Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016 - (Page 8)

& EMERGING INCENTIVE DESTINATIONS Liz Akey, CMP EMA Marketing Ltd. O ver the past few years, there has been a significant change with traditional board retreats and smaller incentive programs. Depending on location and main objectives of the program, it appears smaller groups are seeking more unique locations, if budget permits. They are also seeking educational experiences, especially healthy culinary options. There is an increase in awareness of health, wellness, yoga and organic eating. The average person continues to educate themselves on eating healthy, leading a healthy lifestyle, and gardening through the countless cooking shows and online information. An interest in oenology continues to grow with groups as well. The farm-to-table concept, which was once a unique idea and selling feature, is becoming more common and many corporate planners expect it. People like to know that you are supporting local farmers and suppliers and like learning about their food and its preparation. A great example is Treadwell's Restaurant, located at the 124 Queen Hotel & Spa in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. They have an extensive list of their seasonal suppliers on the back of their menus and their international wine cellar is impressive. Relais & Chateaux Properties, an association of independently-owned boutique hotels and restaurants around the world, has a focus on unique personal experiences through cuisine and hospitality. Many of the properties offer rich history and culture in their respective destinations. A few notable awardwinning properties in Canada are: Post Hotel in Lake Louise, Alberta; Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, British Columbia; Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario; and Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City. In the heart of Montreal, the Boutique Renaissance has made a debut. It opened earlier this year and is certainly creating buzz with 8 * MEETING | JULY/AUGUST 2016 | LINKEDIN: MPI TORONTO CHAPTER its unique eclectic mix of art deco architecture and local artists that they feature. The 12th floor offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, full bar, bistro kitchen and a plunge pool. The Pan-Asian cuisine features exotic flavours and a wonderful culinary experience. Their meeting areas are designed to inspire creativity, and cover all senses through sights and sounds that will stimulate attendees' moods for the meeting.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Welcome, New Members!
Upcoming Events
Boutique Experiences & Emerging Incentive Destinations
How You Can Benefit from the MPI Foundation
Cruising to Event Success
Destination: Toronto
Chapter Speaks: What Are You Reading or Listening to This Summer?
Community Volunteerism: How to Incorporate a Hands-On Charity Component at Your Event
Taming the Beast: Planning Outdoor Events
Building Custom Experiences
Maximizing Your Downtime: Reflect, Revise, Plan
Activate Your Event with Experiential Marketing
Beyond the Annual Barbecue – Incorporating Family at Events
iSpy MPI
Advertiser Index

Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016