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    Rising Costs Top Meetings Industry Report

      Planners are optimistic about 2024, with almost half expecting to book more meetings than in 2023, according to the 2024 State of the Meetings Industry. Event planners are feeling optimistic about 2024, with approximately 42 per cent expecting an increase in bookings, 32 per cent forecasting growth of up to 20 per cent and almost 10 per cent projecting a boost over 20 per cent. Additionally, planners expect their meeting sizes to grow in the coming year. More than…

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    Managing Client Touchpoints

      Amidst all the excitement of re-connecting and once again enjoying all the things we had lost during the pandemic, those of us in the event industry who work directly with clients found something new added to our proverbial “to do” list. We now found ourselves at the beck and call of clients, around the clock. Let me state something very important about this – it was no one’s fault. We all remember those early days of the pandemic when…

    Event Operations, The Business of Meetings

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    MTCC Sets New Records for Events

      The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) announced that it set new facility records for securing major conventions in 2022 and in fiscal year 2023/24. The MTCC will host 21 citywide conventions in fiscal year 2023/24, the highest yearly total in the facility’s 38-year history. The 21 citywide conventions will generate an estimated $246 million in direct spending economic impact for the region and bring over 100,000 attendees to the heart of Toronto. Economic impact is incredibly valuable for the…

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    Cascades Casino Delta Set to Open

      Gateway Casinos & Entertainment announced that Cascades Casino Delta in B.C. will officially open its doors on September 29, 2022. Located next to the interchange of Highway 99 with Highway 17A, the newest Gateway property will feature state-of-the-art meeting and event space, entertainment and culinary options to suit any taste including Gateway’s signature restaurants – The Buffet, Summit Bar and Match Eatery & Public House, which will feature a multi-season patio and the Bud Room. “Cascades Casino Delta will…

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    Surviving the Pandemic for Planners

      The pandemic has been devastating for many people and industries but none more devastated than the hospitality and events industry. The mission of the events industry is to create, manage, stage, and facilitate events all over the world. These events encompass hundreds to thousands of attendees at a meeting, special event or conference. How has event planning changed? It has changed in numerous ways and impacted the meetings and events industry globally. Let us look at some of the…

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  • Whistler Resort Revamps Meetings, Events Offerings

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has reinvented its meetings and events services. The luxury hotel is offering enhanced hybrid meeting solutions and the option to run meetings concurrently at the same venue. The in-person audience can participate with any number of virtual attendees, thanks to state-of-the art technology and health and safety measures. “Our mission is to create a bespoke experience for all participants, whether attending an event physically or virtually,” says general manager, Ali Mohammed. Attendees can experience…

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  • Hilton Introduces Hybrid Solutions for Meetings and Events

    Hilton has introduced a set of hybrid solutions to address the dramatic shift away from in-person meetings and events during the pandemic. The new offerings, which will continue to evolve alongside customer needs, direct event planners to Hilton’s hybrid-ready hotels while also providing them with additional resources, including an expanded ‘playbook’ with in-depth information on planning and executing small hybrid events and flexible customer offers for a more seamless contract experience. “Hilton has remained a leader in the meetings and…

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  • Marriott Offers COVID-19 Testing for Group Meetings

    As part of ongoing steps to help instil confidence for meeting professionals and attendees, Marriott International has introduced optional COVID-19 testing. Tests can be self-administered by guests prior to travel or administered by a third-party provider on-site at the hotel. The initiative builds upon health protocols already in place as part of the recent launch of Connect with Confidence, a program empowering meeting professionals to identify and tailor solutions that best meet the needs of their attendees. “We engaged industry-leading…

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  • Live Events to Rebound in Big Way, Survey Says

    In-person business meetings and events will surge in 2021, according to a recent Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) poll of its members — the fourteenth of its kind since the onset of the pandemic. “What we’re seeing in this latest poll is a number of reasons for the business travel industry to be optimistic about 2021, especially toward the middle of the year,” says GBTA’s interim executive director, Dave Hilfman. “As the vaccine rollout gains momentum and if we see…

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  • 10 Ways to Improve your Nonverbal Communication during a Virtual Meeting

    At the start of the pandemic, businesses rushed to move their in-person meetings and events online. The transition was so abrupt that many organizations did so without understanding, acknowledging or discussing the ins and outs of virtual meeting etiquette with their teams. In our digital-friendly age, it may be hard to imagine virtual meetings require such formalities, especially when they can feel as natural as speaking to someone in the same room. But it’s important to treat virtual meetings with…

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