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 March 29, 2021.
Thailand Plans Quarantine-Free Entry for Vaccinated Tourists
On July 1, foreign travelers may visit Phuket without quarantining on arrival if they are fully vaccinated. This is Thailand's first step towards reviving their big tourism industry that was battered by the pandemic. If all goes well with this first step, Thailand will allow travelers to other popular destinations such as Samui Island, Krabi, Pattaya and Chiang Mai in October. In order for this plan to be a success, Thailand will institute a "tourism sandbox" which involves inoculating at least 450,000 or 70% of Phuket's residents before the July reopening. Learn more about Thailand's reopening process here.
Are COVID Passports the Key to Reopening Events?
The European Union's proposed digital Covid passport may soon become the norm, and this portable vaccination record may be used for access to public spaces and events. However, many are skeptical and debate is raging around the idea of using vaccine passports to separate people into different categories of transmission risk. Already, the EU is leading the way with the "Digital Green Certificate," which will track vaccine status, records of past infections, and recent test results. Although these passports primary use is for cross border travel, many are left wondering if these passports will be used for access to everyday services and events. Some argue they are critical for reopening, while other argue they are a threat to human rights. Regardless of the arguments, EventMB set out to see what could be learned from Israel's model and economic recovery being the leader in per capita vaccinations and a "Green Pass" user. Learn about what they found here.
Spain Expects to Kickstart Tourism in June with EU Vaccine Certificates
Spain's tourism minister is expecting 40 million tourists this year. The digital vaccine certificates are expected to ease travel restrictions within the EU and will be ready in June. EU leaders agreed last month to work on vaccine certificates in order to kickstart their tourism industry and facilitate quicker recovery. These vaccine certificates would not prevent non-vaccinated people from travelling, but people with the certificate would go through the boarders faster with out having to go through all the existing controls. Learn more about Spain's projected tourism spike and the vaccine certificates here.
"Now is not the Time for our Business to Stand Still" - IMEX Group Invests in the Team with 9 new Appointments
The IMEX Group has created several new roles within the business with significant investment in systems, marketing, and design. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, highlights the importance of maintaining business investment during a challenging climate stating, "building back better is a phrase we’re hearing more and more both within and outside of the events industry. We’re living this at the IMEX Group and building up our resilience by investing in different parts of the business, beginning with some important new appointments and new roles within the company." The new roles include Gary Coombes who joins as the Chief Information Officer, Danielle Colyer as Head of Content and Web, and Anna Gyseman as Design Manager. Read more about the new roles and appointees here.
How to Safely Return to Live Meetings and Events in a Post-Pandemic World
After a year of virtual events, live-events are starting to make their way back. Last month, Informa Markets MAGIC Pop-up event in Orlando, Florida used Aventri’s best-in-class technology to be one of the first trade show organizers to produce a live trade event in North America since the pandemic lockdowns. Aventri's onsite technologies ensured a seamless, contact-less registration that values both consumer experience and safety. This event has been championed as an example for how to safely return to live meetings and events. Learn how Informa Markets MAGIC was able to pull off their live event and what planners can learn about how to safely return to live meetings and events here.