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  • July 29, 2020 1:54 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    When planning a hybrid and digital event, your content is the key to its success, panelists agreed during The Hague Convention Bureau’s first hybrid webinar. The panel members — a corporate planner, two association planners, a meeting-design expert, and a hotel executive — discussed the viability of hybrid events.

    The July 2 event at the World Forum in The Hague welcomed 65 attendees in the venue and more than 160 online viewers.

    Host Tadeja Pivc-Coudyser, international sales manager at The Hague Convention Bureau, welcomed moderator Vincent Pahlplatz, general manager at The Hague Marriott, and panelist Carin Smand, executive director of the European Hematology Association (EHA), to the live venue stage. Three other panelists — Kim Myhre, CEO and managing partner at Experience Designed; Frank Yang, director of marketing & business development at KINTEX; and Guillem Torres, executive director and professional congress organizer for Torres Pardo SL— attended virtually, their images appearing on a large screen behind the stage.

    While the session covered a variety of areas, including the logistical challenges of conducting hybrid meetings and who should pay for health and safety costs at live venues, panelists often returned to a key point in their discussion — that content, how you conceive it, present it, and collect data about it — will do the most to maximize attendance and revenue, and deliver ROI to attendees and sponsors.....

    For full article - https://www.pcma.org/content-compelling-participants-will-pay-virtual-events/

  • July 24, 2020 9:44 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Event and tourism industry professionals aren’t about to sit out this pandemic, as evidenced by the number of meetings, webinars and conventions taking place virtually these past few months. Among these key industry events is Destinations International’s Annual Convention, which was held virtually for the first time July 14-15. 

    With a record attendance of 3,024 attendees from 14 countries, the global destinations industry gathering featured a packed agenda offering more than 20 educational sessions designed to inform and inspire. Keynote presentations were made by Author Mitch Albom, U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot Carey Lohrenz and the Global All-Stars Innovators Showcase, during which a panel of five tourism industry executives reimagined the future of travel post-COVID-19.

    For Full Article - https://www.tsnn.com/news/recordbreaking-attendance-destinations-international%E2%80%99s-first-virtual-annual-convention

  • July 17, 2020 11:26 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The European Union extended its travel ban on Americans on Thursday, as coronavirus infections continued to rise across the United States.

    The EU first started lifting international travel restrictions on July 1, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The U.S. was left off that initial list and Americans remain barred from visiting the bloc for at least another two weeks under Thursday's decision, announced by the European Council. 

    The announcement came after EU officials conducted their first biweekly review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country to determine whether to add or narrow the list of permitted travelers. 

    The key measurement: The pandemic outbreak in a given country needs to be equally contained – or better – than in the EU.

    For the full article - https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/07/16/eu-extends-travel-ban-americans-amid-spike-us-coronavirus-cases/5450198002/

  • July 15, 2020 9:01 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    WASHINGTONJuly 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the death of George Floyd and the overwhelming response nationwide, seven Black executives from destination marketing organizations across the country partnered on a video to share their experiences and encourage an open dialogue about race and racism throughout their lives and in the tourism industry. Running 8 minutes and 38 seconds, "5 Questions About Race" takes less time to view than the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that George Floyd had a knee on his neck when he was murdered on May 25, 2020.

    According to data from The Washington PostBlack Americans are killed by police at a rate of more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. Since 2015, 96 percent of Black Americans killed by the police have been male. This video is intended to share the male perspective.

    For full article - https://finance.yahoo.com/news/black-travel-leaders-address-systemic-160000558.html

  • July 08, 2020 9:00 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Technology may connect us physically, but much remains to be learned about its ability to create emotional connections.

    Author: Barbara Palmer       

    We’ve long talked about how technology connects us, points out designer and researcher Pamela Pavliscak, a panelist at the technology conference Collision@Home, held online June 21-24. “But what we’ve meant by connecting,” Pavliscak told Convene, “is that technology reduces physical distance, or just that technology puts us in contact with somebody else.”

    Now, with the widespread move to digital platforms in response to the pandemic, “it’s as if we’re a big experiment,” she added, one that’s demonstrating how technology can bring us together, but also highlighting its weaknesses. To really connect, “we need to be able to read nonverbal signals — the sensorial aspect of our connection, where we are part of a larger context,” said Pavliscak, author of Emotionally Intelligent Design. “We’re in an awkward phase. We have this technology, but it doesn’t really facilitate intimacy, emotions, or vulnerability. Maybe it doesn’t even facilitate empathy in the way we want it to. And how will we get it to that point?”

    For full article - https://www.pcma.org/digital-events-awkward-phase-collisionhome/

  • July 07, 2020 4:22 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    DragonCon organizers have decided to cancel the in-person Labor Day weekend extravaganza in downtown Atlanta due to the pandemic, opting for a virtual event instead. 

    After many months of hand-wringing, sleepless nights, and more Zoom meetings than we can count, we have decided that Dragon Con 2020 event will not be held in person,” the organizers announced on the event’s website today. “Trust us, we are just as bummed as you are, but know we did not make this decision lightly.”

    On the site, they said that given the current situation, they could not guarantee a safe convention and had to make this difficult decision. 

    “We truly did everything possible to remain positive and exhaust all options,” they noted. “We are looking forward to 2021 when we can all meet again in person.”

    The convention is one of many major annual Atlanta events that has had to be postponed or cancelled. And almost every major comparable convention nationwide has done the same thing. 

    The convention is one of many major annual Atlanta events that has had to be postponed or cancelled. And almost every major comparable convention nationwide has done the same thing. 

    Full article : https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/dragoncon-cancels-person-convention-this-labor-day-replaced-virtual-version/SjN0MaR3vuCPmkyVpQiJzL/

  • July 01, 2020 8:16 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    As face-to-face meetings and events begin to resume, it goes without saying that event organizers are going to be paying extra-special attention to health and safety practices. With social distancing among the top safety practices for the foreseeable future, event registration and lead management solutions provider Convention Data Services is offering a new Touchless Toolkit.

    Launched in early June, the Toolkit includes DigiBadge, which allows event registrants to check in safely and securely using their own mobile devices. Event participants download the DigiBadge link provided by the organizer, add it to their device’s Apple Wallet or Google Pay, and can then use it for convention hall and session access instead of a physical badge. 

    “Ultimately, we want to make the on-site planning process painless for show management while giving confidence to state agencies to reopen convention centers,” said John Kimball, president and CEO of Bourne, Mass-based CDS, a Freeman Company. 

    For Full Article - http://www.corporateeventnews.com/news/convention-data-services-launches-contactless-event-tech-toolkit

  • June 30, 2020 3:24 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    On a recent international panel I participated in — Morale and Motivation in the Tourism Industry, organized by TravelShop Turkey — Sven Bossu, CEO of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), said that during the COVID-19 crisis, the events industry must help policy makers understand the distinction between mass gatherings and organized exhibitions. Many governments have placed restrictions on mass gatherings, which he said should not be considered the same as exhibitions. Conventions take place in venues that have put hygiene and safety protocols in place, compared to a live concert, for example, where there is less control.

    And in fact, fellow panelist Karen Gonzales, director of partnership relations for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) had earlier in the session underscored the industry’s proactive approach to safely planning and producing an exhibition during the pandemic by sharing IAEE’s recently released resource, “Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events.”

    Still, another panelist, Nick Dugdale Moore, regional manager for Europe for UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, bemoaned the fact that there is no global standardization for groups or venues.

    From where I sit — as the recipient of hundreds of industry emails daily — that seems accurate.........

    For full article - https://www.pcma.org/covid-19-safety-protocols-standardization-event-venues/?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=thisweek_convene&utm_term=organic

  • June 26, 2020 11:18 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The European Union is discussing how to reopen its external borders as the region looks to slowly revive its economy, with visitors from countries like the United States potentially still being barred from entering the bloc.

    Thirty European countries decided to close their external borders in March to contain the spread of Covid-19. The travel restriction has been extended three times but it’s now due to end on Tuesday.

    The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, suggested earlier this month that European nations should open their internal borders by June 15 and slowly lift the travel ban on foreign visitors from July 1. The Commission also said that reopening external borders should be a coordinated exercise among European governments and reviewed on a regular basis.

    For the full article on CNBC - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/24/eu-to-open-external-borders-but-us-visitors-could-be-banned.html

  • June 25, 2020 9:08 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    For hospitality properties that have survived the pandemic thus far, it’s going to take an awful lot of bookings and overpriced Toblerones to make up those shortfalls. Luckily, the first part of that equation has been improving for the last three months.

    According to hotel industry data firm STR, only 22.1 percent of available hotel rooms in the U.S. were occupied in March, the low point of the crisis. Approximately 37 percent were occupied during the week ending May 30. That’s still a far cry from where occupancy rates were in May 2019, but it’s almost a 50 percent increase from March’s nadir.

    According to recent research by Deloitte, Americans are slowly growing more open to staying in hotels and travelling by plane. 

    For full article - https://www.mpamag.com/commercial/u-s--hospitality-sector-signs-of-life-reasons-for-hope-225547.aspx

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