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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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How to Calm Anxieties About Returning to In-Person Events

How to Calm Anxieties About Returning to In-Person Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As planners prepare to return to live events, they will likely encounter some attendees or vendors who have reservations about the experience. This article identifies a few ways event professionals can assuage these fears.

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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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Safety Considerations for Online Events

Safety Considerations for Online Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

COVID-19 has made online events more popular than ever — from a health perspective, it’s the safest way to gather while COVID-19 transmission remains a risk. But there are still risks associated with an online event that warrant consideration. Be aware of those risks and consider the following when planning your next online event:

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Your Post-COVID Planner Contract Questions Answered

Your Post-COVID Planner Contract Questions Answered | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Addendums, amendments, mutual cancellation clauses, “frustration of purpose”—what do they all mean? And when should each be applied? In the latest Smart Meetings Accelerator “Top Planner Contract Questions Answered,” Lisa Sommer Devlin, an expert in contract law at Devlin Law Firm, answers those very questions (and more) for planners.

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EIC Issues a Call to Action for the Meetings Industry

EIC Issues a Call to Action for the Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In an appeal to industry professionals on March 24, EIC wrote, “Our ask today is [for you] to reach out to your elected officials and key decision makers, who are looking at ways to provide economic relief. We may not be able to control what’s happening in the world right now, but we absolutely control how and with whom we share our message."

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Tips for Communicating with Your Event Safety and Security Team 

Tips for Communicating with Your Event Safety and Security Team  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Accessing and sharing information among various event, venue, agencies and organizations is challenging, but necessary for developing effective situational and operational awareness, and your information must be “consumable” and “actionable” to be useful. Here are some helpful steps to establishing communication with your safety and security team and how to empower them to situational assessment.

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Master the Emergency Action Plan For Your Event

Master the Emergency Action Plan For Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Even the best planned events can fall prey to emergencies. And whether this emergency is an active shooter, a natural disaster or a medical issue, those responsible for the event are responsible for the well being of all attendees and speakers.

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Meetings, Business Travel, and Human Trafficking: A Benchmarking Report

Meetings, Business Travel, and Human Trafficking: A Benchmarking Report | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A report released by ECPAT-USA at the end of September finds that many major travel-related companies and associations promote specific policies against human trafficking and exploitation of children to their employees and members—but far fewer have conducted training in the past 12 months to ensure that employees and members who travel for business can identify potential trafficking situations and report them to initiate a swift response.  

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Advice From Emergency Management Experts

Advice From Emergency Management Experts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hope for the best but plan for the worst. We hope that everything goes to plan at all your events but sometimes it doesn’t. A glitchy AV system or a sick keynote speaker may seem like disasters on event day, but are you ready if a real emergency hits? At the end of the day, the safety of attendees (and planners) is of utmost importance at any event, so while you have those emergency chargers for your laptop and emergency power bars for when you can’t find time for lunch, do you have an emergency plan to protect the most important thing—your guests? 

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New Campaign Launches to Fight Human Trafficking

New Campaign Launches to Fight Human Trafficking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The American Hotel & Lodging Association has launched a new campaign to try to unite the hospitality industry in an effort to fight human trafficking. The campaign, No Room for Trafficking, suggests four ways for the industry to focus on eradicating human trafficking and exploitation:

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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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Cyber Privacy One of Top 10 Hospitality Trends of 2019

Cyber Privacy One of Top 10 Hospitality Trends of 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Privacy has become the top necessity for event planners, according to a new report from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. The global hospitality company released its “Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2019” report based on insights gleaned from interactions with event professionals all over the world. “We learn a lot from our guests, often by observation in addition to their direct feedback,” says Ted Davis, Benchmark’s chief sales and marketing officer. What they have found, according to the report is that from high-tech to down-time, groups are now demanding that organizers plan based on how they live their lives. Here are some of the insights the synch with the observations Smart Meetingseditors have discovered on their global travels.

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Balance Out Event Security and the Attendee Experience

Balance Out Event Security and the Attendee Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It goes without saying that event security and data safety should be at the top of your event team’s minds. It takes just one small breach of information to make your attendees vulnerable to hackers, phishing and ID theft. This makes it highly important to have the right security protocols in place- but without taking away from the attendee’s experience.

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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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Cancellation Communications: How to Unplan a Meeting

Cancellation Communications: How to Unplan a Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Resorts along the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast are delighted with last week’s news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reporting a 60 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season in 2018. That’s a big change from May when the forecast only had a 25 percent chance for a quiet season, but nobody is out of the woods yet. NOAA’s August 9 update still predicts four to seven hurricanes before the season ends in November. 

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6 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Crisis Plan

6 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Crisis Plan | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As your attendees are headed to your meeting, they see a post on social media about a threat made against the venue. Are you ready to respond? How will you keep your attendees informed about events that affect them, especially when they are onsite at your event?

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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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New EU Data Privacy Rules Are Coming

New EU Data Privacy Rules Are Coming | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you’re not up on the General Data Protection Regulation, a new, stricter European Union data privacy law that goes into effect May 25, 2018, the time to pay attention is now. 

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Event Data Security: The 2018 Guide for Event Marketers

Event Data Security: The 2018 Guide for Event Marketers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In today’s world, information is everywhere. The data revolution has forever changed the way consumers interact with companies and vice versa. And though there’s no denying the benefits of rich datasets, such as improved buying experiences and more targeted marketing campaigns, the cost of all of this accessible data is weighing heavy on businesses who collect it and customers who give it.

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The Crisis Experience

The Crisis Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are a variety of crises that can occur at a meeting — something as serious as an active shooter situation or as silly as a skunk wandering into a convention center floor. Bob Mellinger, founder and CEO of Attainium, encountered the latter during his time working with clients on crisis preparedness. But regardless of the scale or gravity of the crisis, “a lot of people don’t think about it when they should,” Mellinger says in the latest video for The Intersection, presented by PCMA and PSAV.

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