News & Articles - covid

  • Business Travel Recovery Outlook Positive

      Leisure travel comprised the main driver of travel over the past two years, hitting pre-pandemic levels in 2022 with $72.4 billion in revenue, according Destination Canada. Corporate travel is finally starting to pick up too — a critical factor in filling hotels, restaurants and conference centres outside of peak months in the summer and winter holidays. Total spending by business travellers will recover to $14.4 billion in 2024, reaching 102 per cent of 2019 levels, but will still lag…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Uncategorized

  • Why Events Need a Great Reimagination

    By Shannon Byck and Joe Nishi COVID may no longer be a part of our daily conversation but the lasting impacts are still evident today. As we sat plotting out the outline for this article, we noticed how much we struggled with cohesive and creative thoughts. If we were to be honest, the article could have been titled The Great Procrastination as most days it seems easier to avoid the task at hand versus getting things done. Why the funk?…

    Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • TIAC Applauds Federal Tourism Strategy

      The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) applauds the Government of Canada for taking decisive action to support the recovery and long-term growth of Canada’s tourism industry with the unveiling of the new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The strategy, titled Canada 365: Welcoming the World. Every day., aims to build back this once $105 billion industry and solidify Canada’s position as a top global destination. Informed by extensive consultations with various stakeholders, including tourism businesses, industry associations, Indigenous organizations, and…

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  • What to Expect in 2023?

      By Shannon Byck and Joe Nishi Back in November 2020, we blogged about the impact COVID was having on people employed in the face-to-face business events industry. The financial impact was devastating for many and organizations like ours immediately took a “safe harbour” approach with their teams and business models. Even still, we lost many talented people in our industry. The strain on mental health as we restructured and re-imagined our value was and continues to be a huge…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations

  • Canada Tourism Recovery Expected by 2024

      Full recovery for Canada’s tourism industry is expected as early as 2024, according to Destination Canada’s latest outlook forecast. Despite ongoing challenges, the recovery trajectory for Canada’s tourism sector is strengthening, bolstered by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and resilience in travel demand. Leisure travel is now expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2024. Domestic tourism will continue to lead the sector’s recovery with strong spending providing a foundation for brisk recovery to 2019 levels. Domestic travel market spending is…

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  • The Role of Travel Managers Changing

      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,…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Travel Tips & News

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    YVR Reaches Key Passenger Milestone

      YVR reached an important milestone on August 5 as the airport hit the 10 million passenger mark year-to-date. And YVR will also see its busiest single day of operations since the pandemic began, when more than 70,130 passengers are expected to travel through the airport on Sunday, August 21. “This is an important moment in our recovery. Our ability to welcome over 10 million passengers so far this year is due to the hard work of our staff, airlines, government,…

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  • Will Contract Complacency Set in Again?

      by Heather Reid As an entrepreneurial event planner since 1994, I’ve been through the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the SARS outbreak in 2003-2004 and the Great Recession of 2007-2008.  After each of these crises, there was a palpable buzz in the industry about the importance of event contracts and balanced contract clauses, and yet each time, that buzz quickly took a “backseat” to the plethora of planners’ more pressing responsibilities. Now that we are all emerging from the…

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  • Travel Tests Remain a Barrier to Recovery

      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,…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

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    Canada Eases Travel Restrictions

      The Government of Canada has announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. The Global Business Travel Association Canada (GBTA Canada) welcomed the announcement by the federal government that it would be easing travel restrictions on March 1, 2022. Removing barriers to entry for travel into Canada, especially for business travel, is a positive step that will contribute to the recovery of Canadian trade and commerce. As…

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