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  • National Trade Show Alliance Launches

    The National Trade Show Alliance has launched, founded in response to the challenges faced by individuals in the trade show community. “Our community members are those whose livelihood comes from the work created by in-person events, such as trade shows, conferences, and exhibitions,” says the Alliance website about the recent venture. “By creating a centralized platform, the National Trade Show Alliance will help community members find the support and resources they need right now and for their growth in the…

  • WTTC Campaign Shows Importance of International Travel

    A new campaign recently launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calls on governments around the world to restart international travel and allow the world to “Reunite.” The campaign showcases the importance international travel has on individuals and businesses, and will hopefully encourage travellers to share with the world the positive impact travel makes to their lives and mental well-being, said the press release. “Reunite” will call on people from across the globe to share their own stories of…

  • PCMA Launches Digital Event Strategist Program to Support Hybrid Future

    PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification for event professionals has secured Encore, a leading global event technology and production company, as partner in a three-year agreement to include scholarships and other direct benefits to the business events community. “Digital and hybrid event education has proven to be important during the global pandemic to re-skill the industry. Organizations needed to find a way to meet, and the rapid transition to leverage digital platforms was the only path forward,” said the release.…

  • Hubb Survey Finds Majority Now Experienced in Planning Virtual Events

    Hubb, a leading virtual, hybrid, and in-person event software platform, released data earlier this spring on findings from its 2021 Spring UNTETHERED Design-a-thon Event. The findings confirm the pandemic forced a major change within the industry, with 83 per cent of event professionals surveyed saying they now have experience hosting and/or planning a virtual event, versus only 45 per cent surveyed in the May 2020. Hubb surveyed more than 1,600 of the event planners who attended the UNTETHERED event this…

  • Canada Ending Hotel Quarantines for Vaccinated Residents

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ending mandatory hotel quarantine for Canadians who are immunized and arriving to the country air. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and essential workers who are fully vaccinated won’t need to spend three days isolating in a government-approved hotel. Rather, they’ll quarantine at home while awaiting results of a test on arrival. “The requirement to stay in a government-authorized hotel is being lifted for people who currently have the right of…

  • Expert Panel Recommends Eliminating Tests and Quarantines for Fully Vaccinated People

    Canada’s airlines are welcoming an expert panel report that could pave the way for the country to reopen its border to global travel. The COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel made several recommendations that would upend the government’s approach to the border. It recommends doing away with Canada’s mandatory hotel stay for international arrivals. The panel, mostly made up of doctors, says the hotel policy is expensive and inconsistent. It also recommends testing on arrival for all but a small segment…

  • GDP Survey Shows Shift To In-Person Meetings

    Global DMC Partners’ (GDP) results of its Q4 Meetings & Events Pulse Survey, conducted from December 3 to 29, 2020, indicated a clear shift toward hope for face-to-face meetings to resume in the latter part of 2021. Most (53 per cent) planners are predicting that their in-person meetings and events will resume sometime in Q3 andQ4 2021. The survey polled 242 respondents from the meetings and events industry. Of these, 93 per cent were planners; the other seven per cent…

  • Guérard Named President and CEO of Transat A.T.

    Annick Guérard has been appointed president and CEO of Transat A.T., effective May 27, 2021, succeeding Jean-Marc Eustache who is retiring. Guérard has served as Transat’s COO since November 2017. Eustache was one of the principal architects behind the creation of Transat in 1987, helping to establish the company’s vertically integrated business model toward becoming a world leader in the tourism industry. “With the crisis resulting from COVID-19, we were most happy to have been able to rely on all…

  • Virtual Meetings During Pandemic Leading to Changes in Corporate Events

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently published findings from a study into organizations’ corporate meetings and events strategy as a result of the pandemic, and found that the number of hybrid meetings is set to double by the end of 2021. The year 2020 will likely be remembered for virtual meetings among other things (masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing etc.), but into 2021 the trend moves toward hybrid meetings. Before the pandemic, approximately seven in 10 respondents (71 per…

  • World MICE Awards Nominees Unveiled

    World MICE Awards, the global initiative to celebrate and reward excellence in MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions) tourism, has unveiled the nominees for its 2021 programme. Nominees cover the spectrum of the global MICE industry, ranging from small companies and start-ups to global brands. The full list of nominees can be viewed here. Voting for the World MICE Awards 2021 programme opens on June 9, 2021, and runs until September 14, 2021. Industry professionals, the media, and consumers are…

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