When Will We Meet In-Person?

WORD ON THE STREET IS… It’s looking favourable that we’ll be meeting in-person again, as soon as Q4 of 2021!

Staying connected with our people is important now more than ever.

Conversations Coast to Coast Collage

Here at GEM, we had a great couple months reconnecting with our Tourism partners Coast to Coast to ask how everyone was doing and have candid conversations about where they are at in the business of meetings.

We were happy to hear of all sorts of ways destinations throughout Canada are meeting safely.  Everyone we talked to was launching an initiative to support local, promote vacays at home or starting a local meeting incentive program to help with local tourism, meetings and events.

Synonymous with ‘Start the car!’, everyone is prepared and ready to go… ‘Let the meetings begin!’ During that time of lock down and being cooped up, destinations have re-configured their meeting spaces, re-invented their food and beverage options and re-defined how everything will look, feel and function within their venues.  Many destinations have gotten safety certifications and trained their staff on how to serve you better safely.

As the vaccine campaigns continue rolling out, the new safety guidelines and protocols in place, the hope is that people will feel safe and have the ability to travel again in the near future.

After all the conversations we had with our Coast to Coast partners, one thing is very clear – the meetings industry is ready to welcome you! Let’s dip our toes back in the water together to feel, experience and see what these new meetings will bring!

With that said, Canada has the perfect landscape for meetings – where do you want to meet?!

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In speaking with our suppliers, unfortunately there has been a ripple effect due to all the postponements and re-bookings. A number of organizations are now having a hard time finding their preferred dates, forcing them to re-look and re-assign the rotations. Now is the time to be securing space for 2022 – 2024, and beyond!

We are super excited to start planning with YOU! As you know, planning for an in-person or hybrid meeting is going to look much different than it did before.  There will be many factors to consider such as safe transportation, socially distanced floorplans, self-contained food and beverage options and ways to integrate a hybrid option for across-border attendees and speakers.

If you have a meeting, conference, AGM or workshop you’d like to start envisioning, contact us so we can assist you through the transition!

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