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  • Bill Knowlton Given Lifetime Award

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      The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has awarded its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 to Bill Knowlton. A seasoned professional and accomplished leader with more than five decades in the industry, Knowlton’s storied career has taken him from tour directing for Tauck Tours in the 1970s to becoming a partner at Jonview Canada, where he was instrumental in growing the company to become one of the country’s leading inbound receptive tour operators. “This award, recognizes an individual…

  • Pizza Chef Of The Year East Crowned

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      Red Door Cucina chef Giovanni Campisi was named Pizza Chef of the Year East, taking home top prize at a Canadian Pizza Magazine competition. Canadian Pizza Summit East returned to the live event stage as a showcase for 20 talented, creative Canadian pizza chefs. Chef Giovanni Campisi won with his Octopus Pinza (Il profumo del mare) featuring octopus carpaccio, micro rocket, buffalo burrata, cherry tomatoes, grated lemon peel with oil and lemon salt and garlic. The fluffy, colourful pizza…

  • IACC and MPI Form Strategic Alliance

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      IACC, the global association representing the top 1 per cent of small to midsize conference and meeting venues, has announced details of a strategic partnership with MPI, the largest global meetings and events industry association. The alliance will see the two organizations working to advance the global events community using shared knowledge and connected intelligence. The partnership will also see IACC engaging with MPI’s diverse and substantial network of more than 90,000 meeting and event professionals across 70 chapters…

  • Air Canada Reveals Best New Restaurants 2022

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      Toronto’s Restaurant 20 Victoria has been ranked number one in Air Canada’s Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants. Air Canada enRoute’s Best New Restaurants list is back for the first time since 2019. Led by chef Julie Hyde, Restaurant 20 Victoria features an upfront bar area for à la carte plates and an elegant dining room and patio for the six-course tasting menu. In second place, Montreal’s Mastard showcases Quebec terroir with fresh seasonal ingredients. Mimi Chinese, this year’s third-place winner, takes diners on…

  • New B.C. Hotel Tax Supports Events

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      B.C. is introducing a new Major Events Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) on hotels and other short-term accommodations to help communities offset the cost of hosting major tourism events. The MRDT of a maximum of 2.5 per cent is a time-limited, dedicated funding tool that communities can apply for through Destination BC. Communities must get approval from the tourism and finance ministers before applying the tax, which is only allowed for a defined time and must be publicly…

  • Calgary Event Centre Talks Resume

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      The City of Calgary and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) have agreed to restart formal discussions about a new event centre. These discussions bring an opportunity to realize a modern and forward-looking sport, arts and entertainment venue for Calgary. “We’re at the beginning of an important stage,” said Councillor Sonya Sharp, chair of the Event Centre Committee. “A new event centre for our city will attract investment and international events. It will have enormous benefits for visitors…

  • Edmonton ICE District Plaza Opens

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      ICE District and OEG Sports & Entertainment have officially opened ICE District Plaza in downtown Edmonton, the social hub at the heart of Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district. The ICE District development is the vision of born-and-raised Edmontonian Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and founder and chairman of Katz Group. With more than 50,000 sq. ft. of space, the ICE District Plaza can host markets, festivals, concerts and any other large gathering. “It is thrilling…

  • Event Tech Firms Rebrand to Stova

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      Following the merger of MeetingPlay and Aventri and the acquisition of eventcore earlier this year, these event technology companies are rebranding as one global leader in event management solutions: Stova. Marking another major milestone in the evolution of the consolidation of three major event technology pioneers, Stova offers a comprehensive platform for delivering exceptional experiences for global enterprise clients. The new branding is rooted in the heritage, technology, and people of these three iconic brands. As the organization continues…

  • Four Seasons Appoints New President

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      Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced that Alejandro Reynal has been appointed as president and chief executive officer. Reynal succeeds John Davison, a 20-year veteran of Four Seasons, who announced his intention to retire late last year and remains a member of the company’s board. “It is an honour to join Four Seasons, a company I have always admired for its unwavering focus on its values and for the boldness of its innovative spirit,” said Reynal. “I look forward to…

  • Incentive Travel Recovery Progressing

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      According to the 2022 Incentive Travel Index (ITI) reports, the incentive travel industry is strong overall. Recovery is progressing, program design is evolving and there is increased interest in new destinations. The Incentive Travel Index is joint initiative of Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and the Foundation of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE Foundation) and is undertaken in partnership with Oxford Economics. “We see good signs of recovery, but these signs…

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