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 June 29, 2020.
The European Union Finalized Its Ban of American Travelers as the Coronavirus Pandemic Continues to Rage
The European Union has finalized its list of 15 countries whose residents will be allowed to visit when its borders reopened on Wednesday. Due to their poor containment of the Coronavirus, the United States is one of the countries whose residents will not be allowed in. The list which includes South Korea, Australia, and Canada, is based on objective epidemiological criteria. To find the complete list of permitted countries and the criteria for this decision, click here.
Destinations Introduce Hygiene Certifications in Response to COVID-19 Concerns
Many destinations have created health and safety certification programs to ease and assure visitors that those with the certification meet the highest virus-prevention standards. Abu Dhabi just launched their Go Safe program, which enforces global standards of safety and cleanliness at hotels, attractions, and venues. To obtain this certification, organizations and venues must complete guided self-assessments per the guidelines and checklist provided by the DCT Abu Dhabi. Many other countries have also developed certification programs similar to Abu Dhabi. Learn more about these safety certifications.
Australia UPDATED: How Each State Plans to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions
Australia's three-step COVID-safe framework will be completed in July and with the removal of the 100-person limit on indoor gathers that was originally included, announced Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday. More states have updated their commitment to rolling back restrictions. To view the state by state break down, click here.
ASAE Delivers COVID-19 Sign-On Letter to Congress
On July 1, ASAE delivered a community sign-on letter to congress requesting assistance for nonprofit associations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For months, ASAE and thousands of other organizations have urged Congress to grant nonprofits access to federal relief programs. Congress authorized financial assistance to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations under relief programs in the CARES Act, but most associations have not been given access. Read more here.
Infographic: The Virtual Experience
As the event and meeting industry evolves to meet the needs of the current climate, virtual events are becoming more common. While planners get more accustomed to this format, many are looking for guidance on how to plan a virtual event and wonder how their peers are doing. After surveying 147 global event and meeting professionals to understand their experience with the new virtual landscape, Aventri has compiled the data into a digestible infographic. View Aventri's findings.