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Why the audience always comes first

Agency guru and author Simon Maier puts the audience at the eye of the creative storm.   It was a wet and windy day in London and my umbrella had just turned inside out as I arrived to deliver a keynote address at a conference on mindset change, the subject of my latest book. There was also a session on the mindset of international businesses and their attitude towards events. This focused on...

How facial recognition can benefit your event

Pim Schoonderwoerd (pictured) and Paul Hassink of RAI Amsterdam discuss facial recognition, an emerging piece of technology with exciting applications for events and conferences.   As an organiser, you are always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience. Facial recognition is a technique that offers great opportunities to enhance the reception of event visitors. We recently conducte...

Edmonton: Building a more sustainable future across Canada

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), the business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores how Edmonton is building a more sustainable future by fostering alternative energy innovation across Canada. With over 2,300 hours of sun per year, solar energy as a renewable resource is swiftly becoming more common in the capital of Alberta – Edmonton aka Canada’s sunniest city. Emerging at an unp...

Montréal: Making room for robotics

Generating CAD$1.8m (US$137.5m) in tourism revenue for Montréal and Québec, the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention & Exhibition Centre is set to host the international final of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), 13-15 November 2020. Organised by Zone01, the event will draw 2,000 participants to Montréal. This international competition attracts students between the ages of seven and 25 from...

Talking about Toronto’s tech boom

Mark Crawford, Business Events Toronto, writes about the tech boom taking place in Toronto, Canada. Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing tech markets, and groups choosing the city for their meetings are poised to benefit from what’s happening here in the sector. Not only is Toronto an appealing international destination to people from all over the world, it has a large proport...

Meet Montréal: City of neuroscience

Michel Bourdon, vice-president, Sales and Convention services at Tourisme Montréal branches off from biology and unpacks the nuances of neuroscience resonating in the city of Montréal, Canada. A vibrant and multifaceted metropolis, Montréal beckons visitors with its Old-World architecture, lush outdoor spaces, hipster cafés and shops and a feisty sense of carpe diem. Aesthetic appeal aside, Montré...

Elevating Canada’s perception

By Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, executive director, Business Events Canada Canada is home to the extraordinary, and Business Events Canada wants international meeting and event planners to know it. Strategy is key in elevating this perception in an ever evolving and competitive industry environment. Back in 2013 Business Events Canada (BEC) realised that meetings and events can create a lasting legacy. T...

Montréal raises the bar on hospitality

Pierre Bellerose, vice president, public relations, hospitality, research and product development Hospitality has always been a priority for Tourisme Montréal and Montrealers are famous for their warm welcome. Surveys show that traveller satisfaction actually exceeds 95%. But how can we do even better? How can we rethink traveller hospitality in 2017 and, in particular, the experience at the desti...

Alberta in Winter: A fresh take on your meetings venue

By Nicola Alexander, Travel Alberta’s Business Development Director MICE, Europe Nestled in the southwest corner of the Canadian province of Alberta – with quick and easy access to spectacular Rocky Mountain getaways – the gateway city of Calgary has long been a prime location for international conferences and meetings. Well-known as the hub for Canada’s oil and gas industry, Calgary n...

Sea and be seen: Ocean technology in St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

By Stu Greenoff, the Canadian destination’s sales manager, meetings & conventions St John’s historic ties to the ocean are well documented. From fishing to subsea imaging, the city’s industry has been shaped by the sea. The ocean technology industry in St John’s is characterised by strong partnerships between educational institutions, private sector businesses and the provincial government. Th...

Sustainable meetings in Vancouver

By Dave Gazley, vice-president, meeting and convention sales at Tourism Vancouver Vancouver has the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America and currently draws more than 90% of its electricity from renewable sources. Delegates meeting in the city have the opportunity to stay in one of 78 ‘Green Key’ hotels – a designation that identifies properties that exemplify environmental...

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