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New Report Reveals How Planners Pick Destinations

Destination websites and industry trade shows are the key sources for North American planners in meeting and event site selection, according to a new report from analytics firm STR. Three-quarters of the planners also turned to an industry trade publication in 2017, and 19 percent had attended the most recent IMEX industry conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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MPI Launches Planners’ Group After Commission Cuts

Iceberg Partner Meeting Professionals International has developed a new special interest group for small business owners in response to the recent North America reductions in third party commissions. President and CEO Paul Van Deventer says around 3,000 third party meeting planners and small business owners are part of the MPI global community. From Meetpie.com…

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US Independent Planners React to Hilton Commission Cut

The decision of Marriott International to reduce group-intermediary commission rates has already made a major impact on the North American independent planners, many of whom have business models built entirely around commission. Now Hilton is doing the same. What will this mean for both the planners and the wider industry? Photo: Daderot. From Meetings & Conventions…

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US Independent Planners Now Brace for Hilton Commission Cut

Two months after Marriott International’s announcement that it is reducing North American group-intermediary commission rates from ten to seven percent, Hilton has said it will make the same rate drop in October. The changes are likely substantially to reshape both the US and Canada’s independent planner sectors. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Destination Safety and Cleanliness Key for Planners

Meeting planners say a safe environment and a clean and attractive place are critical in making their destination decision, according to the latest STR DestinationMAP survey. STR surveyed 865 planners of gatherings with 100 or more attendees who considered at least three of forty major North American markets for their events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry

A new research report examining “The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry” in North America and Europe, commissioned by the IMEX Group and developed by Skift, has been published. The free 40+ page report carefully examines why and how some midsize cities (historically known as second-tier cities, a label they’ve now shaken off) have managed…

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Marriott Commission Cut: Independent Planners React

Marriott International is cutting to seven percent the standard ten percent commission paid to group intermediaries in the US and Canada. The move prompted fierce reaction from the industry, much collated above in News. But Iceberg partner Northstar has also filmed video interviews with organisers at its Independent Planner Education Conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Marriott Commission Cut Prompts Planner Outrage

Marriott International is slashing the industry-standard ten percent commission paid to group intermediaries. From March 31st the rate will be seven percent for hotels sourced in the US and Canada. The move prompted outrage from planners, many of whom rely solely on commission revenue. Iceberg partner Northstar has collated substantial coverage. From Meetings & Conventions…

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3 April 2018

Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) Credential, Alberta,...

Join fellow senior executives in advancing your career to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The CDME program focuses on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. Sign up for the following face-to-face courses in Banff, AB, Canada now.

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19 April 2018

ICCA Sector Venue International Client/Supplier Business Workshop,...

ICCA venues each invite a client to the Workshop to discuss their specific meeting requirements. No other event offers the same opportunity for client and supplier to meet face-to-face and discuss future co-operation in a tailor-made Workshop environment. Participating clients get the opportunity to meet people from other venues. They make initial contact with the sales team…

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Business Events Canada: A Priority Sector Focus

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is the new head of Business Events Canada, the organisation responsible for meetings industry promotion in the country. During a recent trip to Europe, she shared her vision. BEC has identified seven priority business sectors where Canada holds a competitive advantage and is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence. From Boardroom…

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18 October 2017

PCMA Canada East Chapter: Work Life Integration, Ontario

Nova Browning Rutherford masterfully weaves life lessons she’s gathered from her career in Hollywood to deliver instantly relatable presentations. She helps to spark a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment over one’s own life. Audiences walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, a bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience,…

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