Welcome to another edition of Aventri’s Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today’s meeting and event planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond. Check out the top stories from the week of December 7, 2020.
From Ballroom to Zoom: See How These Fall Galas and Benefits Raised Money This Year
Instead of canceling or postponing their events many nonprofits, charities, and organizations transformed their traditional black-tie galas into virtual events. Using their creativity, planners were able host a variety of events that ranged from immersive 3D environments for an animal charity to a pasta demonstration dedicated to Dr. Fauci. BizBash puts together a complete list of examples of how virtual events came to the rescue for many organizations. Check out the events here.
All Eyes on Gol as Brazilian Airline Is First to Put 737 Max Back Into Service
On Wednesday, Gol is set to be the first global airline to resume flights of the Boeing 737, after being grounded for over 20-months due to technical issues that caused several fatal planes crashes last year. The big question now is how will flyers react to the return of the 737. A survey in the U.S. by Southwest Airlines found that a quarter of travelers felt uncomfortable flying on the jet. Gol however is hoping that the recent rigorous review by global regulators will be enough to convince flyers. Learn more about the returning aircraft here.
COVID-19 Vaccine: First Person Receive Pfizer Jab in UK
A UK grandmother became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of the mass vaccination program on Tuesday. Margaret Keenan, who is 91 next week, said the vaccine was the ‘best early birthday present’ and she was the first of 800,000 doses of the vaccine that will be dispensed in the weeks to come. By the end of this month, the UK hopes to vaccinate over four million individuals and are starting the rollout by vaccinating those over 80 along with some healthcare and care staff. Learn more about the vaccine and how it will be rollout here.
How Planners Are Hosting Large Meetings In Small Ways
In late September, the governor of Nevada allowed the state to host up to 1,000 people at an event. However, in order to do so venues would have to meet certain requirements, including dividing attendees into separate groups or rooms that held no more than 250 people or 50% capacity, which ever was less. With such restrictions intact around the country, planners thought up new ways to host large meetings in smaller ways. One such example, was the IACC introducing MultiPod, a multilocation meeting where “pods” where setup in regions and interacted with each other virtually. Learn more about this method, along with other innovative approaches to hosting a large meeting in a smaller way.
Aventri Premiers Digital Lead Capture Solution
On Wednesday, Aventri debuted its new Digital Lead Capture Solution. This solution enhances the networking and connection capabilities between exhibitors and attendees at virtual events by mirroring the experience of bring the two together at in-person events. Aventri’s Lead Capture Solution gives sponsors and exhibitors all the tools and information to qualify prospects and provide immediate value in targeted and efficient interactions. Learn all about the new solution here.