News & Articles - meetings industry

  • What Events Industry Experts Think About the 2021 Federal Budget

    The Liberal government delivered its long-awaited budget last month, unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending. Supports were specifically promised to aid the recovery of Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry, which includes meetings and business events. It outlines $1 billion over three years for tourism, starting in 2021/2022; a $500-million Tourism Relief Fund to support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting to the pandemic; a $595-million Recovery Hiring Program to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or…

    The Business of Meetings

  • Whistler Resort Revamps Meetings, Events Offerings

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has reinvented its meetings and events services. The luxury hotel is offering enhanced hybrid meeting solutions and the option to run meetings concurrently at the same venue. The in-person audience can participate with any number of virtual attendees, thanks to state-of-the art technology and health and safety measures. “Our mission is to create a bespoke experience for all participants, whether attending an event physically or virtually,” says general manager, Ali Mohammed. Attendees can experience…

    Breaking News

  • Venues Host What Could be Most Important Event of 21st Century

    Hard-hit by COVID-19, convention centres are once again seeing lines of people eagerly waiting to gain entry. But unlike in ‘normal’ times, they’re not there to attend a ‘typical’ event. Rather, thousands are flocking to these facilities to take a jab in the arm to protect themselves from the potentially deadly virus. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is among several events venues across the country that have pivoted for the public good. Canada’s largest convention and meeting facility opened…

    Event Operations

  • Destination Management Company Expands as Vaccinations Rise

    Hosts Global has debuted a new collection of global destination management companies (DMCs), adding 70 to its portfolio. “Groups are excited to gather again and we’re ready with new places, new members and new possibilities,” says Marty MacKay, Hosts Global’s president of alliance events and operations. With the increase in vaccinations and travel destinations continuing to reopen, meeting and event planners are penciling in group events again. The announcement marks the first of Hosts’ new developments to meet this resurgence. From the start of the pandemic, the company…

    Breaking News

  • MMBC to Host Free Canada-Wide Event

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) will host a free virtual event on April 8, in support of Global Meetings Industry Day. Geared to government decision-makers, media and industry professionals, the theme of the 90-minute webinar is ‘We’re Ready.’ It will emphasize the industry’s readiness to reopen the travel, meetings and business events economy when restrictions are lifted. The event will feature industry leaders from across the country, including Destination Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Convention Centres of Canada,…

    Breaking News

  • MMBC Chair Recognized for Industry Advocacy

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) chair Clark Grue is the recipient of this year’s President’s Award, presented by the Toronto chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). “Over the past year, Clark has captured not only my attention but my deep respect,” said Margaret Binns, president of MPI Toronto. “In his role as chair of MMBC, he works tirelessly to advocate to elected officials and industry stakeholders about the critical social and economic impact that our industry has on the financial…

    Breaking News

  • Event Companies come Together to Elevate Remote Live Experiences

    Two Western Canadian event companies have teamed up to tackle the growing demand for high-end hybrid and virtual events. Experience Factory, a joint venture by OneWest Event Design and Orange Frog Productions, is a 7,000-square-foot private broadcasting studio and hybrid event space fully equipped with both the technology and talent to deliver a virtual event on par with the streaming services, cable networks and awards shows regularly enjoyed remotely. OneWest is an event management and design company in Calgary and…

    Breaking News

  • 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…

    Breaking News

  • Collaboration and Consolidation among Top Trends for Business Events

    Strong industry-wide collaboration to raise the profile of meetings and events will continue in 2021. This is one of the predictions made by the Hotel Booking Agency Association (HBAA). Market and business recovery, the rise of virtual and hybrid events, and the importance of mental health and sustainability are among other items forecasted. The association expects recovery will begin in Q2, at the very earliest, and agencies that haven’t reduced their costs and/or failed to secure new areas of revenue…

    Breaking News

  • 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

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