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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:

How has your segment of the industry changed over the last year? 

Image Audiovisuals Unveils Exclusive Virtual Platform for Colorado Convention Center

Image Audiovisuals, the preferred on-site audiovisual provider at the Colorado Convention Center, has  unveiled its new virtual platform custom-built to mirror the Colorado Convention Center for use in hybrid and virtual events. Through its virtual services company eAttend Global, ImageAV designed an immersive experience for the convention center to complement the city’s solution for resuming in-person events.

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:

California Travel Association: Convention Center Leaders Still Waiting on Guidelines From Governor

News from California that indoor events of up to 200 people can resume under limited conditions did not placate convention leaders and labor groups who remain disappointed that Governor Gavin Newsom still has not issued statewide guidelines for trade shows and conventions.

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.

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.

Nashville Showcases Recent Openings and Updates in New Campaign

“While you’ve been away, we’ve been creating, and it’s time to come on back to Nashville safely,” said The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. in a recent press announcement. When the world slowed down, “Music City’s” creative community forged ahead with brand-new openings, reimagined offerings from iconic hotspots and, of course, new music.

Here’s what visitors can expect in 2021: