News & Articles - COVID-19

  • 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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  • World’s Largest Tech Conference will be Online-Only in 2021

    With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, CES will be an all-digital experience in 2021. According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and operates the CES, the decision to shift the U.S.’s largest business-to-business trade show and conference to an online format was a result of concern for the tens of thousands of people expected to convene in Las Vegas for the multi-day event, which was originally set for Jan. 6-9, 2021. “Technology helps…

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  • Montreal Apartment-style Hotel Flouts the Odds and Opens Amid Pandemic

    Montreal’s newest hotel has opened its doors to visitors, as occupancy rates at local hotels averaged only about 10 per cent in June because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Griffintown Hotel boasts a unique experience. It offers guests not simply rooms but complete one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo-style apartments in the 14-storey building. Ranging in size from 395 to 845 square feet, each of the 114 apartments is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, and clothes washer and dryer so guests…

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  • How to Pull-off a Trade Show During the Pandemic

    With strong lockdown measures instituted in March to stymie the spread of COVID-19, the roller coaster of emotions that comes with executing an event came to a standstill. But in late June, I got the opportunity to get back on that ride for a two-day international trade show. Say what? How inappropriate during a pandemic! What was even more tasteless is I attended the event in my slippers, no makeup and hardly dressed for the business occasion. I am of…

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  • Are Virtual Event Speakers the Ultimate Resource?

    With most conferences and trade shows cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies and associations have pivoted to online events. Organizers of these virtual options are eager to ensure they provide a premium educational offering that rivals their live in-person counterparts. But what role do speakers play? Here, Speakers’ Spotlight’s co-founder and president, Martin Perelmuter, answers this question among others to help you transform your next virtual event into an extraordinary experience. What value does a speaker add to a…

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  • Alberta Issues Event Guidelines as Trade Shows, Exhibits get Green Light

    Indoor trade shows and exhibiting events are allowed again in Alberta. The announcement was made July 16, at a press conference. The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said after studying other jurisdictions that have reopened such activities, it was found events don’t seem to be large spreaders of the coronavirus. The government has developed guidelines to support event organizers in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among workers, volunteers, patrons and the general public. Organizers…

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  • Colour-coded Bracelets Offer Social Distancing Solution at Events

    The entrepreneurs who made their debut on Shark Tank have launched their latest product, Social Bands, aimed at helping places where large groups of people gather like trade shows and exhibitions. The colour-coded bracelets allow wearers to silently communicate their physical distancing preferences at meetings to avoid having an awkward conversation. Red indicates no contact, yellow means elbows only and green invites high-fives and handshakes. “This is new, uncharted territory for all of us,” says Desiree Haller, co-founder of Social Bands.…

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  • Edmonton Venues Commit to Achieve GBAC Star Certification

    A pair of convention centres in Alberta’s capital will become two of the first venues in Canada to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. The announcement by the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton Expo Centre comes less than a month after the Toronto Congress Centre committed to the standard, and just days before the provincial government announced the resumption of trade shows and exhibits, effective July 17. GBAC Star is considered the gold standard…

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  • Association Representing Corporate Travel Executives Files for Bankruptcy

    The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has ceased operations after more than three decades in ‘business.’ In a notice on the association’s website, ACTE cited the dual impacts of the cancellation of its August 2019 ACTE Global Summit in Macau due to political unrest in Hong Kong and fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic for its decision. “The employees and board members of ACTE have worked tirelessly to reduce costs and find a home for the ACTE community within a…

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  • City Council Throws Winnipeg Convention Centre Financial Lifeline

    Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre is getting a much-needed injection of cash. City council has agreed to loan the 260,000-square-foot facility $7.5 million to help keep it afloat during the COVID-19 economic downturn. The financial assistance will go toward covering losses that may continue through to next year. The city-owned convention centre has experienced cancellations and postponement of events that have devastated operations. Councillors who voted in favour of the loan guarantee say they did so because the downtown convention centre is…

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