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  • Survey: 2021 will be a Hybrid Year

    Nearly three-quarters of meeting planners are moving their face-to-face events to virtual or hybrid next year, according to the most recent Meetings and Events Pulse Survey conducted by Global DMC Partners. This despite the majority of surveyed planners predicting the return of in-person events in the first half of 2021, though 57 per cent believe events will be downsized in the future, with the largest events topping out at 250 attendees. A majority also believe average event attendee numbers will…

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  • World’s Largest Business Travel Association Acquires Defunct ACTE

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has acquired key assets of the defunct Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) as part of its pledge to unify the industry and help lead business travel out of the COVID-19 crisis. “We are beyond thrilled to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating one home for the thousands of business travel professionals who will collectively bring back business travel bigger and better than ever,” says GBTA president, Bhart Sarin. As part of the integration…

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  • Quebec Airport Achieves Global Accreditation for Health, Safety Practices

    The health measures in place at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic have earned it the Airport Health Accreditation global seal of excellence from Airports Council International. “The health and safety of our passengers and employees is always a top priority at YQB. From the very beginning of the pandemic, we quickly deployed proactive measures to ensure the airport remained a safe place,” says the airport’s president and CEO, Stéphane Poirier.…

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  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

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  • Canadian Airline Suspends Most Service in Atlantic Region

    WestJet flights to four cities in the Maritimes will be discontinued next month. The carrier will indefinitely suspend routes to Moncton and Fredericton, N.B., Sydney, N.S., and Charlottetown, P.E.I, on Nov. 2. The move will eliminate more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 per cent of seat capacity from the region. “It has become unviable to serve these markets and these decisions were regrettably inevitable as demand is being obliterated by the Atlantic bubble and third-party fee increases,” says…

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  • Hyatt Continues Brand Expansion amid COVID-19

    In a year when hotels are facing unprecedented challenges, Hyatt forged ahead to open a new hotel and convention centre in Mississauga, Ont. “We are excited to introduce Ontario’s first Hyatt Place hotel to the area,” says general manager, Celso Thompson. “With our smartly designed social spaces, including adaptable, state-of-the-art meetings and events spaces, and rooms with separate work and sleep areas, guests can easily multitask and accomplish what they need to do while on the road.” Located in the…

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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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  • The Show Must Go On: Safe Practices for the Return of Live Events

    The return of in-person conferences and events is crucial to helping economies recover. They attract exhibitors and attendees from all over the world, generating millions of dollars in tourism revenue, and support tens of thousands of jobs across a multitude of industries. As co-chair of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association’s health and safety committee and a member of the industry event and health advisory group for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association…

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    Canadian Airline Introduces Strict Mask Policy with Repercussions for Violators

    WestJet has adopted a ‘zero tolerance mask policy’ to better ensure safe travel on its airplanes. Passengers who refuse to don a face covering may be denied boarding. For those who remove their masks during a flight, the violation could result in the return of the aircraft to the gate and the offending passenger removed. A one-year travel ban with the airline may also be imposed. The rules, which came into effect Sept. 1, apply to all passengers over the…

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  • Canadian Airlines Open Up All Seats Ending Physical Distancing Onboard

    Canada’s two largest airlines have abandoned physical distancing rules on flights. Air Canada and WestJet are no longer keeping adjacent seats empty between passengers in economy class, including the middle seats in aisles. The return to pre-COVID-19 booking procedures came into effect July 1. The carriers announced they would start filling flights to full capacity a few days prior. Both cite the decision is in response to a pick up in air travel and is in line with the International…

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