“Laissez les bon temps rouler”

New Orleans is all about fun; there’s always something fun to experience, learn and celebrate in this ultra vibrant city, hence the phrase above, “Let the Good Times Roll!”

I spent 4 days in New Orleans at the Connect Marketplace mid-August and it was a blast! The agenda was packed with making connections through one-on-one supplier appointments, listening to entertaining keynote speakers Molly Fletcher and Neil Patrick Harris, participating in thought-provoking education sessions and lending a hand at the feel-good CSR project to give back to the community.

Each night there was lively music from numerous types of musicians, dancers in costume, a delicious array of food, and an incredible show of fireworks, all at unique local venues. I immersed myself in the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans, all while networking with like-minded people from across North America. I can’t wait to get back to experience more of the cultural fabric that makes this city so unique.

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Welcome to Nashville Y’all!

In the heat of July, we took a group to experience the cool, southern charm of Tennessee.

The program went off the beaten path of Broadway, showing attendees around hot spot neighbourhoods like 12 South and Germantown. And what’s Music City without music? Every night featured local, high calibre entertainment. A trip to remember; what the client labeled, “epic”!

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Pretty in Pink

Sunday saw the conclusion of a very large 4 day seminar our client hosted at the International Centre here in Mississauga.  1.700 people attended this annual event where Communique’s responsibilities included the show production complete with creative concept, talent/entertainment, staging, and décor/stylizing.  A beautiful production from beginning to end!

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One more check mark on my Bucket List

A 5 hour drive north of Scottsdale, Arizona in May not only brought heat reprieve but also an awe inspired journey.  Page, Arizona is home to Antelope Canyon; the most-photographed and most-visited slot canyon in all of the American Southwest due to its beauty. And beautiful it is!

Located in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation; the Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks”  and Lower Antelope Canyon,  where we spent 2.5 hours of wonder,  is Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches”.

If you’ve seen the pictures and wondered if it was real; it is!

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We smashed it in Smashville!

It was off to Nashville where our client hosted an incentive trip to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup. With the game city announced only 9 days before the group was to travel it was an adrenalin rush putting this program together. Nothing could be planned in advance so the Communiqué team hit the ground running securing a hotel, flights, transfers, group venues and game tickets not to mention bilingual print materials, onsite staff and wearables. It all came together with time to spare before the puck dropped!

Nashville is an exciting city at any time but add in the excitement of the Predators playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time made this trip a once in a lifetime experience both for the attendees and everyone that was involved in planning it.

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Budapest Bound!

It was exciting to plan an incentive trip to Budapest – a destination that was new to me and the majority of the 200 participants travelling on the program.   During the four day trip, we delivered an authentic Hungarian experience that showcased the cities unique history, culture and cuisine.  The hotel location couldn’t have been better as it overlooked the Danube and was within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and the city’s most popular attractions.  Highlights of the trip included dining on the river, a walking and tasting tour that brought guests to St. Stephens Basilica, the Opera House, Parliament and the Great Market Hall, and a farewell dinner within a stately 120 year old venue that has played host to royalty, celebrities and world leaders.  One of biggest hits with the participants was an exclusive Rubik’s Cube demonstration by a pair of young men who amazed the audience with their skill and speed at solving this iconic puzzle that was invented in Hungary.   Budapest is an old world city that strikes a nice balance with modern urban living and I think it is safe to say that for anyone who has visited Budapest they understand why it is known as “The Pearl of the Danube”.

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Blue Jays & Billiards

We found the perfect combination for an off-site night for a group of Canadian Dealers hosted in the Toronto / Mississauga vicinity.   Cue balls, eight ball, ping pong balls and baseballs (for autographs of three Blue Jays alumni).

But there was a lot of business before the fun; two full days of exploring the client’s showroom resulting in new sales and orders!

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