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 July 20, 2020.
Meetings Industry Association Launches Trust and Trace Tool
The Meetings Industry Association (mia) launched a free tool to its members that will enable venues to manage tracking and tracing of their delegates to help support the ongoing efforts of reopening the events sector. The system, available on mia’s website, provides a link to the venue, which can be shared with the event organizer to cross check attendee information and on the day of the event the venue can use the tool to cross check the attendee list for accuracy. Attendees will be notified instantly if an attendee tests positive for COVID-19, otherwise the data will be deleted after 21 days to adhere to GDPR regulations. Learn more about this tool, here.
Biggest Hotel Chains Now Require Masks for Everyone
The American Hotel and Lodging Association’s (AHLA) biggest players decided on next steps to reinvigorate the meetings and tourism industry. Although drive-in tourism had picked up over the past few weeks, for the southern and western regions of the U.S. hotel demand fell 16% in South Carolina and 10% in Arizona. To help ease apprehensions and protect their guests, anyone who comes to an AHLA member hotel must wear a mask. Read the interview with the CEO’s of several AHLA member hotels and learn about how they are ensuring the safety of their guests.
How to Create an Insta-Worthy Virtual Event
The annual all-things-rose celebration hosted by The Yards in Washington D.C. pivoted their event to a virtual party called Rose All Day Reimagined. The Yards utilized Instagram Live to broadcast hours of themed programming to its attendees, which included music, paper crown-making , calligraphy, and giveaways. To engage local restaurants and bars, attendees could order their own curated “Rose All Day” boxes, created by Design Foundry. Read more about how this event was pulled off.
Hotel Industry Releases Their Top 5 Requirements To Avoid Coronavirus: Leaders Express Commitment to Travel Safety
The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has released their “Safe Stay Guest Checklist” for guests on how to travel safely, all while standardizing the safety experience nationwide. These guidelines enhance the health and safety protocols for all hotel guests and employees. The checklist includes the requirement of wearing a face mask, enabling contactless options for payment and check-in, daily room cleanings, contactless room service, and refraining from traveling if the guest has recently had COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. View the complete requirements and new practices.
European Hotels Begin Reopening to Guests
Although Europe has reopened its businesses and have started to revive their tourism sector, many countries have placed restrictions on tourism, such as which country's citizens are allowed to visit or travel, to limit infectious rates. At this time, no U.S. resident or citizen is allowed to travel to Europe, due to the rate of infections in the U.S.. To ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, new health and safety regulations have been put in place, which include capacity restrictions to allow for social distancing. To help plan your next meeting or event, Aventri has compiled a list of countries, detailing their reopening status, and hotels that are open for guest bookings. Check out the list here.