If our industry has learned anything from the emergence of the “bleisure traveler,” it’s the invaluable quality of life that injecting some personal fun into our business travel opportunities can bring us. And this doesn’t ring more true than for those of us attending HSMAI or ROC in Toronto this month.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of what can often be chaotic industry events, if you have the flexibility and opportunity, try to take some of your free time and explore as much as you can in this wonderful city. With many attractions and things to do—such as Niagara Falls, harbor tours, helicopter tours, museums and fine dining—you won’t be sorry you carved out the extra time.
Short on planning time but big on adventure? Here are some of our favorite local spots to visit:
For the shopping & retail enthusiast:
- Eaton Centre: The largest mall in Toronto, it boasts a soaring glass ceiling
220 Yonge St.
- Lawrence Market: Fun open market with unique restaurants & 100+ vendors & artisans
93 Front St. E
- Harbourfront Centre: Stroll through shops & restaurants by the beautiful waterfront
235 Queens Quay W
Art & history more your scene?
- Royal Ontario Museum: Largest museum in Canada filled with art, natural history & world culture
Open 10-5:30 pm
100 Queens Park
- Art Gallery of Ontario: Over 80k works from the first century to present
317 Dundas St. W
Save the rest, just give me the classics:
- CN Tower: Restaurant & observation tower built by the Canadian National Railway
301 Front St W
- Hockey Hall of Fame: A must-see museum for those of us whose life = hockey
Open 10 am – 5 pm
30 Yonge St.
- High Park: Lovely walking park on the waterfront
Open 24 hours
1873 Bloor St. W
- Toronto Island (ferry ride): Double-check the website to ensure ferries are running for tourists. Due to recent flooding, restrictions may remain in place but they are expected to be lifted by end of June.
We can’t wait to see everyone at this year’s HSMAI ROC and HITEC. And while we look forward to talking about your business, technology and industry innovations, we hope you also schedule in some “me-time” and see Toronto’s best sights!
Shameless plug: Come see us next week at HITEC at Booth #1212. IDeaS is the premier sponsor of ROC!
As managing director for the Americas, Jane Stampe is responsible for leading regional sales teams, in addition to developing and executing all sales initiatives within the region. With an expansive track record in analytics and technology companies, Jane joined IDeaS from 741 Studios, a private IT consulting firm, where she developed analytical projects that optimized profitability of revenue channels. She has also previously held sales leadership positions with Oracle and Sabre/GetThere.
Jane holds decades of innovative and dynamic leadership experience developing and deploying effective sales strategies. She has built successful sales teams for a variety of private equity and technology companies, including start-ups, early-stage, medium and large. An accomplished corporate leader, her vision and expertise in business performance have driven significant enterprise growth at IDeaS. With a keen eye on enhancing the revenue management experience within the hospitality industry, Jane’s primary focus is delivering value to clients’ consultative solutions and providing an ongoing best-of-class service to hotel organizations.