New and Noteworthy Round-up
New and Noteworthy — A Round-up Across Canada
We like to say Canada grabs headlines for all the right reasons. Our urban destinations consistently top the “must meet here” lists of organizations such as Cvent, or the Watkins Report, or the ICCA Most Reputable list. There’s a surge of new hotel developments across the country that are capturing planners’ attention. Our DMC partners continue to expand their bases of operations beyond their traditional boundaries, and destinations like Montréal set the gold standard when it comes to sustainable meetings, once again being certified a “green meetings” destination by the world’s governing body on such matters. Here’s the latest news from across Canada:
Canada Tops the List
Toronto caps Cvent list of top cities for meetings and events and scores the recently announced Microsoft Canada headquarters. Montréal, meanwhile ranks first in the Americas for international conferences and tops the Most Reputable City in the Americas list, while Vancouver once again ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey.
Considered the most comprehensive and authoritative ranking in the industry, the biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organizers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. Lastly, Toronto was the top performing Canadian city in the Ranking for Competitive Strengths in the International Destination Competitive Index recently published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Toronto which ranked 8th overall, was benchmarked against a total of 54 international centres who hosted 150 or more global conferences in 2017. On the same list, Montréal ranked 21st, and Vancouver came in at 22nd.
Business events are often a catalyst for economic development, leaving legacy impacts beyond conference dates. Nowhere is that more evident in Calgary, than in its revitalized convention district which is chock-a-block with Canadian culture in the form of theatre, restaurants, bars, shopping, state-of-the-art meeting spaces, and unique off-site venues. Indeed, the city’s four-block radius surrounding the Calgary Telus Convention Centre is one of the biggest attractions for international conference planners choosing to meet here.
St. Regis Hotels and Resorts debuts in Toronto. The first St. Regis to open in Canada, the landmark hotel is set to elevate Toronto's luxury hospitality landscape with its world-renowned bespoke service, signature rituals and exquisite culinary offerings.
RIU Hotels and Resorts announced the construction of a hotel in its Riu Plaza urban line, in Toronto. The Spanish company will invest around $100 million in the project, which will establish the first RIU hotel in Canada. The project, designed in a sophisticated avant-garde style, as a part of the Riu Plaza brand, is now near the end of the design phase and is set to open in 2021 in Toronto’s booming financial district. The modern tower building will be a mixed-use property with 350 rooms, meeting space, a gym, bar and restaurant; while the upper floors will be for residential use.
Montréal has once again been certified a Green Meetings Destination by icompli sustainability according to astm-apex (accepted practices exchange) standards. Developed in partnership with green meetings and events, the certification confirms the city's position as an environmentally sustainable destination.
Easy to access. A magnet for international business. One of Canada’s most diverse and creative urban centres. An unbeatable value. There are plenty of reasons for meeting planners to choose Montréal for their conferences and events, and with new hotel openings at virtually every price point, there are more reasons than ever to meet in Montréal.
Bienvenue à Montréal – Cantrav Services announces Montréal office. In May 2018 Cantrav Services Inc. announced the acquisition of Altima Concept of Montréal, Québec. Founded by Filipe Nepomuceno in 1996 and helmed by Filomena Nepomuceno, Altima Concept has provided unique Québecois experiences to international conferences, groups and incentive trips with authentic French-Canadian flair.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Merging its dynamic and colourful alt hotel brand with the unique flavour and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, Group Germain Hotels unveils its newest property in St. John's. The newest addition to downtown St. John's, the Alt Hotel combines modern design, luxury comfort and attentive service at an affordable price. The 148-guest room hotel features an outdoor patio overlooking the harbour, as well as close to 4,000 square feet of meeting space, each fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the terrace.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
On the heels of the Halifax Convention Centre’s 2018 opening, The Sutton Place Hotel announced it will anchor Canada's newest convention centre. Sutton Place, which offers a sophisticated collection of luxury properties across western Canada will be making their Atlantic Canada debut with this new property.