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 events 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 August 12, 2019.
How This Conference Designed Its Stage for a Live Stream Audience
For the fifth year in a row, Agency EA partnered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to produce the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. The multi-day international conference, which took place June 5 to 7 at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago, brings together global leaders, city officials, and key decision makers to share ideas and insights on the future of cities and to discuss solutions for advancing them. In addition to on-site panels, intimate discussions, flash talks, workshops, and informal networking, the event was able to expand its reach by offering an accessible live stream to a broader, virtual audience. “Historically, panel sessions were available to the public to enable locals to take part in the conversation. The venue selection made inviting the public logistically challenging—opting to include a live stream was the next best solution,” explained Elise Farrington, senior account executive at Agency EA. Read more.
Hong Kong Airport Shut Down: What Can Planners Do?
Meeting planners can prepare ahead of time for most emergency situations, but sometimes a major disruption comes out of the blue. If you planned an event or travel through Hong Kong before these protests were on anyone’s radar and are now caught up in the chaos, here are some practical tips for getting through it. Civil Unrest: What's Your Meeting Contingency Plan? details the steps taken by Natural & Organic Asia show run by London-based Informa PLC (parent company of MeetingsNet) to protect its Hong Kong event scheduled for early next month. Am L.A. Times story reports that many airlines are allowing travelers to change or cancel flights without additional fees, so if you are not actually in Hong Kong, you may not have to break the bank to avoid it. Read more.
Yola Día Is A Music Festival Powered By Women, From The Stage To The Chefs
Music festival season is drawing to a close for 2019, but there's still one left to make its mark: Yola Día. In world where women have a hard time getting equitable space on festival bills, or earning headlining spots, Yola Día is taking the woman-made festival one step further. In addition to an all-woman bill that includes Lykke Li, Megan Thee Stallion, Cat Power, Courtney Love, Sophie, Kelsea Lu, Cupcakke, Empress Of, and Lia Ices, there's an team of all-woman bartenders, restauranteurs, and artist who will display work on the festival grounds in Los Angeles's Historic State Park. It's unlike any other festival out there. Read more.
After 'Storm Area 51' Gets 2 Million RSVPs, its Creator Announces Alien-Themed Fest
The event started out as a joke. Then the RSVP list grew to 2 million. Now, the creators of the viral space oddity, “Storm Area 51 – They Can’t Stop All of Us,” are planning a music festival in Rachel, Nevada, the closest habitation to the Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51. "The event/movement captivated millions of alien-enthusiasts. After discussing options with industry-leaders in the world of music festivals, Matty [Roberts] decided to move forward with this event," the website for Alienstock reads. Brock Daily, one of the organizers of the event, told USA TODAY in a message that the purpose of the event was to "embrace the cultural statement made by the viral event. Read more.
Hospitality Brands Go All-In on the Sleep Movement
Ask travelers the number-one thing they want out of a hotel stay, and chances are the answer is: a good night’s sleep. For this reason, the hospitality industry has always cared about rest. But despite the fact that getting enough shut-eye is crucial for travelers who want to feel good on business trips or vacation, innovation in the area for years was decidedly lacking (Westin’s Heavenly Bed, for example, launched in 1999). That’s all changed, however, with the rise of the wellness movement — which has an obsession with sleep. According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness is now a $4.2 trillion industry, and that number is projected to increase in the coming years. Read more.