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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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  • Hyatt to Use Mobile Health App for Meetings, Events

    Hyatt Hotels Corp. plans to incorporate a digital health passport into its events programs. “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have believed accessibility to testing and resources would play a critical role in the travel industry’s recovery,” says Hyatt senior vice-president of global operations, Frank Lavey. The hospitality company announced it would use the VeriFLY + Stay app on March 9. The mobile app provides real-time verification of COVID-19 credentials and travel guidelines. It is currently employed by American…

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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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  • 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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  • New GBTA Executive Director Aims to Lead Business Travel out of Pandemic

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has named Suzanne Neufang as the new executive director after a months-long search. “Suzanne is unquestionably the visionary to lead business travel to a complete recovery in the years ahead,” says GBTA president, Bhart Sarin. “It will be a distinct privilege to support her as we complete our integration of GBTA and ACTE and build on the momentum of the Ready. Safe. Travel. campaign toward our annual convention in July.” Neufang was chosen by…

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  • Iconic Hotel’s First Foray into Canada includes Factory Revitalization

    A former cereal factory is getting a sweet-looking makeover. Hard Rock has announced plans to transform the historic Kellogg’s Canada site in London, Ont., into a 353-room hotel and entertainment venue. “This property will provide a multitude of local attractions and unique on-property activities sure to create lasting memories for all who visit,” says Todd Hricko, senior vice-president of hotel development at Hard Rock International. The hotel will be completed in two phases, with an initial 163-room opening planned for…

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  • 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…

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  • What it’s Like to Open a Hotel during the Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it’s had on Canada’s hospitality and travel industries, several brave brands have forged ahead with ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new hotels. This includes Vancouver-based Northland Properties Corp., which opened not one but two hotels last month, though the celebratory occasions were more low-key. On Sept. 8, the company introduced its first Signature-branded hotel, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel, in Saskatchewan. On the same day, Atlantic Canada welcomed the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. “We are…

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  • Canada’s Flight Plan for Safe Travel Receives Support from Airlines, Airports

    Transport Canada has revealed its action plan to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while flying. The multi-layered system of safety protocols applies to both airports and planes. They include travel restrictions; mandatory use of face masks for passengers and crew; health checks prior to passenger boarding; temperature screening; restricted services and passenger movement during flights; and enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices. In airports, these designs and measures include enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems; frequent cleaning of high-touch…

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  • Cleaning Transparency Key to Rebuilding Hotel Guests’ Confidence: Survey

    The majority of consumers will stay at a hotel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, if they know it’s being cleaned with familiar products. This is according to a new survey by P&G Professional. The away-from-home division of Procter and Gamble surveyed 850 travellers about how the virus has changed their expectations for the hospitality industry. Seventy per cent said they would go to a hotel that uses a personally recognizable and trusted brand of cleaning products. Fifty-five per cent of those polled…

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