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  • Savvy Swag Bag Items that will Thrill Online Event Attendees

    Who doesn’t love free stuff? Other than printed collateral and overly branded products, most people welcome giveaways. And the cooler and more usable the gift, the greater lasting impression it will have on event attendees. Here are five items to consider including in the ever-popular swag bag, which has become an increasingly critical way to connect with registrants as events have moved online. Headphones or Earbuds Headphones or earbuds are handy for listening to seminars, they can be used long…

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  • Feds Launch Program that Provides Financial Aid to Hard-Hit Businesses

    Eligible businesses can now start applying to the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). Announced Jan. 26, the program provides financial support to businesses across the country, in all sectors, that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. This includes restaurants, businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors, and those that rely on in-person service. Through HASCAP, the Business Development Bank of Canada will work with participating Canadian financial institutions to offer government guaranteed, low interest loans of up…

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  • Work Program Offers Temporary Employment to Events Industry Personnel

    GES has launched a program that provides temporary work for experienced exhibition professionals in anticipation of in-person events returning in 2021. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and events abruptly cancelling, thousands of experienced and talented trade show personnel lost employment,” says Jeff Quade, executive vice-president of exhibitions at GES. “As shows and events begin to come back safely, we want to prioritize work opportunities for those talented and skilled exhibition employees that have been so pivotal to the success of…

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  • New Guide Aims to Help Event Organizers Emerge from Pandemic Better Positioned

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) has released a new guidebook to assist events professionals amidst major disruptions like the current global pandemic. “It is critical we continue to raise the notion of resilience and adaptions to drive innovative practices,” says EIC CEO, Amy Calvert. “A resource that aggregates and curates principles of business continuity will support industry professionals and organizations as they work to strengthen their business models and prepare for recovery and their future relevance.” The Business Continuity Accepted…

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  • How to Drive Online Engagement with Gamification

    Virtual events aren’t a new concept but they have stepped into the limelight because of COVID, and it’s clear they’re here to stay. Grand View Research projects the virtual events market will increase 10-fold over the next decade, to be valued at $774 billion US. The most innovative event planners are already adapting and working to perfect this medium. Their goal, of course, is to ensure attendees are engaged and satisfied, especially from home. The Challenges of Going Virtual Online…

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  • Vancouver Convention Centre Starts 2021 on High Note

    The Vancouver Convention Centre has earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery, and been awarded the 2020 Clean Air Award by the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA). Administered by GBAC, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, GBAC Star provides third-party validation that public facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations. With the events venue’s achievement, all of B.C. Pavilion Corp.’s (PavCo) facilities have earned the…

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  • Toronto Hotel Debuts Fresh Look after Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

    The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport reopened its doors Jan. 11, after completing a $20 million renovation. The transformation marks a new beginning for the hotel, which looks forward to hosting conferences and meetings when the need resumes. “The hotel is one of the largest airport hotels in the market and now the most modern,” says Sukhdev Toor, president of Manga Hotels, which owns and operates the Crowne Plaza. “The renovation and undertaking of this new look and design was extensive…

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  • MMBC’s New Video Series Addresses Advocacy Work and Initiatives

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) started the year with a new video series outlining its key activities for the first quarter of 2021. The first video, featuring chair Clark Grue, addresses the coalition’s advocacy work and provincial initiatives. Grue explains MMBC will continue to advance the following messaging to all levels of government: face-to-face events bring business leaders together to create transactional opportunities that drive the economy, jobs and other growth opportunities; and the business events sector has decades of…

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  • Hilton Introduces Hybrid Solutions for Meetings and Events

    Hilton has introduced a set of hybrid solutions to address the dramatic shift away from in-person meetings and events during the pandemic. The new offerings, which will continue to evolve alongside customer needs, direct event planners to Hilton’s hybrid-ready hotels while also providing them with additional resources, including an expanded ‘playbook’ with in-depth information on planning and executing small hybrid events and flexible customer offers for a more seamless contract experience. “Hilton has remained a leader in the meetings and…

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  • New App Adds Real-Time Language Translation to Any Virtual Event Platform

    Interprefy has launched a desktop app that allows real-time interpreting to be added to any virtual meeting and event. “The new normal of connecting remotely offers an unprecedented opportunity for event organizers to attract a wider and more diverse audience, and to democratize access to the conversation by offering a truly multilingual experience where everybody listens and speaks in a language they’re proficient in,” says Interprefy CEO, Annett Polaszewski-Plath. Interprefy Select can be used on any live streaming platform, including…

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