Expect a Longer Recovery for Business Travel


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


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


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


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


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


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

TOURISM WEEK 2023 Powered by Business Meetings & Events


TOURISM WEEK 2023 Did you know that business travel accounts for 40% of Canada’s overall tourism industry? Destinations across Canada welcome business visitors year-round, from near and far. Business travel isn’t seasonal! Tourism Week 2023 takes place April 24-30, led by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. As a key sponsor of this initiative, MMBC is participating in a number of ways: MMBC has taken TIAC’s Tourism Week tagline (CANADA: Powered by Tourism), and customized it for [...]

TOURISM WEEK 2023 Powered by Business Meetings & Events2023-04-21T11:54:02-04:00

Sharpening Our Engagement Strategy


Sharpening Our Engagement Strategy Meetings Mean Business Canada has updated and renewed its annual agreement with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) to further amplify, target and measure our advocacy and engagement efforts on behalf of the business events industry. Throughout 2023, TIAC will be MMBC’s lead advocacy partner, assisting MMBC leadership to implement our Federal Advocacy Priorities Plan. TIAC will proactively incorporate key business events industry messaging into presentation and communication materials reaching Members of Parliament and other federal decision makers. MMBC will participate in a number of advocacy initiatives during 2023, including: Global [...]

Sharpening Our Engagement Strategy2023-02-13T14:13:07-05:00

Advocacy Priorities for 2023


Advocacy Priorities for 2023 Earlier this month, our Government Relations committee established Meetings Mean Business Canada's advocacy priorities for 2023. During the next 12 months, our coalition will continue to support initiatives that: Accelerate industry recovery Drive business events into Canada Promote the economic and social benefits of business events to elected officials and all Canadians MMBC will also renew calls for increased federal funding to Destination Canada Business Events. Industry survey: We are asking industry stakeholders to identify barriers to attracting and/or holding business events in Canada. The survey link will be arriving in your inbox [...]

Advocacy Priorities for 20232023-01-23T12:08:34-05:00

MMBC Chair Report: 2022 in Review


MMBC Chair Report: 2022 in Review It’s been an enormous year! Twelve months ago, little did we know that we still had one more pandemic wave to manage when, on December 23, most provinces started shutting down and in-person meetings were in jeopardy. It was another long winter for our stakeholders and for the country as a whole. MMBC, along with our Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) advocacy partners, focused on supporting our stakeholders through another rough period, working along with the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses to advocate for extending government [...]

MMBC Chair Report: 2022 in Review2022-12-19T09:07:58-05:00