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Ignite Holiday Newsletter 2019

Our virtual "stockroom" of destination guides are loaded with insider tips and information to make planning your next meeting or event a breeze.

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Having guests mix and mingle at reception-style events continues to be the trend for holiday gatherings. Caroline Seymour, director of catering & convention services, Hotel Arts Group in Calgary, says, "It is becoming more and more important for companies to promote networking amongst departments, versus each department being segregated by sitting together at rounds for a traditional dinner. Reception-style events naturally provide space (and conversation starters!) that stimulate intermingling." With changing corporate values, diversity in the workplace and shrinking budgets, holiday season celebrations are becoming less about ornament-laden trees and poinsettias, and more about employee appreciation, strengthening corporate culture and celebrating successes of the year past. Calgary-based Dustin Westling, CSEP, managing partner, OneWest Event Design, says there are less themes and more well-thought-out concepts that integrate company values throughout events, adding that personalization is key: it's about who your attendees are and what they like to do.

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