Meetings & Events

What Hybrid Events Can Learn From the NBA’s ‘Virtual Fan Experience’

What Hybrid Events Can Learn From the NBA’s ‘Virtual Fan Experience’

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During the past few months, the NBA has been resuming games from a controlled environment, with a virtual fan experience designed to engage audiences from home. Here are some of the main takeaways for events from the league's successful venture into the virtual space.  

12 hours ago

What Will Events Look Like After the Vaccine?

What Will Events Look Like After the Vaccine?

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Many countries are announcing their vaccine rollout plans. How can the industry be prepared for the gradual rollout of a vaccine, and what will the ‘vaccine effect’ be on events? Here, we investigate these questions.  

1 day ago

Uncertain European Travel Spells Trouble for Popular, Hosted-Buyer Trade Shows

Uncertain European Travel Spells Trouble for Popular, Hosted-Buyer Trade Shows

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With cases on the rise around the world, the ramifications of a second wave are threatening European-hosted buyer events. The future of physical gatherings in the near future is uncertain, and with their reliance on in-person interactions, these trade shows are struggling to recover.  

2 days ago

What I Will Miss This Week

What I Will Miss This Week

Rafat Ali, Skift

Media companies are only & only human capital, events are a test of human endurance & celebration of human achievement. That’s what I miss about our physical Skift Global Forum this year.

3 days ago

Will Germany Deeming Trade Shows Essential Travel Fuel Recovery or Backlash?

Will Germany Deeming Trade Shows Essential Travel Fuel Recovery or Backlash?

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Germany deemed travel for trade shows and exhibitions "essential" as of September 15. This is a significant development for the global events industry that may help kick-start international travel for events around the world — if it lasts.  

6 days ago

The 10 Biggest Covid Myths Event Planners Need to Ignore

The 10 Biggest Covid Myths Event Planners Need to Ignore

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Since the onset of Covid-19, myths about its origins and its very nature have abounded. Here are 10 of the most stubborn misconceptions and why it’s important for event planners to see past the rhetoric.   

1 week ago

Even Smaller Events Will Have Crowd Management Guidelines

Even Smaller Events Will Have Crowd Management Guidelines

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The American National Standards Institute just released crowd management guidelines, but what do these add when event occupancy numbers are at an all-time low?   

2 weeks ago

Meetings Booking Platform Backed by Hotel Giants Grows in Asia Via Acquisition

Meetings Booking Platform Backed by Hotel Giants Grows in Asia Via Acquisition

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Companies that raised money before the crisis are sailing through it. Look at Groups360, which got $50 million from Marriott International, IHG, Accor, and Hilton a year ago, and has grown since.

3 weeks ago

Destinations Going Digital Push to Offer Event Planners Engagement and Inspiration

Destinations Going Digital Push to Offer Event Planners Engagement and Inspiration

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Even with many face-to-face events on hiatus, event planners still have to think about maintaining audience engagement while making plans for future in-person events. Destinations that wholly embrace the pivot to virtual respond to these needs by creatively adapting their core services to online platforms.  

3 weeks ago

Do We Really Need to Stay 6 Feet Apart at Events?

Do We Really Need to Stay 6 Feet Apart at Events?

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Social distancing has been both the crux of Covid-19 safety measures and the single biggest bane to events, but new research suggests that the six-foot rule needs revising: planners may be more restricted in some ways, less in others. Here's why.  

3 weeks ago

Events Are Not Dead, But They Need to Change

Events Are Not Dead, But They Need to Change

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Skift CEO Rafat Ali published a piece last week on how the event industry is facing its Napster moment. Is the industry really doomed in favor of virtual events? Not really, but change is required.  

3 weeks ago

The Case for Rapid Covid Testing to Accelerate the Event Industry’s Recovery

The Case for Rapid Covid Testing to Accelerate the Event Industry’s Recovery

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As rapid testing debuts in airports, the events industry watches to assess the implications for live in-person meetings. We spoke to Carlos-Henri Ferré of E25Bio, a company planning to produce an at-home rapid test solution, to get his take.     

3 weeks ago