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 15, 2021.
Europe Proposes Certificate to Reopen Travel by Summer
On Wednesday, the European Union's executive body proposed issuing certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27 nation block this summer, as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from the disease. These certificates known early as "vaccine passports" aim at facilitating travel between EU member nations and set to be discussed at the summit of EU leaders next week. The discussion of vaccine certificates has been under discussion for weeks and is a divisive topic as some nations want to speed up reopening while others argue this would be premature and discriminatory as a majority of EU citizens haven't had access to vaccines. Learn more about the vaccine certificates here.
Tax Credits Are Needed for Travelers and Industry in Next Round of Relief, Lobby Group Argues
A $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure was signed into law last week, however lobbyists want Congress to deliver tax incentives to encourage more people to travel for both leisure and business. The U.S. Travel Association expects Congress to consider business and travel tax credits later this year. The bipartisan standalone bill was introduced last month, but some speculate that it could be incorporated into the negotiations of a federal infrastructure package. Learn more about this bill and how it could positively impact the travel industry here.
5 Creative Ways New York City Is Bringing Back Live Events
Slowly New York City has been resurrecting its live events scene. Mayor de Blasio recently championed the Open Culture program, a new permit type that allows for ticketed performances. Arts and cultural and entertainment venues can secure a permit for socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations. As more people get vaccinated and COVID cases decrease, the restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings will loosen even further, creating more opportunities. Many event producers and venues have jumped on this opportunity and are staging pop-up performances. Check out what organizers are creating to bring back live entertainment.
Disneyland to Reopen on April 30, Disney CEO Bob Chapek Says
California's two Disney theme parks will finally reopen on April 30 after being closed for a year due to the pandemic. The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa will reopen April 29 with limited capacity ahead of the parks and the parks will open the following day with 15% to 35% capacity depending on the prevalence of the virus in the community. Chapek says that as parks expand capacity and reopen, there will be some level of social distancing and mask-wearing for the rest of the year. Learn more about the reopening of the parks by clicking here.
Why You Need a Fully Integrated Event Management Platform
Planning and hosting a successful event can take much time and effort and there is a lot can go wrong. That's why having an integrated event management platform in the form of a single-point solution for managing the entire event lifecycle is important. As events have changed from in-person to virtual during the pandemic, events are now changing to be hybrid as in-person events start to return. With a fully integrated virtual event management platform, it's much easier to streamline the process from start to finishing and keep up with the ever changing events landscape. Read more about why you need a single fully integrated event management platform here.