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  • Get Trade Show Ready with this Exhibitor Checklist

    As pandemic restrictions continue to lift, many trade shows are committed to returning to in-person operations. This is exciting not just for attendees but also exhibitors. There is a lot to coordinate before you hit the show floor for your next big event. Given it has been quite some time since large face-to-face gatherings have been allowed, this guide provides a refresher to make the experience seamless and minimize stress. It’s also a great tool for first-time exhibitors. Pre-Show In…

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  • Ottawa Convention Centre Receives Cash Injection

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre will receive up to $2 million this year to support its continued operation and maintenance. The funding injection is part of $8 million in newly announced tourism support from the Ontario government. “This funding will enable the Shaw Centre to continue to adapt and respond to the new realities facing tourism businesses — ensuring that, when it is safe to do so, they are prepared for a renewed travel interest in Canada’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

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  • Federal Government Launches Tourism Relief Fund

    Canadian tourism businesses and organizations can now apply for support to welcome back visitors. The federal government made the announcement July 12, as part of the launch of its new $500-million Tourism Relief Fund. “Our government has been there for the tourism sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and (this adds) another tool to the suite of COVID supports that will help it recover and prepare for future growth and create jobs,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic…

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  • Billy Bishop Airport/Porter Airlines to Resume Commercial Airline Service

    PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, announced that commercial airline service to/from the downtown airport will resume September 8, 2021. Porter Airlines will start up again on that day. Porter Airlines will phase in its scheduled service to/from Toronto, offering flights to/from Montreal, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay on September 8, with eight more destinations offered the week of September 13. Air Canada is expected to restart its Montreal service in September as well. “PortsToronto is pleased to confirm that Billy Bishop Airport will resume commercial airline operations on September 8,…

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  • Strength of Premium Passports Eroding

    The latest results from the Henley Passport Index — the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa — show that cross-border travel continues to be significantly obstructed. Although some progress was made between January and March 2021, international mobility has been restored to only 12 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. Japan retains its hold on the number one spot on the Henley Passport Index, said the press release, which is…

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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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