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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The 3 Ss to Planning Events and Adhering to Physical Distancing Guidelines

    Hand sanitizer, check! Wipes, check! Face masks, check! Seating arrangements according to provincial guidelines, check! Individual tracking data, check! Adhering to physical distancing guidelines may appear to be a bit overwhelming. When in-person meetings and events resume, the first events are likely to be quite small and will probably serve as a benchmark for larger gatherings. Lessons learned from each event will be crucial to event planners who want to be successful in the future and generate positive feedback on…

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  • Hybrid Events: The Next Step to Getting Back to the Event-Planning Business

    Hybrid events – where in-person audiences are mixed with audiences attending virtually – are the next step in the world getting back to business, including the events and meetings sector. Though, to be honest, that definition is a bit too simplistic perhaps. The Events Industry Council provides this definition: “A meeting that combines face-to-face and virtual aspects.” But what that combination means exactly is up to event planners, it seems. Many events will go this route to ease into getting back into…

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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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  • Six Rules of Etiquette for Virtual Events and Meetings

    Covid-19 vaccine rates globally hover at about five per cent and Canada is sitting at 4.8 per cent as of this writing, which means for the event and meeting planning industry virtual events are still very much a reality for the next while. Soon we can get back to in-person meetings and events, but for now we’re still Zoom-ing. So what points of etiquette should be noted? Well, a few things. Just as we would be considerate and watch our…

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  • 7 Reasons Why Virtual Events Can Be Better Than Traditional Face-to-Face Events

    There are ongoing debates around the efficiency of virtual events. However, a great number of event planners are reinventing themselves and suggesting that their clients convert their conferences to an online platform. It’s true that face to face (F2F) interactions and networking is different than a virtual experience. But many virtual events can be just as good, if not better, than being in person. Below are top seven reasons why virtual events can be better than F2F events: Cost efficiency:…

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  • Four Seasons is Helping Event Planners Foster Connections with Hybrid Meetings

    Industry-leading multi-broadcast, hub and spoke, video conferencing, and gala to-go offerings allow hosts and planners to create memorable experiences while maintaining guest health and safety every step of the way. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is making it easier to bring people together by combining in-person and virtual settings in a re-imagined meetings and events offering. Hybrid Meetings by Four Seasons combines creative design with the latest audio-visual technology, and a commitment to health and safety. While the meetings and events landscape…

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