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 25, 2020.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Hosts Its First Trade Show Since Pandemic Hit
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center hosts the city’s first trade show post pandemic outbreak on May 22-24. The event, the 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, brought more than 400 booths to showcase their wedding products and services to attendees. To safely pull off an event of this size, considerable safety and health measures were put in place to protect attendees, vendors, and staff. All visitors, exhibitors, contractors, and staff were required to wear face masks at all times, temperatures were screened before entering the venue, special trash cans for mask disposal were provided, and social distancing was required in high-traffic areas. Read more about how the 98th Hong Kong Wedding fair was able to pull off an event of this size after the COVID-19 pandemic and were able to ensure the safety of their stakeholders, here.
See the Reopening Plans for Disney, Universal, Six Flags and Other Theme Parks
After closing in March, many theme parks have announced their reopening plans and procedures to ensure their guests are safe. In this article, the plans and new safety procedures for opening Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Sea World Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida, and Six Flags Frontier City will be outlined. Consistent guidelines across all the theme parks are the use of face masks for all employees and guests, increased sanitation across all park touch-points, contactless payment options, social distancing, and temperature checks upon entering or starting work. For a complete breakdown of the reopening plans and new safety protocols for each theme park, click here.
No Screaming, Please: Japan Amusement Parks Issue New COVID-19 Guidelines
With Japan lifting its state of emergency this week, theme parks have introduced a new set of guidelines to protect their thrill seekers: no screaming. This requirement comes as a surprise among Japan’s more expected guidelines that include increased sanitation, social distancing, and facial mask requirements. Additionally, the guidelines specify that some employees may exhibit difficulty wearing a mask due to their work and therefore should maintain a meter’s distance from visitors. Read more about Japan’s guidelines.
Expedia Launches a $275 Million Partner Recovery Plan That’s Different From Airbnb’s
Expedia launches a $275 million recovery plan for its partners that will focus on providing marketing incentives and increasing partner engagement while the travel industry recovers. The Expedia Group plans to take 25% of the compensation it earned in 2019 and repackage it into marketing credits for its partners. Additionally, they plan to reduce commissions from their partners by 10% for three months and extend pay-at-hotel compensation for 90 days at the stay. Learn more about Expedia’s recovery plan here.
Guest Blog: A Four-Step Approach to Navigating Difficult Conversations
Faced with difficult conversations about cancellations, postponements, and contract renegotiation to name a few, Aventri’s Madeleine Monaghan discusses effective communication strategies meeting professionals should use to navigate these conversations. Monaghan breaks down the process of understanding the issue, developing win-win options, and preserving valuable relationships with customers and partners. Learn more about the process.