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Calgary’s bright future – a billion reasons why

With an investment of more than CAD$1bn into events and hospitality over the next few years, Calgary is emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic with eyes set firmly on the future. Sharing that there are “a billion reasons to hold your event in Calgary”, the Western Canadian hub city is ready to welcome the world safely and in style. Here’s a roundup of some of the “billion reasons” and how they are co...

Tech leadership in Toronto and the ‘Godfather of AI’

The Toronto–Waterloo Region Corridor is a global centre of talent, growth, innovation and discovery. This 100km stretch is the second largest technology cluster in North America. With 15,000 tech companies, 200,0000 workers and 5,200 start-ups, the second highest density in the world, it’s no surprise that Toronto ranks among the top five cities for venture capital (VC) and angel investments...

F&I incentive groups make memories with Canada’s best-in-class incentive travel

Rarely does a destination find the balance between practical meeting locations and standout experiences, but Canada strikes a balance. In fact, the dynamic and diverse country stands atop of the pile regarding both its Finance and Insurance (F&I) sectors and best-in-class incentive travel.Rarely does a destination find the balance between practical meeting locations and standout experiences, b...

Montréal Leads ‘Gold Rush’ in machine learning

There are a few facts about Montréal that surprise people. John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the city during a 1969 week-long stay in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel; during Prohibition, Americans would hop over the border to enjoy a drink or two; and the UNESCO named Montréal a ‘city of design,’ part of its ‘Creative Cities’ network. However, that creativity is now taking off in a...

Calgary – from Cowboy Capital to Headquarters Heaven

Sitting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and once known only as the cowboy capital of Canada, Calgary today buzzes with renewed energy, sparked by the ongoing tech revolution.  Sure, it’s a great place to live; the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Calgary the most liveable city in North America in 2018 and 2019. However, Calgary’s energy, agriculture and banking strong suits have spa...

Outside of the room: Thinking creatively about outdoor spaces for events

Location: Fox Harb’r Resort, Nova Scotia. Credit ©: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Dean Casavechia There’s no question that outdoor events have become more popular than ever. But what is it that makes one go beyond the ordinary and transform into something remarkable? Creativity is key. An imaginative approach coupled with a safe place to gather can elevate your even...

Seoul’s transformation development continued on the Virtual Seoul platform

Some time after the pandemic was declared, the Virtual Seoul platform was created to represent the actual city Seoul in the virtual space. It was designed with several attractions including the ones that are well-known to global MICE industry as well as the new venues. The Changdeokgung Palace would never be a venue in real life as it is a site on the UNESCO Heritage, however because it was virtua...

Endless Possibilities with the CTICC’s Digital Event Solution

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is pivoting itself in the most innovative ways, with the introduction of its interactive platform that will bring extraordinary event experiences to life with a click of a button. The centre has further enhanced its flexibility by offering digital and hybrid event solutions. CTICC Engage, powered by the hybrid and virtual conference servic...

Canada’s Fintech industry paying off for business events

There’s something about Canada that inspires images of size and grandeur; whether it’s the expanses of beautiful lakes, the vista of stunning mountain ranges, or the jaw-dropping emptiness of its national parks. “Big” is also word that comes to mind with the Finance and Insurance (F&I) sector. Payments Canada, who operate the banking ‘clearing houses,’ calculated business transactio...

Three trends reimagining the future of incentive travel

How Canada delivers exceptional experiences for today’s travellers For all the changes we’ve seen over the past year and a half, one thing has remained constant: the strong demand for incentive travel programmes to reward top performers with unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, several microtrends have emerged that are reshaping incentive travel programme design and destination se...

What can the MICE industry learn from the pandemic?

An inside look into the new MICE White Paper, co-developed by Singapore Tourism Board, PCMA and UFI. The pandemic has been a tough time for the events industry, but there are opportunities and learnings to be had in the coming months. While many businesses are focussing on returning to 2019 levels, a group comprised of The Singapore Tourism Board (STB), PCMA and UFI have come together to advise on...

Seven reasons to meet in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

The only tropical city in Australia with a professional business events industry, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef delivers meetings and events to remember. Here are the top seven reasons for choosing Cairns for your next conference. 1. A global business event destination surrounded by natural beauty Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is a natural choice for meeting and event planners wanting all the ...