News & Articles - covid

  • travel managers

    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

  • YVR

    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,…

    Breaking News

  • contract

    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…

    Event Operations

  • prices

    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

  • funding

    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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  • challenges

    Tips For Contracts and RFPs During COVID

      by Shannon Byck and Joe Nishi Over the last two years, the business events industry has been incredibly impacted by meeting cancellations and “lifting and shifting” of groups. From a contract perspective, we have had to quickly incorporate addendums and revisions to contracts that allowed for updated Force Majeure, flexible deposit, attrition and cancellation schedules and a huge amount of goodwill and relationship capital has been spent working through all of this. What should not be overlooked is the…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations

  • sponsorship

    Sponsorship Expectations For 2022

      Understanding that in 2021, oil reached its highest levels in seven years. Unemployment is at the same level as it was pre-pandemic. We saw record levels for the TSE, although late year dipping and sell-off was expected as a correction, but we are still ahead. All this leads to predictions of a future strong economy, although we will continue to have an inflationary effect on our spending dollar and continued COVID effects. This means that brands will have to…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations

  • recovery

    Events Still Facing Recovery Challenges

      It’s now been 20 months that the meetings and events industry has struggled to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. We have become experts in force majeure clauses, postponements, and contract cancellations. Businesses at all levels within the sector’s supply chain have navigated a new world of lobbying for support, applying for government subsidies, scaling back to skeleton teams, furloughing staff, terminating leases, selling off assets and closing offices. Some have found new ways of doing business by shifting to…

    Event Operations

  • pandemic

    Surviving the Pandemic for Planners

      The pandemic has been devastating for many people and industries but none more devastated than the hospitality and events industry. The mission of the events industry is to create, manage, stage, and facilitate events all over the world. These events encompass hundreds to thousands of attendees at a meeting, special event or conference. How has event planning changed? It has changed in numerous ways and impacted the meetings and events industry globally. Let us look at some of the…

    Event Operations

  • Ontario unveils $100M for tourism sector

      Ontario is investing $100 million in the province’s tourism sector to help it recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The money will be distributed through the new Tourism Recovery Program, which will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors. Eligible tourism businesses include inns and lodges, boat tours, ski centres, live performance venues, cinemas, drive-in theatres, and amusement and water parks. “The last 18-months of the pandemic have been the most challenging Ontario’s tourism industry has…

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