Following a year of uncertainty, the "2021 Global Meetings and Events Forecast" from American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), found that businesses have quickly adapted meetings and events programs to keep customers, prospects and employees engaged.
A survey of event professionals by etc.venues during its first hybrid event since lockdown revealed that almost three-quarters (73 percent) of them are planning a hybrid event before the end of the year.
A fifth (19 percent) of planners said the biggest barrier to choosing a hybrid event is a lack of experience, followed by concerns over cost (17 percent), risk of failure (17 percent), perceptions of low attendance (17 percent), confusion with technology (16 percent) and getting stakeholder buy-in (15 percent).
Essential Costa Rica, the official country brand for the Central American destination, is planning to sponsor a venue at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with luxury membership concierge service Wanderluxxe. From January 25 to 28, their lounge will host a series of exclusive daytime wellness activities, filmmaker panels, premiere parties and more.
Ponant will tread down to Costa Rica and Panama next January via a new 10-night/11-day cruise. A part of its new Quintessential Collection, An Exploration in Nature in Costa Rica & The Panama Canal will visit three national parks and feature a guest speaker with firsthand experience at nature reserves around Central America.