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Safety should be a priority for events, whether taking place at a local hotel or a convention center in a gateway city. Unfortunately, event planners don't always have the resources they need to prepare for complicated security situations.

Safety and security have always been important to meeting planners, but recent events have elevated the issue to the forefront.

This week we examined how event professionals are coping with increased uncertainty around the world. While there are industry standards compiled by an alphabet soup of industry groups, there’s no single solution.

Experts told us that the more aware and educated an organization is, the better. That’s no surprise but in a global industry, being informed about potential threats can be a challenge.

Take a look below for the story and more insights from across the industry.

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The Future of EvenTs and Meetings

Event Security Takes On Fresh Importance for Meeting Planners: The meeting and event industry is still working to figure out a better approach to security. For the time being, safety should be the priority for planners as they look to stage new events, even if a destination doesn’t seem particularly risky.

Being Informal Is the Future of Luxury Guest Relations: Luxury travelers are seeking out experiences that enrich their lives rather than isolate them from adventures. That’s why The Thief in Oslo is one of a growing number of luxury hotels that are pursuing more informal and instantaneous relations with guests.

Around the Industry

Growing Associations Go International: New research suggests that an international growth strategy is paying off for associations on the hunt for new members. More than a quarter of those polled, however, said globalization is a threat to the success of their association.

Digital Detox Comes to Events: People focus better when they’re not distracted. Some meeting designers are experimenting with asking attendees to put down the smartphone and actually pay attention.

Medical Conferences Still Grapple With Complexity: Medical professionals are extremely demanding when it comes to finding value from conferences. Face-to-face is a new focus for the sector.

Learning and the Experience Economy: More research is being done into exactly how people learn the most during an event. This has serious implications for the overall meeting and event sector.


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Photo credit: A police car in front of the Javits Center in New York City. Security has come into focus once again for meeting planners following violent attacks on events. Ciorra Photography / Flickr

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