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Tap into local intellectual capital and see attendance soar

In-person business events are starting to ramp up, but many delegates have become increasingly selective about which ones they choose to attend. More than ever, they want events to add immense value and deliver a high return on investment. Fortunately, there is a powerful way that organisers can make their event stand out from the pack: by leveraging a destination’s local knowledge capital. As Vir...

Brussels is meeting the needs of its new destination identity

The capital of a continent and capital region of a country with various, distinct neighbourhoods, Brussels is heading towards a new identity through the coming decade. It is already a multi-dimensional city. Cosmopolitan, with both green and urban areas, still possessing industry on its territory, and a hub for politics, science, business and culture with an international outlook. Having committed...

Widening accessibility with virtual networking events

By Paul Scholey, Senior VP International and GM, BlueJeans by Verizon As restrictions ease over the summer, I’m certainly eager to get back into live events and networking. This past year, however, many events managers learned a valuable lesson: for some people virtual is the best – or only – option. Virtual events give access to people who too often get left behind, including those ex...

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 walks the line. 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. Most travellers could tell a story of the Canada’s icy slopes, stunning wildlife, rich culture and bustling ...

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...