Vista Audio Visual Welcomes Chris Siedel to its Team

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November 14  |  meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

Vista Audio Visual Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Siedel to the position of Corporate Sales Manager.  Chris has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry working with such notable companies as Delta Hotels and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Great Wolf Lodge and Vintage Hotels.

Chris’ new role with Vista Audio Visual Canada is to secure new and retain existing corporate clients for the company which will further augment the company’s expanding hotel division.

Vista Audio has been in Business for over 20 Years

For over 20 years Vista Audio Visual Canada has become the service provider of choice for many corporate clients and various hotels and resorts across the Ontario and Canadian regions. Their dedicated and qualified staff is ready to meet all expectations to enhance their clients’ next Meeting, Seminar, Conference and all Corporate and Social events.

Our purpose is to set a stage for you to motivate and represent the bigger image that is effectively presented to your guests. We will provide you with a vast selection of the latest in Audio Visual equipment and technology that will enhance your presentation. Vista’s dedicated and experienced staff is pleased to assist with your next presentation. We will ensure that your audience will received your message with the highest level of impact. “Great Success comes to those who Access, and Communicate their Vision with passion”.

Vista’s goal is to achieve successful events for our customers. We believe that your audience should be left with an infinitive feeling throughout your presentation. This can only mean that an impression has been captured and your meeting or event will be remembered.

For more information about the services and products that Vista Audio Visual Canada offers please visit their website at

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Vendor Spotlight: Pinpoint National Photography

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October 20  |  wttc vendor spotlight  |   Andrew Maxwell

Michael Marmur, President of Pinpoint National Photography, frequently receives last-minute calls from event planners organizing corporate holiday parties. “They have so many details to take care of that photography is sometimes the last box they tick off,” he explains.

Pinpoint can always accommodate these rush needs. The company, based in Toronto, also operates in every major city and most smaller communities across Canada, using a network of local, established photographers who are on call. With this wide reach, Pinpoint can quickly supply multiple photographers for one large event, or cover different company offices simultaneously. And clients don’t have to worry about travel costs since photographers live in the cities where they work.

Pinpoint guarantees a quote within four hours of your call or email, with one account manager coordinating all details and ensuring the right photographer is chosen for your assignment.  “We try to make the whole process as easy as we can,” Michael says. “We do all the heavy lifting from start to finish.”

The heavy lifting always includes a detailed confirmation sheet and digital post-production (colour correction and light balancing) so there are no surprise add-ons at invoice time.  Among its many other services Pinpoint can also print images at the event site, upload photos to a custom website or create a DVD of the event.  Caroline Aston, Principal Planner at Aston Events & Communications in Toronto, frequently calls on Pinpoint. “Michael and his team of professional photographers provide outstanding service, take care of all photography concerns and make event guests and delegates feel at ease,” she says. “They produce great results every time.”

Need an idea to make a client’s holiday party stand out? Pinpoint can set up a photo “booth” where guests, individually or in groups, can have their portrait taken, printed and framed on site.  They can take a professional photo home the same night as a memento. For more information, or to request a quote, contact Michael at 416-221-3773 or 1-877-245-3859 or by email at


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Hosts Global Alliance, an Event Management Company, Continues Expansion

October 6  |  meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

Hosts Global Alliance, an event management company, announced three new members, Barefoot Holidays (St. Lucia), Congress Canada and Welcome Travel Team (Southern France) on July 5, 2011.

Barefoot Holidays provides services ranging from soft adventure to sight-seeing to culture and heritage tours in St. Lucia. Barefoot Holidays was featured in CIT Magazine in October 2010 presenting a case study of a joint incentive trip for T-Mobile and Nokia.

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Congress Canada has been a Destination Management Company representing Toronto and Niagara Falls since 1979 and has extensive experience in all market segments.

Welcome Travel Team has been offering creative, efficient, and precise organization and scheduling to clients meeting in Monaco and Southern France for over 30 years.

“Our momentum continues and excitement fills our Alliance with tremendous pride for the caliber of DMCs that continue to join us and recognize the value that our consortium brings to clients and our industry worldwide. We are thrilled to announce Barefoot Holidays, Congress Canada and Welcome Travel Team as our newest members. They are all well known leaders in their destinations and strong forces…and now with HGA we know they make an already strong Alliance that much stronger!” says Hosts Global Alliance CEO, Jennifer Patino, DMCP.

Hosts Global Alliance currently represents over 26 countries and 33 domestic destinations.


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MCI, an Event Management Company, Builds Presence in North America

October 4  |  meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

MCI opens two new offices, MCI Vancouver and MCI Toronto, signifying a strong permanent presence for MCI in Canada and the group’s first operational offices in North America.

MCI in Canada will provide congress management services, event and meeting planning and destination management services to both corporate and association clients under the leadership of Ann Corbitt, based in Toronto.


The move builds on the establishment of an affiliate office in Toronto in December 2010, now fully rebranded as MCI Toronto. MCI Vancouver brings together a leading congress management company: Advance Group with an event planning and destination management company: Destination Planners, members of the DMC Network. Destination management services will operate as Ovation Canada.

“We are very excited to bring together the foremost companies in the region, with excellent client relations and operational track records, to help us deliver the unique MCI value proposition to clients in Canada.” says Robin Lokerman, CEO Institutional Division, MCI, “This is our first step into North America, making us a truly global company. We look forward to continued expansion here.” With the establishment of these two offices, MCI now has 47 offices in 23 countries globally.


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