BARCELONA -- IBTM Events announced last week that IBTM World 2020 that is scheduled for December 8-10 is going virtual. According to IBTM, the "difficult decision" was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable travel restrictions that are in place across the world. “Whilst we have been planning positively for a live event in December, and we know that people want … Read More about IBTM World 2020 goes virtual
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The meetings and events industry changed entirely in mid-March when it was announced that in-person live events would not be safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, despite many events being cancelled or postponed, the industry has been optimistic and has been rallying towards recovery and a brighter future for event professionals everywhere. To give other event professionals a … Read More about Three key takeaways from Meetings Mean Business Canada’s Rally For Recovery webinar
The travel and hotel industries have been some of the hardest-hit during this pandemic. And while hotels are more grateful than ever to host guests as more people are starting to travel again, both hotels and travellers need to work hard together to keep everyone safe. Conde Nast Traveller has put together a guide on how to be a mindful hotel guest during this difficult time. Read their advice … Read More about How to be an ideal hotel guest during a pandemic
BETHESDA, Maryland -- According to a report from The Associated Press, Marriott International plans to lay off 17% of its corporate workforce in October as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the hotel industry. In total, Marriott has confirmed that it will lay off a total of 673 workers next month at its corporate headquarters in Maryland. The company furloughed two-thirds of its … Read More about Marriott International to lay off 17% of corporate staff next month
CALGARY -- Starting September 1 WestJet, one of Canada's largest airlines, has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for all guests over the age of two to wear face masks and face coverings on their flights. According to the new policy, non-compliant guests will face penalities of being denied boarding, as well as the suspension of travel on any WestJet flight for up to one year. “Canadian … Read More about WestJet implements zero-tolerance mask policy
DALLAS – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) announced recently that Expo! Expo!, its annual meeting and exhibition will be produced as a hybrid event this year to include virtual experiences, as well as face-to-face experiences. Expo! Expo! is set to be held from December 8-10, 2020 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Lousiville, Ky. IAEE also … Read More about IAEE announces hybrid format for Expo! Expo!
GLOBAL – Black in Events, a global platform representing black professionals in the events industry, officially launched today. The goal of the platform is to bring awareness and opportunities to a “growing and underrepresented group who continue to contribute their service, dollars, and knowledge” to the meetings and events industry. To mark its launch, its founders, Keneisha Williams and … Read More about Five key takeaways from Black In Events’ launch
TORONTO — Six event professionals were inducted into the Hall of Fame this week during what would have been the 2020 Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo). Inductees were informed about their induction via email instead of at the live CMEExpo event that was formally cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19. All inductees will be celebrated at CMEExpo 2021 along with the 2021 inductees … Read More about 2020 Hall of Fame inductees revealed
Earlier this year, we launched our City Series – an online space where CMEExpo would travel to North America’s most exciting destinations and report on what they have to offer in terms of experience, venue, food, and beverage. We saw the City Series as a way for planners and event professionals to draw inspiration and get a deeper view of cities they might have never considered before to host … Read More about Our next City Series destination revealed
Marriott International announced this week its new digital content and in-person efforts to reimagine the meeting experience and inspire customers to “connect with confidence.” These changes include enhanced sanitation guidelines, new training for workers, and increased use of conference technologies to ensure that customers are able to come together when they are ready. Marriott added that … Read More about Marriott International introduces new efforts for meetings and events