How Long Before Events Can Return?

How Long Before Events Can Return?

In this post:  let’s return to the question, “How long before festivals and events can return to the new normal?” What can event planners do in the meantime? Follow CDC guidelines, require event planners to create risk mitigation or safety plans. With rising COVID-19 cases, vaccines appear to be the magic bullet. Rethink your events with these … Read more

Visit Indy Accepts The Event Challenge Head On

Visit Indy accepts the event challenge head on

In this post:  Visit Indy restarts events after $7 million in upgrades to the convention center to retrofit the facility to handle COVID-19. Indianapolis is the home of the NCAA. Quick response, communication, county health department engagement, zero attrition and risk mitigation or safety health plans were key. Indianapolis, Indiana, the #1 Convention City in America, has … Read more

Meetings & Conventions … the Last to Recover

Meetings & Conventions ... the Last to Recover

In this post:  The U.S. Travel Association reported in August 2020 that meetings and conventions are one-fifth of tourism industry’s losses, Northstar Meeting Group’s Pulse Survey highlights the impact while Kevin Iwamoto of Bizly makes astute observations, Dr Peter Ricci of Florida Atlantic University moderates Meetings and Events -What’s the reality for 2021? with members of … Read more

Indoor Events Will Face the Biggest Challenges

Indoor Events Will Face the Biggest Challenges

In this post:  indoor events face the biggest challenges and will be one of the last to recovery. This is impacting downtown convention and conference centers and downtown hotels. Virtual conferences using meeting apps have filled the void. Regional trade shows will return more quickly as participants can drive versus fly. Challenges within the travel industry occur as long as … Read more

A Line Clearly Divides Indoor and Outdoor Events

A Line Clearly Divides Indoor and Outdoor Events

In this post:  outdoor events will return sooner than indoor events, including holiday festivities. Socially distanced outdoor events will succeed such as concerts on stages and flatbed trucks and some simulcast. Find helpful insights on sponsorships, date selection, weather, date availability, single day events, entertainment, stage crews, advertising, port-o-lets, volunteers, ticket sales, food and beverage sales … Read more

Obstacles Lie in The Road Ahead

Obstacles Lie in The Road Ahead

In this post:  the biggest obstacles delaying the return of events – mask attitudes and debates, the COVID-19 virus, the availability of adequate testing, the efficacy of approved vaccines and adequate vaccine supplies to inoculate mass populations. Event organizers will run into numerous obstacles to produce in-person events as we once knew them. The most pressing … Read more

The Role of Travel Research in Recovery

The Role of Travel Research in Recovery

In this post:  travel research by Destination Analysts, Longwoods International, MMGY, Travel Economics, Arrivalist, TSA, Smith Travel Research (STR) and the National Park Service provide excellent analysis on travel and data giving a clear indication on when the travel, tourism and hospitality industry will recover. Backed up by excellent weekly travel analysis since late March … Read more

Finding Sponsors & Volunteers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Finding Sponsors & Volunteers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In this post:  the challenges in finding festival and event sponsors, hyper local events, non-profit and charitable community support, targeted strategies, sponsorships and why volunteers will be difficult to find. I project that consumer event sponsorships will dry up in the near term and will be the last to return unless the event is hyper local … Read more

How Long Before Festivals & Events Can Return?

How Long Before Festivals & Events Can Return?

In this post:  festivals and events positively impact local economies, the economic impact of the tourism industry, safe return of events, direct and indirect spending is down resulting in losses across multiple industries. Across the country, festivals and events previously provided communities a boost to the local economy. The tourism industry has regularly measured its financial … Read more

Event Organizers: It’s Time To Tackle Your Photo Library

It's Time to Tackle Your Image Library

It’s going to be awhile before full-scale events return. Event organizers can take advantage of the down time to tackle you festival or event’s photo library. If you’re like many event organizers, your media library probably includes a hodgepodge of images – some high and some low-resolution photos … the latter perhaps taken on a … Read more

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