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April May 2015

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WEBSITES: destinationhalifax.com AIRLINES: Air Canada aircanada.com, Air Saint-Pierre airsaintpierre.com, Air Transat airtransat.ca, Canadian North canadiannorth.com, Delta Air Lines delta.com, Europe Airpost europeairpost.com, Icelandair icelandair.ca, Jazz flyjazz.ca, Porter Airlines flyporter.ca, Sunwing Airlines flysunwing.com, United Airlines united.com, US Airways usairways.com, WestJet westjet.com DMCS: Downeast Destination Management downeastdmc.com, Velocity Event Management velocityentertainment.ca, ZedEvents zedevents.ca MAJOR HOTEL CHAINS: Alt Hotel althotels.ca, Cambridge Suites cambridgesuiteshalifax.com, Delta deltahotels.com, Holiday Inn ihg.com, Marriott marriot.com, Sheraton starwood.com, Westin thewestinnovascotian.com INDEPENDENT HOTELS: Atlantica Hotel Halifax atlanticahotelhalifax.com, The Halliburton thehalliburton.com, Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites lordnelsonhotel.ca, The Prince George Hotel princegeorgehotel.com CONFERENCE CENTRES: Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre wtcchalifax.com; SilverBirch Conference Centre (attached to Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown and Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown) silverbirchhotels.com COMING SOON: The Halifax Convention Centre halifaxconventioncentre.com NOTABLE VENUES: Halifax Central Library, opened in 2014. Meeting and event space for 4 to 100. Plus a performance area for up to 300. Offers panoramic views of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and the Halifax Harbour. halifaxcentrallibrary.ca; Cunard Centre, a waterfront cargo shed renovated into a year-round event centre accommodating up to 4,000. rcr.ca/ catering/venues/cunard-centre GROUPS RECENTLY THERE: Canadian Home Builders' Association (475 delegates); Canadian Ophthalmological Society (1,500 delegates); International Conference on Ocean Energy (750 delegates) OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK IDEA: Explore the 200-year-old restored fishing village of Fisherman's Cove, 20 minutes from the city's core. fishermanscove.ns.ca FUN FOR FOODIES: Local Tasting Tours localtast- ingtours.com, Taste Halifax Food Tours halifaxfoodtours.com A GOOD START Cutline Halifax Harbour Artist rendering of the Halifax Convention Centre Argyle Street Garrison Brewery Crystal Clear Choice Located on the waterfront, Nova Scotian Crystal is North America's only maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal. Delegates can drop in to watch the crystal makers practise their craft and to browse the show- room, where they'll see a wide variety of stunning pieces, including The Leprechaun Pot, perfect for preserves or cherished treasures. Price: $79 novascotiancrystal.com " " ÑÒ ƒy • We last held our National Education Conference in Halifax in 1994. When we returned in 2014, we were once again impressed with how lovely and warm everyone is. Destination Halifax was great to work with: they helped prepare the proposal to our board and, once it was approved, assisted in promoting the conference to attendees and deter- mining final venues. The staff at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre was instrumental in ensuring that our delegates had a wonderful expe- rience. Our evaluations indicated that it was one of the best conferences we have ever had. Delegates appreciated that Halifax is so accessible and easily walkable and many took advantage of the tours we offered. We hope to return some day. Gerry Hansen, executive director, Infection Prevention and Control Canada united.com, westjet.com DMCS: downeastdmc.com, velocityentertainment.ca, MAJOR HOTEL CHAINS: Cambridge Suites Delta Marriott Westin Halifax Harbour ÑÒ ƒy • All photos, excluding bottom left: Destination Halifax/B. M c Whirter April | May 2015 | Ignitemag.ca | 61

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