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 January 4, 2020.
London Welcomes in 2021 with Message of Thanks and Hope
To ring in the New Year, London set-up a spectacular city-wide display of thanks and hope for the nation and the world. The global brand experience agency, Jack Morton, helped develop the concept for the Mayor of London and worked in conjuncture with the Mayor’s office to execute this experience. In collaboration with the BBC, London was able to create a 10-minute show broadcasting the spectacle that was watched by millions. Check out the full experience here.
Business as Unusual: How Event Venues Are Keeping Guests Safe During COVID-19
Venues are cautiously beginning their process of reopening and it's expected to see some drastic changes. According to a survey of 38,000 hotel guests by J.D. Power, safety protocols are the most important things to communicate to guests prior to arrival to ease apprehension. North American venues discuss their enhanced cleanliness protocols, contract revisions, ways they are accommodating hybrid events and more. Learn more about the ways venues are keeping attendees safe.
Two 2021 Predictions That Bode Well for F2F Events
Brian Sullivan, anchor of CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange and senior national correspondent for the network, recently made five predictions for 2021 through a financial markets lens. Sullivan’s predictions include hotels in Vegas being sold out over a weekend in September, popular airfares will double by July 4, best performing health investments will focus on obesity, and more. Read about all his predictions for 2021 and how these predications will impact the event and travel industries.
Grammy’s Postpone 2021 Ceremony Over COVID-19 Concerns
Originally scheduled for January 31st, the 2021 Grammy’s have been postponed until March 14th due to growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. In a statement on Tuesday, organizers stated the decision to postpone came after consulting with health officials, the host, and performing artists and deeming that the event would be unsafe. Additionally, with the severe health crisis unfolding in California with hospital services being overwhelmed and at capacity, CBS and the Recording Academy stated they believe they made the right call. Read the full statement here.
Top Conferences to Attend in 2021
Aventri has put together a list of the top in-person, virtual and hybrid conferences to review and select in 2021. This comprehensive list of over 200 conferences includes several key industries such as event management, marketing, and technology. Find the perfect event for you to attend in 2021 based on your goals, audience, and more here.