November 12, 2009

Halifax hosts Canspep- ddm sponsors dine-around

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This years’ Canadian Society of Special Event Planners Conference is in Halifax. What a terrific opportunity for us to showcase our fabulous, friendly city. Last night Claudia and I played host to all Event Planners at a Dine Around in some of Halifax’s most notable restaurants. Participants were treated to a very creative presentation of invitation and downeast style restaurant trivia. The winning team received bottles of Nova Scotian wine compliments of ddm.

Brenda and Claudia
Brenda and Claudia
Carol Betty Ann and Ron
Carol Bettyann and Ron
Diane Nicole and Laura
Diane Nicole and Laura

October 27, 2009

Halifax as Host

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I’ve spent the last 2 days pitching downeast destination management’s conference services to a number of associations and organizations who have recently chosen Halifax to host their conferences.  In all of these particular instances local individuals pushed to bring the conferences to Halifax. It is incredible when people really get behind their city and make something great happen- like a conference for 800 people. We have some fantastic advocates bringing business  to our city. If you know someone who has done an extrodinary job consider nominating them for the Destination Halifax Ambassador Club .

September 28, 2009

Atlantic Film Festival

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Last week I attended the Atlantic Film Festival Opening Party where the new Trailer Park Boys film was the inspiration for the party. It was nice to be a guest rather than the planner.  DJ Double A was fantastic! ddm has hired them in the past and I am such a fan of their style.

Film Festival

September 23, 2009

Murphy’s On The Water

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This morning I attended an event that celebrated Murphy’s On The Water and the renovation that the business had the guts to undertake during a year when most companies are cutting back on spending. It was refreshing to see a business so excited about the future of Halifax and our ability to compete with destinations around the world. As an event planner and destination management company we rely on partners and suppliers who share our love of Halifax and delight in having others experience it as a top destination.

September 10, 2009

Team Halifax

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In August we attended the Incentive Works event with partners from Destination Halifax. Great Tradeshow and keynotes Rick Hillier and Mitch Joel

Pictured here are Rhonda, Oak Island Resort, Claudia, ddm, Carol, Prince George Hotel, Catherine and Helene, Destination Halifax, Nicole, ddm, Karen Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Dan, Oak Island Resort and Jim, Fox Harb’r.


August 11, 2009

Green Meeting Ideas

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Green Meeting Ideas – The Top Ten + 1

1. Offer bulk condiments for things like sugar and cream

2. Do not use disposable items like plastic or paper coffee cups or paper plates

3. Offer water in jugs. Do not offer bottled water…but offer re-usable water bottles.

4. Offer local food choices and stay away from endangered species (such as Chilean sea bass)

5. Donate left-over food to local programs such as Food Runners

6. Ensure the accommodation offers in-room recycling of towels, sheets, plastic, paper and bottles

7. Eliminate hand-outs. Offer information on-line, have USB ports available for download or burn a CD

8. Eliminate give-aways that are not edible or re-usable

9. On-line registration and confirmation for both delegates and media

10. Ensure you publicize your environmental efforts to stakeholders

11. Go carbon neutral (if offsetting choose renewable energy, not forest projects)

(from Meeting Professionals International

Calling All Meeting Planners

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Incentive Works is coming up in Toronto August 25-26. It is a great way for Meeting Planners to network and get inspired!

You’ll find us located at Booth 615 & 617.

“For over 15 years, Canadian meeting planners have made IncentiveWorks a ‘must attend’ event each year. The combination of professional, affordable education and powerful networking opportunties gives meeting planners the resources they need to succeed.”

IncentiveWorks Website

May 29, 2009

downeast destination management launches new website

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When a company is considered a leader in its field, it’s only appropriate to have a website to match it!

We’ve been working hard over the past couple of months – collaborating with designers and programmers to take our vision and turn it into an incredibly beautiful, easy to navigate website for our clients.

downeast blog
Downeast is excited to launch our new blog – a place where we can share stories and photos from our amazing events, client testimonials, and other news. The blog is also a great place for you to share your feedback with us.

Social Media
Follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our RSS Feed, or become our fan on Facebook! There are more ways than ever to stay in touch with downeast destination management. Each member of our team – Nicole, Jenny, and Claudia can be found participating in our social media initiatives. Drop in and say Hello.

We’d love to hear your feedback on our new website. Please leave your comments below.

May 20, 2009

The Atlantic Beer Institute – Beer 101!

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The Alexander Keith’s Brewery has created a package for the true beer loving crowd. It is Atlantic Beer Institute a 2-hour in-depth look at the brewing process and the beer industry from the ancient Egyptians to modern day. Begin your day with a modified tour of the Keith’s Brewery. Actors in period costume will take you through the history of Alexander Keith and his India Pale Ale and provide you with a hands-on look at the brewing process in the oldest working brewery in North America. Next, you will make a brief stop at the Stag’s Head Inn for a sample of Mr. Keith’s finest ale and hospitality before continuing on to the Atlantic Beer Institute. At the Beer Institute, you will take a deeper look at the history of beer and brewing, Beers of the World (including Canada), and proper pouring and handling techniques. Your visit would not be complete without taking time to learn how to properly taste your favorite beers – after all of that hard work, we think you’ve earned the chance to savor the beer you have so intently studied.

Length of Tour: 2 hours
Participants: A minimum of 20 people is required. Maximum capacity is 40.

The Marriott Courtyard Halifax Inn – Headed up by GM Frank LaLeune

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The Marriott Courtyard Halifax Inn – Headed up by GM Frank LaLeune

Designed to capture the beauty of our historic city, the Courtyard offers many ways for you to do the same. There is Marriott Courtyard Halifaxa private harbour View Terrace available and over 80% of the guest rooms have a view of the Halifax harbour. With such a commanding view, it will be the place to stay for the week of Tall Ships July 11-17, 2007.

The 125 room hotel is situated in the centre of the downtown business core and only a stone’s throw from the historic Halifax Waterfront. There are also 35 apartments and over 6,500 square feet of retail space. You can relax by the fireplace in the lounge, purchase a snack from the 24-hour market or take a dip in the indoor pool or Jacuzzi.

Frank LaLeune will head up the hotel as it’s GM and brings years of hotel managerial expertise. Frank opened and managed the Halifax Marriott Residence Inn in 2004 winning awards placing it at the top of it’s brand in North America and Canada for overall customer satisfaction, cleanliness and maintenance and upkeep.

The Marriott Courtyard Halifax will open it’s doors in early June 2007.

The Marriott Courtyard
5120 Salter Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0A1 Canada
Phone: 1 902 428 1900

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