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  • New Partnership Removes Language Barriers from Borderless Digital Events

    A partnership between GlobalSign.in and Interprefy will allow organizers that are planning events, webinars, conferences and meetings on GEVME Live digital events platform to host those gatherings in multiple languages in real-time. “Digital events surpass geographical boundaries, allowing people to attend regardless of where they are in the world,” says GlobalSign.in CEO, Veemal Gungadin. “With this exciting partnership with Interprefy, participation in digital events is also no longer fettered by language, enabling event owners and organizers to easily host truly…

  • Call for Nominations Opens for Expanded Industry Recognition Program

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) has expanded its 2020 Hall of Leaders recognition program to include global awards for social impact, adaptation and innovation. “Honouring individuals and organizations that have offered a lasting impact on our industry is essential,” says EIC board member, Cathy Breden, who chairs the Hall of Leaders task force. “Recognizing their contributions provides inspiration for all of us and creates a pathway for emerging leaders and future contributions.” The Hall of Leaders is a lifetime achievement…

  • World’s Largest Hotel Chain Ramps up Guidance for Meetings Professionals

    Marriott International has introduced a series of efforts to help event hosts and organizers plan and execute meetings so attendees can “connect with confidence.” The changes include enhanced sanitation guidelines, new operational training for associates and increased use of conference technologies to ensure customers are able to come together when they are ready. Marriott has also created more content on its digital platform about redefined processes and reimagined spaces to provide additional context and information for designing successful events in the…

  • Canada’s Flight Plan for Safe Travel Receives Support from Airlines, Airports

    Transport Canada has revealed its action plan to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while flying. The multi-layered system of safety protocols applies to both airports and planes. They include travel restrictions; mandatory use of face masks for passengers and crew; health checks prior to passenger boarding; temperature screening; restricted services and passenger movement during flights; and enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices. In airports, these designs and measures include enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems; frequent cleaning of high-touch…

  • IAEE Announces 2020 Legend of the Year

    ConvExx co-founder Susan Schwartz is officially an industry legend after being named as such by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). “She exemplifies the dedication and quality of work that makes the exhibitions and events industry a great one,” says IAEE chair, Robert McLean. Schwartz was bestowed the honour during the association’s virtual leadership conference in early August. Each year, the Legend of the Industry is selected from IAEE members whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been truly…

  • Hotels Sue Insurance Provider for Denying COVID-19 Coverage

    Canadian hotels have launched a class action lawsuit against Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada for being denied insurance coverage for loss of business income related to the pandemic. In a statement of claim, Lerners LLP alleges Aviva is in breach of contract when it denied the hotels’ loss of business income coverage after the federal and provincial governments declared states of emergency, restricting their business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This applies to all hotels who were insured under a…

  • Major Hotel Chains Require Guests Wear Face Masks  

    Just days after the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) released a Safe Stay Guest Checklist, hotel giants have extended mask requirements to guests. Marriott International, Hyatt Hotel Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group and Hilton Hotels and Resorts, among others, now expect patrons to wear masks in all public spaces, including meeting areas, restaurants, bars and fitness centres. Previously, masks were required for employees only. “As part of our commitment to clean, we made it a brand standard that associates wear…

  • Events Industry Council Issues Guidelines to Help Rebuild Trust, Assess Risk

    The Events Industry Council has released a best practices guide to help industry professionals as they navigate the new event landscape. “We must, as individuals and organizations, take the responsibility to own the assessment and mitigation of risk, taking into account guidance from global, national, regional and local public health officials. If we do so consistently and communicate these steps effectively, we will make considerable strides toward reestablishing trust,” says Events Industry Council CEO, Amy Calvert. “Trust with organizational decision-makers,…

  • World’s Largest Tech Conference will be Online-Only in 2021

    With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, CES will be an all-digital experience in 2021. According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and operates the CES, the decision to shift the U.S.’s largest business-to-business trade show and conference to an online format was a result of concern for the tens of thousands of people expected to convene in Las Vegas for the multi-day event, which was originally set for Jan. 6-9, 2021. “Technology helps…

  • Montreal Apartment-style Hotel Flouts the Odds and Opens Amid Pandemic

    Montreal’s newest hotel has opened its doors to visitors, as occupancy rates at local hotels averaged only about 10 per cent in June because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Griffintown Hotel boasts a unique experience. It offers guests not simply rooms but complete one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo-style apartments in the 14-storey building. Ranging in size from 395 to 845 square feet, each of the 114 apartments is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, and clothes washer and dryer so guests…

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