Ignite, Canada’s Leading Meeting Planning Magazine, Launches Event Planners’ Contest: “Did you Plan To Be A Planner?”

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Meetings magazine Ignite solicits real life stories from event planners on how they got into the industry with the opportunity to win prizes from Marriott Hotels and Resorts Canada wide

Ignite magazine, Canada’s highly respected meeting planning magazine, is seeking real life stories from event planners describing in 75 words or less how they became a professional corporate meeting planner, corporate travel manager or incentive programs guru. Meeting planners are invited to enter online with their story through June 30, 2010 and will automatically be entered to win prizes from seven Canadian destinations with Marriott Hotels and Resorts.

“Many meeting and corporate travel planners fell into their jobs through a series of fortunate, unplanned events,” says Debbie van der Beek, co-publisher of the meetings magazine. We want to hear their stories and so do our Ignite readers.” There’s many a meeting event planner who never originally set out for a career in event management, but who has grown into a seasoned professional through hands-on experience, education and long hours of work. Ignite Magazine wants to share all the stories behind these passionate and dedicated professionals, to inspire colleagues and up-and-comers.

Marriott Hotels and Resorts has partnered with the meeting planning magazine to offer fabulous rewards across Canada to qualified planners, including a two-night stay with tasting menu or dinner with the Chef for two at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, a two-night weekend getaway at the Ottawa Marriott; a two-night stay with dinner at the Montreal Airport Marriott; or a two-night weekend getaway with show tickets and dinner at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort; a one-night stay with second-level field view suite during a Blue Jays game; or two-night getaway at The Rosseau, a JW Marriott, with a $200 spa credit and daily breakfast.

Additionally, on each coast, there’s a two-night weekend stay offered at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront or two-night stays at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, including dinner and a City Attractions Passport. Participating meeting planners could also be rewarded with accommodations at the Toronto Airport Marriott; a two-night getaway at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville; or a one-night stay with dinner and wine tasting at Vancouver Airport Marriott.

Meeting magazine Ignite offers meeting event planners tips and strategies on meeting planning, tools, resources and best practices for corporate travel planners as well as ideas, hot items and buying guides for corporate gift ideas.

To enter the Ignite Magazine “Did You Plan to be a Planner?” contest and become eligible to win Marriott Hotels and Resorts prizes, visit http://www.ignitemag.ca

About Ignite Magazine
Ignite Magazine offers fresh, new resources for people who plan and manage meetings, events, business travel, promotions and incentive programs. The magazine’s mission, in print and online, is to provide event and meeting planning professionals with information, inspiration, guidance and great ideas for everything from conference services and event management details to corporate travel management and unique business gift ideas.

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