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  • June 24, 2020 10:54 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    UK prime minister Boris Johnson officially announced yesterday that parts of the nation’s hospitality industry, including accommodation, restaurants and pubs, will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, but exhibition centres and conference venues must remain closed. The news has prompted the meetings and events industry to call for clarity on when business meetings might be allowed to go ahead.

    While the hospitality industry has welcomed a reduction in social distancing guidelines from 2m to “1m-plus”, Lex Butler, chair of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), said: “Covid-19 and lockdown have been a hammer blow to business events, meetings and accommodation agencies, venues and suppliers – for the whole sector. By reducing social distancing to 1m-plus and providing guidelines, the government has wrapped the hammer in plastic.

    Link to full article - 

    https://www.businesstravelnewseurope.com/Meetings/UK-meetings-industry-calls-for-clarity-on-reopening

  • June 23, 2020 1:18 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Along with new sanitization standards, several hotel companies are implementing new procedures and protocols around their meetings and events—for whenever they return—related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In addition to the company's All Stay Well initiative, Accor has launched All Meet Well for North and Central America. Elements include promoted social distancing in arrival and gathering areas; attendee screenings that may include temperature checks; food-and-beverage set-ups that allow for six feet between chairs; gloves and masks for all staff; sanitization of all furniture and equipment in meeting rooms before and after every event; increased availability of outdoor and private spaces; adding more disposable F&B accompaniments; elimination of all pre-set items on tables except for single-serve bottled water; elimination of all buffets and self-serve options; and larger, one-way aisles with directional signage.

    As an enhancement to its Commitment to Clean initiative, Choice Hotels is redesigning furniture arrangements in its meeting and event spaces for social distancing in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines

    Full article - https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Meetings/Hotels-Add-New-Meetings-Sanitization-Protocols

  • June 22, 2020 2:38 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The biggest challenge being faced by hotels now is finding ways to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on their premises. But hotels also need to balance those efforts with the ethos of hospitality: making sure guests feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. 

    Achieving these goals in the near-term is complicated by the uncertain trajectory of the pandemic: There are still huge gaps in knowledge about the virus and its spread, and few proven options for prevention and treatment.

    Travelers will have to weigh the risks versus rewards of any stay, one trip at a time. Some considerations will relate to a particular property and its location; others to an individual’s personal health, safety and sense of well-being. Here are some questions to help you make these decisions.....

    Link to the article -

     https://www.forbes.com/sites/irenelevine/2020/06/21/is-a-hotel-stay-safe-5-questions-to-help-you-decide/#4cd20304174e


  • June 19, 2020 10:12 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    ....and How to Fix It - Trade Show News Network 

    The unjust killing of Black American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 by a police officer has sparked nationwide protests over civil injustice. Amid a time when the events industry was already struggling with great change, due to forced event cancellations and reorganization of many companies during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are now also questioning their own approach to diversity. Few are more qualified to speak to this important topic than Jason Dunn, chairman of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals and an industry diversity leader as group vice president of diversity sales and inclusion for the Cincinnati USA CVB. Here’s his take on what needs to change in the meetings industry when it comes to diversity — and suggestions on how to take action......

    Link Thru to the Full Article & Interview - https://www.tsnn.com/news/what-meetings-industry-gets-wrong-about-diversity%E2%80%94and-how-fix-it

  • June 18, 2020 10:36 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    After two months of declines, more convention and meeting planners now say they’re starting to source and book future events, according to a survey by Northstar Meeting Group. As of mid-May, just one-third of respondents were signing contracts for new events. That’s now risen to 40 percent, returning to April levels.

    “Meeting planners have gotten a little more hopeful about meetings coming back,” said Loren Edelstein, Vice President of Northstar Meetings Group, a meetings and conventions marketing and information firm based in Secaucus, New Jersey.

    For the full story with video - https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/america-s-100-billion-convention-industry-back-changed-forever-n1231228


  • June 16, 2020 9:45 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, handing the movement for L.G.B.T. equality a long-sought and unexpected victory.

    “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law,” Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote for the majority in the 6-to-3 ruling.  To read the full article - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/us/gay-transgender-workers-supreme-court.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20200615&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=headline&regi_id=71695352&segment_id=30941&user_id=35b22558b504382afa81d2c86ea4a70d


  • June 16, 2020 9:43 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Consumer air travel is slowly recovering after record-low passenger volumes in April, but to protect passengers and prevent the spread of coronavirus, airlines are making significant changes to the experience.

    Among the recent measures put into place, this week carriers are starting to ask passengers to self-evaluate during the check-in process. On Thursday, Chicago-based United Airlines announced that it would ask passengers to self-assess their health and environmental exposure during the process of checking into each flight.  to continue reading: 

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/grantmartin/2020/06/14/united-airlines-launches-self-screening-for-passengers-at-check-in/#60cd771f30d8


  • June 15, 2020 1:03 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Companies and universities — and the groups that represent them — say they are vulnerable to a wave of lawsuits if they reopen while the coronavirus continues to circulate widely, and they are pushing Congress for temporary legal protections they say will help get the economy running again.

    Full article -

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/business/economy/coronavirus-liability-shield.html?auth=login-facebook



  • June 12, 2020 9:20 AM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Americans are slowly shedding their fear of flying. The number of travelers passing through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints has been steadily rising from its nadir of 87,534 on April 14 (compared with 2.2 million the year before) to 441,255 on June 7. Still, a Harris Poll conducted last month found that 48% of Americans said they would not be comfortable taking a flight until the pandemic is over. This piece from TODAY.com offers an overview as to where we are right now - click the link for the full article that includes statistics... Is it safe to fly again? Here’s how airport screenings are changing

  • June 11, 2020 2:13 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    MPI, in partnership with The Venetian Resort Las Vegas | Las Vegas Sands Corp. and IMEX Group, has created a survey that measures sentiments related to recovery impact on the meeting and event industry. This study will provide insights into aspects our community feels will change when recovery begins. Let your voice be counted and help us all understand what our community perceives recovery will look like. Take Survey > http://ow.ly/bZDT50A4dM4 

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