GMID 2021 Panel: How Will Business Events Reopen? While we don't know exactly when Canada will reopen its borders to international business visitors, there's little doubt the events industry is eager to get back to work. Reopening rules differ from province to province. That's why it's important for meetings professionals to start sharing strategies, best practices and successes now so that the entire industry, from coast to coast, can hit the ground running as soon as restrictions are lifted. How is the industry preparing for the return to face-to-face gatherings? It's a question we're tackling on April 8 during [...]
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The British Columbia Meetings & Events Industry Working Group has presented its graduated Safe Restart Plan to the provincial government to coincide with the overall reopening of British Columbia. Separated into four stages, the plan aims to protect the health and safety of the public while allowing controlled meetings and events to take place within purpose-built venues such as hotels and convention centres—kick-starting BC’s devastated tourism sector, getting the industry back to work, nurturing the mental health and wellness of British Columbians, and fostering business growth and innovation. The plan proposes that the industry resumes as part of a four-stage [...]
On April 8, 2021, Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) joins organizations across the globe to support the annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID showcases the proven value that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions bring to businesses and the economy. Under the theme of We're Ready, MMBC will host a free, 90-minute virtual event emphasizing the industry's readiness to reopen the travel, meetings and business events economy when restrictions are lifted. The event will feature industry leaders from across the country, including Destination Canada, Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Convention Centres of Canada, [...]
Western Australia touts Business Events Grants Program In this article—published by Meetings & Conventions Asia on March 9, 2021—Business Events Perth urges more event owners to take advantage of the AU$50 million (C$48.8 million) Business Events Grants Program. The program was created last November to help Australians offset the cost of attending domestic conferences and exhibitions. Pre-approved business events, including conventions, incentives and exhibitions, are eligible for upfront grants that cover up to 50% of planning costs (between AU$10,000 and $250,000). “By reducing the cost for buyers and sellers to meet, connect and collaborate at a business event, this [...]
MPI Toronto has recognized Meetings Mean Business Canada chair Clark Grue with its 2021 President's Award. Clark's efforts on behalf of Canada's business events industry take the form of media interviews, industry webinars and meetings with elected officials. Government decision makers have gained an appreciation for the shutdown's devastating toll on the industry, as well as a better understanding of how business events can help drive Canada's economic recovery. "Over the past year, Clark has captured not only my attention, but my deep respect," said Margaret Binns, president, MPI Toronto. "In his role as chair of MMBC, he works tirelessly [...]