How Do You Bring Live Events Back Safely?

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How Do You Bring Live Events Back Safely?

By Kristi Casey Sanders | Sep 18, 2020

How do you organize an event when the government standards for live events keep shifting? What new contract clauses will you see as you bring your live events back?

Those and other questions will be answered during “Meeting Executive Re-Think Tank: Lessons Learned from Hotel Openings & Restarting Meetings.” The Sept. 25 webinar, which is free for MPI members and $9.99 for non-members, features U.S., Canadian and European meeting professionals who have first-hand experience hosting live events during the pandemic. It is the continuation of a conversation begun in May about how meetings and events are changing in the wake of the pandemic. 

Freelance event professional Sven Boelhouwer will share how safe room sets don’t have to be boring. Showcasing creative setups, styling and F&B options was the centerpiece of a three-day event he produced in Amsterdam Sept. 1-3 that attracted nearly 300 people. He also will share the creative solutions he had to come up with to fit shifting government requirements with a June event.

Related: Meeting Executive Re-Think Tank on Lessons Learned & Continued Impact

How have meeting contract negotiations changed since the onset of COVID-19? Dr. Tyra Warner, Esq., will share her perspective on what meeting professionals should prepare to see as they begin to book space for meetings again.

What do expositions and trade shows look like now? Nicole Unger, the event professional behind the Together Again - Alliance Nationwide Exposition, will share her learnings from the expo she produced in Orlando this June and what she’s discovering as she works to transform it into a roadshow event.

Rounding out the panel are two hospitality executives. Vito Curalli, CHA, executive director of international sales and industry relations for Hilton Worldwide Sales, will share his thoughts on what recovery for the hotel industry will look like. And Melanie Clifford, regional director of sales for M. Gibson Hotels, will provide behind-the-scenes insight into who’s setting up events now that hotels are running with skeleton crews. She’ll also talk about trends for citywide conventions.

The program is presented by the Meeting Executives community and sponsored by Hilton. Register here to attend. If you’re interested in applying to serve on next year’s Meeting and Event Executive advisory board, applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 through Nov. 8.

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Kristi Casey Sanders

Kristi Casey Sanders, CMM, CMP, DES, HMCC, is the former director of community for MPI.