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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…

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  • 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…

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    Anchor Audio Expands Presence in Canada

    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…

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  • What Events Industry Experts Think About the 2021 Federal Budget

    The Liberal government delivered its long-awaited budget last month, unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending. Supports were specifically promised to aid the recovery of Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry, which includes meetings and business events. It outlines $1 billion over three years for tourism, starting in 2021/2022; a $500-million Tourism Relief Fund to support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting to the pandemic; a $595-million Recovery Hiring Program to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or…

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  • PMIC Partners with MediaEdge on New Building Operator Designation Program

    The Property Management Institute of Canada (PMIC) and MediaEdge Communications are partnering to develop a series of certificates that will lead to a new Canadian building operator designation. Real estate industry professionals across Canada helped to shape the program and will continue doing so based on concerns about existing skills gaps, industry shortages of skilled building operators, and the need to create a career path to support both the advancement and recognition of building operation as an occupation. “We are…

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  • EY Centre Names New Show Services Provider

    Eastern Ontario’s largest exhibition centre has a new show services provider. EY Centre announced its official partnership with Stronco on April 15. “It was paramount for us to choose an experienced partner who has a depth of experience and reputation for service excellence to seamlessly support our customers through post-pandemic recovery,” says EY Centre general manager, Neill Bales. “Stronco’s solid roots in the industry, especially in the Ontario market, made (it) the ideal partner of choice for our facility. The…

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  • Earth Day Event Spotlights the Most Sustainable Canadian Destinations

    The Sustainable Events Forum will host a virtual celebration of Canadian event destinations to mark Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day for Event People will shine a light on 10 of the most sustainable locations, as voted by attendees: St. John’s, Nfld., Halifax, Charlottetown, Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Banff, Alta., Vancouver, Victoria and Whitehorse. Event professionals who host events in these destinations will make the case for their chosen nominee. Attendees will then have the opportunity to choose…

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  • Venues Host What Could be Most Important Event of 21st Century

    Hard-hit by COVID-19, convention centres are once again seeing lines of people eagerly waiting to gain entry. But unlike in ‘normal’ times, they’re not there to attend a ‘typical’ event. Rather, thousands are flocking to these facilities to take a jab in the arm to protect themselves from the potentially deadly virus. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is among several events venues across the country that have pivoted for the public good. Canada’s largest convention and meeting facility opened…

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  • WestJet to Expand Service in Anticipation of Summer Demand for Travel

    WestJet is expanding its service in Western Canada. The Calgary-based airline will add 11 non-stop routes this summer. “As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery,” says WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims. “Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.” The flights will be offered up to three times a week in…

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  • Event Companies come Together to Elevate Remote Live Experiences

    Two Western Canadian event companies have teamed up to tackle the growing demand for high-end hybrid and virtual events. Experience Factory, a joint venture by OneWest Event Design and Orange Frog Productions, is a 7,000-square-foot private broadcasting studio and hybrid event space fully equipped with both the technology and talent to deliver a virtual event on par with the streaming services, cable networks and awards shows regularly enjoyed remotely. OneWest is an event management and design company in Calgary and…

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