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 October 5, 2020.
UK Goes Back and Forth on Business Events – What’s to Come?
Since the initial start of the pandemic in the UK government regulations have been all over the place. Back in July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that trade shows and conferences could resume starting Oct 1 with safety measures in place. However, the government has yet again banned mass gatherings over six people with COVID cases on the rise. There are exemptions to this new rule, which include weddings and funerals, but as of yet there is still no clear plan for reopening business events. Learn more about the new regulations and the future of business events here.
In Some Countries, the Show Is Going On
While North America just received the news that they can have up to 1,000 people or 10% capacity in large venues in Las Vegas, in other parts of the world events with many thousands of attendees are taking place. In late September, Chengdu, China hosted the 16th edition of Chengdu International Environmental Protection Expo (CDEPE), which drew more than 19,000 attendees and exhibitors. Read about the event and how other countries are pulling off larger events safely by clicking here.
Ready, Set, Go Virtual: How the New York City Marathon Organizers Are Recreating the Event for Runners
This year’s NYC Marathon will look a bit different, in order to keep participants safe. For its 50th anniversary, the race will be completely virtual and will utilize an app called NYRR Racing. This technology will enhance the virtual experience by displaying runners and racers in real time and how they stack up on the marathon course. Other unique features include, audio cues and city sounds that make the runner feel as if they are on the course, and the ability for family and friends to watch your progress. Runners will be able to do the race at their own pace and at a location of their choice. Learn more about this new virtual experience.
AirBnB Partners with WeWork in Business-Travel Push
At the start of the year, AirBnB enabled travelers to search for bookable homes with desks and WiFi. Now they are teaming up with WeWork to provide dedicated working spaces for business travelers on the road. The pilot program is being rolled out in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London, and Sydney. Once a traveler books their stay, they will be prompted to reserve a WeWork office space nearest them. Find out more about this partnership here.
Aventri Officially Launches Virtual Platform with Additional Features
Aventri started beta testing our Virtual Platform back in June and we have fully launched our solution that enables users to manage virtual, hybrid, and in-person meetings and events in a single platform. Some of the new features include a navigation bar, which allows users to offer questions, polling, ratings, event information, an attendee directory, sponsors, ads, a news feed, and an activity feed. To find out what our customers are saying about our new virtual solution, read the complete article.