Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

Behind-the-Scenes of a Typical FAM Trip

A well-executed familiarization (FAM) trip—just like a well-planned event—belies the months of strategizing, behind-the-scenes coordination and, quite frankly, sheer fortitude that goes into its planning. But behind every flawlessly timed afternoon of venue tours or masterfully planned zip-lining adventure is a convention and visitors bureau (CVB) staff whose 24/7 smiles mask the around-the-clock effort it takes to pull it all off.

We asked representatives from two regional CVBs to share their secrets to planning a successful and productive fam trip.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Launches Impressive South Building Modification

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre announced that its South Building is undergoing a $23 million renovation and modification, which will include 10 new meeting rooms, offering an additional 13,000 square feet of event space. Tvsdesigns and IA Interior Architects will guide the renovation, projected to complete in early 2018.

Happy Anniversary FivePine Lodge

FivePine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters, Ore., is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year—and its customers are the ones getting the gifts!

If you and your group are looking to get away for a quick break, the lodge is offering a $99 room rate from March 12 through March 16 and many specialty add-ons for just $20.07 (in honor of the year it was founded). Log on to FivePineLodge.com/10year for details and information about this special.

Beyond the Border: Meeting in Costa Rica is Pure Bliss

You'll hear and see the phrase “pura vida” everywhere in Costa Rica. The simple translation is “pure life,” but the meaning goes much further and epitomizes the soul and spirit of this beautiful Central American country.

Columbia Hospitality Launches Wellness Program

Columbia Hospitality, a hospitality management company based in Seattle, has launched Work Hard, Play Hard, a wellness program aimed to improve meetings. The program will be offered at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Kitsap Conference Center and Talaris Conference Center.

The program is aimed to improve participants’ health and happiness through customizable options. Offerings range from creative stations to interactive fitness activities. The program is a bit different for each conference center.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada Offer Apres in the Air Package

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Airc Canada to offer a new package, Apres in the Air. The package is a collection of experiences that you can only get at three of the Fairmont’s most popular Canadian properties.

The package includes a round trip for 58 people by private charter, stays at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and Fairmont Tremblant. Each Fairmont offers a range of activities including dog sledding, skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse-drawn carriages and more.

InnSight Hotel Management Group Hires New Vice President of Finance

InnSight Hotel Management Group based in Oregon has selected Todd Gray as their new vice president of finance. Gray joins the company with a background in finance, accounting, information technology and administration. He most recently worked for Menashe Properties, Inc., directing finance and accounting activities.

Olympia Hotel Management Selected To Operate The Glen House

The family-owned Mt. Washington Summit Road Company has announced that the Portland-based Olympia Hotel Management will operate The Glen House.

The new three-story, 68-room hotel will be located in Pinkham Notch by the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road; it’s slated to open in May 2018.

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