Global Meetings Industry Day 2018

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Business Events Toronto celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2018 on April 12, 2018.

The Business Events Toronto team are proud to join celebrations around the world of Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) taking place on April 12, 2018. This event shines a light on the important impact meetings have on businesses, communities and economies.

As one of the top destinations in North America for meetings and events, the region will play host to 26 city-wide conferences and events this year, the most Toronto has hosted in a single year. Last year, the region hosted 951 meetings and events that brought 400,000 delegates and generated spending of $634 million. At the same time, the team and its partners booked 934 new meetings and events for future years.

GMID brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals across the world will participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 120 events held across 6 continents in 2017.

Hosting an event, convention or trade show stimulates the region’s economy by bringing in new visitors, who stay in area hotels, eat in local restaurants, shop in neighborhood stores and bring new revenue to the destination.

A new report by Oxford Economics affirms that face-to-face meetings and business events not only play a critical role in connecting people and driving business results, they also support 5.9 million jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue.

For more information about GMID click here.

LNHL Faces-off in Toronto

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This week, ice rinks across Mississauga will heat up with the action of the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) tournament returning to the region once again. With over 500 hockey games to be played between March 11th – 15th, organizers estimate approximately 3,500 participants will take part in this annual event with between 8 – 10,000 spectators taking in the action.

With a mission to lead, develop and promote a fun and positive hockey experience to Ontario First Nation Youth. The tournament is an opportunity to educate players about the values of fair play and sportsmanship, both on and off the ice, including respect for all citizens attending the LNHL.

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Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) tournament returns to Mississauga with over 500 hockey games scheduled between March 11th – 15th

Mississauga is once again host to the tournament, and will remain until its’ 50th Anniversary in 2021. The tournament begins with opening ceremonies and includes four days of competition concluding with the championship game. The pillars of the Little NHL are Sportsmanship, Education, Citizenship and Respect. Games will take place at arenas throughout Mississauga including Hersey Centre, Iceland Mississauga, Meadowvale Four Rinks, Tomken Arena and Carmen Corbasson Community Centre and Arena.

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The Hershey Centre is one of the host arenas for the Little Native Hockey League tournament March 11 – 15, 2018.

Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) tournament was founded by five people who wanted to start a tournament for First Nation Youth:

  • Earl Abotossaway
  • former Chief Jim McGregor
  • the late James D. Debassige
  • the late Reverend Leonard Self
  • the late Norman Debassige

Their collective dreams became a reality when they held their first tournament during the Christmas break in 1971 with 17 teams participating. Each year, the tournament gets bigger and better and is now the largest annually organized First Nations Event in the Province of Ontario.

Special dignitaries in attendance throughout the week of events will include Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Don Rusnak, Parliamentary Secretary, and Charlie Angus, MP.

Former NHL alumni in attendance during the tournament will include Jonathan Cheechoo, Ted Nolan, Bryan Trottier and Reggie Leach among others. As well, Fred Sasakamoose, the first ever aboriginal player to play in the NHL will be in attendance.

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Brigette Lacquette, the first ever aboriginal female Canadian Olympic hockey player will be on hand for the 2018 LNHL hockey tournament

On Wednesday, March 14th, the tournament will put a special focus on the many female teams and role models at the tournament including former Canadian Gold medalists Becky Keller and Cheryl Pounder, who will deliver a keynote speech. As well, Brigette Lacquette, the first ever aboriginal female Canadian Olympic hockey player.

Welcome to all the players, families and officials of the LNHL and good luck to all the teams for an inspiring week ahead!

Top Ten Reasons to Meet in Toronto West

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2018 Toronto West Guide for Business Events planners

The 2018 Toronto West Guide for Business Events planners has arrived, delivered to more than 34,000 business events professionals across Canada. The guide is designed to educate and inspire planners on all that the Toronto west region has to offer for their meetings and events.

The Toronto West guide offers a dual platform (print and digital) guide on the region. The guide was distributed with the Ignite Magazine February / March 2018 issue this week to more than 34,000 corporate, association, government and third party meeting, conference and business event planners.

Toronto West is a destination within the region for groups looking for convenience, great accommodations, a wide variety of versatile meeting space and lots of dining options. It is ideally suited for fly-in meetings where local staff can interact with colleagues from across the country. Two large convention centres, as well as large conference space within a number of hotels in the area are conducive to sales meetings or product launches.

It’s all about connectivity in Toronto West – a great place to hold your next meeting and event. Inspired by the launch, here are the Top Ten reasons to plan a meeting here:

  1. Connectivity:  The Toronto West region connects all of Canada through Toronto Pearson International Airport. It’s also at the conjunction of four major highways that connect the Greater Toronto Area with all compass points from the surrounding region.
  2. Downtown Close: The UP Express is the easiest way to get groups downtown in total comfort. After meetings are done, shuttle the group to Pearson for the 25 minute direct line to Union Station and the rest of Toronto.
  3. Affordability: While almost all airport hotels have recently renovated, you’ll be spared the higher cost of downtown hotels. Check out the refreshed meeting space, rooms redesigned with the business traveller in mind and great amenities.
  4. Culinary Mastery: Area hotels feature fresh farm-to-table menus and utilize local ingredients. The trend for sharing and small plates mean more mingling and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country.
  5. Focused Meetings: Keeping your group together—away from distractions—is another plus for area hotels. With combined meeting space and guest rooms, and large convention centres close by, getting business done has never been easier.
  6. Sports Hub: The nearby Hershey Centre features OHL and the Raptors 905 games, a great group activity for the evening. And local ice rinks are perfect for sports tournaments.
  7. Move to Wellness: Keeping fit on the road is a snap, with updated and modern gym  and pool facilities.
  8. Shopping and Entertainment: Sherway Gardens and Square One feature high-end retail.
  9. Business Hub: Mississauga is home to over 60 corporate headquarters in the pharmaceutical, financial, medical research and food and beverage industries.
  10. Relaxation: During the summer months, take advantage of the nearby Woodbine Racetrack for a night of thoroughbred racing entertainment or treat your group to a golf tournament at Royal Woodbine Golf Club, only minutes away from area hotels.

Visit the Toronto West Multi-Media Destination Hub for more interactive content including videos, photo galleries, articles, and links to our social media feeds.

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Amway China is coming to Toronto in 2020!

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Toronto has won the bid to host Amway China’s Leadership Seminar in 2020

Amway China and their top distributors will meet in Toronto bringing an estimated 10,000 visitors and $80 million in spending to the city. The Business Events Toronto team has been actively developing the bid over the past five years, with strong support from the provincial and federal governments.

The delegation to meet with the Amway team in Beijing also included Ontario Minister of International Trade Michael Chan and Mark Crawford, Director, International Business Development for Business Events Toronto.

Toronto was competing with some of the biggest destinations in the world for the Amway China bid. More than 321,000 Chinese travellers are projected to visit Toronto in 2017 – a 77 per cent increase over a five-year span. In 2017, Chinese visitors are forecast to spend $306 million, the first time the total spend has topped $300 million – the highest total from an overseas market.

2020 will mark the 25th  Anniversary for Amway China. Toronto is working with Amway on the incentive plan for its distributors, marking the first time a destination has done so.

Amway the only direct seller in China, specializing in the use of multi-level marketing to sell health, beauty, and home care products. There are more than 200,000 sales representatives across the country.

AN HONOUR TO BE NOMINATED!

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Toronto is well represented among the nominations for Meetings + Incentive Travel’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominations are made by meeting & event planners across the country, choosing suppliers that exceeded expectations in a range of categories.

Business Events Toronto has 19 partners nominated across seven categories including Hotels – Central Canada, Venues (No Beds), Caterers – Central Canada, Transportation Companies, Audiovisual Companies, Registration Companies and Premimum / Gift Supplier.

Nominated partners include:

HOTELS – CENTRAL CANADA

  • Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
  • The Omni King Edward Hotel
  • Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto – Harbourfront
  • Shangri-la Toronto
  • Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites
  • InterContinental Toronto Centre
  • Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel

VENUES (No Beds) – CENTRAL CANADA

  • The Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Urban Gallery
  • Mississauga Convention Centre

CATERERS – CENTRAL CANADA

  • Foodies on Foot

TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES 

  • Francesco’s Limousines
  • Bennington Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation
  • Luxury Coach

AUDIOVISUAL COMPANIES

  • AV-Canada
  • FMAV
  • Freeman AV Canada
  • PSAV

REGISTRATION COMPANIES

  • DE Systems
  • BBW International Inc.

PREMIUM/GIFT SUPPLIER

  • Genumark Promotional Products Canada, North York, ON

Voting closes Friday, October 13th at 5:00 p.m. EST. The winners will be announced in the November/December issue of Meetings + Incentive Travel.

Click here to vote!

The MedTech Conference is coming to Toronto!

advamedToronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, set to take place October 5-7, 2020.

The major convention will bring over 2,600 leaders in medical technology, including CEOs, venture capitalists, and policy makers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and contribute an estimated $9.49M in forecasted economic impact direct spending to the city.

This significant bid win marks the first time The MedTech Conference will take place outside of the United States and reflects Toronto’s international standing as a world-class hub for medical technology and health sciences expertise.

Recognized as the fastest growing technology market in North America, Toronto is home to half of Canada’s medical technology companies and most top 25 global medical technology companies operate in the region. The city’s health sciences sector is also ranked among the best in the world, along with its researchers.

This important win, led by Tourism Toronto, the Leaders Circle, TOHealth!, MEDEC, and Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, follows a series of major U.S. conventions secured by Toronto. In its last fiscal year, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre secured 11 major U.S. conventions for future years, the highest number in more than a decade.

“It says a lot about Toronto that AdvaMed chose this city to be their first conference outside the U.S. and we’re thrilled they have,” said Johanne Belanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Toronto’s life science sector is thriving and the city is fast becoming a tech superpower on the global stage.”

ASAE 2017: The Super Bowl of Conventions Comes to Toronto

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Last month, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual meeting arrived in Canada’s Downtown. Known as the “Super Bowl of Conventions,” ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is the flagship education and exposition opportunity for associations and not for profit organizations in the United States. Business Events Toronto and a host of partners welcomed the meeting to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as well as some of the top venues across the city.

The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition brings thousands of association professionals and industry partners together to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. This conference was particularly important to Toronto as 79 percent of attendees are final decision makers or have significant influence in where future meetings will take place. Over 4,500 delegates attended the 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition, including 2,550 association executives. Participants from all 50 United States and across 23 countries attended the meeting in Toronto. ASAE was last in Toronto in 2009. Previous to that, Toronto hosted the conference in 1988 and 1952.

Opening Night at The ROM
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) was the setting for the opening night celebration. The evening gave attendees full access to the museum exhibits including ancient dinosaurs, mysterious artifacts, and glittering gems while networking throughout the evening. The space was filled with a variety of irresistible food and beverage stations to choose from during the exploration. As well, the event brought the north to the city as the intersection of Bloor and University Avenue was transformed with a markedly cottage feel with camp fires, roasted marshmallow, S’Mores, and live music.

The Classic at Rebel
The skyline of Canada’s Downtown served as the backdrop for the ASAE Foundation signature event The Classic taking place at Rebel night club. The night celebrated Toronto’s festivals, diverse cultures, cuisine, and entertainment throughout the evening at this ticketed event with proceeds earmarked to support the ASAE Foundation’s research and leadership development programs. Attendees were encouraged to jump up, salsa in the streets, stroll the red carpet, celebrate the arts, and show their pride – or simply relax in a private lakefront cabana and enjoy breathtaking waterfront views. As the sun set, the show continued inside with performances by Alan Frew of Glass Tiger and Tom Cochrane.

Closing Party at Roundhouse Park
All good things must come to an end, but Toronto said goodbye to ASAE with a big Canadian sendoff. Hosted by Business Events Canada, the Closing Party was held in one of Toronto’s most unique landmarks at Roundhouse Park. The event venue was transformed into a celebration of Canada’s diverse regions, cultures featuring regional favourites. All regions of the country were represented from the food, drink and entertainment selections.

Given the railroad’s impact on the building of Canada, it also played a special part in the celebration. Throughout the night a miniature train made its way throughout the event space delivering special surprise and delights to party goers.

The celebration ended with a rousing performance by Dwayne Gretzky, Toronto’s favourite super group cover band. The band brought the crowd to their feet and had them dancing and singing along into the night.

The economic impact of ASAE to Toronto is forecasted to be $16 million for this four day conference. There were 17,800 total hotel room nights booked, with 4,000 total peak hotel room nights booked. More than 20 percent of the delegates are expected to return to Toronto to either host their own association meeting or make a personal return trip.

ASAE also had an impact on the local community during the conference, raising $27,231 for two charities: Royal Canadian Legion and Toronto Humane Society.

Toronto has been preparing for this conference for several years now and the result was a resounding success. Thanks to all of the industry partners, sponsors, hosts, venues and volunteers for helping to showcase the city for this important event.