Dear Fellow Members and Hospitality Partners: Rather than write the typical stirring message (ha!), I am going to devote this space to all the ICPA activities that will be happening over the next couple of months. Some will have happened by the time you read this but are important to mention nonetheless, and other information will be very timely. In any event, I hope you find it useful.
The Lottery for Hospitality Partners to attend the Annual Meeting was held on May 4. Hospitality Partners may also earn a spot at the Annual Meeting by recruiting meeting professionals to become ICPA members. Here is how it works:
Members are reminded of our Past President's challenge to increase membership to 500. Have you met someone who would like to join ICPA?
The Annual Meeting will be held at Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, November 11 to 15. Brett Barrowman and the Design Team members have developed a tremendous program. Don't miss this opportunity for education and networking. Flights to the Bahamas fill up quickly and airfares skyrocket so we urge attendees to make their air arrangements soon. Hospitality Partners who are hosting pre- or post-meeting site visits to their respective properties should send invitations soon, as we are urging attendees to make flight plans now.
Refer to dates and locations of your local ICPA chapter meetings elsewhere in this edition. The NE Chapter meeting was held April 10 to 11, and it was outstanding. Thanks to Pat Jaworkski and Karyn Rizzo for organizing a great event!
As always, the ICPA Board welcomes your comments. E-mail me at Laverill@nationallife.com.
The first “revival” meeting of the Northeast ICPA chapter was held April 10 at the Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook, Conn. The event was sponsored by several of ICPA's key hospitality partners and focused on “Hot Hotel Issues for 2001.” Twenty-two planners attended.
Discussion topics included questions from both sides of the floor ranging from tougherclauses, higher meeting room rental charges, stricter food and beverage guarantees to the effect of the economy on our business. Hospitality partners wanted to know if they were meeting planners' needs. They advised planners to provide as much detail as possible in the initial RFP process and to take advantage of national sales contacts. Another sponsor, John Englert of Amtrak, updated the group on its new Acela high-speed service in the Northeast.
Thank you to our major sponsors: Kim Bradford, Orient-Express Hotels; John Jeffrey, Starwood Hotels & Resorts; June Locke, Four Seasons-Regent Hotels and Resorts; Marilyn Brumbaugh, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts; Pam Ferguson, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; Judy Parker, Marriott Hotels and Resorts; Susan Nord, Hilton Sales Worldwide; Jennifer Chapin, Fairmont Hotels; Mike O'Connor, Wyndham International, and Roxanne Kohlhof, KSL Resorts Group Inc.
This year the ICPA Canadian Regional Chapter meeting will be held August 24 to 26 at the Hilton Toronto, newly renovated in 2000. The hotel is set amid the hottest dining, shopping, and entertainment in the city that is Canada's business center. The meeting will commence with lunch and roundtable discussions on Friday afternoon, August 24, and will wrap up Sunday, August 26, at noon. For more info, contact: Barb Giesbrecht, Great-West Life Assurance Company, (204) 946-7465; or John Roberts, Equitable Life of Canada (519) 886-5210, ext. 434.
Le Chateau Frontenac to Welcome Planners to Québec City
The FORUM's two-day program in Québec City, put together by Vice President of Education Mauna Hatchett, CMP, includes workshops with hands-on learning opportunities, leaving you with take-home skills and ideas.
Among this year's topics: small meetings, risk management and compliance issues; technology (both at meetings and in meeting planning); and creativity in theming, food, wine, writing styles/promotion, and events, to name just a few.
Visit charming, historic, and delightfully romantic Québec City. Join a post-FORUM site tour and really experience Québec! Registration is $250 for members, $325 for nonmembers, and $150 for guests. Our host hotel, Le Chateau Frontenac, is offering a great room rate of CAN$149 (US$109) plus tax. Québec City has direct airlift from Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, and Montréal. American Airlines is offering a special fare of $250 and Air Canada is also offering discounted zone fares.
American Airlines: Special Site Fare
Air Canada: Zone fares
Program Chairperson: Mauna Hatchett, CMP
Host: Andrée Gauthier of JPdL Destination Management
Host Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Host Hotel CSM: Mr. Ken Hall
Ken Pickle, CMP, SAFECO
Ken Juel, Mutual of Omaha
Grant Snider, JPdL Destination
Rob Gingras, CMP, CIGNA
Judy Martin, ING
Susan Frei, Canadian Tourism Commission
Karen Hopkinson, ICPA
9 A.M. to noon — Arrive at the Québec City Airport, complimentary ground transportation by JPdL Destination Management FORUM Registration and refreshments Lunch on your own.
1 P.M. to 5 P.M. — FORUM
Small Meetings: Logistics, promotion, and budget
Refreshments sponsored by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. — Welcome reception, dinner, and event hosted by Le Chateau Frontenac and JPdL Destination Management
7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. — A Delightful Breakfast Affair! sponsored by the KRISAM Group Depart for the Québec City Convention Centre, with transportation sponsored by JPdL Destination Management
9:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. — FORUM
12:00 to 1:15 P.M. — Lunch at the Garrison Club; transportation sponsored by JPdL Destination Management
1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Information and Paper Management
Legal Issues: Taxation, Compliance, Risk Management
5:45 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. — An Evening to Remember. Sponsored by Québec City & Area TCB, Radisson Hôtel Québec Centre, Hôtel Loews Le Concorde, DMC Transat/Kilomètre-Voyages, Québec City Convention Centre, Hilton Québec, JPdL Québec Inc.Transportation sponsored by JPdL Destination Management
7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. — Breakfast Buffet
8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. — FORUM
Refreshments sponsored by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Closing remarks • Adjournment • Tours
David Bloyd, CMP
West Coast Region
Ken Pickle, CPCU, CMP