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Hosts Global Launches Volunteer Program

January 17, 2018 by Lori Smith

Hosts Global (Hosts), a strategic partner to more than 300 DMCs worldwide, has launched a paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program. “Our people make a difference every day,” said Jennifer Patino, DMCP, chief executive officer at Hosts Global. “We understand it’s

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Lord Nelson Unveils Renovated Spaces

January 17, 2018 by Lori Smith

Halifax’s historical Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites has officially unveiled its renovated guestrooms and event spaces. The multi-million dollar refresh was conducted Design360 led by Keri Koch.  The property’s owner, Mani Suissa, president and CEO of Universal Realty Group, challenged

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SITE Names New Chief Excellence Officer

January 12, 2018 by Lori Smith

Didier Scaillet is SITE’s new chief excellence officer (CEO), effective February 1, 2018. In October, a search committee comprised of Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) board members and Foundation trustees undertook an extensive global search to identify a replacement

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ILEA Announces New CSEP Designation Holders

January 12, 2018 by Lori Smith

William Rathwell, customer management lead for The City of Calgary, has earned his Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation from the International Live Events Association (ILEA). The CSEP designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the essential knowledge, skills,

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Resiada Launches New Version of Room Block Management Software

January 12, 2018 by Lori Smith

Chicago-based Resiada Inc. has rolled out version 1.2 of its room block management software for event planners, destination marketing organizations (DMO/CVB), sport organizations and events rights holders. “The response from Resiada’s early adopters has been invaluable,” says Jennifer Beatty, managing director,

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2018 Hall of Fame Call for Nominations Open

January 12, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Hall of Fame Awards program. The Canadian MICE industry’s longest-running independent awards program, it includes six categories open to planners and suppliers as well as an Industry Planner honour and a

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Meetings Mean Business Releases Preliminary Data from EIC Survey

January 11, 2018 by Lori Smith

Preliminary findings from the Meetings Significance Survey conducted by the Events Industry Council shows that meetings in the U.S. have grown in terms of attendance and economic impact. According to the survey’s findings, 1.9 million meetings were held across the

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2017 a Record-Breaking Year for PCMA

January 11, 2018 by Lori Smith

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) announced strong financial growth and record revenue numbers at the final press conference held during its annual Convening Leaders conference, which took place January 7-10, 2018 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The

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Vancouver Convention Centre VP Takes on Role of 2018 PCMA Board Chair

January 11, 2018 by Lori Smith

Claire Smith, vice-president of sales and marketing for the Vancouver Convention Centre, started her term as chairperson of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Board of Directors on January 10, the final day of the association’s  2018 Convening Leader conference.

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AV-Canada Names New Account Exec

January 11, 2018 by Lori Smith

Tammy Bradley, CMP has joined AV-Canada as a senior account executive. She brings 20 years of AV experience to the position. Bradley graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Technical Theatre Production, a course of study

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Marriott's Luxury Brands Opening 40 Properties in 2018

January 5, 2018 by Lori Smith

Marriott International, Inc.  is set to open nearly 40  hotels in 2018 across its eight distinct luxury brands—The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION and JW Marriott. In addition, Marriott will be expanding its luxury

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Beanfield Centre Receives Eventsource.ca Award

January 5, 2018 by Lori Smith

Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place has been awarded the Toronto’s Choice Award from Eventsource.ca, an events industry planning website serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Toronto’s Choice Award from Eventsource recognizes the top five percent of special event industry