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  • How to Make the Events Industry More Inclusive and Diverse

    Inclusion and diversity have been major topics of discussion in recent months. The senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police that was captured on camera and broadcast around the world has forced leaders, business owners and industry to face an ugly truth — we live in a society that is plagued with injustice and inequality. This ‘new’ learning (for some) has prompted many figureheads to take a verbal stance, displaying their allyship to black and minority communities.…

  • MTCC Recognized for Sustainability by Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is the recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence for Sustainable Tourism, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). “We are very pleased to be recognized for operating a world-class facility that is committed to sustainability,” says MTCC president and CEO, Lorenz Hassenstein. Every year, MTCC redirects 90 per cent of event waste from landfill by recycling and donating food and materials to local charities. The centre’s charity partners, including Scott Mission,…

  • Informa Consolidates Portfolios in Response to Evolving Market

    Informa Markets has combined its North America-headquartered brands under a single leadership team led by Nancy Walsh, who has been promoted to the role of president of the expanded portfolio. “Since joining us, Nancy has immersed herself in understanding what value we can offer to our customers through our brands and developed solutions that keep our communities connected, 365 days a year,” says Informa Markets CEO, Charlie McCurdy. Walsh will oversee key brands, including National Products Expo, World of Concrete,…

  • New Program Helps Exhibitors Restricted from Travelling to Show Sites 

    Two women events industry veterans have developed a program for exhibitors that can’t travel due to restrictions to continue to sell (or break into) targeted markets at trade shows all over the world. Diane Bjorklund and Stephanie Selesnick launched the International Exhibitor Representation Program (IERP) in October. Bjorklund is president of Eventful Management Group and Selesnick is president of International Trade Information Inc. Depending on the show, the program functions as a remote booth or pavilion, using its network of…

  • Award-Winning AI Contact Tracer Offers Benefits to Events Industry

    Volan Technology has been recognized with the coveted Lee Prize Nevada Innovation Award for its advanced solution for enterprise-scale, precise and private contact tracing software. The artificial intelligence-based technology could enable event operators to make dramatic improvements in virus prevention and save millions of dollars in manual tracing. “It’s an honour to be recognized by the UNLV Lee Foundation and included in such an amazing collection of innovators,” says Volan’s founder and CEO, Michael Bettua. “Our goal of designing one…

  • Updated Business Events Compass Report Revises Recovery Forecast

    PCMA has released an update to Business Events Compass, an actionable framework of insights and strategies for event professionals and their business partners during the pandemic and beyond. The best case for economic recovery of the business events sector to pre-COVID levels is now expected to take place in Q3 2022 or later. The effectiveness of COVID-19 containment measures across Asia Pacific (APAC) is a reason for optimism, with elevated prospects for a continued recovery in the region. Forty-five per…

  • Calgary Convention Venues Earn Coveted Facility Accreditation

    Two of Alberta’s largest convention centres have received the event industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery certification, GBAC Star. The Calgary Telus Convention Centre (CTCC) and BMO Centre at Stampede Park join an exclusive group of international leaders who have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in their facilities. “We want to ensure clients are comfortable and safe hosting events in our venues and for that we need to meet the highest standards…

  • IAEE Updates Guidelines for Safe Return of Events

    The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has updated its essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised white paper includes enhancements in insurance and travel considerations. It features new content on improved risk assessment and force majeure — a common contract clause that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance occurs beyond their control that prevents either or both from fulfilling their obligations under the…

  • New Lakefront Hotel Marks First for Upscale Brand

    Toronto welcomed a new hotel this month with the opening of Radisson Blu. Located along the waterfront in the city’s core, this is a first for the upscale brand. “As the world gears up to travel again, we are accelerating the growth of Radisson Blu with a series of openings starting with Toronto, which also marks the brand’s entrance into Canada,” says Aly El-Bassuni, COO, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group. “This hotel expertly highlights the vibrant and energetic local cultures of…

  • Exhibition Industry’s Largest International Meeting goes Digital

    The global association of the exhibition industry, UFI, has announced its worldwide conference will be digital-only this year. “Our members have been telling us they want to connect, learn and have the global UFI community brought together,” says UFI president, Mary Larkin. “Since COVID-19 will not allow us to do this face-to-face, we are moving online to host the most accessible UFI Global Congress ever. Quality content, flexible timings and accessibility — these are the best ways to serve the…

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