Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. April 15, 2015 Issue

APRIL 15, 2015

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

With Earth Day just around the corner, a quick primer on green sources and sites to make sure you're on the gentler, greener track with meetings and events.

A lighter environmental footprint, cost savings and positive PR are just a few of the perks associated with going green. Keeping up with new apps, certification programs and checklists are easy with these handy resources.

Global Community

The Green Meeting Industry Council is a non-profit global community dedicated to sustainability. Consider joining to access its resource-rich website or download its free Sustainable Meetings Conference app for the latest event and organization information.

Green Swag

From T-shirts to pens, key chains and magnets, conferences are a haven for swag. But at what cost? Take the guesswork out of purchases with Fairware: a Vancouver-based company that specializes in ethically sourced promotional products.

Measure Green

Billed as a comprehensive tool for measuring the sustainability of a conference or event, the MeetGreen Calculator assesses event management practices and measurable outcomes in nine key categories to audit the environmental impact of conference activities, determine ROI and identify areas for improvement.

Go Green, Save Green

The reference book Simple Steps to Sustainable Meetings by industry experts Nancy Zavada, Amy Spatrisano and Shawna McKinley is more than a how-to; it's a step-by-step tool that includes usable forms, checklists and vendor requests.

Sustainable Tourism

Green Globe offers certification for sustainable travel and tourism in more than 83 countries. Its certified sustainability app has an easy search function that delivers a wide selection of sustainable resorts, hotels, conference centres, attractions and tour experiences for top destinations and cities. It's available at the App Store.

Look for green earth-friendly ideas at To share your own best practices with other readers, meet us on facebook, twitter or at IgniteMeetingsConnect.

Editor's Choice

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Tourism London
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Save the date

IMEX Frankfurt

When: May 19 – 21, 2015
Where: Frankfurt Germany
Why go: Visit over 3,500 exhibitors, expand your knowledge base with over 170 educational sessions catalogued in 10 different learning tracks and attend networking events to connect with colleagues at the IMEX Gala dinner or SITE Nite Europe.

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Good to know

Going for Gold
Montreal's Palais des Congrès has just earned the highest level of certification for convention centres, the AIPC Gold Quality Standard—based on the centre's quality and management performance. The award is judged by an independent audit process and measures 10 specific areas: including customer service, operations, employee relations, environmental responsibility and supplier relations to name a few. The Palais is one of only 26 convention centres worldwide to achieve this certification. In the last two years, the centre has hosted over 127,000 convention goers and room nights in Montreal are up by 39 per cent compared to the average for the last five years.

Uber Gains
A first quarter report from travel and expense software provider Certify, tracking millions of expense receipts, says that ridesharing services like Uber are rapidly changing the market for taxis and limousines used for business travel. In Q1 of 2015, an average of 46 per cent of total paid car rides were through Uber, compared to 15 per cent in Q1 of 2014. The shift in use by business travellers is also keeping accountants happy, as the Uber rate is generally a little cheaper. Contrary to the image of high-powered business lunches, the most-expensed restaurants are Starbucks and McDonald's. The most expensed airline was Delta, and the most expensed hotel was Marriott.

Gift Card Trends
The Incentive Research Foundation reveals the top 10 trends in incentive merchandise and gift cards for the coming year. For starters, over half of planners say budgets are trending up and per-person spend on gifts or cards is also increasing. While one quarter of planners spend between $50 to $100 per person, at least 30 per cent are spending in excess of $300 per person. Limited luxury is returning, with the ability to offer merchandise that people will find personally motivating, tempered with sensitivity to extravagance. At the height of the recession in 2008-2009 housewares and clothing were top items, now electronics and open gift cards top the list.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Fashion Plate
Manage the fashion calendar at NYGÅRD International in Winnipeg as the special events manager. The events team is responsible for fashion shows, PR events, meetings and employee events. From planning, implementation and execution, you will supervise a special events assistant to ensure successful completion. You will have at least four years of progressive event planning or project managing experience, and an undergraduate degree or equivalent education and experience.

Meetings Concierge
The brand new Delta in Toronto is looking for a meetings concierge to liaise with planners and event organizers to ensure that all their needs are met and exceed expectations. You will work with the hotel's catering and banquet team leaders, conduct pre-con meetings and act as the main point of contact between the client and hotel. You'll need to be able to work a variety of shifts, have banquet and convention experience and a university or college education. Preference will be given to hotel management graduates.
Top of Your Game
The Calgary office of Cascadia Motivation is currently searching for a travel operations manager for their western office in either Calgary or Red Deer, Alberta. This full-time position is for an experienced planner to provide exceptional incentive or meeting experiences for clients. A university or college degree and a CMP or CMM designation is preferred.
Get in the Game
The regional sport tourism office of Kitchener, Waterloo Cambridge and Guelph is searching for a manager of sport tourism. You will be responsible for attracting new sporting events to the region, supporting or leading strategic bids and optimizing the use of facilities, local sports organizations and volunteers. You will need a minimum of five year's experience in the sports environment with some experience at the management level. You will need to have a degree or diploma in sports management, tourism or recreation and the ability to develop significant networks and contacts in the sport tourism sector. Click here to connect with the sports tourism office for more information.
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