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  • 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…

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  • GBTA Revises Dates for ‘Back to Business’ Travel Event

    The world’s largest business travel association has pushed back its annual convention to late fall. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) decided to change the dates to Nov. 17-19, after taking into consideration feedback from members, exhibitors and sponsors, and in recognition of the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global travel sector. It will still take place in Orlando, Fla. “This shift allows us to better accommodate all our members, especially those travelling from outside the U.S.,…

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  • 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…

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  • Nearly Two-Thirds of Businesses Most Impacted by COVID will not Survive

    Sixty per cent of Canada’s hardest hit businesses will not survive to the end of the year if the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) supports are not renewed beyond their June 5 deadline. This is according to a March survey released by the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, an industry-driven group of more than 100 stakeholders representing a variety of sectors, including tourism, travel, arts and culture, events and festivals, accommodation and hospitality. “Our…

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  • Study to Evaluate Events Industry Losses Spurred by Pandemic

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) has launched a new study that will examine the events industry’s impact on the global economy and, for the first time, quantify the cumulative losses experienced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This study will provide critical data,” says EIC CEO, Amy Calvert. “Understanding those important points will help with advocacy efforts as we navigate towards the recovery.” The high-profile project will cover the full economic impact of events, using 2019 as a watermark,…

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  • Canadian City Seeks Accreditation as Safe Destination for Travel, Business

    Edmonton will soon be the first Canadian destination with a health and safety designation. Explore Edmonton is collaborating with its tourism and hospitality industries to pursue a city-wide Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation. “Edmonton’s tourism, hospitality and events industries will play an important role in our region’s post-COVID recovery, getting people back to work, welcoming travellers back to the city and delivering important economic and social benefits to our region,” says Maggie Davison, acting CEO of Explore Edmonton.…

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  • Toronto Pearson takes Top Honours for Best Airport, Hygiene

    For the fourth year in a row, Toronto Pearson has been named the best large airport in North America. The win comes as part of Airports Council International (ACI) World’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program, which recognizes airports across the globe that deliver the best customer experience in the opinion of their own passengers. New this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is a survey category on airport hygiene. As chosen by passengers, Pearson has also received the…

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  • Hotel Chain Incentivizes Vaccination with Financial Reward

    Employees at Marriott hotels will receive the equivalent of four hours of pay if they get vaccinated for COVID-19. The hotel chain made the announcement March 4. “Marriott International is confident that vaccination is a key measure, along with mask wearing, social distancing and stepped up cleanliness protocols and hygiene practices, in minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” says Marriott’s global chief human resources officer, David Rodriguez. “As vaccines become more widely available, this will create a safer environment for all…

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  • 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…

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  • Is Now the Time to Switch Event Formats?

    It will soon be one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Although the world’s biggest vaccine rollout is now underway, organizations are struggling to decide whether to move forward with a virtual event or postpone. Last year, many pushed in-person events back to 2021, and are now realizing this year may be no more conducive to hosting an in-person event. If the purpose of your event is to build business relationships, it may not be in…

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