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  • 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…

  • Québec’s Delta Hotels by Marriott, Mont Sainte-Anne, Resort and Convention Center Undergoes Renovations

    Delta Hotels by Marriott, Mont Sainte-Anne, Resort and Convention Center, located at the foot of Québec City’s iconic Mont-Saint-Anne ski resort and 30 minutes from the Québec City Convention Centre, is set to unveil the outcome of its major renovation project. “When we acquired the resort several years ago, we wanted to revamp it to cater to modern-day guests,” said Sébastien Roy, general manager at Delta Hotels by Marriott, Mont Sainte-Anne, Resort and Convention Center. The resort’s management team built a…

  • Four Seasons is Helping Event Planners Foster Connections with Hybrid Meetings

    Industry-leading multi-broadcast, hub and spoke, video conferencing, and gala to-go offerings allow hosts and planners to create memorable experiences while maintaining guest health and safety every step of the way. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is making it easier to bring people together by combining in-person and virtual settings in a re-imagined meetings and events offering. Hybrid Meetings by Four Seasons combines creative design with the latest audio-visual technology, and a commitment to health and safety. While the meetings and events landscape…

  • Anchor Audio Expands Presence in Canada

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    Canadian firm DataVisual Marketing has been chosen as an official Anchor Audio distributor and representative. Anchor Audio, a leading manufacturer of portable PA systems for education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, has strengthened support of its rapidly growing Canadian presence with the appointment of DataVisual as distributor and representative. Alex Jacobs, CEO, noted in a press release that DataVisual will be responsible for marketing the entire Anchor product line. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices located across the country, DataVisual is Canada’s leading distributor…

  • MPI Publishes Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook Report

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest meeting and event industry association, published its spring 2021 Meetings Outlook, a future-focused quarterly report that identifies new trends and innovations. The publication allows planners to budget and plan accordingly, and ensures a strong foundation for building sound strategies that keep businesses on paths to success. While this quarter saw the largest positive overall business projection in the history of Meetings Outlook, meeting and travel professionals are still contending with complicated prioritization (privacy versus safety) and ongoing furlough…

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