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  • July 20, 2021 9:15 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    ...After furloughing thousands of pilots during the pandemic, airlines like American and Southwest were caught flat-footed this spring, with vaccine-driven demand for planes but not enough people to fly them. Delta reports online bookings at more than 100 percent of where they were at this time in 2019, while flying nearly 20 percent fewer flights than they did then, according to Cirium, which tracks aviation data. The FAA requires retraining those out-of-work pilots before putting them back in the cockpit, but airlines could not move people through the program (especially with social-distancing mandates still in place for flight simulators) in time to meet the so-called “revenge travel” demand as summer kicked off. That’s left scores of planes still mothballed in the desert, with airlines loath to spend the tens of thousands of dollars it takes to bring each jet back into service until they’re sure they can make money if they do it. American Airlines, for one, in late June announced that it would cancel nearly 1,000 flights in July as it ran short on staff....

    To read the full article - The Travel Industry Is a Mess. Everyone Is Traveling Anyway. (nymag.com)

  • July 15, 2021 8:32 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    To determine how enduring pandemic-spurred consumer changes will be, earlier this year McKinsey Global Institute examined a wide array of behaviors across five countries — China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States — using a “stickiness” test. The test took into account the preferences of consumers and workers in addition to the actions of companies, including, according to MarketWatch, “the innovation unlocked by digital tools, and decisions made by governments.”

    The biggest trend McKinsey analysts think will remain is home nesting. When the COVID-19 lockdowns drove everyone indoors, people started making significant investments in furnishings, durables, tools and equipment — think large-screen TVs and Peleton bikes, both of which saw soaring sales. Media and entertainment companies ramped up their streaming distribution channels and grocery chains focused heavily on their online delivery services.

    And that trend — online shopping across all sectors — McKinsey predicts will stick.

    To read the full article - Study Finds Top Pandemic Consumer Behaviors Likely to Last (pcma.org)

  • June 25, 2021 10:29 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Despite how far we’ve come, there’s a reluctance in many workplaces to meet gender diversity head on. People often feel awkward and uncertain about using pronouns outside the gender binary of he/his or she/hers.  

    Last week my colleague Shane Whalley joined me for conversation about nonbinary pronouns and etiquette, and shared simple ways you can make your actions and workplace more inclusive. Here’s what you need to know:

    (45) Wanna be inclusive? Correct pronoun use is NOT negotiable | LinkedIn


  • June 11, 2021 9:28 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    ARLINGTON, Va. - Knowland, the leader in AI-powered meetings and events data for hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, conference centers and other venues, today released its monthly meetings and events data for May. The numbers reveal that May U.S. group meetings volume increased 28.4 percent over last month.

    To access the full article & data - U.S. Meetings and Events Volume Shows Double Digit Growth for Fourth Consecutive Month According to Knowland (hospitalitynet.org)

  • May 26, 2021 9:23 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    As in-person event restrictions ease up and parties begin to grow in size, caterers are cooking up creative serving options as well as strategic setups that discourage guest congestion. From mobile food moments to smart buffet service, here’s how some caterers are keeping guests safe and bellies full.

    To learn the service suggestions, click on the link to access the full article - Buffets Didn’t Die: The New Rules of Catering for Post-COVID Events | BizBash

  • May 14, 2021 9:55 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    CDC: Vaccinated Americans Now May Go Without Masks in Most Places

    The New York Times

    In a sharp turnabout, federal health officials on Thursday advised that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of size.


    Full article - Covid-19: C.D.C. Guidance Prompts Caution in Some States - The New York Times (nytimes.com)



  • April 20, 2021 9:46 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The name AVIXA may not ring a bell with you, but you’re likely familiar with InfoComm, the largest professional audiovisual trade show in North America. InfoComm became the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) in 2017, to reflect a more diverse membership and the creative outcomes that are a result of AV.

    Sean Wargo joined the nonprofit organization as senior director of market intelligence just as it was in the process of rebranding. “The idea was we were recognizing — and I think this is relevant to a lot of events in many other parts of the industry — that the center of our industry’s efforts is designing, building, augmenting, enhancing experiences and so we built that into the name with ‘Integrated Experiences,’” Wargo said. “But we also felt that reaffirming our technological roots in audiovisual was important, even though the lines between AV, IT, security, signage — all that’s really blurring.”

    AVIXA’s members, Wargo said, include “integrators, live events producers, some IT companies, manufacturers, distributors, the full value chain of what we call the pro AV market, which is really traditional AV with live events and other things thrown in. We also have a lot of members that actually come from the end user community. To us, what that means is, technology managers for higher ed, for corporate, for hospitality, anybody whose job it is to manage the AV assets for their company. Oftentimes they also have an IT title associated with that.”

    Convene sat down with Wargo to hear how AVIXA has retooled its own trade shows — international versions of InfoComm, and Integrated Systems trade shows in Europe and Russia — and its organizational model in the wake of the pandemic.

    To read the full article - An AV Perspective on the Evolution of Trade Shows (pcma.org)

  • March 09, 2021 9:25 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)
    • Paid tickets grew 18% in February vs. January, driven by a 23% increase in tickets to in-person events
    • Australia reached new pandemic-era highs
    • Ticketing trends began to accelerate in the United Kingdom

    Eventbrite, Inc., a global self-service ticketing and experience technology platform, today provided an update on the company’s event ticketing trends.

    Paid ticket volume increased by 18% in February compared to January 2021, primarily driven by growth in paid tickets to in-person events, which increased 23% in February compared to January. Notably, paid ticket volume in Australia rose 26% month over month and reached a new pandemic-era high in February. Paid tickets also accelerated sharply in the United Kingdom after the Prime Minister unveiled the reopening plan for England, which sparked a 50% week-over-week increase. Paid tickets grew by 23% outside the United States and by 15% within the United States in February compared to January. Compared to a year ago, February paid ticket volume declined 67%, improving from a 69% year-to-year decline in January.

    For full article -  https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/eventbrite-sees-10-x-increase-in-ticket-sales-after-government-announcement


  • February 16, 2021 3:39 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Construction of the $420-million expansion of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, the state’s largest convention center, is moving forward nearly a year after issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic put it on hold.

    The project nearly doubles the size of the center by adding 112,000 sq ft and it came to a halt in April 2020 due to uncertainty in the bond market and the loss of sales tax revenue in the pandemic-devastated travel and hospitality industries. Now, with hopes that the convention and travel industry will return in the not-too-distant future, the expansion has received the green light to proceed from the Wisconsin Center District, a state-created agency that operates the convention center, and which is selling the bonds financing it.

    “The bond sale closed in mid-December 2020, and the funds were transferred to the trustee. The transaction is complete and repayment begins in 2028,” said Sarah Maio, vice president of marketing and communications for the WCD.

    The WCD’s board relied on information provided by HVS Global Hospitality Services, a consulting firm based in Westbury, NY, to make the decision to move forward.

    For full article - https://www.enr.com/articles/51227-postponed-by-pandemic-milwaukees-wisconsin-center-expansion-is-back-on-the-schedule

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