In this new video series, Northstar Meetings Group invites you into our global content team's biweekly meetings, where we discuss the latest developments of note from around the world. This week, Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director, leads the conversation with James Lancaster, editorial director, Northstar Meetings Group U.K.; and Lauren Arena, editor of M&C Asia.
Here's what we talked about:
0:15 A small number of Covid cases in Singapore spurred the cancellation of the high-profile World Economic Forum and IISS Shangri-La Dialogue security summit.
4:00 A recent series of pilot business events in the U.K., attended by a total of 60,000 (maskless) attendees resulted in just 15 reported Covid cases.
6:05 Covid passports and digital health credentials are being embraced to varying degrees throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
10:05 West vs. East: It's interesting to note how different parts of the world are handling the pandemic, restrictions and the vaccine rollout.
13:25 Lack of standard regulations, and fear of "snap lockdowns" are significant challenges for meeting planners.
15:25 It's a global imperative that lawmakers understand the difference between business events — which are vital to economic recovery — and leisure gatherings.
Watch the video below: