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Take Measures to Ensure Attendees Choose to Meet in Person

The face-to-face attendee experience is generally regarded as superior to virtual, particularly for meetings where networking and relationship building are among the objectives.

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Take Measures to Ensure Attendees Choose to Meet in Person

The face-to-face attendee experience is generally regarded as superior to virtual, particularly for meetings where networking and relationship building are among the objectives.

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Successful Conventions Must Keep Attracting New Attendees

Regular attendees are the “bread and butter” of any convention. Their consistent participation keeps attendance numbers where they need to be each year. But each one of these familiar faces was once a new face — a first-time attendee.

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Successful Conventions Must Keep Attracting New Attendees

Regular attendees are the “bread and butter” of any convention. Their consistent participation keeps attendance numbers where they need to be each year. But each one of these familiar faces was once a new face — a first-time attendee.

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Put Cybersafety and Security Atop the Planning List

As long as an event involves valuable electronic data — whether on organizers’ devices or attendees’ — it is a potential target of cybercriminals.

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Put Cybersafety and Security Atop the Planning List

As long as an event involves valuable electronic data — whether on organizers’ devices or attendees’ — it is a potential target of cybercriminals.

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COVID-19 Has Forever Changed How Planners Do Their Jobs

Determining whether in-person or virtual is the best format for a given meeting will become an integral part of planning, at least more so than in the past.

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COVID-19 Has Forever Changed How Planners Do Their Jobs

Determining whether in-person or virtual is the best format for a given meeting will become an integral part of planning, at least more so than in the past.

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Island Destinations Are Reopening and Looking to Rebound

The region’s destinations, resorts and meeting venues have been very proactive in implementing the needed health and safety measures to help the industry regain its footing.

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Island Destinations Are Reopening and Looking to Rebound

The region’s destinations, resorts and meeting venues have been very proactive in implementing the needed health and safety measures to help the industry regain its footing.

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The priority with the return of face-to-face meetings is understandably their safety, more so than their sustainability. Planners are first and foremost concerned with implementing distancing and sanitation protocols, as attendees’ immediate well-being takes precedence over that of the environment in the wake of COVID-19. But even if sustainability in some cases is put on […]

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The priority with the return of face-to-face meetings is understandably their safety, more so than their sustainability. Planners are first and foremost concerned with implementing distancing and sanitation protocols, as attendees’ immediate well-being takes precedence over that of the environment in the wake of COVID-19. But even if sustainability in some cases is put on […]

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COVID-19 is prompting further changes to already complex contracts and the negotiations based on them.

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COVID-19 is prompting further changes to already complex contracts and the negotiations based on them.

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COVID-19 Forced Many Planners To Sharpen Their Leadership Skills

Surviving any crisis requires a combination of resourcefulness, teamwork when possible, and a levelheaded disposition. The last one is not to be underestimated…

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COVID-19 Forced Many Planners To Sharpen Their Leadership Skills

Surviving any crisis requires a combination of resourcefulness, teamwork when possible, and a levelheaded disposition. The last one is not to be underestimated…

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Golf Resorts Well Positioned For Meetings To Return

Post-pandemic, meetings that showcase golf events are sure to return in full force, as there is no way to virtually replicate such an experience for a group…

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Golf Resorts Well Positioned For Meetings To Return

Post-pandemic, meetings that showcase golf events are sure to return in full force, as there is no way to virtually replicate such an experience for a group…

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With The Proper Adjustments, Costs Can Get Back On Track

The good news is that the meeting industry will survive COVID-19: Many companies are planning for face-to-face meetings this year and beyond…

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With The Proper Adjustments, Costs Can Get Back On Track

The good news is that the meeting industry will survive COVID-19: Many companies are planning for face-to-face meetings this year and beyond…

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