Amway China is coming to Toronto in 2020!

Amway China chooses Toronto
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.

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE (CANADIAN) THINGS

If you’re hosting an event in Toronto in 2017, you’re in for an extra special treat. You’ll be in the perfect place to enjoy all things Canada, as the country celebrates the 150th year of Canadian Confederation.

From iconic Canadian fixtures like maple syrup and mounties, to lesser known exports like Hollywood’s funniest comedians (like Mike Myers), discover 150 of the best Canadian people, places and things in our latest mini-magazine. It’s all Canadian and can be found right here in Toronto – Canada’s Downtown.

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ALISON’S WONDERLAND

Passion, creativity, and wonder go into every event planned by our newly award-winning event planner extraordinaire Alison Owers-Graham.

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Alison Owers-Graham

Tourism Toronto superstar Alison Owers-Graham was the very deserving recipient of the “Planner of the Year” award at the PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland last week.

Ever humble about her win, Alison says, “It was pretty special because I was in such fantastic company.”

Masterminding nearly 20 major events each year, she always aims to up the ante.

Of her dedicated event planner, Julie Holmen, Director of Sales, Corporate and Incentive at Tourism Toronto, says, “Whether it’s tracking down artists and performers, working with our members for news ideas, or bringing her own love of Toronto to life, Alison’s passion always shows!”

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PCM-YAY!: Alison accepting her award at the PCMA CIC in St John’s last week.

Where does she get her endless inspiration for her work?

“It comes from loving what I do. I get to create something different every single day, whether it’s a theme, a menu, or décor. Each and every thing makes me happy!” she says.

And planning events in Canada’s Downtown makes her job a little easier: “There is so much diversity in everything that is Toronto, you could easily have an event every day of the week and each one would be completely unique.”

Congratulations to Alison from everyone at Tourism Toronto!

KIDS’ STUFF!

If you’re coming to Toronto for a business event or convention, turn the trip into one the whole family will love. From bumper cars to fearsome sharks, there’s no end to the fun designed for kids and adults alike. Here are a few of our favourites.

ripleys-aquariumRIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA 

Something fishy is going on! From a giant octopus and glowing jelly fish to stingrays you can pet, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is jaw-dropping in every way.

 

ontario-science-centreONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE 

Electricity, outer space, wildlife, gravity: find the answers to all the mysteries of this planet…and even a few others at the Ontario Science Centre. It’s always a hair-raising adventure.

 

romROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM 

Yep, it has dinosaur, but that’s just the start! Mummies, meteorites, suits of armour, and even a bat cave await you at the ROM.

 

playdiumPLAYDIUM

There are video games. And then there’s Playdium, complete with every arcade game you could want to play, a Laser Maze, and go-karts!

 

 

legolandLEGO LAND 

They should really call this Lego Heaven instead. Watch a Lego action movie in a theatre that snows, visit miniature Lego cities, and build with more bricks than you’ve ever seen. Lego Land has it all.

to-zooTORONTO ZOO 

This huge, sprawling Toronto Zoo has nearly every animal you can think of… and a bunch more you never knew existed! Be sure to say hello to the baby Pandas before they return home to China.

 

For more fun things to do with your kids when you visit, check out Yo-Toronto!