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 June 8, 2020.
IMEX America 2020 is Cancelled
Originally slated to take place at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas from September 15-17, IMEX America has been cancelled. The reason for this cancellation is three-fold: first IMEX did not believe they could deliver on their promise of delivering a high quality, large-scale hosted buyer program with the restrictions of travel; second with IMEX’s exhibitors, partners, and suppliers still working remotely they believed they could not deliver the best event with increased sanitation processes to protect their attendees; and finally with travel restrictions between countries and uncertainties around when people will be able to travel, IMEX couldn't deliver on being a truly global show. To read more about the cancellation, click here.
8 Ways to Make Your Conference More Racially Diverse
In the past, conferences have had talks about why the all-male panels are a problem. However, Founder and CEO of Candour, Ruchika Tulshyan, states, “less attention has been paid to how many events also lack racial diversity.” In addition to recognizing the structural barriers that have kept people of color from appearing on agendas, there are ways to change and add more diversity to conference panels. Learn about the eight ways you can make your conference more racially diverse, here.
United Asks Passengers to Complete Health Self-Assessment
During the check-in process, United Airlines will be asking all passengers to complete a health self-assessment. Passengers must confirm that they have not experienced any COVID-19 related symptoms 14 days prior to departure. This requirement is part of United CleanPlus, United’s health and safety plan. Read more about the new requirement.
Internet ‘A Lifeline’ for the LGBTQ Community: Why the Spirit of Pride Month Will Prevail as Events Move Online
This June marks the 50th anniversary of Pride. Due to the pandemic, this celebration has been moved online. Although many were excited to take part in the marches and celebrations, the new online platform is in many ways fitting for a community that sought the internet as a safe space for connection and coming out. Celebrations will be held throughout the month of June with Global Pride, a 24-hour virtual festival, capping out the celebrations on June 27th. Learn more about this month’s pride celebrations and prevalence, here.
Expert Tips to Make the Shift to Virtual Events
Aventri’s Vice-President of Channel and Partner Management, Brad Langley, provides his expertise on virtual events best practices amid the pandemic. Langley suggest choosing an event format that’s tailored to your organizations goals, stating, “always keep attendees top of mind. Tailor technology to their ability to consume it. If this is their first virtual event, start with a simple, clean format and focus on engaging your audience.” Learn more about virtual event best practices, here.