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  • Quebec Congress Centre to Adopt Hybrid Solutions when Operations Resume

    A Montreal convention centre is preparing to reopen by hosting hybrid events. The Palais des congrès made the announcement June 10, in response to the safety concerns and social distancing requirements shaking up the convention industry. “Despite the undeniable impact COVID-19 has had on the Palais’ operations, the current situation is serving as a springboard for going forward with new digital opportunities that will enable us to further make our mark globally,” says Palais des congrès de Montréal CEO, Robert…

  • Toronto Congress Centre Becomes First Venue in Canada to Pursue GBAC STAR Accreditation

    The Toronto Congress Centre (TCC) has announced its commitment to the health and safety of its staff and guests by becoming the first venue in Canada to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities and provides third-party validation that facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations. GBAC STAR is an industry accreditation focused on ensuring a clean, safe…

  • IAEE White Paper Highlights Considerations for Safe Return of Events

    A new white paper released by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) provides essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although we are eager to get back to our usual face-to-face business environment, safety must be the top priority and we must look to the science and medical communities for the best ways to go about producing our shows,” says IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois. IAEE’s health and safety task force teamed…

  • Edmonton Venue Sets GHG Emissions Goal

    The Edmonton Expo Centre has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2035. “As the largest venue of its kind in Western Canada, we recognize that our venue has a substantial ability to contribute to the greenhouse gas reduction goals outlined by the City of Edmonton,” says Arlindo Gomes, vice-president of venue management for Edmonton Economic Development Corp. Built in 1984, and expanded in 2009, the Edmonton Expo Centre is a 522,000-square-foot facility that integrates…

  • Luxury Hotel Chain Reopens Four Resorts in Western Canada

    Some of Canada’s nicest hotels are back in business in time for summer travel. Fairmont resorts in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alta., and Whistler, B.C., reopened their doors June 1, after being closed for nearly two months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening includes guest services, select food and beverage venues, golf courses and limited spa services. The four hotels — Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Chateau Whistler —…

  • Longest Running Canadian Expo for Events Industry Cancelled

    Canada’s largest event for the meetings, incentive travel, special events and promotions industry has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event producer Newcom Media made the announcement about this year’s Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo) in a statement released June 3. “We were hoping the August show would be the first step toward reconnecting the industry in a personal and meaningful way (but) unfortunately we will not have the opportunity in 2020,” says director of events for…

  • Survey Looks to Find Out Best Online Conference Platforms

    Online conferences and meetings have exploded amid the COVID-19 pandemic and so, too, has the number of platforms that support these virtual events. In an effort to determine which are the best, sponsorship expert Larry Weil has launched a survey. “Most users don’t get past the four or five best known platforms,” says Weil, founder of The Sponsorship Guy. “Because it is not reasonable to expect these platforms to tell you what they are not good at, we have taken…

  • Tourism Vancouver Fills CEO Role Left Unexpectedly Vacant

    British Columbia’s oldest destination marketing organization has named a new ‘ambassador.’ Longtime Travel Alberta president and CEO Royce Chwin will head up Tourism Vancouver, starting July 13. “The tourism and hospitality industry is a critical part of Vancouver’s future economic success,” says Chwin. “I’m excited to return to my hometown to join this world-class organization and destination to help rebuild the vibrant tourism economy that Vancouver is admired for globally.” Chwin replaces former CEO Ty Speer, who left suddenly and…

  • Reopening Exhibitions Key to Rebuilding Economies: GED 2020 Focus

    Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is going virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19. Held each June, exhibit and event industry professionals come together to foster relationships and build awareness with legislators and other policy influencers. This year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events aims to raise awareness of, and advocacy for, the impact face-to-face exhibitions have on local economies, and the critical role they play in building businesses and connecting people around the world. GED is actively supported and promoted…

  • CMEExpo Launches Free Webinar Series for Meeting, Event Professionals

    The largest and longest running trade show and conference for meeting and event professionals has launched a brand-new virtual learning program. Called Speaker Series, the webinars will feature exclusive interviews with top industry leaders and experts about topics that matter most to attendees. “Our live event is known for its gold star education. To be able to deliver the same level of content through webinars will allow us to inspire our community of meeting professionals in a new way,” says…

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