Looking Ahead to Live
1. full of life, energy or activity.
2. at the moment of its happening or being performed; not on tape or prerecording.
A little over two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic sent shock waves throughout the world and disrupted nearly every industry, including meetings and events. During the period of pause on in-person gatherings, meetings professionals had to stay nimble and get creative with the incorporation of virtual and hybrid events. Today, the state of the pandemic has evolved and become a constant that meetings professionals must work with, around and through. In this month's issue of Education Essentials, you'll find tips for returning to live, in-person meetings and events.
We're Bringing "Sexy" Back!
In this blog post by Taylor (Levy) Laws, CMP, DMCP, regional director of sales at Destination South Meetings + Events, find some key takeaways that the pandemic taught us and how we can apply those lessons learned to future live, in-person meetings and events. Check out the infographic below for some ideas to get started!
Keep a Pulse on Live Meetings and Events
There are a number of encouraging signs that the meetings and events industry is rebounding – from increased hiring in hospitality to industry organizations hosting in-person events like FICP did in November, to feedback from the FICP community itself about what is being planned by their companies and organizations in 2022. Check out the 2021 FICP Pulse Survey for a snapshot on what's ahead for the meeting and events industry.
What's Next in Destination Meetings?
As the destination meeting and event industry recovers from the impact of the pandemic, BizBash asked hospitality and travel experts what they’re seeing right now and what trends to expect in 2022. These experts weighed in on the state of business travel and anticipate the increase in remote team meetings to heighten the importance of in-person gatherings, smaller group gatherings to allow for flex spend on meeting add-ons and destination activities, and flexible booking arrangements.
Returning to In-Person and Hybrid Events Safely
While the excitement of returning to in-person events is palpable, safety must remain a top priority and it will be essential to minimize the risk of attendees, partners and staff when returning in person. In this article, you'll find tips for your event venue search, safety measures to ensure in-person event success, recommendations for communicating your event's safety measures, tips for building a safety guide and more.
What's New in Event Venues
In this article from BizBash, catch the latest updates on the event industry's recovery and news from hotels, convention centers and other venues across the United States and Canada. Updates you should know include roughly 58% of meetings and events are expected to return in person, venues continue to offer out-of-the-box twists on group experiences and diversity and inclusion is becoming more of a priority for convention centers.
Get Ready for GMID
On April 7, the meetings industry will celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day! Every year, this special occasion showcases the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities.
We don't think just one day does it justice... so we're celebrating GMID all next week! Join us in celebrating the meetings professional community and our return to in-person meetings and events.
Here are some ways you can participate in #GMID22, including preparing for the return of meetings and events with webinar recordings, recording a short video about your #MeetSafe success stories and sharing pre-written social media posts to spread the word.
Spotlight: Thank You FICP Volunteers!
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, we'd like to thank all of our volunteers who contributed to FICP programming so far this year:
- Kristi Allan, CMP, Senior Manager of Events, AllianceBernstein
- Lori Allen, Vice President, Global Event Operations, MetLife
- Courtney Bryson, CMP, MPA, Senior Meeting Planner, Prudential
- January Cantrell, CMP, Director of Meetings and Events, AIG Retirement Services
- Heidi Carlisle, Second Vice President, Travel, Meetings & Incentives, Aflac
- Sabrina Colquitt, CMP, Senior Meeting & Event Planner, TIAA
- Meg D'Angelo, CIS, DES, AVP, Corporate Events and Hospitality, Lincoln Financial Group
- Elyse Dawson, CMP, Manager, Corporate Events and Conference Centers, Invesco
- Victoria De La Garza, CMP, Director of Corporate Events, NEXT Financial Group
- Gia DiBenedetto, Global Director, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
- Alice Dunn, Americas Event Manager, EY
- Jenny Hung, Team Lead, Group Retirement Meetings & Events, AIG
- Amy Ingalls, CMP, Director, Meetings & Events, Transamerica
- Jerilyn Johnson, Sr. Meeting & Conference Planner, Sammons Institutional Group
- Jenna Jorge, President, Goodman Speakers
- Katrina Kent, CMP, CMM, Vice President, Meetings Management & Event Strategy, Liberty Mutual
- Jessica Ketrow, Senior Event Planner, FM Global
- Ann LeBlanc, CMM, CMP, DES, Senior Manager, Program & Events, RBC Global Asset Management
- Taylor Levy, CMP, DCMP, Region Director of Sales, Destination South Meetings & Events
- Kathryn Meagher, CMP, CMM, Senior Meeting Manager, Cigna
- Heather Nutter, CMM, Supervisor, Conferences & Events, Commonwealth Financial Network
- Deena Petrou-Winter, Senior Event Consultant, Retail Markets, Manulife
- Barbara Scofidio, Editor, Prevue
- Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, Independent Contractor, Boston Private
- Lisa Ziernicki, Event Manager, Swiss Re
#TBT – Tips and Tricks for Returning to the Office and Hitting the Road
In September 2021, as COVID-19 restrictions began to loosen and we began to settle back into the "new normal," this FICP blog post shared tips and tricks to help you get back into the action, whether that meant returning to the office for day-to-day operations or getting back on the road.
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