning 2018” by the end of June 2018. The guide is free for MPI members and $49 USD for non-members. The association


How TIFF Builds and Maintains its Volunteer Programme

May 29, 2018 by Katy Fahimi-Manzari, TIFF and Danielle Gaudet, TIFF

For many events, volunteers are the unsung frontline and behind-the-scenes heroes, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) volunteers are no exception. While there are hundreds of staff members that contribute to TIFF — from film selection to cinema ushering


Member Voices: Tips for Planning a Wellness Event

May 23, 2018 by Lori Smith

The wellness movement is hot right now. The wellness travel market is also growing; as of 2015 it represented $563 billion (US). You can find wellness options virtually anywhere these days. According to Lucia Pintea of TravelOnly, wellness cruises are


MPI Expands CSR Efforts at World Education Congress

May 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is expanding its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts for its World Education Congress (WEC 2018), being held June 2-5, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thee association’s efforts will support local charities and help create a model and methodology


C2 and IMEX Group Partnering to Drive Innovation in Meetings & Events Sector

April 5, 2018 by Lori Smith

Montreal-based C2 International, an innovative leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector. “IMEX and C2 share a similar vision; we are both


Arizona DMC Joins Hosts Global

April 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

AZA Events, a full-service destination management company with more than 27 years experience producing programs throughout Arizona for corporate, association and incentive groups, is the newest member of Hosts Global (Hosts). “This is a very exciting time for our company,” said


Member Voices: What Folding Socks Taught Me About Event Planning

March 21, 2018 by Krista Benoit, iSPARK Consulting

Life gets busy. Sometimes, we can get caught up in what we’re doing, slide into autopilot and forget to stop and think about why we are doing what we’re doing. The other day I caught myself taking clean clothes out of


Calgary and the Digital Experience Institute Partner to Host Inaugural DES Boot Camp

March 16, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meetings + Conventions Calgary has partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and its Digital Experience Institute (DEI) to offer the first-ever Digital Event Strategist (DES) boot camp. This is an extension to Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s ongoing collaboration


MPI Shaking Up World Education Congress

March 6, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is setting aside the traditional plan for its annual  conference and embracing the concept of experience creation for the 2018 edition of World Education Congress (WEC), being held June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Centre in


bb Blanc Receives Toronto's Choice Award

January 23, 2018 by Lori Smith

bb Blanc, a provider of audiovisual and entertainment experiences, has received the 2018 Toronto’s Choice Award. The award recognizes the top five percent of special event industry professionals that have the highest ratings within each respective category across the