Americas

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...

AccorHotels acquires prime exhibit, with 85% stake in 21c Museum Hotels

AccorHotels has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire 85% of 21c Museum Hotels, a hospitality management company that combines a multi-venue contemporary art museum, boutique hotels and restaurants. The brand has 11 properties currently open and under development across the United States. AccorHotels paid US$39m for the stake (excluding a potential earn out). 21c Museum Hotels was founde...

IMA announces 2018 Circle of Excellence winners

CILOYALTY, HMI Performance Incentives, and Motivforce Marketing and Incentives were some of the companies recognised at the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) 2018 Circle of Excellence Awards, for development of outstanding employee, customer loyalty, sales incentive and recognition programmes. The IMA presented its 2018 Circle of Excellence Awards, part of the wider IMA Awards (many pictured h...

IBTM Americas reveals 2018 Knowledge Programme

IBTM has announced details of its Knowledge Programme for its first-ever IBTM Americas event in Mexico City, 5–6 September 2018. As the newest event in IBTM’s global MICE portfolio, IBTM Americas’ Knowledge Program is aimed at event planners and buyers looking to stay ahead of trends and learn about the industry’s hot topics in the emerging South, Central and North American meetings and even...

Making a point on wellbeing in M&E

Sarah Mayo, (pictured top) co-founder of newly launched POINT3 Wellbeing (a UK company that supports people and businesses with health and wellbeing programmes) speaks to CMW and sheds some light on health and wellbeing within the international business events sector. Stress management and positive mental health are increasingly on the agenda of companies that recognise the urgent need to combat t...

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...

IACC Americas Connect conference saw strongest attendance in 10 years

With its strongest attendance in 10 years, the 37th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, 16-18 April. Overall attendance at the event was 293. Sean Anderson, IACC Americas president, commented: “We saw record attendance at this years’ annual Connect conference, a 33% rise on last year.” The three...

Toronto: the place to be in 2017

CMW takes a breakout with Mark Crawford, director, international business development at Tourism Toronto: Mark Crawford would appear to have the ideal job: he says he always wanted a career in sales and is intensely proud. “I started working right out of school for a big tourism company, and slowly worked my way up.” Along the way he worked on development in Eastern Europe and Southern Asia before...