The Events Industry Council (EIC), a global federation of more than 30 member organizations, has released the Meeting and Event Design Accepted Practices Guide. It is intended to serve as a resource and educational tool for industry professionals to utilize to put the curated resources and materials into practice.
This EIC guidance is intended to be global in nature. The work will continue to evolve through regional workshops led by task force members, to ensure it is applicable or customized to each region.
To rebuild trust that in-person meetings and events can happen safely, the guide provides these customizable tools:
- A meeting and event decision grid
- Guidelines and a code of conduct for pre-event, post-event and onsite
- Meeting and event success metrics (pre- and post-vaccine)
- Attendee communication considerations
- Resource guide
EIC will host a webinar on Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the Meeting and Event Design Accepted Practices Guide. Additional guides, including one from the Hotel/Accommodations Health & Safety workstream, will be released in the coming weeks.
“In-person meetings, events, exhibitions, and trade shows came to a screeching halt in March,” said Meeting and Event Design workgroup member Cathy Schlosberg, Senior Vice President Marketing, PSAV, in a statement. “While we have seen some very encouraging examples of events beginning to take place across the globe, we know that we need to continue to work to advocate our ability to create safe environments. Our colleagues want to understand and implement accepted practices that bring in-person meetings, events, exhibitions, and trade shows back to life. The guide EIC released today will help do that.”
“Included in the Accepted Practices Guide is a code of conduct, meant to serve as a tool for event organizers to engage all meeting participants in the health and safety of our events. Community buy-in by all participants at the event level serves to advocate for the well-being of our fellow global citizens and our industry,” said Meeting and Event Design workgroup member and APEX Commission Chair Allison Kinsley, CMM, CMP, CED, Chief Meeting Architect, Kinsley Meetings.
Click here for a copy of the guide.