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Ottawa’s Infinity Convention Centre Opening Oct. 13

September 20, 2016 by douloff

OTTAWA — Infinity Convention Centre, featuring 15,000 sq. ft. of space, will hold its grand opening in the nation’s capital Oct. 13, it was announced in mid-September. The facility is located in a hotel cluster near Ottawa International Airport, adjacent


Meeting Encore Names New Regional Director

October 7, 2015 by Lori Smith
Shannon Byck

Shannon Byck, CMP is Meeting Encore Ltd.‘s newest regional director. She brings 15 years of meeting management experience to the company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “We are very excited that our Meeting Encore family is growing once again.


Two Canadians in New Class of CMM Recipients

October 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), have presented the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 26 more meeting and travel professionals including Roberta Dexter of Halifax-based


Unconventional Wisdom - To everything there is a season...

September 4, 2015 by SANDY BIBACK, CMM, CMP
Sandy Biback, Imagination+ Meetings

And as the season is about to change to Fall, it is time for me to write my last Unconventional Wisdom blog post.  I’d like to thank Don Douloff who asked if I’d be willing to do this several years


MPI Foundation Beats WEC Fundraising Record

August 6, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation set a new record this week for the most money raised at an MPI conference. The foundation raised more than $270,000 during MPI’s 2015 World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco, exceeding the $170,000


Marmara U.S. Flagship Property Set to Open in NYC

July 22, 2015 by Lori Smith

Marmara Park Avenue, the U.S. flagship of the luxury Marmara Collection hotel group, is scheduled to open on August 25, 2015 in New York City’s lower Park Avenue area. The 21-storey property has 1,375 square feet of event space. The


Montreal Residence Inn Re-opens

July 21, 2015 by Lori Smith
Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Downtown

Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Downtown has re-opened following a multi-million dollar renovation. “We’re beyond excited to be open again and our guest response has been exceptional,” said Marco Carelli, general manager of Residence Inn Montreal Downtown. “Our returning guests


Cantrav Comes to Toronto

July 21, 2015 by Lori Smith
Debbie Cotton-Burinski, Cantrav Services

Destination management company Cantrav Services Inc. has opened an office in Toronto. The Vancouver-based company currently has a presence in Banff, Whistler and Alaska. “Toronto is a logical step for the organization,” says Cantrav’s new Ontario regional director, Debbie Cotton-Burinski. “This is


MPI Announces RISE Awards Winners

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the recipients of this year’s RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards. The recipients have been selected for exceptional achievements in the meeting and event industry, and will be honored at the annual MPI RISE


@IncentiveWorks 2014: Standing out from the crowd

July 8, 2014 by Lori Smith
Mark Bowden,

BY MARK BOWDEN Here is a challenge: thinking back on all the people you have passed by today, how many do you actually remember? I would bet good money that even though you may have crossed paths with hundreds or


Destination Bangkok

December 16, 2013 by Lori Smith
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (Photo courtesy of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau)

BY LORI SMITH I have experienced Bangkok twice as a business traveller. The first time I was a guest of the country’s department of trade and the city served as a base for a week spent visiting factories located in


Hilton Worldwide to Operate New Cleveland Hotel

October 17, 2013 by Lori Smith

Cuyahoga County, Ohio has awarded Hilton Worldwide the rights to manage a 600-650 room hotel adjoining the new Cleveland Convention Center, located in this heart of the city’s downtown. The County is the owner of the hotel and is financing