Connect Weekly: From Venues to Vaccination Site, Olympics Spectator Regulations & More

Abigail Sakati |

steven-cornfield-jWPNYZdGz78-unsplashWelcome 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 8, 2021. 

From Venue to Vaccination Site: 'It's the Most Important Event We Could Ever Host'

On the verge of closing his business, Dave McGillivray, owner of the Boston-based, 40-year-old event management company DMSE Sports, was offered a new opportunity to stay afloat with the  announcement of vaccination distribution.  CIC Health offered McGillivray and DMSE Sports an opportunity to handle the operations and logistics management for the Commonwealth's mass vaccination sites, including Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park. This story  is not just unique to DMSE Sports. Many event management venues are utilizing their knowledge and venues to set up mass vaccination sites across the country. Read how they are able to flip their event venues into vaccination sites services thousands of individuals, by clicking here. 

Overseas Fans Face Ban From Tokyo Olympics, Reports News Agency

Amid the growing fears of creating a super spreader event, Japan's government has decided to stage the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators. The opening ceremony of the torch relay on March 25 will also be held without spectators, and only permitting participants and invitees to take part in the event. This year's Olympics will look different, however Japan's main focus is ensuring that the teams and everyone involved stays safe - especially with COVID variants continuing to spread.  Learn more about the 2021 Olympics here. 

Orlando Trade Show Demonstrates Ability for Live Events to Return Safely

After a year of cancelled tradeshows, Go Live Together is working closely with major convention and exhibitions around the U.S. to promote safe reopening plans and accelerate recovery of the business events industry. Three fashion events teamed up to hold a groundbreaking co-located expo on Feb 9-11. This event was the first event in the U.S. to offer onsite COVID testing, and proved that the strict enforcement of protocols are the foundation to safely hosting an event. Weeks after MAGIC Pop Up Orlando, WWIN Orlando Showcase and OFFPRICE Orlando Market held their fashion trade shows, there have been no COVID cases linked to their event. Learn more about the safety measures that were put in place that ensure a safe event, by clicking  here. 

How Houston Is Preparing for a Busy Year of Meetings and Events

For those who have reacted swiftly, by doing the most to ensure the safety of their visitors and preparing for the new world of recovery, 2021 looks promising. For Houston First Corporation, they already have a full year of meetings, conventions, and events. At the start of the pandemic, Houston First reacted to the changing market conditions, restrictions, and decrease in travel demand, and was able to pivot to applying the highest standards of health and safety protocols to all its events, attractions, and venues. Simultaneously they were planning for an eventual slow return to normal. Learn about how Houstonpivoted and now is on the road to recovery

4 Key Virtual Event Goals You Need to Know

With in-person gatherings limited or off the table for much of the year, virtual events have become the main players on the industry stage, which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. To understand the state of virtual events and what pain points organizers are facing, Aventri partnered with BizBash to conduct a survey. We surveyed over 530 event professionals from over 30 different industries and analyzed the results in Aventri's latest whitepaper:  Virtual Events: What Works, What Doesn't and What the Industry Has Learned Over the Course of a Tumultuous Year.  Aventri found that planners need to focus on improving and measuring these four key virtual event goals. Download your free whitepaper 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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