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  • Ottawa Convention Centre Receives Cash Injection

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre will receive up to $2 million this year to support its continued operation and maintenance. The funding injection is part of $8 million in newly announced tourism support from the Ontario government. “This funding will enable the Shaw Centre to continue to adapt and respond to the new realities facing tourism businesses — ensuring that, when it is safe to do so, they are prepared for a renewed travel interest in Canada’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

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  • Calgary Convention Centre Expansion Project Construction Now Underway

    Crews have broken ground on the $500 million BMO Centre expansion at Calgary’s Stampede Park in the city’s developing culture and entertainment district. “We are thrilled to see this project move into the construction phase on schedule,” said Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC). “I believe it’s just the beginning of big, positive change for this district and downtown Calgary as a whole — something that’s going to be galvanizing for our city, which, as…

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  • B.C. Convention Centre Re-envisions Space for Safe Return of Events

    In anticipation of the return of in-person events, the Vancouver Convention Centre has put together a ‘safe events’ plan. Called ReDesign, the convention centre worked with industry partners to create a live demonstration space that highlights how event aspects could evolve amid the changing industry landscape. “We took a proactive step to explore what events will look like and how they can function so our clients are able to host meaningful experiences with the assurance that decisions are informed by…

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  • New Plans Unveiled for Two Events Venues in Metro Vancouver

    Plans for Metro Vancouver’s newest events and convention centre are coming into focus. Burnaby city council outlined a potential direction for the facility last week. With a total floor area of 196,380 square feet, the concept features a 60,000-square-foot hall that could be used for a single event or reconfigured into two separate spaces to allow events to take place simultaneously. Other areas of the proposed venue include approximately 40,000 square feet of atrium lobby and pre-function space, 27,000 square feet…

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  • Toronto Hotel Debuts Fresh Look after Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

    The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport reopened its doors Jan. 11, after completing a $20 million renovation. The transformation marks a new beginning for the hotel, which looks forward to hosting conferences and meetings when the need resumes. “The hotel is one of the largest airport hotels in the market and now the most modern,” says Sukhdev Toor, president of Manga Hotels, which owns and operates the Crowne Plaza. “The renovation and undertaking of this new look and design was extensive…

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  • Calgary’s BMO Centre Expansion Project Enters New Stage

    Work to expand BMO Centre at Calgary’s Stampede Park is entering a new phase with the completion of Exhibit Hall F — 100,000 square feet of exhibition space on the north side of the existing convention centre. “Over the past 18 months, our project team has made significant progress on the preparatory work required to support the successful delivery of the BMO Centre expansion,” says Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC). “While we’ve certainly…

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  • Number of GBAC Star Certified Facilities Climbs

    Seventeen Canadian facilities are now Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accredited and 11 more have committed to certification. Ramada by Wyndham Kamloops in British Columbia, Hyatt Place Edmonton West, RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Hyatt Place Ottawa West and Fredericton Convention Centre in New Brunswick are among those that have started the coronavirus cleaning and prevention program. Administered by GBAC, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, GBAC Star is considered the gold standard of prepared facilities.…

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  • 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,…

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  • Hyatt Continues Brand Expansion amid COVID-19

    In a year when hotels are facing unprecedented challenges, Hyatt forged ahead to open a new hotel and convention centre in Mississauga, Ont. “We are excited to introduce Ontario’s first Hyatt Place hotel to the area,” says general manager, Celso Thompson. “With our smartly designed social spaces, including adaptable, state-of-the-art meetings and events spaces, and rooms with separate work and sleep areas, guests can easily multitask and accomplish what they need to do while on the road.” Located in the…

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  • Six Considerations Before Hosting a Live Event in the Coronavirus World

    With Alberta greenlighting indoor trade shows and exhibiting events, and other provinces likely to soon follow-suit, you may be eager (and have the opportunity) to squeeze an event in before the year is out. And rightfully so! Since March, the events industry has made do with virtual options, which, although effective, do not compare to the magic of a live event. But much has changed since pre-COVID-19. Where do you start? Here’s what you should consider as you embark on…

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