An enthusiastic group of 58 planners, suppliers, speakers and event staff experienced best-practices in Covid-conscious meetings last week near Phoenix. The event, Northstar Meetings Group’s Destination West in Arizona, was held at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
For most of the group, this marked their first in-person meeting since the pandemic began. All participants agreed to Northstar’s Code of Conduct, requiring physical distancing, face masks, temperature checks and other precautions. Carefully planned by Christy Froehlich, CMP, and Britt Schwendinger, DES, for Northstar, the agenda intentionally omitted cocktail receptions that could lead to close mingling without masks, or off-site outings that would require group transportation.
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The Wigwam, a 440-acre resort with 331 individual guest units and a conference center all on one floor (no elevators), provided an ideal layout for the event’s protocols. The property’s own stringent guidelines for staff and guest safety were observed at all times.
Following is a photo journey depicting highlights of the meeting’s health and safety measures in action. (Photographs by Ketara Gadahn at Studio Alani)