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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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  • New Seat Selection Tool Makes Social Distancing Simple

    Seats.io has released an advanced social distancing seat selection tool to assist with the reopening of the events industry and help rebuild consumer confidence. Unlike static solutions that already exist, like blocking seats before showing the floor plan, the tool allows event organizers to apply social distancing rules in real-time when ticket buyers select their seats online. For instance, they can indicate how much social distancing is required for an event, depending on the location, or how many people in…

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  • Mobile Event Apps: How to Choose the Right One

    Mobile event apps are almost expected today and will become even more important as face-to-face exhibitions resume. But with so many offering similar features, how do you decide which is the best one? While research shows cost is the biggest determining factor for organizers when selecting an event app, it shouldn’t be the only one. Here’s what you need to consider. 1. Functionality. Establish what you require and then find out if the app provides it. What you need will…

    Event Operations, Social Media & Technology

  • Organizers, Venues take Meaningful Steps to Bring Events Industry Back

    The events industry is getting ready for a new landscape as provincial and local governments country-wide lift pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and group gatherings. Recognizing people may be uneasy and even anxious about attending larger exhibitions like conferences and trade shows when they are allowed to resume, organizers and venues are taking steps now to impart consumer confidence. “We have been preparing for a return of events by building a list of potential measures that sit under the cornerstones of…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

  • 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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  • 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…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • 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…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • 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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  • How to Pivot Sponsors from In-Person to Virtual Events

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many event brands are taking steps to move online. But how do you keep sponsors satisfied during the virtual transition? Establish an E-mail Marketing Campaign E-mail is one of the most powerful ways to communicate with attendees, regardless the circumstances. Offer sponsors an e-newsletter bundle with featured content that’s sent to attendees. Include sponsors and links to their websites and social media channels. Prior to deployment, make sure e-mails are both informative and…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • What Events May Look Like After the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has stopped meetings and events in their tracks. But although an unprecedented time for the industry, it will undoubtedly recover. “I am strongly convinced the physical event business will bounce back,” says best-selling author and frequent public speaker, David Meerman Scott, who studies how neuroscience affects behaviour. “Humans crave physical interaction with other humans. We want to be part of a tribe — that’s baked into our neuroscience. Our brains thrive around being around people who are just like…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

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