• FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to fetefone.com and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages. At the end, hosts can download the messages as a way to remember a great event. Founder and CEO of FêteFone Michael Radolinski has over 15 years of event planning experience and says that FêteFone is unlike anything on the market.

“It replaces the traditional guestbook and does triple duty as a statement piece of event décor, a guest activity and lasting memory in one,” Radolinski says. “Unlike a traditional guestbook, where the written word may not fully convey a guest’s personality, or a video confessional where guests may feel too ‘on display’ to share their heartfelt wishes, FêteFone offers the perfect balance for capturing event memories.”  

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.