This week at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, hospitality event professionals and meeting and event planners from across Canada have come together for 2 days of networking, education and face time with over 700 suppliers. Here are some quick highlights.
The Connection Lounge, bigger and better than ever, included a charging station, Social Zone featuring live entertainment, specialty coffee stations, and a cash bar. Food outlets included a food truck and barbeque barrel.
Guided by members of the Incentiveworks team, The Test Lab has been providing opportunities to try out some of the products and services offered by exhibitors.
In addition to daily education sessions and keynotes and Knowledge Pods on the trade show floor, attendees have had an opportunity to sign up for one-on-one coaching sessions with marketing, networking, and career experts.
There was also a new Hosted Buyer Lounge.
There were a number of exhibits which really pulled out all the stops to make a big impact. This year, one trend has been white furnishings with gold accents and clean, classical or contemporary lines.
Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel
Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Homewood Suites
A number of exhibitors have also found creative ways to incorporate food and beverage and refreshing snacks into their booths.
Banff Lake Louise
Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Branded Bites featured an ice cream bar and a new twist on an old favorite, a chocolate fountain.
This year, there have been more more exhibitors have showcased cool gifts and gadgets. For example, this wireless mouse and USB Pen come in its own protective case. Once the Powershot power booster by Coyote Promotions is charged on a laptop, it can charge a mobile phone or tablet 3 times. Universal Links showcased another mobile phone charger that powers up through a USB drive.
At the Score Promotions booth, there was the iWallet, a business and credit card holder that attaches to the back of a mobile phone.
Incentiveworks continues today.
Photo Credits: Executive Oasis International