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 April 5, 2021.
Hotel Workers Get Vaccination Incentives
Marriott International and Caesars Entertainment are incentivizing their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Back in February, the CDC updated its distribution plan and prioritized hotel workers vaccination status under Phase 1c. In March, Marriott announced its Vaccination Care Program that rewards its U.S. and Canadian employees who get a shot by providing them with the equivalent of four hours of pay once they are fully vaccinated. Other businesses are providing their employees with bonus paid day offs or bonus pay for receiving their vaccinations. Learn more about how companies are incentivizing their workers or making vaccination more accessible to their employees by clicking here.
California Aims to Fully Reopen on June 15
As vaccine rollouts continue and eligibility increases, Governor Newsom announced on April 6 that he state aims to fully reopen on June 15. However, it will only do so if two criteria are met: vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16+ who wish to be inoculated and if hospitalization rates are low and stable. So far the state has administered more than 20 million vaccines and is optimistically looking to reopen the economy, thus starting the recovery process. Learn more about their reopening process.
Fully Vaccinated People Are at Low Risk From Travel, CDC Says
Federal health officials announce that fully vaccinated people may travel as evidence of the shots' effectiveness is helping protect against the virus and its spread. The CDC does caution those who have been vaccinated that although they are at lower risk of infection, travel is still not recommended due to the rise in the number of cases in the U.S. and globally. The increase number of adults receiving the vaccination is good news to the travel industry and this news is expected to boost travel and airline economies. Read about the new guidelines here.
Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways announced the ramp up of flights between Australia and New Zealand to 70% of pre-pandemic levels once a two-way quarantine-free travel bubble opens on April 19. This restart of more regular flights will help the airlines reduce their cash burn at a time when they are wholly reliant on their domestic markets for revenue. This announcement comes after New Zealand and Australia have proven to manage the pandemic and trans-Tasman travel should hopefully demonstrate anther right way to do tourism this summer. Learn more about the airlines ramp up.
Aventri Introduces Virtual Events Platform 2.0
At the start of the pandemic, Aventri quickly pivoted to virtual events and created their fully integrated Virtual Event Solution. Since its launch, Aventri has been monitoring shifts in industry needs and listening to our customers feedback. Understanding these new changes in needs as event professional ramp up their virtual event and to support our clients in adjusting to the new environment, we have launched our improved Virtual Event Solution 2.0. This upgraded version will come with improvements to engagement tools, a modernized interface, enhanced user experience, and more! Learn all about our new updates here.