It’s May. We’ve made it through yet another Canadian winter. Just as it’s time to shed our heavy winter clothes and let the sun it, it’s time to look at The Howes Group’s website
. We decided to really turn up the easy and breezy experience for our most important visitors – our clients and our hotel partners.
Here’s what we’ve done.
We’ve updated the navigation using best practices. What does that mean for you? It means it will be easier to get in touch
, explore our services and get to know the team
that’s hard at work for you.
– a much-visited page on our site – is still here, leave us a comment. We’ve sorted it a bit differently so it’s easier to access. Through our blog, we share the latest industry news
with you. Can you believe it’s already been almost a decade that we’ve been sharing industry insider tips with you? There is also the top five tips
to help save you time and money while you delight your delegates. Other features include a monthly contest called “Where am I?”
Your answer could make you a winner of our monthly prize. Read up on everything from maple syrup
(we harvest our own) to the tangible benefits of face-to-face
meetings – something you can share with your Board.
There’s a page devoted to Frequently Asked Questions
that explains how we do what we do for you, and why we love to do it.
Our clients have their say. Many of our clients have shared their experiences with The Howes Group on our site through their testimonials. #thankyou. Interested in adding your own? Just get in touch
Are you ready to be a CEO? Read more about how you can do that here
We’re not just go go go
on our website either. You can meet The Howes Group on Social Media too. We use Twitter
to constantly monitor our industry so that we can bring you the latest trends and innovations.
Why do we do all this? Because we know you are busy, so getting in touch with us is easy. Site selection is our specialty, we do it every day. We look forward to hearing from you, on our site or out there in the social media universe.
TOP 5: European Travel Tips
Recently, I was in Northern France for a few weeks to work on an international event. When the event was over, my wife joined me and we rented a car to enjoy some vacation time together. It was amazing and we would return in a heartbeat. If you, like me, have only been to Europe a few times I hope you’ll get value out of my Top Five Tips
for European travel.
- Rules of the Road: Be prepared and know the traffic rules before you take to the road. You can’t turn right on a red light in France. Seriously … and this is enforced. There is a lot more use of photo radar and cameras than in North America. Finger’s crossed that no tickets find their way to me.
- Look out: Watch out for bicycles, scooters and motorcycles … everywhere. I was warned about this in advance (thank you Brenda Howes) but you need to experience it to really understand. In Amsterdam, bikes whiz through your blind spot constantly. In Paris, when cars are stuck in gridlock, motorcycles routinely weave quickly between the cars. It can be a little stressful.
- Safety: As I write this blog from the comfort of my home, sadly there has been another terrorist act in Paris where a police officer lost their life. We felt very safe in and around the major landmarks in Paris. There were uniformed police officers, military patrols and plainclothes police officers were everywhere. However, you should take extra care in the higher numbered arrondissements where there is less police presence. The criminal element feels more comfortable in these areas.
- Credit Cards: You will notice that in some establishments when you pay with your credit card you have an option to pay in Canadian dollars instead of Euros. From what I have read, you are best to pay in Euros. If not you will be subject to an unknown exchange rate from the retailer.
- Enjoy your journey: When you travel from city to city - if you have the time and the patience - limit your time on the busy freeways. You will discover beautiful small towns and chateaus that you can’t see from the freeway. You’ll also enjoy great food and truly local hospitality.
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