Incentiveworks Works Again

with Martha Chapman

The show featured extensive PD and coaching sessions
Photo credit: credit Donna Santos Photography/IncentiveWorks

Hundreds attended the show, held at the massive Metro Toronto Convention
Photo credit: credit Donna Santos Photography/IncentiveWorksCentre

Show-stopping exhibits were just part of the event
Photo credit: credit Donna Santos Photography/IncentiveWorks

If you had any doubt that the meeting and incentive business was thriving in Canada, all you had to do was visit the huge incentive works show in Toronto this week. Home to some 350 booths (featuring 750 companies) and attended by some 1,800 planners, agents and travel types from across the country, this 26 th edition of the show was bigger than ever.

“We really are the annual resource for meeting planners who want to refresh their rolodex and benefit from amazing education suited to continuing careers,” show manager Melissa Arnott told me. And the combination of trade show, professional development sessions, networking and fun lived up to its title: Canada’s Meetings and Events Show.

The trade show floor boasted not only of the most impressive booths you’ll see at any travel trade show (Fountains? Really?) but also some truly creative products. Your meeting and incentive clients can now nibble on chocolates featuring laser inscribed images of selfies they have taken. And wear socks branded with your logo.

And what’s new destination-wise?

Bahamar in Nassau has (finally) opened and now comprises the Grand Hyatt, Rosewood and SLX Hotels, with shared casino, golf, tennis, spa and meeting facilities. Charming Manoir Hovey in Quebec’s Eastern Townships – a Relais and Chateaux Hotel rated number one hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure mag – is a family-run, upscale but cosy 37 room inn that was recently the vacation destination of Bill Clinton and family.

Grand Cayman is very happy to report that AC is now serving the island from YYZ 6 days a week and now features the first Kimpton hotel outside the US.  And emerging incentive destinations, according to Meridican Incentive Consultants, include Antarctica, Croatia, Poland, Rwanda, Columbia and Iceland.

Newfoundland and Labrador continue to rock (if you’ll excuse the expression) with cool product such as Fogo Island, Fisher’s Loft country inn, and a wave of folks who want to discover the province that inspired the Broadway hit Come from Away.

Stay tuned for incentiveworks 2017!

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