News & Articles - COVID-19

  • Exhibition Industry’s Largest International Meeting goes Digital

    The global association of the exhibition industry, UFI, has announced its worldwide conference will be digital-only this year. “Our members have been telling us they want to connect, learn and have the global UFI community brought together,” says UFI president, Mary Larkin. “Since COVID-19 will not allow us to do this face-to-face, we are moving online to host the most accessible UFI Global Congress ever. Quality content, flexible timings and accessibility — these are the best ways to serve the…

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  • Canadian Airline Suspends Most Service in Atlantic Region

    WestJet flights to four cities in the Maritimes will be discontinued next month. The carrier will indefinitely suspend routes to Moncton and Fredericton, N.B., Sydney, N.S., and Charlottetown, P.E.I, on Nov. 2. The move will eliminate more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 per cent of seat capacity from the region. “It has become unviable to serve these markets and these decisions were regrettably inevitable as demand is being obliterated by the Atlantic bubble and third-party fee increases,” says…

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  • Products to Help Attendees Physically Distance at Events

    Have you accidentally come within two metres of another person during COVID times? The answer is no doubt yes. People are social beings who seek closeness with others. It’s human nature and therefore bound to happen. So how can we help attendees comply with social distancing rules at events? While it’s an event planner’s responsibility to ensure a venue allows for physical distancing, simply having that space does not guarantee it will occur. Here are four products that can assist…

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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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  • New Business Mentorship Program Offers Free Support to Event Professionals

    Event Leadership Institute (ELI) has partnered with McVeigh Global Meetings and Events (MGME) to launch a mentoring program for business owners and operators seeking strategic support and guidance to navigate the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Event business owners, agencies and third-party suppliers went from a banner year in 2019 to a full ground stop of work in March,” says ELI founder, Howard Givner. “Now they’re scrambling for survival and resources to help them chart a path to…

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  • What it’s Like to Open a Hotel during the Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it’s had on Canada’s hospitality and travel industries, several brave brands have forged ahead with ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new hotels. This includes Vancouver-based Northland Properties Corp., which opened not one but two hotels last month, though the celebratory occasions were more low-key. On Sept. 8, the company introduced its first Signature-branded hotel, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel, in Saskatchewan. On the same day, Atlantic Canada welcomed the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. “We are…

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  • Adapting your Sampling, Promotions Strategy in the New Normal

    COVID-19 has, without a doubt, taken the world by storm. It’s halted industries and stopped most social gatherings. Beyond this, it’s created a new normalcy. Some might say the pandemic has been the biggest driver of change in recent decades (or even a century). But what does this mean for the sampling and promotions industry? Take-Home Method The days where you simply walk over to a counter for a sample are gone. As consumers prioritize health and safety, smart sampling…

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  • First-Ever Hybrid Sanitizer Smartphone Combines Safety with Signage

    Event technology and digital solutions provider Giant iTab has launched the world’s first hybrid sanitizer smartphone to keep attendees of live events safe during the pandemic. The kiosk has health and safety features, including auto hand sanitizer and a temperature reader. Visitors offer their wrist to the infrared monitor and will be given a green or red indicator light to confirm they are safe to enter the premises. It also has analytics to show how, where and when it was…

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  • Feds Announce Support for Black Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

    The federal government is creating a new national program to help Black Canadian entrepreneurs recover from the COVID-19 crisis and help grow their businesses. The prime minister announced the $221 million initiative Sept. 9, which will include both private and public funding. “The pandemic has shone a light on the inequalities that disproportionately hurt Black Canadians, and has underscored the need to restart our economy in a way that allows all Canadians an equal chance to succeed,” said Justin Trudeau…

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  • Dormant Venues to be Lit Up as Reminder of Pandemic’s Devastating Impact  

    Event venues across the country will be lit up red for one hour after sundown on Sept. 22, to raise awareness for an industry that continues to feel the economic fallout of the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. The initiative is led by Live Event Community, an organization that was formed in March in the aftermath of mass event cancellations due to COVID-19. “People are really looking to do something, however symbolic it may be,”…

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