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 March 22, 2021.
The Legal Implications of Assessing Attendees' Covid Status
With the development of Covid-19 vaccines, event organizers are now planning for the new normal when we are allowed to gather in public. This planning process has sparked the question and legal implications for asking about vaccinations or requiring a COVID test. Short answer is yes, but there is a lot to understand of the legal landscape as to not run afoul of federal, state, or local discrimination or privacy laws. Learn more about the legal landscape when considering asking for prove of vaccination or requiring covid testing here.
The Hotel Companies Most Friendly to the Environment: New Skift Research
In a recent study conducted by Skift, they compare the emissions of six global chains to determine which is best positioned to become carbon neutral over the coming decades, and which are falling behind. Carbon reduction efforts are gaining importance for stakeholders, and many hotel companies have started reducing their emissions. As tourism is at a low point, now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on current practices and guest expectations, and make impactful changes where possible. Check out how six of the largest hotel operators are reducing their carbon emissions and which are best prepared for a net zero carbon future by reading the full report here.
Cruise Lines Urge CDC to Allow Sailings From U.S. Ports to Resume in Early July
The trade group for the world's largest cruise lines called for the CDC to allow a phased-in resumption of sailings from U.S. ports in early July. The Cruise Lines International Association President stated in a press release that the CDC's stance doesn't reflect the current pandemic condition and this timeline better aligns with President Biden's goal for when the U.S. will be "closer to normal." The President had stated in an address to the union that his goal was to have small groups gather to celebrate the Fourth of July. Read more about how this change in cruising timeline could positively impact the industry.
Travelers from England will face 5,000 pound fines in new legislation designed to deter non-essential trips. Britain currently bans all foreign travel, except for work, education, or health reasons. The new travel fines were included in legislation applying until the end of June, in case the travel ban has not been eased. This legislation did go to parliament on Monday and would be voted on during Thursday's session. If approved, the fines wouldn't go into force until March 29th. Learn more about the travel fines here.
How Nonprofits Can Respond to COVID-19 with the Help of a Virtual Event Provider
The pandemic shifted everyone's plans, and organizers had no other choice, but to cancel their events early on in the pandemic. However, some organizations were able to continue to hold their events, meetings, and conferences virtually. Non-profit organizations like the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) pivoted their conference events virtually using event management technology. Although this is different from what they were used to, they share how it benefited the organization. Learn how Aventri helped WTA host a successful event and what other non-profits can learn from their experience here.