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  • Nova Scotian Hotel Voted Best in Canada

    Cabot Cape Breton has tied with Fairmont Banff Springs for Best Canadian Hotel in Hemispheres magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. “This recognition is a testament to our dedicated team who are committed to delivering exceptional service and helping guests create memories that will last a lifetime,” says Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and co-founder of Cabot. Located on more than a mile of sandy beach along the coast of Cape Breton Island, N.S., Cabot Cape Breton has garnered international acclaim as one of…

  • Submissions Now Open for EIC Global Recognition Awards

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) is now accepting submissions for its Global Recognition Awards. Held annually, the awards honour event professionals from all levels and areas for their exemplary achievements within the global business events Industry. There are four awards categories this year: Hall of Leaders, Social Impact, Adaptation and Innovation, and Pacesetter. The Hall of Leaders Award recognizes lifetime achievement for those that have had a legacy impact on the global business events sector. The Social Impact Award recognizes…

  • Porter Airlines Restarts Service Months after COVID Groundings

    Porter Airlines has returned to the skies after being grounded for almost 18 months due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions. “We currently have over 900 team members who have put in countless hours to get everything ready for our return to service, with more being recalled or hired every week,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. Flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, Ont., were the first to resume on Sept. 8, followed by…

  • Air Canada Enhances Trip Planning Tool for Customers

    Air Canada has expanded its Travel Ready hub, an interactive online tool to help those flying with the airline plan and prepare for upcoming trips. “We continue to develop practical solutions to help our customers be travel-ready, wherever they want to go. This includes assisting them in navigating the changing entry requirements set by countries in our global network by making all relevant information available in one convenient place,” says Lucie Guillemette, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at Air…

  • Election 2021: How the Parties Compare on Issues that Affect Events Professionals

    The countdown is on until Canada’s federal election — the first-ever held during a pandemic. Where do the parties stand on key issues that may affect meetings and events professionals? Here’s a breakdown (as of Sept. 7) of each platform, as it relates to the industry. Canadians can cast their vote Sept. 20. Advancing polling begins Sept. 10. Bloc Québécois The Bloc has called for a study of the impact of bankruptcies on small and medium-sized businesses, and would like…

  • Final IMEX Buzz Day Aims to Help Create Trend Watchers

    Business event professionals can learn how to become trend watchers and create products, services and campaigns tailored to future needs at the next IMEX Buzz Day. Taking place Sept. 15, the free virtual experience features panel sessions about what lies ahead in the world of business, events and technology. “Predicting and responding to the future business landscape can sometimes be difficult but it’s always essential,” says IMEX Group CEO, Carina Bauer. “Our exciting range of experts have a laser focus…

  • Shaw Centre Strikes New Partnership for Show Services

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre has partnered with global live events company GES for show services. “GES’s global experience will bring a fresh new perspective while continuing to provide the high-level of customer service our clients have come to expect,” says Josh Verch, Shaw Centre’s director of marketing and partnerships. With this new partnership, GES becomes the exclusive provider for material handling and the preferred provider of event rentals, custom exhibits, labour, customs and transportation. The contract is for five years. “We…

  • Survey Reveals Top Five Expectations of Canadian Business Travellers

    Canadian business travellers overwhelmingly want to return to travel, according to a new report commissioned by Sap Concur. A total of 3,850 business travellers in 25 global markets, including 250 in Canada, were surveyed. Here are the top five Canadian findings. 1. Canadian travellers are ready to get back in the air. Nearly nine in 10 Canadian business travellers are ready to resume travel in the next 12 months. This is driven by travellers’ belief that they will suffer if their…

  • Cvent Signs Multi-Year Agreement with MPI

    Cvent has extended its partnership with the largest global meeting and event industry association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), through to 2024. “MPI has remained steadfast in its commitment to creating a community that advances the industry and the careers of the people in it,” says Cvent CEO and founder, Reggie Aggarwal. “After what’s been a difficult last 18 months for meeting and event professionals, it’s more important than ever to continue this mission. We’re proud to support MPI and their…

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