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Winnipeg's RBC Convention Centre Names New CEO

February 8, 2018 by Lori Smith

Following a lengthy search, the board of directors of Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre has announced that Drew Fisher will be the new president and CEO of the centre, effective March 15, 2018. Fisher will take over the post from Klaus

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Hosts Global Welcomes Two New DMCs

February 8, 2018 by Lori Smith

Nanoek Events (Spain) and EMI-DMC Italy are the latest additions to Hosts Global’s portfolio of destination management companies (DMCs). “We are thrilled to welcome the Nanoek and EMI teams to our global consortium,” said Marty MacKay, DMCP, president of Hosts

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CanSPEP Takes Over Meeting Industry Euchre Tournament

February 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

CanSPEP, the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners, has taken over ownership and operation of the Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MIET), a Toronto-based annual event that was created to raise funds for cancer research through the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

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WestJet Expands Service to Europe

February 1, 2018 by Lori Smith

WestJet is increasing its service between Atlantic Canada and Europe, adding daily direct flights from Halifax to Paris and London, U.K., to its 2018 summer schedule. The flights, which will operate between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Charles de Gaulle

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Air Canada Dreamliner Vancouver-Delhi Service Going Year-Round

February 1, 2018 by Lori Smith

Air Canada’s current seasonal non-stop Vancouver-Delhi flights will become year-round starting June 8, 2018.  The expanded service complements the carrier’s year-round Dreamliner flights from Toronto to Delhi and Mumbai. “Customer response to our nonstop Vancouver-Delhi seasonal flights initially launched in

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Start Asking Questions to Combat Human Trafficking

January 31, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting planners who want to do something to combat human trafficking should start asking questions at the client and RFP levels, says Ellen Boddington, CMP, CMM, president of Stellar Conferences & Event Management, and Andrea Boulden, manager of events, TD

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Marriott Intl Partners with ECPAT-USA to Protect Children from Trafficking

January 31, 2018 by Lori Smith

  ECPAT-USA, the leading anti-child trafficking policy organization in the U.S., announced on January 31, 2018 that it has formed a new partnership with Marriott International to combat and prevent human trafficking and exploitation in all forms. Marking National Slavery and Human

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SPIN Starts Petition Asking Marriott for Equal Commissions

January 29, 2018 by Lori Smith

SPIN: Senior Planners Industry Network has started a petition asking Marriott for commission parity for all group intermediaries. The association posted the petition on its website on Friday, January 26, 2018. It was created in response to news reported by

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Hilton Debuts DoubleTree in Vermont

January 29, 2018 by Lori Smith

DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont is the latest addition to the growing portfolio of DoubleTree by Hilton properties, one of Hilton’s 14 brands. The 309-room hotel is a full-service conference center property, located five minutes from downtown Burlington and the

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Porter Increasing Service to Newfoundland

January 29, 2018 by Lori Smith

Porter Airlines is more than doubling its service to Stephenville, Newfoundland this year. The carrier announced today that it is adding spring and fall service to the city on Newfoundland’s west coast. More than 50 round-trip flights will operate between

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Marriott Reducing Third-Party Commissions

January 25, 2018 by Lori Smith

Marriott International has informed group intermediaries that it is reducing commissions from 10 percent to 7 percent for all properties in the United States and Canada, effective March 31, 2018. Commissions for properties outside of the United States and Canada

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Tourists Love Toronto, 2017 Record-Breaking Year

January 25, 2018 by Lori Smith

Tourism in Toronto had a record-breaking year in 2017, with 43.7 million visitors welcomed to the region. For the first time, overnight visits in Toronto, Canada’s Downtown, surpassed the 15 million mark (15.5 million), joined by 28.2 million same-day travellers. Visitors to Toronto spent $8.8 billion – the