For Conference Planners, Virus Means a ‘Huge Learning Curve’
There exist few answers on what future business meetings will look like
The coronavirus pandemic has upended operations and activities across nearly all industries, but meeting and conference planners face a particularly daunting challenge.
“Obviously, the impact to the events and trade show industry has been cataclysmic,” said Amy Calvert, chief executive of the Events Industry Council, a trade group.
Ms. Calvert said her group’s members were being forced to reinvent nearly every aspect of their jobs, from shifting in-person meetings to remote platforms, to thinking about how everything from big presentations to buffet lines would need to be altered — or eliminated — once people started to gather in person again.
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