Virtual meetings don’t feel the same as their in-person equivalents, especially in the exhibit hall. But that may reflect an opportunity to reshape the event experience for vendors and exhibitors entirely.
Having a plan in place that allows attendees to inform your association of a coronavirus infection after your meeting is the first step in an action plan to deal with this potential issue. Then, organizations need to report to other attendees and possibly public health officials.
Attendees at their first face-to-face meeting post-COVID may feel a little overwhelmed. Recognizing this, the American Association of Feline Practitioners is creating a Recharge Room at its fall meeting. Attendees can get extra social distance and mentally recharge.
CASSS is taking a slightly different approach for its upcoming hybrid annual meeting. Although planning it as one event, the group also knows the experience won’t be exactly the same for in-person and virtual attendees. Here’s how they are planning a valuable experience, no matter where a person is participating from.
As vaccination increases and government restrictions wane, more organizations are looking to return to live events. Reimagining meetings for today’s changing needs should focus on business models, delegate experience, and talent and capabilities, according to a new white paper.
When everything went virtual last year due to the pandemic, it also shifted sponsorship opportunities at meetings. Although associations have grappled with sometimes lackluster results for sponsors, one expert says there are ways to provide more value in virtual offerings.
Businesses say that they’re nearly ready to begin traveling to educational events once again, but the meetings industry is concerned the return isn’t happening quickly enough because of lagging standardization. Also: Why you should think of your industry partners as more than just vendors.
Time away from the expo hall might offer an opportunity to try things in a new way. Read on for ways to tweak your offerings in response to COVID-19—or just because it’s time for a rethink.
Destinations International hosted its first hybrid event in May, bringing together in-person and virtual attendees for its successful CEO Summit. For a well-run hybrid meeting, ensure speakers engage all attendees, consider in-person logistics, and practice.
When the publisher of Associations Now took his first business trip in more than a year, he had to dust off his old travel know-how. Familiar annoyances on the road were eclipsed by the joy of (tentatively) reconnecting with colleagues in person. Here’s his firsthand account.