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  • How the Internet may be Hurting your Virtual Event

    Working from home became an unexpected reality during the pandemic. Like most, I upgraded our Internet connection after making the transition to ensure everyone in my household could continue to make video calls, watch Netflix and browse the web without interruption. As the events industry moved online, more thought was given to networking technology than ever imagined as planners and producers struggled to manage Internet traffic. In an ideal world, everyone would have enough Internet at their disposal and it…

    Virtual Events

  • Survey: 2021 will be a Hybrid Year

    Nearly three-quarters of meeting planners are moving their face-to-face events to virtual or hybrid next year, according to the most recent Meetings and Events Pulse Survey conducted by Global DMC Partners. This despite the majority of surveyed planners predicting the return of in-person events in the first half of 2021, though 57 per cent believe events will be downsized in the future, with the largest events topping out at 250 attendees. A majority also believe average event attendee numbers will…

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  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

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  • Lessons Learned from Moving a Massive In-Person Event Online

    Taking the well-oiled machine that is Cvent CONNECT and transforming it into an entirely new experience wasn’t easy. From the initial pivot to getting buy-in, strategically designing the event to new technology considerations, Cvent’s director of meetings and events, Rachel Andrews, and senior manager of meetings and events, Paulina Curto, share lessons learned from moving the world’s largest event technology and hospitality conference online. The Digital Pivot While pre-event risk conversations occurred back in 2019, the decision to go virtual…

    Virtual Events

  • The Show Must Go On: Safe Practices for the Return of Live Events

    The return of in-person conferences and events is crucial to helping economies recover. They attract exhibitors and attendees from all over the world, generating millions of dollars in tourism revenue, and support tens of thousands of jobs across a multitude of industries. As co-chair of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association’s health and safety committee and a member of the industry event and health advisory group for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association…

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  • How Best to Monetize your Online Event  

    Now almost six months into the worldwide pandemic, most businesses have pivoted from in-person gatherings to virtual events. But despite more people than ever using online platforms, companies continue to struggle with monetization, which may be essential to their survival amid the economic chaos wrought by COVID-19. While there are a variety of methods to earn income from virtual events — ticket sales, paid access to selective streams and upgrades for premium session content, to name a few — perhaps…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • New Partnership Removes Language Barriers from Borderless Digital Events

    A partnership between GlobalSign.in and Interprefy will allow organizers that are planning events, webinars, conferences and meetings on GEVME Live digital events platform to host those gatherings in multiple languages in real-time. “Digital events surpass geographical boundaries, allowing people to attend regardless of where they are in the world,” says GlobalSign.in CEO, Veemal Gungadin. “With this exciting partnership with Interprefy, participation in digital events is also no longer fettered by language, enabling event owners and organizers to easily host truly…

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  • World’s Largest Hotel Chain Ramps up Guidance for Meetings Professionals

    Marriott International has introduced a series of efforts to help event hosts and organizers plan and execute meetings so attendees can “connect with confidence.” The changes include enhanced sanitation guidelines, new operational training for associates and increased use of conference technologies to ensure customers are able to come together when they are ready. Marriott has also created more content on its digital platform about redefined processes and reimagined spaces to provide additional context and information for designing successful events in the…

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  • How Businesses are Rising to the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has dealt the events industry a blow that far surpasses any other occurrence in modern history. No business has been left untouched but while some have crippled under the coronavirus outbreak, others have pivoted in ways they wouldn’t have imagined months ago when the outlook for 2020 was so bright. “Prior to the pandemic my team was planning hybrid events, which combines live in-person and virtual components. Now our offerings are primarily virtual-only,” explains Alicia Jenelle of her self-named…

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  • Events Industry Council Issues Guidelines to Help Rebuild Trust, Assess Risk

    The Events Industry Council has released a best practices guide to help industry professionals as they navigate the new event landscape. “We must, as individuals and organizations, take the responsibility to own the assessment and mitigation of risk, taking into account guidance from global, national, regional and local public health officials. If we do so consistently and communicate these steps effectively, we will make considerable strides toward reestablishing trust,” says Events Industry Council CEO, Amy Calvert. “Trust with organizational decision-makers,…

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