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“The recovery is starting for sure … but it’s not going to be an even recovery,” Ottawa Tourism CEO Michael Crockatt says of sector's ability to bounce back in the wake of COVID-19.
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ThinkOttawa assists association leaders in planning conferences by helping organize bids and supplying marketing material as well as locating venues and hotels – free of charge. 
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With in-person events on hold for the foreseeable future, event planners in the capital are putting a new spin on virtual gatherings.
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When organizers went looking for a city to launch the annual event in 2016, the support from Ottawa’s tourism and tech communities quickly tipped the scales in favour of Canada’s capital.
Downtown convention facility that attracted more than 63,000 out-of-town visitors in the 2019-20 fiscal year has seen its revenues plummet during the pandemic.
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With many conferences and conventions rescheduled, several of the city’s top chefs are hard at work planning new ways of using food to bring people together.
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Despite the ongoing restrictions on large in-person gatherings, local and provincial associations are finding creative ways to host their conferences and events.
Ottawa businesses catering to meetings and conventions saw revenues virtually wiped out in the wake of COVID-19.
Professional meeting and event facilities are allowed to host gatherings of up to 50 people in individual rooms or event spaces within a building.