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 6, 2020.
See How This Corvette Auto Show Hit the (Virtual) Road
After the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was cancelled, a group called the Corvette Heroes launched their own 3D virtual reality auto show. This event titled “The Lost Corvettes” showcased a collection of 36 Corvettes from 1953 to 1989. This group designed showrooms where car enthusiasts could view each car, browse its details, virtual drive the car, and even turn on the radio to hear their favorite tune from the car’s year it was made. Learn more about how Corvette Heroes pulled off this virtual event, here.
Making Diversity a Priority in the Meetings Industry
Following recent events, Black members of the meetings industry speak out about their experiences and what actions need to be taken to make meaningful change. From 1983, when there were no Black CEO’s of convention and visitor bureaus, to now there has been marginal change. Celo Battle, COO of Louisville Tourism, recalls, "a recent article that mentioned there are just four Black chief executive officers among the 500 largest companies in the U.S…I thought that sounds very similar to the more than 700 CVBs in the U.S., where maybe only 10 have Black presidents or CEOs." Read about their experiences here.
IELA Releases ON-SITE COVID-19 Protocol
Being a pillar of the events industry for their continued support and leadership to its members and individuals working in the exhibition industry, IELA is launching the IELA ON-SITE COVID-19. This program recommends measures and behavior to adopt an on-site work situation. Application of these protocols by IELA members will enable professionals to be position ready to ensure event materials arrive safely and punctually at show sites and booths. Learn more about these protocols.
UK Theatres and Music Venues Lit Up For #LightItInRed Campaign
Clearsound Productions Ltd and Backstage Theatre Jobs co-created the #LightItInRed campaign to shine a light on the industry that has had 25,000 businesses closed and 500,000 industry professionals out of work. This event comes as England announced a £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts, culture, and heritage industries. Even still, this package is not enough and does not provide the much-anticipated news of when the entertainment industry can resume its work. Read more about the event.
When Will Hotels Begin to Reopen for Meeting & Events Post COVID-19
The Coronavirus pandemic shook the travel and hospitality industry, forcing many businesses to close and leaving people unable and unwilling to travel, resulting in furloughs and layoffs. As States reopen, there is a silver-lining for the travel and hospitality industry. Aventri has compiled a list of hotels that are reopening and their respective States' reopening plans to help assist you in planning your next meeting or event. Learn about which Hotels are reopening, here.