The Business of Meetings

  • Planning resilience: Facing today’s challenges as an event manager

    Do you have the most stressful job? Each of us is faced with perpetual challenges in our workplace that seem to be continually increasing and adding to our stress levels. With the current climate of economic uncertainties, increasing workloads and unrelenting demands, most of us will likely claim we have the most stressful job. CareerCast conducts an annual assessment of the most stressful careers. Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, event coordinator was ranked No. 5 in 2014 and No. 8…

  • Life Science events held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal help generate $64.2 million in economic benefits

    In 2015, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will have hosted 22 national and international life science related events. These conferences, meetings, consumer shows and trade shows will have attracted nearly 47,000 participants and business tourists to the city, who will have booked 41,000 room nights in Montréal hotels. These events will contribute over $64.2 M to Montréal’s and Québec’s economy. “As the top host city in the Americas for international conventions according to the Union of International Associations and…

  • Building trust: What meeting planners want suppliers to understand

    Meeting planners are hardworking, resilient and well-organized individuals who rely upon a variety of suppliers to deliver the meetings they manage. They face the stresses of orchestrating an endless array of tasks and suppliers into a seamlessly delivered meeting, conference or convention. The reliance of the planner upon their suppliers cannot be emphasized enough. There is no second chance as the planner gets one opportunity to deliver their meeting well. Each supplier inherits partial responsibility, not only for the success…

  • Five hot-button items for the business events industry in 2015

    With 2014 squarely behind us and a clear view ahead to 2015, what can the business events industry look forward to in the months ahead? Will we be beating down old topics of debate or will we find valuable solutions and seek newer, hotter discussions? Here’s my take on a few things to keep a close eye on. 1. Mind the gap It seemed like everywhere you turned, conference content included a panel discussion on the topic of the generational…

  • Matchmaking 101: Five keys to building client-planner relationships

    By Kristin Hosie It’s not every day you meet the man or woman of your dreams, and the same goes for clients. If you are a third-party planner, clients come from all walks of life, all areas of business and a variety of industries. It becomes our job to assess their needs and wants, manage their expectations, and walk the line of professional versus personal for each and every client. Much like a personal relationship, a client-planner relationship is built…

  • Business events are big business

    “Make no mistake, business events are big business, and it is an industry that is much larger than may be perceived.” This was the opening statement presented at the recent Maximum Velocity II: Destination Canada forum in Winnipeg. This forum was convened with specialist practitioners and stakeholders from all over Canada representing government, the meetings, incentives and conventions business, the leisure tourism business, and as well as destination marketing organizations (DMOs), airports, carriers, and national industry organizations. TIAC, the Tourism…

  • The business meetings industry: Don’t bet against us, we’re much bigger than you think

    Is it any wonder why I sense a very small percentage of our friends and family actually know what “we” do for a living? When I say “we,” I’m referring to the droves of people in this country that are directly employed within the business meetings industry. On that very same note, very few people likely know what our economic contribution to the system is either, and that includes most of us that work in it. In a time of…

  • Three issues that will shape future prospects for convention centres

    For the past few years of economic uncertainty, business in many sectors was more about survival than growth. However, with something resembling a reasonably stable recovery beginning to emerge, thoughts can once again turn to where the best growth prospects are likely to be found. This is most certainly the case with both convention centres and their clients, because while the economy was going in circles there were profound changes taking place with the industry itself. What this means is…

  • Mission possible: The business of event management

    By Lorne Collis CanSPEP is unique in the events industry in that the focus of the organization is not on the management of events, but on the business of event management. Our newly revised mission statement – “The network of professionals providing leadership and education in event management as a business” – was created to better reflect the entrepreneurial nature of CanSPEP’s membership. To this end, programming at CanSPEP’s conference in Ottawa focused on achieving those objectives. “There is a…

  • Canada meetings industry delivered more than $29 billion in 2012, according to study produced by the MPI Foundation Canada

    The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation Canada announced on National Meetings Industry Day the preliminary results of the Canadian Economic Impact Study (CEIS) 3.0. The study will detail the economic significance of meetings, specifically business events, held in Canada in 2012, and represents a continuation of reporting published in 2008 and later updated in 2009. It is also the first report to quantify the value delivered by the meeting and event industry to Canada’s economy at the regional, provincial and…

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