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IAEE Teams Up with Epistemix to Make Its Data-Driven Decision Support Tool More Accessible for Event Organizers

IAEE Teams Up with Epistemix to Make Its Data-Driven Decision Support Tool More Accessible for Event Organizers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As those in the meetings and exhibitions industries know all too well, changes in the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to cause major challenges for event organizers, with any organization looking to host a trade show or conference tasked with taking changing information from public health officials into account. In such a complex environment, it can be understandably difficult for organizers to demonstrate their ability to run events in a safe and sustainable way.

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New research reveals strong demand from disabled audiences to return to live events

New research reveals strong demand from disabled audiences to return to live events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A snapshot online survey, carried out by the charity Attitude is Everything between 19th July and 1st August this year, has revealed the diverse positions Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people now find themselves in since the lifting of COVID-safety regulations one month ago on 19th July.

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Government announces £750m event insurance scheme commencing September

Government announces £750m event insurance scheme commencing September | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The UK Government has announced, 5 August, that it will provide an insurance cancellation scheme to cover events against the impact of having to shut down due to a Covid-19 lockdown. 

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Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry

Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The coming months will see live entertainment venues opening in waves, some for the first time in well over a year. Those working in this industry and have weathered the pandemic’s devastating effects on their businesses need practical, actionable guidance on which CDC-recommended health precautions to take.

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9 Essential Tips to Reduce Hybrid Event Risk

9 Essential Tips to Reduce Hybrid Event Risk | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hybrid events have more risk than in-person or virtual events. And this is mainly because a hybrid event combines two very different audience experiences. As in-person events slowly start to return, organisers now are faced with the prospect of running two kinds of events that carry their own set of risks. They need to look at the new issues of social distancing and the criteria for letting people into events. But they also need to consider the risks that are brought from the virtual element of the hybrid event.

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What Role Will Event Apps Play in Keeping Events Safe?

What Role Will Event Apps Play in Keeping Events Safe? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mobile technology is sure to play a critical role in our much-desired return to in-person events, yet event apps are currently not top of mind. Will they be used to help ensure a covid-safe environment? If so, can planners force all attendees to use them?

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How To Make Sustainability a Priority Again, According to Green Events Expert Julia Spangler

How To Make Sustainability a Priority Again, According to Green Events Expert Julia Spangler | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For event professionals who are passionate about sustainability, this past year has raised some concerns about the future of green events. As the trade show and meetings industry begins to recover, and with event budgets tighter than ever, will anyone care enough about sustainability to help the cause or will green practices end up on the bottom rung of importance?

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Las Vegas Restrictions on Large Gatherings Eased to 50 Percent Capacity

Las Vegas Restrictions on Large Gatherings Eased to 50 Percent Capacity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On Friday, Nev. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced he is further loosening restrictions on large gatherings, including meetings and conventions, entertainment venues and large group gatherings by increasing capacity to 50 percent March 15.

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The New Era of Show-Floor Design

The New Era of Show-Floor Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting venues and show companies have been busy redesigning event spaces for the post-pandemic landscape ever since in-person meetings went on hiatus in March 2020.

 

Wider aisles, a mix of open and segmented booths, and video-augmented encounters are some of the elements that will be used throughout 2021 and possibly longer.

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Orlando trade show demonstrates ability for live events to return safely

Orlando trade show demonstrates ability for live events to return safely | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Following nearly a year of canceled trade shows, Go LIVE Together is working closely with major convention and exhibitions-oriented cities around the United States to help promote safe reopening plans and accelerate recovery for the business events industry’s nearly 7 million employees, as well as the markets they support.

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Corporate Event Buyers Survey reveals key trends for 2021

Corporate Event Buyers Survey reveals key trends for 2021 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Story and Venue Search London’s survey of over 150 corporate event buyers gives a real insight into the current thinking around the timing of returning to live, the ongoing use of virtual and hybrid events together with plans for the all-important 2021 Christmas party season.

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EIC Publishes Covid-Era Resources for Exhibition Managers

EIC Publishes Covid-Era Resources for Exhibition Managers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In May 2020, the Events Industry Council formed its APEX Covid-19 Business Recovery Task Force to provide guidance to support the industry’s recovery. Since its first report last summer on designing safe events, working groups have delivered a series of accepted-practices guides focused on hotels, workforce issues, travel, destinations, and more. The latest report provides resources and best practices to b-to-b and b-to-c exhibition and trade-show organizers.

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Have You Created a Medical Contingency Plan Yet?

Have You Created a Medical Contingency Plan Yet? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How can you provide a safe and secure environment for your attendees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? It begins with confidence. Many meeting planners are looking to someone else to tell them the right way to plan a successful and safe event. However, as a meeting organizer and expert at your craft, you’ll deliver a better and safer experience if you have the confidence to take the lead and instruct your venue, hotel and vendors with your own individual COVID-19 contingency planning requirements.

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4 Top Tips for Picking a Safe, Secure Hotel Site

4 Top Tips for Picking a Safe, Secure Hotel Site | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we watch news on TV or online, our brains hear things that scare us. If it’s not the upcoming weather forecast or flood warning, then it’s the scare of contaminated food, causing illnesses. For meeting professionals, these nerve-pulsating newscasts could be creating extra stressors, as those items might also influence our conferences, such as weather that grounds planes or sicknesses that prevent travel.

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With preparation, you can put out almost any fire

With preparation, you can put out almost any fire | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Analyzing and assessing risks allows us to understand them so we can make educated decisions on how best to manage them. Risk consists of two components: acknowledging something can go wrong and the destructive consequences that will happen if it does.

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Five Risk Management Tips For Your Holiday Event

Five Risk Management Tips For Your Holiday Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Being the person that speaks up at a holiday event planning meeting and addresses tough, valid and scary concerns around the safety and well-being of your guests, could earn you the nickname Ebenezer Scrooge, but rest assured you will soar to the top of the “nice” list when you save Christmas! How can a holiday party planner be responsible for saving Christmas?  The answer is two words:  risk management.  Event organizers and hosts are responsible for the safety and well-being of their guests and the risks associated with events, in particular the serving of alcohol can be especially daunting.

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Poaching: How Planners Can Prevent It

Poaching: How Planners Can Prevent It | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The event planning industry has a poaching problem. Although in recent years incidents of hoteliers luring event participants outside the room block have decreased, a majority of event professionals still say they have been victimized. Fortunately, some preventative methods can be taken. But first, let’s define the challenge as explained by Events Industry Council.

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Site Selection & Emergency Preparedness

Site Selection & Emergency Preparedness | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Emergency preparedness comes into play when planning for your event and the safety of your attendees, speakers, and event staff. It is an important piece of the puzzle. During the site selection process you will need to keep in mind the different aspects of planning for an emergency.

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Preparation is the Key to Risk Management

Preparation is the Key to Risk Management | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Risk management is a dedicated preparedness rather than simply a mental exercise, according to Lisa Sommer Devlin, the most recent Smart Meetings webinar host. In her talk, “Risk Management 101,” she outlined strategies for dealing with the risks of the industry, as well as how to actively avoid them.

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Contract trends: What’s old may be new again

Contract trends: What’s old may be new again | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

MPI’s Meetings Outlook 2018 Summer Edition planner responses indicated that while “66 percent predict favorable business conditions, only 3.1 percent say negotiations are becoming simpler.” In contrast, 54.9 percent of respondents claim contract negotiations are becoming more complex. Today’s hotel meeting contracts are getting longer and longer and that would certainly indicate more specificity, if not more complexity. Whether contract trends are new or old, it is the meeting professional’s responsibility to read every single word of the contract carefully and seek advice from their legal counsel as warranted.

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Tips for Crisis Communications from PCMA

Tips for Crisis Communications from PCMA | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With an unrelenting news cycle comes an unrelenting need for crisis communication preparedness. On Thursday, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) released a step-by-step guide for business events strategists on how to effectively handle crises.

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Tips for a Successful Crisis Management Meeting

Tips for a Successful Crisis Management Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Crisis management planning is like life insurance; nobody wants it, but everyone needs it. Business owners must budget for risk management even when there is no sign of trouble ahead. Planning for hypothetical events understandably seems like a waste of resources. But, like a life insurance policy, not having one is far more costly.

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7 Event Organisers Reveal Their Biggest Mistakes (And Lessons Learned)

7 Event Organisers Reveal Their Biggest Mistakes (And Lessons Learned) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether it’s managing worse-for-wear guests or forgetting to focus on delegates, every event organiser has learned a lesson or two along the way. Here, we speak to seven about their biggest mistakes made (and what they now do differently as a result).

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Coming to Grips With GDPR

Coming to Grips With GDPR | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The EU General Data Protection Regulation focuses on the rights of individuals over their personal information and how companies use it. It will have a huge impact on the industry, affecting event professionals, agencies, technology providers, and associations across the globe and not just in Europe. It applies to the collection and processing of data of European citizens, which means compliance is required by any organization hosting events attended by EU citizens anywhere in the world.

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Meetings Due Diligence in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Meetings Due Diligence in the Aftermath of a Disaster | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

After the epically awful 2017 hurricane season wreaked destruction from Texas to Florida to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meeting professionals with future events booked in affected areas are grappling with a tough question: Should we stay or should we go? Will their organization and attendees be better served by cancelling and relocating the program, or stay the course at the original destination and hope the lights will be on and the AV running by the meeting’s scheduled dates?

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