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Visa requirements for Mexican travellers

2024-02-29T18:24:54-05:00

Visa Requirements for Mexican Travellers May Hinder Canada’s Business Events Sector Recovery and Growth The reintroduction of visitor visas for Mexican travellers to Canada could have a damaging effect on Canada’s business events sector, which is recovering at a slower pace than leisure travel, according to Minto Schneider, chair, Meetings Mean Business Canada. On February 29, Canada announced that people arriving by air on a Mexican passport, but who do not hold a valid U.S. non-immigrant visa or have not held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years, will now be required to apply for a [...]

Visa requirements for Mexican travellers2024-02-29T18:24:54-05:00

Expect a Longer Recovery for Business Travel

2023-12-14T15:09:30-05:00

Expect a Longer Recovery for Business Travel Destination Canada’s annual Tourism Outlook report shows business travel visits will take longer to reach pre-pandemic levels than leisure tourism. Released on December 12, the forecast says that business events travel, which includes corporate meetings and association conferences or incentives, won’t recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2028. “This is very bad news for our industry,” says MMBC Chair, Minto Schneider. “Tourism has not yet recovered. The foundation of the business events industry, year-round, is business travel. According to this report, we still have a long road to [...]

Expect a Longer Recovery for Business Travel2023-12-14T15:09:30-05:00

IRCC December 5 Webinar Recap

2023-12-14T14:32:18-05:00

IRCC December 5 Webinar Recap On December 5, a webinar featuring experts from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), provided insights on the topic of Visas for International & Domestic Business Events in Canada. The webinar was moderated by MMBC chair Minto Schneider, with presentations by Jacqueline Jung and Mathieu Joanisse, Senior Program Advisors for IRCC’s Special Events Services. Here are just a few of the highlights from the webinar: IRCC’s Special Events team acts as a single point of contact between IRCC and the organizers of international events hosted in Canada. The team provides resources [...]

IRCC December 5 Webinar Recap2023-12-14T14:32:18-05:00

Ottawa to Expedite Business Visitor Visas

2023-11-01T08:05:44-04:00

Ottawa to Expedite Business Visitor Visas In a new report released October 31, the federal government promises priority visa processing for international business visitors attending major conferences and events in Canada. The report, An Immigration System for Canada’s Future – A plan to get us there, includes the following action item addressing a key business events industry issue: Expedite visitor visas, with benefits for tourism, major conferences and events. "As of June 6, 2023, 13 more countries have been added to a partial visa exempt countries list. Now, travellers from 67 countries can apply for [...]

Ottawa to Expedite Business Visitor Visas2023-11-01T08:05:44-04:00

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau: Thriving outside the comfort zone

2023-08-25T19:59:22-04:00

Next Chapter: Chantal Sturk-Nadeau on Thriving Outside the Comfort Zone Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is a thought leader and passionate supporter of Canada’s business events community. Meetings Mean Business Canada offers its sincere thanks to Chantal for her partnership, hard work and can-do spirit during her time as Executive Director, Destination Canada, Business Events. Chantal spoke with Angela Kryhul, MMBC’s Communications Lead, about the evolution of Canada’s business events community and her plans for the future. This summer, for the first time in 30 years, Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is slowing down her usual full-tilt pace and enjoying [...]

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau: Thriving outside the comfort zone2023-08-25T19:59:22-04:00

Federal Tourism Growth Strategy promises ‘whole-of-government’ approach

2023-07-05T13:24:41-04:00

Federal Tourism Growth Strategy promises ‘whole-of-government’ approach After several months of industry consultation, Ottawa has released its new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. Entitled Canada 365: Welcoming the World. Every Day, the strategy was unveiled on July 4 by Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. The new strategy centres around the following five priorities: Investing in Canada's tourism assets Attracting more international events Embracing recreation and the great outdoors Partnering to grow Indigenous tourism Improving coordination through a federal ministerial council A new Ministerial Tourism Growth Council will create greater connectivity among [...]

Federal Tourism Growth Strategy promises ‘whole-of-government’ approach2023-07-05T13:24:41-04:00

Tourism Week 2023 Recap

2023-05-19T14:43:40-04:00

Tourism Week 2023 Recap On April 24, members of Meetings Mean Business Canada's leadership team joined Tourism Industry Association of Canada in Ottawa to kick off #TourismWeekCanada2023. During the opening reception at Ottawa’s Shaw Centre, MMBC Chair Laura Pallotta, Vice-chair Minto Schneider and Grant Snider, VP Membership & Engagement, had the opportunity to chat with Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault, Senator Karen Sorensen and other federal decision makers, about the important contribution made by business meetings and events to Canada's economy and overall [...]

Tourism Week 2023 Recap2023-05-19T14:43:40-04:00