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 events 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 24-28.
Hotel Security: How Panic Button Installation Can Benefits Your Attendees
This past month the governor of New Jersey followed Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and signed a bill requiring hotels of 100 guest rooms or more by 2020 to provide all staff members with wearable emergency alarms. By implementing these panic buttons, hotels employees can better protect themselves from harassment and danger. These panic buttons can also be given to staff during events to help ensure attendees are safe. Read more.
Why Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is a Yearly Success
The famous Nathan’s hot dog eating contest is set to take place next week during the Fourth of July in Coney Island. For decades, this contest has generated buzz. How? MLE (Major League Eating), the company that has managed the event every year, credits three factors: a failed theory, “Belt of Fat, local buzz, and social media. MLE hosts other events during the year, and as Shea from MLE says the “three elements…[are] The big-name competitors, such as 11-time Nathan’s champion Joey Chestnut, create a natural draw for the event; the carnival-barker-like spectacle created by Shea, his brother Richard, and other in-house emcees; and the promotion, which the organization builds for the brands it features in its contests." Read more.
The Future of Airplanes is Autonomous
While we’ve heard a lot about self-driving cars and the potential impact that would have on the event industry, the Paris Air Show this week showed attendees that the future of planes is too autonomous. Airbus revealed their plan for pilot-less, electric passenger planes by 2035 and Boeing announced its plans for autonomous passenger planes at the show. Uber also showed off their Uber Air, an air Uber service that will take off in 2023 in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Melbourne. Read more.
Rose Mansion Puts an Educational Spin on Experiential Events
You’ve probably heard of the wine-themed NYC pop-up experience, the Rose Mansion, with its Instagram-worthy rooms, bathtubs of pink rose petals, disco balls, and of course, rose. But this year, the Rose Mansion has added an educational spin to their experiential events. The Mansion is now housed in a 32,000 sq. ft location where guests can not only snap Instagram photos and sip on chilled Rose, but also learn about the chemistry behind Rose, the winemaking process, the history of rose, and more. This shift highlights a broader trend seen across the event industry: attendees are looking more for education-based events. Read more.
The hospitality and event industries have slowly seen automated technology seep into their space, like robot housekeepers, robot room-service deliveries, self-check-in kiosks, etc. Now, automated bartenders are gaining traction. James Nicol, Easybar Beverage Management Systems CEO, says that in large environments, like in casinos, “there’s a lot of liquor being served and a lot of table service out on the gaming floor, and this is where these systems are kind of revolutionizing things.” The demand for these machines Nicol explains exists in areas like arenas, stadiums, cruise ships, movie theaters, and conferences. Read more.