Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • How to Find Joy in Flying Less

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      As an event professional, I have a love-hate relationship with travel. I get a lot of joy out of the opportunity my job provides me to visit other places. At the same time, I feel significant guilt about the carbon impact of the flights I take. For a long time I rationalized these trips. They’re “only” 2 per cent of carbon emissions, I’d say (a figure that doesn’t include the full warming potential of all emissions from aviation). And…

  • The Role of Travel Managers Changing

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      During the coronavirus pandemic, travel disruption was felt globally as lockdown measures kept most people at home. Border restrictions, to limit the spread of the virus, further compounded the situation. The massive shutdown cost countries billions of tourism dollars with the travel industry among the hardest hit by COVID. Not surprisingly, business travel and the role of travel managers have changed significantly over the last two years. As business travel returns, many are questioning what changes will become permanent,…

  • Airport Delays Impacting Return of Travel

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      Strong demand for air travel by passengers after more than two years of being grounded by pandemic restrictions is causing long wait times at major airports in Canada. Security lineup delays at Canada’s biggest airports, including Toronto Pearson and Vancouver, is one of many challenges facing the travel and tourism industry as it starts on the road to recovery. Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) CEO Mike Saunders has apologized for the inconvenience to air travellers resulting from the…

  • Travel Tests Remain a Barrier to Recovery

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      As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across Canada and restrictions are eased, the meetings and events industry is eager to see the restart of corporate meetings, conferences and conventions. But a major barrier remains to fully welcoming back visitors and attendees. While the federal government took a step in the right direction by allowing the use of rapid antigen tests for pre-departure as of Feb. 28, it is still not enough, according to travel and tourism leaders. Bridgitte Anderson,…

  • Accelerating Business Travel Recovery

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      Many were hopeful that 2021 would be the year for getting back to travel and back to business. But the road to recovery for business travel wasn’t exactly a straight line this year. There were a lot of hurdles to clear – pandemic surges, the emergence of variants, vaccine uptake, government restrictions and border closings were just a few of the obstacles. But as we look toward 2022, there is optimism for more accelerated recovery ahead. While more of…

  • Five Hotel Openings to Look Forward to in 2021

    Canada’s hotels have been hammered by COVID-19, with occupancy rates falling as low as 18.8 per cent during the first full week of April 2020, so news of vaccine readiness in November was welcomed by the industry. As immunizations now rollout, there’s renewed hope that existing hotels will recover losses this year and new ones won’t have to offer the deep discounts that have become all too commonplace to fill suites. But although optimistic, there’s no certainty this will be…

  • 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…

  • Moving In: Making the best of your venue set-up

    Prepping for an event can be daunting. And while booking the venue, crafting the itinerary, and arranging guests are all essential steps, so too is ensuring that the move-in day goes off without a hitch. “A lot of upfront planning goes into a conference or meeting, but without considerations for how you’ll actually get through the doors and set up at your venue, you’re leaving a lot of chance,” says Luis Ribeiro, General Manager for Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal, Quebec.…

  • Sparking Business in Québec City

    There’s more to Québec City than leisure activities and romantic retreats. Brimming with industry leaders, innovators, and collaborative opportunities, the capital city has also become an international hub for business growth and innovation. “We’re getting our name out,” says Ann Cantin, Director of Communications at Québec City Business Destination. “Québec City has always been a popular tourist destination, but more and more organizations from around the world are recognizing what this region has to offer in terms of industry connections…

  • Party Bus 101: Getting the most from your mobile event

    You’ve booked the bus, set the date, and sent the invites. Now that your party bus is ready to roll, here are some tips to get the most out of your road trip. Setting the stage There’s a party bus for every crowd. Whether you’re taking the team on a multi-stop adventure, providing transportation for a city-wide pub-crawl, hosting a children’s birthday party, or treating the team to an upscale night out, there are ample ways to set a specific…

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