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  • 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…

  • In-person Events Safer than Daily Activities: Study

    Amid uncertainty of the fourth COVID wave fuelled by the Delta variant, research shows attending in-person business events is safer than daily activities like going to the grocery store, and that hosting the events does not increase local COVID-19 case rates. In fact, for recent August events, the infection rates were as much as 95 percent lower than the U.S. at large. Modelling found risks of infection at events to be as much as eight times less than the metropolitan…

  • Canada’s Hotel Industry Showing Signs of Recovery: Report

    Market analysts appear confident that rallying conditions in Canada’s hotel industry are pushing the sector in a positive direction. Colliers’ review of trends in the second quarter of 2021 gauges sentiment at a C+, while Avison Young’s mid-year Canada hotel market summary underscores expectations for improvement in the third and fourth quarters. Both reports examine the interplay of COVID-19-related depressants that will have to lift before occupancy levels, revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rates (ADR) can recover to pre-pandemic levels, and…

  • Major Trade Show Requires Proof of Vaccination to Attend

    The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced proof of vaccination is required for in-person attendees of CES 2022. “Based on today’s science, we understand vaccines offer us the best hope for stopping the spread of COVID-19,” says CTA president and CEO, Gary Shapiro. “We all play a part in ending the pandemic through encouraging vaccinations and implementing the right safety protocols.” CTA is also assessing the acceptance of proof of a positive antibody test as an alternative requirement but no decision has been made…

  • Alberta Hotel Named ‘Best of the Best’ by Tripadvisor

    A hotel in Canmore, Alta., is Travelers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ in the category of worldwide hotels. The Malcolm Hotel by Clique is the only hotel in the province to ever receive the prestigious award. “This is a true testament to our incredible team that consistently goes above and beyond to ensure our guests are provided with legendary service,” says the hotel’s general manager, Andrew Shepherd. “Despite the challenging times we have faced, our team has continued to provide welcoming,…

  • Destination Canada Announces New Board Chair

    Liza Frulla is the new board chair of Destination Canada. The CEO and director of Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) was appointed to the position following an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. “Ms. Frulla has an excellent track record in the hospitality industry and in the tourism sector as a whole,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, on the day of the announcement. “Her wealth of experience will truly be an asset…

  • Plans Revealed for Disability Arts Venue in Calgary

    Designs for a new $12 million disability arts venue in Calgary have been unveiled by the National accessArts Centre (NaAC). Conceptual drawings and plans have been developed by Dialog, a previous collaborator with NaAC. The facility will include an art gallery, cafe, performance venues and outdoor gathering spaces. A multidisciplinary studio space will make up the heart of the building that will also feature a protected roof terrace, open office administration space for the 46-year-old organization, and a lower terrace that…

  • GES Adds Another Member to its Senior Management Team

    GES has a new vice-president of client relations in Mike Haarvei. Haarvei joins the global live events company from Sparks, where he provided leadership and management for healthcare program accounts as vice-president of strategic accounts. “Mike has demonstrated a commitment to understanding the healthcare provider mindset along with a passion for serving client needs and using this knowledge to help clients build engaging and successful programs,” says Terry Campanaro, senior vice-president of GES. “He brings a deep understanding of the…

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