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  • Exhibition Industry’s Largest Global Conference Going ‘Glocal’ in 2020

    With COVID-19-related travel restrictions expected to continue over the coming months, UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has decided to adjust the format of this year’s congress. Instead of holding the event in one location in November, the association will run a number of smaller regional gatherings around the world. “We want to ensure that as many of our colleagues as possible can attend in person, so we are ‘glocalizing’ the global congress,” says UFI president, Mary Larkin.…

  • Temperature Screening to Become Mandatory at Canadian Airports

    Travellers flying in and out of Canadian airports will soon be subjected to a mandatory temperature check. The announcement made by Transport Minister Marc Garneau June 12, applies to both domestic and international flights. “We have already introduced measures to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, including mandating face coverings and publishing health guidance for the air industry,” said Garneau. “Mandatory temperature screenings are yet another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the…

  • New Touchless Registration Tool Supports Health, Safety of Event-Goers

    Anticipating the desire for contactless registration when events resume, Convention Data Services (CDS) has created a digital solution to ensure a safe experience for attendees and exhibitors. “Our top priority is moving attendees through registration with care and ease,” says the company’s president and CEO, John Kimball. “DigiBadge allows us to securely track attendees and create safe interactions.” Launched in early June, Digibadge enables registrants to self-check-in on-site using their personal mobile device. Event participants download the DigiBadge link provided…

  • Masks Now Mandatory when Travelling on Via Rail Trians

    Taking a cue from the airline industry, Via Rail is now requiring train passengers to wear a mask to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. This is necessary as the economy gradually reopens and Via Rail sees an increase in ridership, says the rail passenger service. With the new policy, riders will be required to wear a mask at all times during their trip, including in stations and at boarding. The only exception is when eating or drinking. Masks will…

  • Exhibit House Launches New Services for Safe Workplaces, Virtual Events

    A trade show exhibit design firm has launched a set of solutions for companies operating under COVID-19 guidelines to enhance marketing and operations during the ‘new normal.’ “In talking with our clients, they are asking for new ways to market their brand while keeping employees and customers safe,” says Karin Roberts, marketing manager at the Tradeshow Network Marketing Group. The Tradeshow Network’s new services include safety measures for offices, restaurants and other workplaces, virtual exhibits and events, prepackaged rental exhibits…

  • 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 —…

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