VIDEO: Northstar Global Update: Europe Begins Opening Up; New Options for Covid Testing

Top editors in the U.S., Europe and Asia discuss the latest industry developments in this new biweekly video series.

In this new video series, Northstar invites you into our global content team's biweekly meetings to hear the latest updates in major international meetings markets. This week, Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director, leads the conversation with Lauren Arena, editor of M&C Asia; James Lancaster, editorial director, Northstar Meetings Group U.K.; and Paul Harvey, editor, M&IT.
Here's what we discussed:
While the U.K. is expected to reopen further on June 21, the Delta variant and other considerations have raised concerns about that (5:30).

The EU is expected to introduce a Travel Pass for health records in July, allowing European citizens to move freely between the 27 EU nations by July 1 (12:00).

The Singapore government has mandated on-site pre-event testing for all events of over 200 delegates and is testing Covid breath tests — which are cheaper and faster than antigen rapid tests — as a potential solution for events (13:20).

ICCA statistics show that delegate numbers for international meetings increased about 50 percent in 2020 due to digital participation (15:26)

Is hybrid the future? That's yet to be determined for international associations (16:45)

There will be a learning curve for hybrid, but it might become part of planners' process for future meetings (17:45)
Watch the video above for the Northstar team's perspective on the global meetings industry.