. The New Reality for Meeting Suppliers: What Planners Need to Know | Northstar Meetings Group
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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the working relationships of buyers and suppliers across the meetings industry. For starters, meetings venues lost their bread-and-butter when planners started moving their events online. The suppliers' challenge to maintain relevance and create a presence in the virtual realm lay before them. Key pro-active initiatives for many venues now include investing in broadcast technology, fostering relationships with buyers based on hybrid meetings models, and increasing onsite protocols in preparation for the return of in-person events. As meeting planners, understanding the hurdles that affect venues, DMCs and activity providers can lead to more constructive planning conversations and can ultimately help elevate future events for a faster industry recovery.  

This exclusive guide, sponsored by Experience Columbus, examines top challenges for today's meetings industry suppliers; citing specific examples as well as providing key takeaways for meeting planners on how they might best work with supplier partners to overcome these challenges and work toward future program success. It examines areas such as:

  • Event space concerns
  • Scheduling/agenda mishaps
  • Technology constraints
  • Staffing restrictions
  • Food and beverage restrictions 
  • And more!

Download free access to this exclusive guide for expert insight on everything you need to know about the new realities for today's suppliers and what meeting planners need to know.