News & Articles - COVID-19

  • IAEE White Paper Highlights Considerations for Safe Return of Events

    A new white paper released by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) provides essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although we are eager to get back to our usual face-to-face business environment, safety must be the top priority and we must look to the science and medical communities for the best ways to go about producing our shows,” says IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois. IAEE’s health and safety task force teamed…

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  • Luxury Hotel Chain Reopens Four Resorts in Western Canada

    Some of Canada’s nicest hotels are back in business in time for summer travel. Fairmont resorts in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alta., and Whistler, B.C., reopened their doors June 1, after being closed for nearly two months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening includes guest services, select food and beverage venues, golf courses and limited spa services. The four hotels — Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Chateau Whistler —…

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  • Longest Running Canadian Expo for Events Industry Cancelled

    Canada’s largest event for the meetings, incentive travel, special events and promotions industry has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event producer Newcom Media made the announcement about this year’s Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo) in a statement released June 3. “We were hoping the August show would be the first step toward reconnecting the industry in a personal and meaningful way (but) unfortunately we will not have the opportunity in 2020,” says director of events for…

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  • Survey Looks to Find Out Best Online Conference Platforms

    Online conferences and meetings have exploded amid the COVID-19 pandemic and so, too, has the number of platforms that support these virtual events. In an effort to determine which are the best, sponsorship expert Larry Weil has launched a survey. “Most users don’t get past the four or five best known platforms,” says Weil, founder of The Sponsorship Guy. “Because it is not reasonable to expect these platforms to tell you what they are not good at, we have taken…

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  • Seven Tips to Set Up a Successful Online Event

    Online corporate meetings and conferences are becoming the norm for many businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak, and they’re likely here to stay post-COVID-19 because of their intrinsic value. These virtual events expand audience reach, provide evergreen content opportunities, allow for in-depth reporting on attendees and are more cost-effective than their on-site counterparts. They’re also not at the mercy of external factors like a major storm or global pandemic, as is the case today. While some organizations have already fully transitioned…

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  • Shifting from Physical to Online Events: Is it the Right Move?

    The meetings and events industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the social distancing measures aimed at reducing its spread. Companies and organizations have made changes to adapt during this unprecedented period, postponing, rescheduling or moving events online. But are all events suited to a virtual audience? Event coordinator Martha Feenstra says surprisingly yes. She even expects some may remain completely online on the other side of the pandemic. “I never thought I would enjoy a virtual music concert…

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  • Reopening Exhibitions Key to Rebuilding Economies: GED 2020 Focus

    Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is going virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19. Held each June, exhibit and event industry professionals come together to foster relationships and build awareness with legislators and other policy influencers. This year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events aims to raise awareness of, and advocacy for, the impact face-to-face exhibitions have on local economies, and the critical role they play in building businesses and connecting people around the world. GED is actively supported and promoted…

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  • CMEExpo Launches Free Webinar Series for Meeting, Event Professionals

    The largest and longest running trade show and conference for meeting and event professionals has launched a brand-new virtual learning program. Called Speaker Series, the webinars will feature exclusive interviews with top industry leaders and experts about topics that matter most to attendees. “Our live event is known for its gold star education. To be able to deliver the same level of content through webinars will allow us to inspire our community of meeting professionals in a new way,” says…

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  • Expansion of CAEM Mentorship Program Aims to Create Sense of Community

    The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) has opened applications for its expanded mentorship program. The broadened program will not only foster mentor-mentee relationships but enable peer-to-peer ones, too. CAEM says it hopes the change will create a greater sense of community during these unprecedented times. Launched in 2019, the mentorship program matches leaders in Canada’s event and exposition community with emerging business professionals to inspire and enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow. To apply, mentors must have…

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  • Canadian Airline Revs Up for Summer with New Schedule, Cancellation Policy

    The country’s largest airline is ready for take-off, even if the advisory against non-essential travel remains in place for Canadians. Air Canada has released a new summer flight schedule to nearly 100 cities in North America and globally, at a time when some economies begin to open up. Within Canada, the schedule will increase to 58 routes in June from 34 in May, with more to be added in August and September. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, during…

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