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Connect Weekly: Countries Suspend Reopening Amid Rising COVID Cases, Moderna Vaccine & More

Abigail Sakati |

shutterstock_1704272737Welcome 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 November 16, 2020.

Which Countries Are Reopening for Meetings? Here Are the Latest Updates From Around the World

Many countries around the world have paused their reopening processes amid the increase in positive COVID cases. The recent spikes have led many European countries to reintroduce measures to curb the spread of infection and reimpose travel constraints with their neighbors. For example, Sweden, who had refused to implement lockdowns, has issued new restrictions that limit gatherings to eight people. Meanwhile, Austria will enter a full lockdown from Nov. 17 to Dec. 6. Read more about the new policies countries are putting in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus by clicking here.

New Report Shines a Light on Virtual Fundraising Event Performance During the Pandemic & Key Determiners of Success

The move to virtual and digital activity has created new opportunities for charities of all types and sizes, as well as individuals, research by specialist mass participation agency massive in partnership with JustGiving has found. In their new report, The Virtual Fundraising Monitor, they share campaign activity from 150 virtual fundraising events delivered since lockdown and explore the opportunities open to charities. This report also includes useful insight and guidance to help charities succeed with their own campaigns in the virtual arena. Learn more about the report here.

How Much Virus Is in Your Destination? Bookmark This!

Georgia Tech researchers have developed a COVID event-risk assessment tool to assess how risky it is to hold an event in your area. The researchers designed an interactive map that provides the current risk level for each county in America, based on the size of the group. The risk level is the “estimated chance, from 0 percent to 100 percent, that at least one COVID-positive individual will be present at an event in the county.” For example, if you held a 50-person event in Dekalb County, GA you would have a 49% chance that at least one person at the event will be infected. View and learn more about the map here.

Travel Stocks Rally After Moderna’s Vaccine Progress Lifts Hopes for Near-Term Reopening

Stocks for airlines, hotels, and cruise lines surged after Moderna released their encouraging vaccine results. The biotech company announced that their experimental coronavirus vaccine was 94.5% effective at preventing COVID-19 in their preliminary analysis. Although Moderna still needs to receive approval by the US FDA, its supposed effectiveness suggests a rollout could come in 2021. This news boosted shares of companies hit hard by the pandemic with United Airlines stocks increasing by 8.6% and Marriott International by 4.6%. Learn more about the vaccine and how it's the start of recovery.

Event Tech in the Wake of COVID-19: Best Practices to Help Planners Bypass the Challenges

Aventri’s Brad Langley shares four top tips for overcoming the challenges COVID-19 has brought upon event and meeting planners. Langley’s four tips are aimed at helping planners bypass challenges and emerge stronger on the other side of the pandemic shutdown. Such tips he provides include being agile and doing more with less, keeping your brand voice alive, getting ready for omnichannel event marketing, and leveraging data to prove value. Learn more about his tips here.

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This Post was Written by Abigail Sakati

Abigail Sakati is a senior marketing major with a minor in accounting at Fairfield University. She has been interning with Aventri since May 2019 as the digital marketing analyst intern.

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