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  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

  • Event Tech Awards Honour 2020 Winners

    Konduko was the big winner at this year’s Event Technology Awards (ETA), receiving three for Best Use of Technology for Engagement and Interaction (B2B), Best Use of Wireless Technology and Best Exhibition Technology. The global provider of Kontactless Smart Event technologies made the shortlist in four categories. A total of 25 awards were ‘handed out,’ with event management software specialist Shocklogic selected as the people’s choice for Favourite Event Technology Supplier. Bizzabo and Brella received silver and bronze, respectively, in…

  • Pandemic Drives IAEE to Pivot to Virtual Expo

    Due to the enhanced negative realities of COVID-19, the in-person portion of the 2020 International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo! has been cancelled. In its place, IAEE will host a virtual event with many of the same show elements. “In light of current health and safety concerns, the board has unanimously decided to transition this face-to-face event to a wholly virtual experience,” says IAEE chair, Bob McLean. “With this decision, the board and staff have recommitted our…

  • New Platform Provides Enhanced Virtual Event Experience

    Mediasite Events has announced a complete virtual solution platform to take an event online. “(It’s) everything you need to keep the show going, despite COVID travel restraints,” says Joe Mozden Jr., CEO of Sonic Foundry, the maker behind Mediasite. “Virtual events are the new normal and even as the world starts to re-open, we believe it is forever changed.” The complete virtual platform allows users to expand reach with live or simulated live streaming. A technician works with each speaker…

  • Travel Alberta Taps Tourism Champ as New CEO

    Six months after losing then-president and CEO Royce Chwin to Tourism Vancouver, Travel Alberta has named his successor. David Goldstein officially joined the province’s destination promotion organization Nov. 16, at a crucial time for the tourism industry. “David brings tremendous knowledge and sector-specific experience that will be vital to support our industry through this important time,” says Travel Alberta board chair, Linda Southern-Heathcott. “(His) connection and passion to tourism in Canada will ensure Alberta is well-positioned to once again welcome…

  • How to Make the Events Industry More Inclusive and Diverse

    Inclusion and diversity have been major topics of discussion in recent months. The senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police that was captured on camera and broadcast around the world has forced leaders, business owners and industry to face an ugly truth — we live in a society that is plagued with injustice and inequality. This ‘new’ learning (for some) has prompted many figureheads to take a verbal stance, displaying their allyship to black and minority communities.…

  • MTCC Recognized for Sustainability by Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is the recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence for Sustainable Tourism, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). “We are very pleased to be recognized for operating a world-class facility that is committed to sustainability,” says MTCC president and CEO, Lorenz Hassenstein. Every year, MTCC redirects 90 per cent of event waste from landfill by recycling and donating food and materials to local charities. The centre’s charity partners, including Scott Mission,…

  • Informa Consolidates Portfolios in Response to Evolving Market

    Informa Markets has combined its North America-headquartered brands under a single leadership team led by Nancy Walsh, who has been promoted to the role of president of the expanded portfolio. “Since joining us, Nancy has immersed herself in understanding what value we can offer to our customers through our brands and developed solutions that keep our communities connected, 365 days a year,” says Informa Markets CEO, Charlie McCurdy. Walsh will oversee key brands, including National Products Expo, World of Concrete,…

  • New Program Helps Exhibitors Restricted from Travelling to Show Sites 

    Two women events industry veterans have developed a program for exhibitors that can’t travel due to restrictions to continue to sell (or break into) targeted markets at trade shows all over the world. Diane Bjorklund and Stephanie Selesnick launched the International Exhibitor Representation Program (IERP) in October. Bjorklund is president of Eventful Management Group and Selesnick is president of International Trade Information Inc. Depending on the show, the program functions as a remote booth or pavilion, using its network of…

  • Award-Winning AI Contact Tracer Offers Benefits to Events Industry

    Volan Technology has been recognized with the coveted Lee Prize Nevada Innovation Award for its advanced solution for enterprise-scale, precise and private contact tracing software. The artificial intelligence-based technology could enable event operators to make dramatic improvements in virus prevention and save millions of dollars in manual tracing. “It’s an honour to be recognized by the UNLV Lee Foundation and included in such an amazing collection of innovators,” says Volan’s founder and CEO, Michael Bettua. “Our goal of designing one…

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