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Inclusion-Focused Education Program Being Developed by MPI

July 4, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is developing new education and resources to help meeting planners design more inclusive experiences. The association announced the initiative at its 2018 World Education Congress (WEC), held June 2-5 in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the

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Wall Centre Hotels Adds to Sales Team

June 19, 2018 by Lori Smith

Lee Meller has been appointed regional director of MICE, tour and travel for the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre and the Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport. Meller’s career developed out of his love for travel and skiing. Born in Bognor Regis,

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Data Sharing Okay with Majority of Canadians

May 29, 2018 by Lori Smith

More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of Canadians in general, and 86 per cent of millennials, are pragmatic or unconcerned about sharing their personal data, according to research released last week by the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA). “The study tells

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Montreal Makes ICCA 2017 Top 20 City List

May 7, 2018 by Lori Smith

Montreal is the only Canadian city to make the top 20 of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2017 ranking of cities by number of meetings. Quebec’s largest city tied with Rome for the 20th spot, both cities having

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SITE Canada and M+I T Partnering on Incentive Travel Market Survey

May 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) in partnership with SITE Canada and with the support of the SITE Foundation is conducting a comprehensive survey of the Canadian incentive travel market. A link to the 2018 M+IT–SITE Canada Incentive Travel Market Survey

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Planners Focusing on Meeting Experience, reports MPI

May 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

Business event professionals are enjoying a healthy, stable business landscape and focusing on cultivating the entire meeting experience, according to the 2018 Spring Edition of  Meetings Outlook™. Published by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Meetings Outlook presents future industry trends and predictions from

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New Report Shows Economic Impact of Business Travel

April 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

A new report, produced by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with BCD Travel and Air Canada, shows that business travel was responsible for about 2.6 per cent ($40.1 billion) of Canadian GDP in 2016. The study, titled

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New Data on Economic Impact of U.S. Events Released

February 26, 2018 by Lori Smith

Face-to-face meetings and events are playing an integral role in bolstering the U.S. economy and key business sectors, according to a new report from Oxford Economics, commissioned by the Events Industry Council (EIC) and supported by the Meetings mean Business

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Midsize Cities Leveraging Local Assets to Attract Events

February 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Revitalized downtowns, improved hotel inventory, and successful positioning as innovation and knowledge hubs are just some of the factors making midsize cities around the world attractive to a greater number of planners and events, according to a just-published report commissioned

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Incentive Research Foundation Releases Trends Report

February 20, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Incentive Research Foundation has released its signature study, The IRF 2018 Trends Study. The study highlights ten key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2018. Webinar: Wednesday, February 28, 2:00 p.m. EST. During

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Planners Predict Moderate Growth in 2018

February 8, 2018 by Lori Smith

Planners are predicting moderate growth in 2018 thanks to favourable business conditions, according to the 2018 Winter Edition of Meetings Outlook™, Meeting Professional International’s (MPI) quarterly report on industry trends and outlooks. The report’s findings are based on a survey

Opinion

Industry Insider: Why Do People Attend Your Event?

February 4, 2018 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

The December issue of Convene, PCMA’s official print magazine, contained a great research piece on why attendees go to events.  The research was conducted as a follow up to a study that occurred in 2014 entitled “Decision to Attend Study