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  • 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…

  • Expansion of CAEM Mentorship Program Aims to Create Sense of Community

    The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) has opened applications for its expanded mentorship program. The broadened program will not only foster mentor-mentee relationships but enable peer-to-peer ones, too. CAEM says it hopes the change will create a greater sense of community during these unprecedented times. Launched in 2019, the mentorship program matches leaders in Canada’s event and exposition community with emerging business professionals to inspire and enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow. To apply, mentors must have…

  • Canadian Airline Revs Up for Summer with New Schedule, Cancellation Policy

    The country’s largest airline is ready for take-off, even if the advisory against non-essential travel remains in place for Canadians. Air Canada has released a new summer flight schedule to nearly 100 cities in North America and globally, at a time when some economies begin to open up. Within Canada, the schedule will increase to 58 routes in June from 34 in May, with more to be added in August and September. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, during…

  • Steps to Protect Yourself if an Event is Cancelled

    Many events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in cancellations. Some vendors have returned deposits while others have agreed to hold them as a credit toward rescheduled events. Then there are those who have refused refunds or credits altogether. Why the difference? It often comes down to the terms included in your contract. With uncertainty around the outbreak and, consequently, when in-person events may take place, it’s important to review the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty. Also,…

  • GBAC Star Certification to Help with Reopening of Events Industry

    A new program will enable public venues of all sizes to create and maintain an effective cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention plan that could help with the safe resumption of face-to-face events and allay attendee concerns. Unveiled by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, GBAC Star establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures and systems to control and minimize the risk associated with virulent agents like the strain…

  • Study Shows Increased Confidence in COVID-19 Business Restoration

    Most companies are planning COVID-19 recovery for 2020, with one-third preparing for it in the next three months, according to a new report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). “The global business travel industry remains at a standstill but we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of this very long tunnel,” says GBTA CEO, Scott Solombrino. GBTA is a business travel and meetings trade organization with operations on six continents. It surveyed almost 1,600 member…

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