Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • American Express and Conferma team up to deliver simplified digital payments to corporate travel

    New partnership will see American Express vPayment integrated with Conferma’s network of travel partners American Express Canada and Conferma – a FinTech company specializing in corporate travel payments – have teamed up to bring the power of digital payments to businesses with American Express vPayment. This new payment solution will help make it easier for companies to make reservations, book travel, pay suppliers, and reconcile costs. To help simplify corporate travel bookings, American Express has partnered with Conferma to bring…

  • WestJet launches inaugural flights to Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver

    WestJet’s inaugural flight, WS2200 from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, MEX) departed on the morning of March 14, marking the airline’s newest flight to Mexico. Flights between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Mexico City start March 15, solidifying WestJet’s position as the Canadian airline with the most flights to Mexico. “WestJet is proud to be at the forefront of expanding on vital trade and tourism linkages between Mexico and Canada,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “Non-stop, year-round flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico Cityconnect the country to one of…

  • Crescent Hotels & Resorts prepares to open the Staybridge Suites Vaughan, Ontario

    Crescent Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage and convert the Extended Stay Vaughan to a Staybridge Suites and will oversee the complete renovation and rebranding of the property. Crescent, based in Fairfax, Virginia is a nationally recognized operator of major hotels, resorts and conference centres throughout Canada and the United States. Crescent assumed management of the property on March 1, 2018, and renovations will begin immediately. The hotel will remain open and operate as Extended Stay Toronto Vaughan during the renovation and convert to…

  • WestJet launches inaugural flight between Calgary and Denver

    First Canadian airline operating nonstop from Calgary to Denver With the March 8 departure of flight 1570 from Calgary International Airport (YYC), WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline flying nonstop to Denver International Airport (DEN) from Calgary. The new service operates daily year-round. “Denver is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts or those looking for the combination of cowboy heritage and cosmopolitan chic,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We are proud to offer our guests this exciting destination with mass appeal. These added flights further demonstrate WestJet continues…

  • Gregg Saretsky retires from WestJet

    Ed Sims appointed new President and CEO WestJet has announced Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO, has advised the time has come for him to retire from the company. Having found his successor, he has agreed with the company that his retirement will be effective immediately. “For the past eight years, it’s been my privilege to lead team WestJet through a tremendous period of growth and success,” said Gregg Saretsky. “I am pleased with the continued growth and profitability we’ve achieved together. With plans…

  • Air Canada to launch daily, seasonal Calgary-Palm Springs and Edmonton-Las Vegas flights next winter

    More flights from Calgary to Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and from Vancouver to Palm Springs and Phoenix. Air Canada has announced it will launch daily, seasonal flights between Calgary and Palm Springs, and between Edmonton and Las Vegas starting October 28, 2018.  All flights are now available for purchase via the Air Canada app, at aircanada.com and through travel agents. “We are very pleased to offer additional convenient travel options to Albertans with non-stop flights from Calgary and Edmonton to Palm Springs and Las Vegas respectively this winter,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Concurrent with our fleet…

  • GBTA launches new podcast: The Business of Travel

    On March 7, the Global Business Travel Association, the voice of the global business travel industry, launched an all-new podcast called The Business of Travel. The podcast will consist of weekly episodes featuring several industry experts and thought leaders on a range of key issues affecting the business travel industry. In the coming months, The Business of Travel will cover business travel’s role in employee recruitment and retention, the business travel experience, travel friction, travel technology, aviation regulations, Brexit’s impact…

  • Will market disruption make room blocks the next casualty?

    By Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM At a recent PCMA East Canada workshop in Ottawa, meeting professionals and business event suppliers came together to discuss room blocks. Consensus among the hotel sales representatives was that it is business as usual – if clients want the use of meeting space, they will be held to specific room blocks. These blocks will continue to be contracted with attrition clauses that mandate room and food & beverage revenue. Group business is the hotel’s base…

  • MPI overhauls program for World Education Congress 2018 in Indianapolis

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has embraced the concept of experience creation and set aside the traditional plan for its signature event, World Education Congress (WEC) this year. WEC18 will feature high energy pep rallies to kick off and wrap up each day, an open-floor, fluid layout with four connected WEC Villages, more innovative technology and WEC Experience Coaches to help attendees plan their experience prior to the event and to assist with exploration onsite. The vision for the redesign came…

  • Navigating the ever-changing world of corporate travel

    Navigating the ever-changing world of corporate travel can overwhelm even the most seasoned travel professional. From artificial intelligence to the sharing economy to cryptocurrency, myriad factors play a role in shaping the industry, and, in turn, how your organization operates and manages its travellers. Staying updated on the latest trends, changes, and progressions in the industry is essential for any organization looking to grow. At GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto, we’ll be discussing the biggest trends expected to impact managed…

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