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Decorating Condos Over the Holidays

December 12, 2017

Decorating CondosIf you are travelling and away over the holidays, decorating condos will help to create some holiday cheer.

Whether you are visiting friends, exploring Toronto as a tourist, travelling on business or staying in the condo while your home is being renovated, these stylish furnished condo suites in Toronto are a lovely place to spend the holidays. Here are some tips that will make your furnished condo feel more festive.

Decorating Condos – Embrace Twinkle Lights

Strands of twinkle lights are not just for outdoors – you can use them inside to create a magical atmosphere. Try hangiDecorating Condosng them from the ceiling or putting them around the doorway as a way of setting the mood as soon as you walk in. They don’t take up a lot of room, so they are ideal for a place where space is at a premium.

Mini Pinecone Christmas Trees

Start with some pinecones, then paint them green and add some glitter. Place a star on the top and put them in a small flower pot. You can place these lovely mini trees on any flat surface and spread Christmas cheer all throughout your condo.

Window Ornaments

Rather than hanging lights or a wreath in your window, try using garlands with sparkling or shiny baubles on the end of them. It will make your window feel like a Christmas tree and when the winter sunshine comes through it will make them sparkle and shine. You could even add prisms to refract the light and scatter rainbows around the interior of your apartment.

Elegant Candles

Decorating CondosPlace white pillar candles on a silver serving tray and display them on the table. They are simple and elegant and will set the Christmas mood. You can even use scented candles that will create the right atmosphere for Christmas – such as cinnamon, nutmeg or frankincense. When your condo starts to smell like Christmas, it will really get you in the mood for the holiday season.

Use Mini Wreaths

Try using some small wreaths and decorate all around your condo to add more festive feeling. For example, you can use satin ribbon to hang a mini wreath from shelves or drawer pulls, or hang one in the window or over a mirror.

In addition, while your out with family and friends, why not check out some of these fun filled holiday activities to do in Toronto?

Decorating condos for the holidays will make it feel more special and welcoming and will really get you in the holiday spirit. How do you like to decorate for the holidays? Share your ideas and your holiday crafts with us in the comments below.

Business Travel, Corporate Housing

How to Make Your Relocation Run Smoothly

October 25, 2017

RelocationWhether you are relocating for professional opportunities, being prepared for the move can make the transition much less stressful.  Here are some tips to keep in mind that will make your relocation go more smoothly.

Consider a Relocation Package

If you are moving for work, your company may have a relocation package which can be a big help. These packages may include temporary housing, a city orientation, education, government registration, health care, moving services and other services to help you get settled in. These services can even help you to set up things such as car insurance, banking, cable and television providers and more. It really helps to have support on your side when you are undergoing a relocation.

City Orientation

One of the first steps will be to get yourself oriented in your new home. Many relocation packages will include a city orientation which will give you an overview of the city and help you to get your bearings. You’ll learn about how the city is laid out, how public transport works and where important amenities are located.  This will also help you to determine where in the city you want to base yourself. You can figure out the best location that is close to schools, shopping malls and your place of work, while still within your price range.relocation

Government Registration and Immigration

If you are relocating to another country you will need to go through the immigration process. This will require a lot of official documents, such as birth certificates, work permits and other legal paperwork.  If documents need to be authenticated, it is easier to arrange this before moving. A relocation service can also assist with organizing this documentation and making sure every box is ticked.

Temporary Housing

Finding the right place to live before you move to a new country can be difficult. You may need to base yourself somewhere for the short term while you do your research and shop around for a home. Temporary housing for relocations, such as the apartments offered by DelSuites, are very convenient and much more economical than a hotel. Look for a short stay property near your place of work to save time.

HealthcareRelocation

It’s also very important to think about healthcare and how you will access it in your new location. Will you be covered by the health insurance provided by your employer? You should also register with a dentist and a doctor near where you live – before you fall ill.

School/Education Services

If you are traveling with children you’ll also want to consider where they will be going to school. Do some research into the schools in the area to determine which one will be the best fit for their educational needs. Here’s a few great tips for finding the best schools for your kids when you move.

The most important tip when relocating? Take a deep breath and stay calm. It’s a big task but if you approach it one step at a time you will get it done.

About me, Announcements, Business Travel

DelSuites Shortlisted for an Emma

May 18, 2017

EmmaIt is an honour to receive a nomination for this award and to be named amongst many other excellent businesses within this industry. EMMA stands for Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards and these awards celebrate best practices, successes and outstanding performers in the global mobility industry.

DelSuites was nominated in the category of Corporate Housing Provider of the Year. This category recognizes excellence in the field of Corporate Housing. Some of the other categories that are honoured by this award include the Global Mobility Team of the Year, the Best Talent Mobility Strategy, The Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility and the Employee Benefits Services Provider of the Year.

This is a prestigious award and DelSuites was nominated for two years in a row. It is an honour to be invited to an event such as this, in which all of the top innovators in the industry have gathered together to celebrate each other’s achievements.

The Forum for Expatriate Management – EMMA

The Emma Awards are presented to the world by the Forum for Expatriate Management, which is a worldwide network of Global Mobility professionals and supplier partners from all over the world. Their aims are to make connections throughout the industry, distil best practices and get the latest news from all across the industries. These awards celebrate the best and the brightest of the global mobility industry and all of the supporting vendors and suppliers.

This event is designed for anyone who is a director, CEO, head, analyst or manager of Global Mobility, HR and HR relocation, Immigration, International Programs, Talent Management, Expatriate Tax and much more. Plus, it is also relevant for relocation and transportation companies, global mobility software providers, global payroll management and immigration law firms.

The 2017 Awards

The Shortlisted Emma Candidates were announced to the world and then the nominations were assessed by an independent judging panel. This year’s event was the 8th annual America’s EMMA awards and was sponsored by Eqqus Software, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, Polaris Global Mobility, Cambridge Global Payments, Oakwood Worldwide and several others.

The Awards were presented to the runners up and winners at the Americas Global Mobility Summit on May 4th. View the full list of FEM Americas EMMAs 2017 Winners, Runner-ups and Highly Commended here.

The winners of the 2017 awards for the Corporate Housing Provider of the Year were Nomad Temporary Housing. Also mentioned as the Runner Up and the Highly Commended choice was Preferred Corporate Housing and Blvd Suites Corporate Housing.

This superb evening of awards celebrated successes and particularly exceptional contributions to the world of global mobility. The best and the brightest were highlighted and DelSuites was thrilled to be involved in such a great event.

 

 

 

 

Community Events, Downtown Toronto, Entertainment, Lifestyle talk, Vacation Travel

How to Spend a Day of Spring in Toronto

March 31, 2017

Spring in TorontoSpring in Toronto is a welcome ray of sunshine after a long, cold and snowy Canadian winter. When those days start to get longer and the temperature starts to rise, everyone puts away their winter coats and breathes a sigh of relief. It just feels so good to be able to walk around without trudging through ice and snow (except for yesterday).

How should you spend spring in Toronto? Here are some ideas for ushering in the season which are close to your furnished apartments in Toronto!

Spring in Toronto with Cherry Blossoms in High Park

In late April to early May, High Park will come alive in a flurry of pale pink blossoms. It is truly a gorgeous sight to see and you’ll probably get some gorgeous photos. The trees are located all around Hillside Gardens, as well as surrounding the duck pond. You can check back with the High Park website for updates on when the flowers are blooming. Even better – pack a picnic with you so that you can relax in High Park and enjoy the view while feasting.

Take a Coffee Break at a Cafe With a PatioSpring in Toronto

Chill out in a sunlight-flooded cafe patio while fueling up on caffeine. There are many great spots that will awaken in springtime, such as Fika Cafe – a green oasis that even has a hammock! Or, try Jimmy’s Coffee in Kensington Market, right in the heart of one of the coolest areas of the city. Or, pull up a seat at one of the long communal tables at Full Stop, an independent coffee shop in The Junction.

Oogle Adorable Baby Animals

Spring in Toronto is the season when adorable baby animals are born, so if you can handle the cuteness then consider visiting the Toronto Zoo. It was recently reported that they are experiencing a “baby animal boom” which has lead to a spike in attendance (I’m not surprised.) What could be better than ooing and ahhing at ridiculously cute creatures? If you need more of a baby animal fix you could also check out some of Toronto’s farms and petting zoSpring in Torontoos, including Round the Bend Farm, High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm, Far Enough Farm and Springridge Farm.

Watch Some Thought-Provoking Documentaries

Melt any icicles that may have gathered on your mind throughout the winter by checking out some of Toronto’s great spring documentary film festivals. There is Doc Soup, which ends in April.Also, there is the Hot Docs Film Festival which runs from April 27th to May 7th. You’ll be able to check out an outstanding selection of hundreds of films from around the world. You are sure to find some interesting food for thought that will give you something to talk about with your friends.

Why not also check out some of the new restaurants in Toronto too?  What are your favourite things to do when spring starts to bloom in Toronto? Let us know about them in the comments below.

Announcements, Business Travel, Corporate Housing

Delsuites attending CHPA Conference

February 24, 2017

CHPA ConferenceThe Corporate Housing Provider’s Association – CHPA conference will be taking place in Huntington Beach, California from February 17th to March 1st. DelSuites is looking forward to taking part in this year’s event, which is the only event dedicated exclusively to the corporate housing industry. All of the corporate housing providers and service partners who gather here have one goal – doing business better.

A Place for Ideas to Thrive – CHPA Conference

More than 500 corporate professionals are expected to attend this year’s CHPA conference, which means more than 60 hours of valuable and educational CHPA conferenceface time with a wide range of industry partners all in one place. The conference also offers 24 hours of highly focused training for the corporate housing professional as well as three keynote sessions on leadership issues. It creates an environment in which creative ideas and new innovations can be celebrated.

DelSuites gains knowledge and expertise being a member of the CHPA and looking forward to engaging with like-minded individuals from around the world. It will be a great opportunity to make connections in the industry and strengthen the business network.

It is also a chance to stay up to date on business trends and innovations in the world of corporate housing. Tradeshows and exhibitions are an important part of business decisions and 79% of the annual conference attendees bring more than one key decision maker from their company.

Industry Expert Speakers – CHPA Conference

The CHPA conference will include talCHPA Conferenceks and workshops from leaders in the corporate housing industry, so there is a lot to learn at this great event. The talks will focus on the day to day basics, the future of the industry, best practices, operations and much more. Every year it brings new ideas and encourages industry professionals to learn from each other.

For example, there will be a Kickoff Keynote talk with Ben Casnocha on the topic of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Network Age. There will also be a keynote session with Kate Good that will explore the changing face of marketing and sales and how to achieve greater effectiveness in 2017. There will also be a closing keynote from Shelly Alcorn, who will talk about Disruption and Your Company’s Future.

All of the speakers are chosen for this conference for their bright and forward thinking ideas and the value that they contribute to those who work within this industry. DelSuites looks forward to the opportunity to hear these talks, as well as the fantastic networking opportunities that the conference will provide.

If you will be at the 2017 CHPA conference, be sure to look out for the DelSuites Team!