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Buyer Q&A: Virtual FAM Trips and Remote Working

Continuing our Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Buyer Q&A series, Meeting Spotlight spoke with Danene Dustin, senior global sales executive for Morris Meetings & Incentives, a full-service meeting and incentive program provider. Topics covered include working remotely, how incentives could change and the value of virtual "FAM" trips. 

Here's what Dustin had to say:

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U.K. Could Resume International Travel by May 17, 2021

International travel to the U.K. could resume, at the earliest, May 17, 2021, according to a report produced by the U.K.’s Global Travel Taskforce. On Friday, the taskforce released a framework to chart The Safe Return of International Travel to the U.K., deciding on a “traffic light” system, which would categorize countries based on the level of risk.

Buyer Q&A: While Hybrid Events Will Remain, Human Connection Are Everything

As part of our ongoing Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Buyer Q&A, Meeting Spotlight spoke with Paige Laliberte, event manager for The Castle Group, a corporate event management and public relations firm.

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California to Fully Reopen June 15, Including Conventions and Meetings

On June 15, all industries in California will be able to return to “usual operations,” according to an announcement by the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health.

The state, Governor Newsom said, would only fully reopen if two criteria are met:

New York Becomes First State to Launch Digital COVID-19 Health Platform for Venues

New York has recently announced the launch of a digital platform, called Excelsior Pass, to track an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues. The platform is voluntary and would work in a similar way to a mobile airline boarding pass.

Why One Incentives Exec Thinks Hybrid Meetings Will Become "King"

To get a gauge on the industry for 2021 and beyond, Meeting Spotlight spoke with John Williams, president of American Guest, which offers corporate clients tailored incentives, events, meetings, and VIP travel experiences. Williams expects virtual/hybrid meetings to become "king" and also discussed how companies became more supportive of each other.

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Travel Oregon Invests Millions to Help State Get Visitor-Ready

As Oregon gears up for economic recovery, tourism is expected to lead the way and Travel Oregon is actively laying the groundwork. The agency, which serves as the state tourism office, has established a multimillion-dollar suite of investments to aid the tourism industry in economic recovery from the pandemic.