• Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     

Nearly 700 MPI members gathered in Grapevine for Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC). Held at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the hybrid convention’s in-person attendees were joined virtually by 1,000-plus additional participants, all coming together under the theme “Reunite for Recovery.” The 2020 WEC set the tone for future events and raised the bar with its Duty of Care health and safety procedures. These included sending name badges, lanyards, masks and personal hand sanitizers in advance to attendees, requiring temperature checks each day as delegates entered the event, incorporating responsible F&B/seating/ barriers precautions, and having social activities with made-to-order and individually packaged food items.

The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.

 

Unprecedented times call for strategic measures. With so many planners wondering how best to plan for the event-specific challenges posed by COVID- 19, industry leaders and top associations have stepped up to offer a road map with trainings on everything from cleaning protocols to new contract clauses.

 

When attending a conference became synonymous with staying at home, companies had to determine a new way to leave an impression on attendees. As the choice of venue, decor, and many other physical elements of in-person events were no longer contenders, co-owners Susan Turnock and Heather Arak-Kanofsky of Gifts for the Good Life knew that they could supply the part that still makes an impact.