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  • Election 2021: How the Parties Compare on Issues that Affect Events Professionals

    The countdown is on until Canada’s federal election — the first-ever held during a pandemic. Where do the parties stand on key issues that may affect meetings and events professionals? Here’s a breakdown (as of Sept. 7) of each platform, as it relates to the industry. Canadians can cast their vote Sept. 20. Advancing polling begins Sept. 10. Bloc Québécois The Bloc has called for a study of the impact of bankruptcies on small and medium-sized businesses, and would like…

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  • Survey Reveals Top Five Expectations of Canadian Business Travellers

    Canadian business travellers overwhelmingly want to return to travel, according to a new report commissioned by Sap Concur. A total of 3,850 business travellers in 25 global markets, including 250 in Canada, were surveyed. Here are the top five Canadian findings. 1. Canadian travellers are ready to get back in the air. Nearly nine in 10 Canadian business travellers are ready to resume travel in the next 12 months. This is driven by travellers’ belief that they will suffer if their…

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  • Canada’s Hotel Industry Showing Signs of Recovery: Report

    Market analysts appear confident that rallying conditions in Canada’s hotel industry are pushing the sector in a positive direction. Colliers’ review of trends in the second quarter of 2021 gauges sentiment at a C+, while Avison Young’s mid-year Canada hotel market summary underscores expectations for improvement in the third and fourth quarters. Both reports examine the interplay of COVID-19-related depressants that will have to lift before occupancy levels, revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rates (ADR) can recover to pre-pandemic levels, and…

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  • Destination Canada Announces New Board Chair

    Liza Frulla is the new board chair of Destination Canada. The CEO and director of Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) was appointed to the position following an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. “Ms. Frulla has an excellent track record in the hospitality industry and in the tourism sector as a whole,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, on the day of the announcement. “Her wealth of experience will truly be an asset…

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  • Feds to Create Vaccination Passport for International Travel

    The federal government is collaborating with provinces and territories to develop a proof of vaccination that will facilitate cross-border travel, while reducing the risk of spread and importation of COVID-19. The plan is based on advice from public health officials with priority placed on the safety and security of all Canadians. “Thanks to the incredible progress that Canadians have made, our country is reopening — gradually (and) cautiously,” says Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “This means that…

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  • Destination Canada Names Two New Hires

    Destination Canada has announced the addition of two members to its team. Gracen Chungath has been named senior vice-president of destination development. Beginning Aug. 30, she will lead the crown corporation’s pan-Canadian strategy for destination development, focusing on investment, strategic partnerships, stewardship and capacity building. Chungath brings exceptional experience in sustainable partnerships, business planning and operations to the role. As director of operations, planning and program management for the City of Vancouver since 2016, Chungath has led three divisions and…

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  • Federal Government Launches Tourism Relief Fund

    Canadian tourism businesses and organizations can now apply for support to welcome back visitors. The federal government made the announcement July 12, as part of the launch of its new $500-million Tourism Relief Fund. “Our government has been there for the tourism sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and (this adds) another tool to the suite of COVID supports that will help it recover and prepare for future growth and create jobs,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic…

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  • Feds Granting Exemptions for Fully Vaccinated Travellers Who Meet Specific Conditions

    Starting July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT the Canadian government is extending exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada, if they meet specific conditions. Qualifying individuals include those who: • are eligible to enter Canada; • are asymptomatic; • meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers; and • meet all other entry requirements, including entering information in ArriveCAN before arrival. Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from quarantine, hotel stopover (for air travellers), and…

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  • Destination Canada Launches New Portals to Encourage Domestic Travel

    Destination Canada has launched two new portals to encourage domestic travel, which is the key to the recovery and revitalization of Canada’s tourism industry. The Canadian Packages Portal showcases Canadian tour packages across each province and territory, featuring built-out itineraries for domestic travellers to explore and experience the best of Canada. This new portal will support tour operators by providing access to an engaged audience through the Keep Exploring page, which will lead to conversion and bookings. Content will be…

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