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 May 11, 2020.
Here’s What Socially Distanced Disneyland Looks Like After Reopening
With Disneyland Shanghai’s reopening comes the question of how to socially distance at a place that attracts large crowds and experiences. The results looked promising with ticket sales selling out within minutes and new safety guidelines to increase disinfection. Read more about the reopening and how Shanghai might be a blueprint for Disney’s other parks and attractions, here.
Some German States Exempt Trade Shows From Gatherings Ban
The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry reported that the German government had exempted exhibitions and trade shows from the mass gatherings ban until August 31. Though this news seems promising these events may not start running until September. Want to know more about this exemption? Click here.
New Hygiene Protocols for Events During COVID-19
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation program is able to evaluate 20 different elements of a venue’s operating protocols and risk-assessment strategies, from disinfection practices to emergency preparedness. This program will help evaluate which venues will operate with the highest safety standards and minimize the transmission of infectious diseases. Read more here.
Could Socially Distanced Pop-ups be the Answer to Bring Back Live Events Sooner?
A California based event professional didn't want to sit by waiting for live events to come back, so she developed pop-up graduations and proms to help keep events alive. Will these pop-up events work for large global brands who are still looking for ways to connect with their audience in a safe way? You be the judge. Read more here.
11 Tips to Keep Virtual Audiences Engaged
Aventri’s Brecht Fourneau provides these helpful hints to keep virtual audiences engaged while competing with many distractions. One tip Fourneau suggests is to turn presentations into conversations by using polls, chats, and Q&As. Learn about the other 10 tips here.