• Giveaway Ideas That Will ‘Stick’ with Your Guests

     
    POSTED January 15, 2019
     

    Tree Huggers

Portland-based Toast is changing the way planners make a lasting impression on attendees and prospects through its stickers crafted of sustainable wood. Customizable with logos and other artwork, the stickers can be attached to water bottles, laptops, notebooks and any other surface you “wood” like your message to adorn.

The company—which runs on 100 percent renewable energy—only uses responsibly grown, rain forest–friendly wood and bamboo, and all products are distributed in Forest Stewardship Council–certified paper packaging. The entire company generates only one garbage can of waste each month. It is also a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1 percent of its profits to environmental nonprofits, and partners with Trees for the Future, planting one sapling for every product sold. At the time of this writing, that adds up to more than 56,000 saplings.

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.