News & Articles - pandemic

  • Quebec Congress Centre to Adopt Hybrid Solutions when Operations Resume

    A Montreal convention centre is preparing to reopen by hosting hybrid events. The Palais des congrès made the announcement June 10, in response to the safety concerns and social distancing requirements shaking up the convention industry. “Despite the undeniable impact COVID-19 has had on the Palais’ operations, the current situation is serving as a springboard for going forward with new digital opportunities that will enable us to further make our mark globally,” says Palais des congrès de Montréal CEO, Robert…

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  • 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

  • Toronto Congress Centre Becomes First Venue in Canada to Pursue GBAC STAR Accreditation

    The Toronto Congress Centre (TCC) has announced its commitment to the health and safety of its staff and guests by becoming the first venue in Canada to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities and provides third-party validation that facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations. GBAC STAR is an industry accreditation focused on ensuring a clean, safe…

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  • IAEE White Paper Highlights Considerations for Safe Return of Events

    A new white paper released by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) provides essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although we are eager to get back to our usual face-to-face business environment, safety must be the top priority and we must look to the science and medical communities for the best ways to go about producing our shows,” says IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois. IAEE’s health and safety task force teamed…

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  • Luxury Hotel Chain Reopens Four Resorts in Western Canada

    Some of Canada’s nicest hotels are back in business in time for summer travel. Fairmont resorts in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alta., and Whistler, B.C., reopened their doors June 1, after being closed for nearly two months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening includes guest services, select food and beverage venues, golf courses and limited spa services. The four hotels — Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Chateau Whistler —…

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  • 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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  • Expansion of CAEM Mentorship Program Aims to Create Sense of Community

    The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) has opened applications for its expanded mentorship program. The broadened program will not only foster mentor-mentee relationships but enable peer-to-peer ones, too. CAEM says it hopes the change will create a greater sense of community during these unprecedented times. Launched in 2019, the mentorship program matches leaders in Canada’s event and exposition community with emerging business professionals to inspire and enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow. To apply, mentors must have…

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