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CANADA: Jan. 14 Industry News

INTERNATIONAL: The IMEX Group has announced new dates for IMEX Frankfurt 2022. The 20th-anniversary trade show will now take place May 31 to June 2, giving the global meetings, incentive travel and event industry an additional five weeks to prepare amidst an increase in Omicron cases across Europe.

NATIONAL: Event software companies MeetingPlay and Aventri have merged and received a growth equity investment from Sunstone Partners and Camden Partners. Together they will provide full-service event software for events of all sizes. Eric Lochner, who has over 25 years of experience in building technology and technology-enabled services companies, has been named CEO of the new company.

MONTREAL: Hyatt Centric’s first Canadian property is slated to open in early 2022 in Old Montreal. The 177-room Hyatt Centric Old Montreal will include a restaurant, bar, gym and a rooftop swimming pool, along with a variety of meeting and conference spaces.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Canadian restaurant chain St. Louis Bar and Grill plans to open two locations in Price Edward Island, one in Charlottetown and another in Stratford. The company is aiming for an early- to late-summer opening. St. Louis Bar and Grill currently operates 80 locations in Canada and plans to move into the U.S. market soon.

TORONTO: This marks the last week of Drive Thru Fun Co.’s Snow Magic holiday experience, an immersive drive-thru journey of illuminated art projections, pyrotechnics and light tunnels. The 1.7-kilometer activity is being held at Ontario Place until Jan. 16; ticket prices range from $45-$65.