News & Articles - COVID-19

  • Three Lessons from Catching COVID-19 for Event Producers

    I caught COVID-19 in early October. It was considered a mild case and I have since recovered. I never experienced shortness of breath or worried about my long-term health, for which I am very grateful. Here’s where it gets interesting. My symptoms started exactly six days prior to the start of a three-day in-person client event — one with a need for high-touch execution across multiple venues on back-to-back days. I want to note that our client’s main focus through the…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning

  • Survey: 2021 will be a Hybrid Year

    Nearly three-quarters of meeting planners are moving their face-to-face events to virtual or hybrid next year, according to the most recent Meetings and Events Pulse Survey conducted by Global DMC Partners. This despite the majority of surveyed planners predicting the return of in-person events in the first half of 2021, though 57 per cent believe events will be downsized in the future, with the largest events topping out at 250 attendees. A majority also believe average event attendee numbers will…

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  • New App Provides Businesses with Contact Tracing Capabilities

    A northern Ontario start-up has created an easy-to-use mobile tool to help organizations manage the health and contact information of visitors — whether an employee, client, participant or customer — prior to point of entry. The versatile web-based app, saniTrakr, can be customized according to unique business needs. “Each organization has its own requirements for capturing COVID-19-related information,” says saniTrakr co-founder, Robbie Saunders. “Whether it’s a manufacturer ensuring safety protocols are being met for employees, a medical office checking in patients,…

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  • Number of GBAC Star Certified Facilities Climbs

    Seventeen Canadian facilities are now Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accredited and 11 more have committed to certification. Ramada by Wyndham Kamloops in British Columbia, Hyatt Place Edmonton West, RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Hyatt Place Ottawa West and Fredericton Convention Centre in New Brunswick are among those that have started the coronavirus cleaning and prevention program. Administered by GBAC, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, GBAC Star is considered the gold standard of prepared facilities.…

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  • World’s Largest Business Travel Association Acquires Defunct ACTE

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has acquired key assets of the defunct Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) as part of its pledge to unify the industry and help lead business travel out of the COVID-19 crisis. “We are beyond thrilled to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating one home for the thousands of business travel professionals who will collectively bring back business travel bigger and better than ever,” says GBTA president, Bhart Sarin. As part of the integration…

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  • How Contracts and Negotiations have Changed with COVID-19

    The events industry was among the first sectors hit by the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover, forcing many event professionals to cancel or postpone scheduled events. In the process, it has raised questions (and concern) around contracts and ensuing obligations. Here, Heather Reid, founder and CEO of Planner Protect, an Ontario-based contract review agency that negotiates event contracts for organizations and those hosting events, fields Corporate Meetings Network’s questions on this all-too important topic during…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning

  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

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  • Lessons Learned from Moving a Massive In-Person Event Online

    Taking the well-oiled machine that is Cvent CONNECT and transforming it into an entirely new experience wasn’t easy. From the initial pivot to getting buy-in, strategically designing the event to new technology considerations, Cvent’s director of meetings and events, Rachel Andrews, and senior manager of meetings and events, Paulina Curto, share lessons learned from moving the world’s largest event technology and hospitality conference online. The Digital Pivot While pre-event risk conversations occurred back in 2019, the decision to go virtual…

    Virtual Events

  • Pandemic Drives IAEE to Pivot to Virtual Expo

    Due to the enhanced negative realities of COVID-19, the in-person portion of the 2020 International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo! has been cancelled. In its place, IAEE will host a virtual event with many of the same show elements. “In light of current health and safety concerns, the board has unanimously decided to transition this face-to-face event to a wholly virtual experience,” says IAEE chair, Bob McLean. “With this decision, the board and staff have recommitted our…

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  • Travel Alberta Taps Tourism Champ as New CEO

    Six months after losing then-president and CEO Royce Chwin to Tourism Vancouver, Travel Alberta has named his successor. David Goldstein officially joined the province’s destination promotion organization Nov. 16, at a crucial time for the tourism industry. “David brings tremendous knowledge and sector-specific experience that will be vital to support our industry through this important time,” says Travel Alberta board chair, Linda Southern-Heathcott. “(His) connection and passion to tourism in Canada will ensure Alberta is well-positioned to once again welcome…

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