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COVID-19 has upended operations and created a “new normal.” Organizers today want technologies to help maintain social-distancing guidelines and make their events as touchless as possible. These nine tech tools below can help you get back to business.


Virtual meetings have been valuable tools during the pandemic, but nothing can replace the impact of face-to-face meetings. Here’s what the Myrtle Beach area is doing now to make sure we all can meet responsibly when you’re ready.


Outdoor event options, nearby National Parks and recent renovations and openings in key cities like Billings and Missoula put Montana in a good position for future group gatherings, especially for regional drive-to meetings.


To help meeting and event planners find their bearings as they prepare to hold live meetings again, Meetings Today has launched the “Navigating the New Meeting Landscape” eHandbook, filled with resources and critical tips and strategies to keep their attendees safe and protect the financial health of the organizations they plan for.


Meetings Today asked National Coalition for Black Meeting Professionals Chair Jason Dunn some key questions about his association, its role in advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the meetings industry, and the prevalence of systemic racism in the U.S. socially and professionally.


How do our communication techniques play a role in the trajectory of our success? At every turn, we’re given opportunities to amplify others, speak our truth, and provide honest feedback. Elisabeth Diana, Vice President of Communications at Instagram, shares how practicing “real talk,” being concise and owning moments of redemption pave the way for a more rewarding professional journey.


Buffets? Gone. And don’t even think about a donut wall! The meetings F&B environment has been disrupted flatter than a collapsed souffle, but that doesn’t mean you need to let the air out of your culinary programs.

Tracy Stuckrath, owner of thrive! meetings & events, is the foremost expert on food allergies in the meetings and conventions environment, and has extended her knowledge to operating in the COVID-19 environment. This Meetings Today Podcast with Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson gets Stuckrath’s take on how to manage your post-shutdown culinary programs, what to ask venues and attendees, and the life-and-death matter of food allergies.


Virtual events have quickly become the norm in today’s world, but as we think ahead, what will events in the near future look like? Hybrid events that provide engaging in-person experiences, while also incorporating key virtual elements, enable event professionals to offer a dynamic event for attendees however they choose to participate.  


Seven tips from thrive! meetings & events’ Tracy Stuckrath you can—and should—implement into your meeting menu planning to save money and foster inclusion, while also delivering a top-shelf sustainable event for all your stakeholders. Read more.


With so many people in the hospitality industry either working from home, furloughed or laid off—or just worried about their future—Lee Papa developed the following 15 wellness and mindfulness techniques to help keep them in balance. Read more.


With virtual meetings supplanting face-to-face meetings in the COVID-19 era, meeting planners need to select speakers for their virtual events wisely. Joan Eisenstodt asked three speaker veterans what questions they should ask and criteria to consider when selecting a virtual speaker.


To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.


Puerto Rico will reopen for in-bound tourism July 15, with thorough cleanliness measures in place island-wide that follow U.S. Travel Association (USTA) health and safety guidelines, along with locally enforced measures. Read more.


Meeting and event planners should remember to provide a post-event survey to their CSM to help them better do their job. 


The portfolio of Gaylord Hotels from Marriott International announced that four of its five properties are now open. What will the meeting and convention spaces look like? 


Meeting and event planners polled by Meetings Today as part of its new monthly MeetingsTALK survey found that 35% indicated they will be ready to resume face-to-face meetings of 100 attendees or more in the first and second quarters of 2021. Read more.


With 30 years of tourism and hospitality experience, Larry Sieg takes the top slot at Meet AC following Jim Wood’s departure at the end of 2019. 


What role can we play in breaking the cycle of injustice? Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, shares how exposing yourself to difference and promoting inclusion leads to greater levels of innovation and success in this episode of Dare to Interrupt.


New Mexico’s beauty and diversity extends to its many wellness offerings. From Santa Fe and Albuquerque to the mountains in the south, explore the spa and activity breaks planners can arrange for attendees.


Harrison Greenbaum is a nationally touring stand-up comedian who has been featured on major television shows like America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Conan. See how he can weave his magic and comedy for your virtual event.


The latest show cancellation victim to the coronavirus is IMEX America 2020, one of the year’s highly anticipated shows for meeting and event professionals. Read more.


Casino and entertainment giant MGM Resorts International is set to reopen the doors on several of its major Las Vegas Strip properties following the June 4 reopening of many top Las Vegas meetings and events hotels. Read more.


Southeast destination and hotel experts offer their advice for how to make your next beach event a big success and stand out from the rest. Read more.


Las Vegas’ largest tradeshow plans to return in January 2021, with both in-person and virtual programming. Read more on some of the tech event’s new health and safety protocols.
Keywords: CES, CES 2021, Las Vegas meetings, Las Vegas rebookings


June 4, 2020, marked the day when Las Vegas awakened from its coronavirus shutdown slumber, with major casino-resorts reopening their doors at least for leisure travelers. Caesars Entertainment is joining the party by reopening its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties, with more set to join them shortly.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson caught up with Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, to get updates on the casino and entertainment giant; his team’s reaction to having the shutdown hit right before the launch of its crown jewel CAESARS FORUM conference center; what visitors to Las Vegas can expect when they arrive; and his take on how the meetings industry will fare in the next year.


Edward Harris, chief marketing officer of the Philadelphia area’s Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB), has left the tourism promotion organization to accept the job of president and CEO of Discover Lancaster, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.


Outspoken Orlando hotel icon Harris Rosen believes constant guest and staff screening is critical to getting the meetings industry out of its deep depression.

Hear what the firebrand independent hotelier told Vice President Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a coronavirus hospitality industry roundtable at his Rosen Shingle Creek property.

In this Meetings Today Podcast, Tyler Davidson engaged Rosen on the deep funk coronavirus has put the meetings industry in, the state of tourism in Orlando and his Rosen Plan for getting back to business pronto. 


As an alternative or augmentation to face-to-face events, Scott Bloom can bring his television hosting experience to any of your live digital events, including internal webcasts, live streaming and prerecorded videos. Read more.


Meeting venues like the Javits Center have been pulled into service as field hospitals and other spaces for healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Henry, healthcare sector leader at CallisonRTKL, walks us through what it takes to transform hospitality and meeting spaces into sophisticated healthcare facilities.


What will the meetings and events F&B experience look like after the COVID-19 shutdown ends? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson sat down with Mary Cline, regional director, catering sales-East Coast for Wolfgang Puck Catering to get an idea of what the meetings cuisine scene will look like when we all start meeting face-to-face again. 


We are all navigating what a world beyond virtual events will look like, and while we don't have all the answers, we will explore together from a variety of perspectives what shape it may take. Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas and let's shake this down! 

Join Meetings Today and Tahira Endean, head of events at SITE Global and author of Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity, for this free one-hour webinar that will put you and your organization on firm footing. 


Coastal Virginia’s Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach destinations are steeped in U.S. military history and to this day are home to major armed forces bases. See how your group can utilize its many offsite venues for meetings and events. Read more.


Major hotel chains and meetings industry associations are releasing comprehensive policy and protocol statements in preparation for when face-to-face meetings resume.

They are covering everything from sanitary procedures to social distancing measures; even thermal readings of attendees/guests and denial of entry guidelines.

Is this the “new normal”—especially in the short term—meeting and event planners and the organizations they work for will have to adapt to? How will any regulations be applied in different locations?

Join Meetings Today and facilities, meetings and hospitality industry thought leaders in a video panel discussion to explore the post-shutdown possibilities and how you should prepare for them.


Success is not measured by how many times you have been knocked down, but by how many times you get back up. Industry trailblazers Sarah Soliman Daudin, President & CEO of Soliman Productions and Carrie Abernathy, Founder and Executive Director of the Association for Women in Events, share how they practiced tenacity in the face of hardship to build something bigger.


Senior Contributor @jeffheilman sat down with Las Vegas’ Oscar and Carolyn Goodman to talk about leadership styles, what they love about Las Vegas meetings and more.


As we reach mid-May, Meetings Today's Sarah Kloepple checks in with Stephanie Glanzer, chief sales officer and vice president of MGM Resorts International, who delves into MGM's new Seven-Point Safety Plan for enhanced health and sanitation protocols at its properties. 

Glanzer also explains how meeting and event spaces specifically will look different, from exploring pre-packaged F&B, coordinating foot traffic flow, to helping planners put on a virtual component.


As early as February, Digital Deception began to see their clients move events online, as worries about COVID-19-related travel bans began to take effect. Read how their act was changed for the digital medium.


Meeting and event professionals across the globe are adapting to the “new normal” during these challenging times, with many making the move to virtual events. While this is a new frontier for some, the good news is that the fundamentals of great in-person events also apply to virtual events: promotion, registration, driving and capturing attendee engagement, gathering feedback, etc.—but there are some unique differences and details you should be aware of if you want to make the successful transition to virtual.

In this live webinar, we’ll share tips and best practices on how to accelerate your pivot to virtual, so you can deliver great virtual events when you need them the most.


Thinking about launching virtual meetings as a standalone event option or augmentation to a live event? Amanda Ma, founder and CEO of Innovate Marketing Group, dove into the virtual events pool headfirst after COVID-19 hit, and offers her expert tips on how to pull them off, from pre- and post-event preparation and follow-up to technical issues to look out for and how to put that little personal touch on them that the digital world often lacks.


ASAE canceled its Annual Meeting & Exposition, which was scheduled for August 8-11 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, and will instead present the meeting virtually the week of August 10.


The Philadelphia CVB Board of Directors hired Gregg Caren as its new president and CEO, replacing Julie Coker, who accepted the position of president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Read more.


Led by exhibitions and event management giant Freeman, Go LIVE Together put together and advocacy group with hundreds of member organizations at breakneck speed.Being on the ground—literally—at meetings, conventions and exhibitions also gives the Dallas-based company a unique perspective on what the “new normal” will look like when we start gathering again.


Live event entertainment promoter Michael Cerbelli is ramping up his company to operate in today’s virtual world, and The Passing Zone may be just the perfect example of how it’s done. Read more. 


Galveston, Texas, has a lot to offer for business travelers looking for entertainment, too. One-of-a-kind activities range from incredible historical experiences to great fun in the sun. Read more.


How does your venue’s sustainability effort measure up? Read this checklist, compiled in honor of Earth Day 2020, to see if your green game is up to the challenge, or how to catch up if you’re behind the sustainable buildings curve. Read more.



After COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror, how will the meetings and hotel industry have changed forever? Meetings Today Contributing Editor Robert Nieminen discussed what this new world may look like with top designer Michael Suomi, founder of Suomi Design Works. From social distancing to a hyper-aware focus on cleanliness, hospitality design and the meetings and conventions experience may never be the same.


When it comes to the top live music destinations, Raleigh, North Carolina, has been garnering attention for its diverse live music scene and festivals. Find out why.


We’ve compiled a complete list of articles, podcast episodes and other COVID-19 coverage we have created to help you do your job with hopefully a little less stress in this trying time. See it now.


From dinner on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to a birds-eye view of the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, these Tennessee banquet views are a feast for the eyes.


Hear from thought leaders in the industry on how they have learned and shifted their tactics during COVID-19 in the Meetings, Hospitality and Tourism Spaces.

Meetings Today and the GCB German Convention Bureau partner to bring you this exciting panel discussion.


The coronavirus crisis has led to a revolution in the workplace—at least temporarily—in which the office is now in workers’ homes.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson spoke to Heather Mason, founder and CEO of Caspian Agency, to get her insights on the best strategies to implement if you’ve found yourself working in this “new normal” environment.


Internal events matter. From company-wide meetings to annual sales kick-offs, organizations host internal events to drive company culture, relay important business goals, and keep their employees engaged. Yet, internal events typically don’t get the same level of attention when compared to external events.

Join us for this webinar where we will dive into the internal events ecosystem and show you how to maximize these events to not only increase employee engagement but more importantly drive your organization’s culture.


The hospitality and meetings industries are at a standstill as the COVID-19 crisis levels its crippling effect on travel and public gatherings of any size. Its top market, Las Vegas, is always a bellwether of the health of an economic segment that is one of the top drivers of the U.S. economy.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Stephanie Glanzer, chief sales officer and senior vice president of MGM Resorts International, about the status of meetings and events in Las Vegas and the city’s substantial inventory of MGM properties.


The changing demographics of the business world and evolving customer preferences have resulted in a trend of “ad hoc” meeting spaces being included in new convention center projects and retrofitted into renovations and expansions by global design firms such as Populous and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Read more.


As the coronavirus pandemic roiled the industry, we decided to reach out to see how that issue is impacting the planners who took our annual Meetings Today Trends Survey, and to see if risk management is now an increased priority. Read more.


A cappella group DCappella launched the Disney’s flagship a cappella experience in 2018 with a TV debut on American Idol, when the group performed classics from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin. Learn how to book them for your event.


How are you coping with the coronavirus pandemic? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Kristine Iverson, owner and founder of wellness company CROW Practice, about strategies all of us can incorporate to calm the mind and ease the body while we navigate the global pandemic and resulting economic turmoil.


Not since 9/11 has the meetings and events industry faced a crisis as severe as coronavirus, the impact of which is surpassing that national nightmare. With meetings and events cancelled on a massive scale, I thought an example of how to communicate effectively was in order. Read more.


Los Angeles is home to the most unique, top-tier venues in the country. The county has over 300 museums, blockbuster entertainment centers, numerous outdoor venues and terrain that varies from the mountaintops to the beach.  For an “Only in L.A.” experience that is sure to impress, check out just a sample of these spectacular meeting venues in Los Angeles. 


Innovate Marketing Group produced an event at the start of the coronavirus outbreak that featured President Trump and key members of his administration. Here is what they learned and how meeting and event planners can apply it. Read more.


For groups looking to escape the lights and noise of L.A., three main areas in the Inland Empire offer sunny respites packed with unique meeting spaces and a trove of group activities.



Las Vegas has rebooked three events that cancelled their dates following the outbreak of COVID-9, or coronavirus, in the U.S. The expos have confirmed dates in the city for late summer and fall 2020. Read more.


Tyler Davidson checks in with meetings risk management expert Brenda Rivers to talk about the free on-demand Risk Management Primer: How to Protect Your Attendees and Organization From Disaster webinar she presented for Meetings Today. Brenda talks about the current state of coronavirus meetings and events readiness as well as lessons to apply for future events.


COVID-19 has rocked the travel and meetings industries. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks to Dare to Interrupt podcast host Courtney Stanley about how she and those she's talked with in the industries are navigating these turbulent times, and resources you can tap to help you cope.


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Seema Jain, director, multicultural affairs for Marriott International about the hotel giant's Culture Days program. Jain travels the world training Marriott staff on how to best serve the cultural needs of its very diverse clientele, and offers critical information to meeting planners on how they can do the same for their attendees.


Charlotte, North Carolina, is a meetings destination on the move, welcoming a convention center expansion project that will add a significant amount of meeting spaces, new meetings hotels and a variety of intriguing offsite venues within its convention district. Read more.


What is the real secret behind “doing it all”? Event technology and marketing entrepreneurs Dahlia El Gazzar of DAHLIA+Agency and Shannon DeSouza of DeSouza on Demand discuss the importance of showing up, practicing gratitude, servanthood and self-care while balancing family life and running their own growing businesses.


Meetings Today blogger Joan Eisenstodt has been participating in many of the thrice-weekly COVID-19 press conferences from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here's what she found out from the experts fighting the spread of the virus, how it impacts the meetings and events industry, and what the industry needs to learn from the crisis. 


Many of us active in the meetings industry have faced the decision about whether to move forward with a meeting, proceed at a reduce size or cancel it altogether. Here are some essential legal, and practical, tips and strategies to better inform your decision. Read more.


Understanding event success is complicated. One important factor that shouldn’t be overlooked? Attendee feedback. While budget and leads directly relate to event ROI, attendee opinions are key. But, when gathering attendee feedback, it can be challenging to figure out how to take feedback and make it have an impact. We’ll show you how to align feedback with event goals to provide actionable insights.  

Attendee feedback is only as good as the questions asked. Learn the different types of feedback and what questions to ask based on event type and goals so that you get the data you need to take action.


Danielle LeBreck and President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee Peggy Williams-Smith talk about the event-packed year ahead for Milwaukee, new developments in the city, and all the best venues and offsites for meetings and events.


Convention service managers and event managers are the glue that keeps meetings running, facilitating the relationship between sales and meeting planners. Here are some stories from veteran CSMs on their challenges, successes and why they deserve our respect. Read more.


COVID-19 is fluid and complex, and due to the speed of information, there are many important pieces to the overall story that are being left out of the conversation. ALHI President & CEO Michael Dominguez shares some of the facts to battle the hysteria that is upending the meetings and events industry. Read more.


Whether or not you intend to cancel your event due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's important to understand that this impacts every event right now. Here are 10 tips you can use to ensure that you are communicating effectively to those who matter. Read more.


Attendee satisfaction is consistently a top metric used to measure the success of events. But do you consider the event app a key factor in determining attendee satisfaction? Attendees rate a mobile app as the third most important factor contributing to a positive attendee experience. Using an event app ensures the digital experience supports the overall event and enhances the attendee journey, while providing greater insights into attendee behaviors.


Editor's note: This information was accurate at the time of the recording, February 28, 2020. We are monitoring and updating as new information is available.

Top meetings industry attorneys Joshua L. Grimes and Tyra Warner discuss the legal issues involved with cancelling a meeting due to coronavirus. Learn how to protect your organization and what your options are—from outright cancellation to attrition—from two of the top legal minds in the industry.


The spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, has upended the travel industry as well as any facility where public gatherings are held or where a large amount of people congregate. That includes office buildings, airports and meeting and convention spaces. Implement these procedures to protect everyone in the environment.


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