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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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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  • What Events May Look Like After the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has stopped meetings and events in their tracks. But although an unprecedented time for the industry, it will undoubtedly recover. “I am strongly convinced the physical event business will bounce back,” says best-selling author and frequent public speaker, David Meerman Scott, who studies how neuroscience affects behaviour. “Humans crave physical interaction with other humans. We want to be part of a tribe — that’s baked into our neuroscience. Our brains thrive around being around people who are just like…

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  • 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…

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  • 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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  • Sanitized Air Travel to Affect More than 70 Points in Passenger Journey: Report

    Dozens of areas in an airport could change after the coronavirus pandemic to restore confidence in flying, according to a leading aviation marketing consultancy firm. In its latest report, SimpliFlying details what it will be like to fly in the age of ‘sanitized’ travel, from check-in through arrival at the destination. Highlights of the multi-step approach to passenger safety include all bags to be ‘sanitagged,’ the touchless cabin, in-flight janitor and the end of the ‘30-minute turn.’ Beginning with online…

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  • Company Pivots Scope of Service to Save its Business During Pandemic

    A leading Canadian event staffing company is shifting its service during the coronavirus outbreak. BBW Event Staff has announced it is transforming its trained customer service professionals into COVID safety ambassadors to help businesses and properties safely reopen. “If we don’t do something now, we won’t be around on the other side of the pandemic to see our customers and employees again,” says BBW senior vice-president and co-founder, Sheila Wong. “I’m not letting a virus take us down after three…

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