Meetings Canada



MPI Releases New Meetings Outlook Report

August 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Summer 2015 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Meetings Outlook report shows a renewed planner focus on attendee engagement and putting sizzle into events but little growth in budgets vis-à-vis increasing costs. Key findings in the report, which is released quarterly,


Attendees Booking Outside the Room Block

July 27, 2015 by Lori Smith

An industry-wide collaborative study of 170 U.S. events shows that on average one out of three group nights are booked outside the event-contracted room block. The landmark study was performed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. It was jointly released by


Unconventional Wisdom: Meeting attendee objectives

May 27, 2015 by Lori Smith
Sandy Biback, Imagination+ Meetings

BY SANDY BIBACK, CMP CMM Recently I was asked to speak to the Toronto branch of the Editor’s Association of Canada. Topic?  How to get the most out of attending their annual meeting. Many would think it’s about networking and


Convention File - Working Together Increases Success

January 19, 2015 by Lori Smith
Geoff Donaghy, Sydney ICC, president AIPC

BY GEOFF DONAGHY Convention centres and their clients are both facing bigger challenges these days as they have to deal with ever more complex events and higher delegate expectations in a time of reduced resources. But the obvious solution—to work


M+IT University - Vancouver Preview: Meeting Design - Breaking from Tradition

October 30, 2014 by Lori Smith
Tahira Endean, CMP, QuickMobile

BY TAHIRA ENDEAN, CMP Meeting design is a term with many meanings across our industry. According to Mary Boone’s definition it is simply “the purposeful shaping of the form and content of a meeting to deliver on crucial objectives.” This


AMEX Forecast Reports Meeting Industry "Back in Business"

October 16, 2014 by Lori Smith

2015 is shaping up to be a good year for the meetings industry, according to the just-released American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast.  “The meeting industry overall appears to be very much ‘back in business’, in particular


AMEX Research on Meetings Technology Shows Gap Between Planner and Attendee Expectations

October 9, 2014 by Lori Smith

New research from American Express Meetings & Events shows that meeting attendees have higher levels of interest in event apps than social media initiatives and meeting planners remain interested in virtual meetings but lag behind attendees who want more virtual experiences.  


Industry Insider: Planners should demand free WiFi from hotels

August 12, 2013 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

BY LES SELBY, CMP, CMM I think the time has come for event planners to demand that hotels stop charging group attendees a fee for accessing Wi-Fi in the guest rooms. If any guest can access free Wi-Fi in any