Face-to-face gatherings are returning but the risk of last-minute cancellations remains a top concern of event planners.
Events Industry Confronts Yet Another Wave of Covid
The new Omicron subvariant BA.2 is on the radar of event planners as the number of worldwide cases ticks up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this new variant is even more contagious than the last strain of Omicron.
The Impact of New Zealand Putting a Halt on Large Events
In response to the country’s recent Omicron wave, New Zealand recently moved to its "Red Traffic light" setting — halting large-scale gatherings and impacting the local events industry. The decision has received some pushback; we explore why.
Should Events Report Covid Case Numbers?
The recent Consumer Electronics Show had some of the most comprehensive health and safety measures ever provided by an event of its size. But CES' failure to report the number of Covid cases detected in Las Vegas is drawing criticism and raising an important question for planners about whether events have an obligation to report cases to the general public.
Why Omicron Won’t Undo All the Progress on Covid for Events
The recent emergence of Omicron, a new Covid variant of concern, has sent shockwaves through global markets and led to the WTO conference being postponed days ahead of the planned meeting in Geneva. How concerned should event planners be?
Sham Conferences: Has the Pandemic Made Them Worse?
Predatory conferences are bogus events that exist to sell tickets using everything from shoddy registration pages to unconfirmed speakers. With the flush of virtual events during the pandemic, the situation may be getting worse.
What Role Will Event Apps Play in Keeping Events Safe?
Mobile technology is sure to play a critical role in our much-desired return to in-person events, yet event apps are currently not top of mind. Will they be used to help ensure a covid-safe environment? If so, can planners force all attendees to use them?
The Catch-22 of Zero-Covid Zones: Events Happen But Can Cancel on a Dime
Many have championed Australia and New Zealand for their zero-Covid policy. Crowds of 30,000 daily spectators at the Australian Open reinforce the impression of success. Why, then, do survey results show an event industry on the brink of collapse?
How Best to Avoid Covid Risk Getting To and From Events
Travel shut down as quickly as events were cancelled, but October 18 marked the first day since mid-March when the TSA recorded more than a million passengers in transit. What can event professionals do to help manage travel risks for attendees? If planners want to keep their events as protected from COVID-19 as possible, they […]