News & Articles - COVID-19

  • The Show Must Go On: Safe Practices for the Return of Live Events

    The return of in-person conferences and events is crucial to helping economies recover. They attract exhibitors and attendees from all over the world, generating millions of dollars in tourism revenue, and support tens of thousands of jobs across a multitude of industries. As co-chair of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association’s health and safety committee and a member of the industry event and health advisory group for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association…

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  • Sheraton Laval Unveils New Multimedia Studio for Hybrid Events

    Facing the current economic crisis brought about by COVID-19, the Sheraton Laval Hotel has partnered with audiovisual and event production firm, Creativ Nation, to enable Quebec businesses of all sizes to bring large-scale interactive events to life for their employees, clients, partners and collaborators. Together, they unveiled a multimedia studio at an event Aug. 18, that can be used to design hybrid events that allow both a physical and virtual presence of participants. “It is not because physical gatherings are…

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  • How Best to Monetize your Online Event  

    Now almost six months into the worldwide pandemic, most businesses have pivoted from in-person gatherings to virtual events. But despite more people than ever using online platforms, companies continue to struggle with monetization, which may be essential to their survival amid the economic chaos wrought by COVID-19. While there are a variety of methods to earn income from virtual events — ticket sales, paid access to selective streams and upgrades for premium session content, to name a few — perhaps…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • Events Industry Council Launches New Virtual Event for 2020

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) will host a new virtual event this year. Held over three days, EIC Advance is slated to elevate, inspire and connect events industry professionals around the world. It will feature innovative education, peer-to-peer connection, on-demand programming and unique experiences for certified meeting professionals. “Through this global forum, EIC will bring us together as an industry to strengthen our global connections, learn from best practices in all parts of the world, enhance our collaboration and amplify…

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  • Call for Nominations Opens for Expanded Industry Recognition Program

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) has expanded its 2020 Hall of Leaders recognition program to include global awards for social impact, adaptation and innovation. “Honouring individuals and organizations that have offered a lasting impact on our industry is essential,” says EIC board member, Cathy Breden, who chairs the Hall of Leaders task force. “Recognizing their contributions provides inspiration for all of us and creates a pathway for emerging leaders and future contributions.” The Hall of Leaders is a lifetime achievement…

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  • World’s Largest Hotel Chain Ramps up Guidance for Meetings Professionals

    Marriott International has introduced a series of efforts to help event hosts and organizers plan and execute meetings so attendees can “connect with confidence.” The changes include enhanced sanitation guidelines, new operational training for associates and increased use of conference technologies to ensure customers are able to come together when they are ready. Marriott has also created more content on its digital platform about redefined processes and reimagined spaces to provide additional context and information for designing successful events in the…

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  • Canada’s Flight Plan for Safe Travel Receives Support from Airlines, Airports

    Transport Canada has revealed its action plan to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while flying. The multi-layered system of safety protocols applies to both airports and planes. They include travel restrictions; mandatory use of face masks for passengers and crew; health checks prior to passenger boarding; temperature screening; restricted services and passenger movement during flights; and enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices. In airports, these designs and measures include enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems; frequent cleaning of high-touch…

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  • How Businesses are Rising to the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has dealt the events industry a blow that far surpasses any other occurrence in modern history. No business has been left untouched but while some have crippled under the coronavirus outbreak, others have pivoted in ways they wouldn’t have imagined months ago when the outlook for 2020 was so bright. “Prior to the pandemic my team was planning hybrid events, which combines live in-person and virtual components. Now our offerings are primarily virtual-only,” explains Alicia Jenelle of her self-named…

    Event Operations, Uncategorized, Virtual Events

  • Hotels Sue Insurance Provider for Denying COVID-19 Coverage

    Canadian hotels have launched a class action lawsuit against Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada for being denied insurance coverage for loss of business income related to the pandemic. In a statement of claim, Lerners LLP alleges Aviva is in breach of contract when it denied the hotels’ loss of business income coverage after the federal and provincial governments declared states of emergency, restricting their business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This applies to all hotels who were insured under a…

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  • Major Hotel Chains Require Guests Wear Face Masks  

    Just days after the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) released a Safe Stay Guest Checklist, hotel giants have extended mask requirements to guests. Marriott International, Hyatt Hotel Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group and Hilton Hotels and Resorts, among others, now expect patrons to wear masks in all public spaces, including meeting areas, restaurants, bars and fitness centres. Previously, masks were required for employees only. “As part of our commitment to clean, we made it a brand standard that associates wear…

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