PART II - Planning for the Future: Association Meetings - Shared screen with gallery view
Snowing in CT too! Right, Andy Darmohraj? Great to see you!
Howdy Lewis Flax! Delighted to see you!
Hi Lisa, good to see you. It is 34 degrees and snowing at my house
Good morning everyone!
That's a pretty cool fact! Looking forward to it!
CAn you put reg web link in the chat?
Hybrid is so very expensive to do.
Expensive and can be more work.
I think you turn off the people who attend in person and expect to see certain people or a certain feeling of a lot of people. It is like going to a poorly attended party without the cool kids.
We're concerned with making the in-person content worthwhile along side having to produce a robust virtual conference
Trade show floor and F&B seem to still be major sticking points for the in-person events so far.
People are so desperate to network and you rob them of that larger experience with a hybrid.
I certainly hope it is a band aid - face to face is so important. 2021 is the year of the Hybrid meeting for sure....
I agree, Caitlin. It just feels like second-best. But I do think it's what many of our members will expect for the future.
The hardest thing to figure out is will people feel safe to travel when the meeting happens
So many of our big exhibitors have said that their people can't travel until at least second quarter of 2021 and maybe longer.
May Ling Brantman
Also with the American Thoracic Society - we're using our local chapters and testing the temperature regionally since it varies so much
At Discover Albany we are receiving RFP's for 2022 and beyond....
That's great Deb!
https://www.covideventriskmodel.be/ Free Online tool by the Belgian Government to test your Covid safe event. Applies to Belgian laws but free to use for everyone. We are having a second wave now and are looking forward to welcoming groups again.
From a booking standpoint, there is certainly more being booked in 2023+
Our big conference (13,000 attendees) is in February. We are completely virtual for 2021, but have high hopes for a hybrid in 2022.
E-sports are big for after hours
Yes! I'd love to have the virtual sponsorship doc.
Thanks, Lewis - can you share that list?
Great ideas Lewis. Thanks for sharing!
We are talking about having an Among Us! game night to get people more engaged.
There are currently trade association in NYC that are researching afternoon cocktail events for 25 - 50 people (rooftop) with speaker in closed hotels.
We are putting on several virtual events with 8 or 9 other affiliates like ourselves. (I"m from Texas.)
They are from all over the country and Canada and it's working very well.
It takes a lot more work to coordinate, but is well worth it. We are even partnering with Illinois for our big convention.
Slack is a good platform to use as a virtual headquarters to share real time content, info and engagement.
The more collaboration the better.....more resources and marketing dollars
Thinking the same thing.....what image are you projecting?
You have to stay close to your CVB and hotel partners and share updates along the way.
I agree Betsy.
Lots of LOIs being offered to provide the needed peace of mind
The second wave is real, and hitting harder than the first wave (in Europe at least, where ICU’s are almost full). Belgium about to go back into a second lockdown. We are hopeful for a reopening part two of 2021. In the mean time the CVB focuses on informing and supporting - our clients but also our suppliers. Tough times for everyone.
You are spot on Betsy, we are all in this together.
my answer to what is coming up is we NEED rapid testings for all public venues, airport, hotels to restart the industry
Gary Weinberg, DM Pros
Optimistic for 2021.
The hotels want you to meet - even if in a smaller format. We have to start small and work our way back.
if we get rapid testing readily available to us ( at a very low cost) and train our security staff and can hire more staff ( many people need jobs right noe) to do that- we could look at events of 500-1000 pax in Europe, the US and Asia...
Thanks everyone...onto the next one... be safe.
Gary Weinberg, DM Pros
Betsy, that's the right approach. Everyone perceives smaller groups are safer.
Gary Weinberg, DM Pros
Holly's meeting speaks to that.
our governments need to step in and making it happen, now that we fought for masks we need rapid testing for a place of « gathering »- I don’t see any other solution
Hi Everyone!! Scott Gerard with Solutions+ of NY. Great seeing everyone! Stay Safe
Susan - CT CVB
Unfortunately, some hotels and even convention centers are not even opening until after Q2 2021 and others will closely evaluate every group to determine if profitable to take the business. They cannot affordable to lose any more money, though they want to get meetings back started the owners may not allow.
We appreciate everyone's participation!
Jennifer Sena, CMP - Visit Lauderdale
Great Session as always
Thank you all!
Great conversation! I always pick up some good tips
Love these discussions and thank you!!
This was very helpful. Thanks so much!
very nice session! Thank you everyone
thank you! good to see you Jimmy and Stacey!! 👍
Judy Sanford Guise, M.S.W., CAE
be safe all. vote. vote. vote.