Coronavirus: For Planners Only


What can meeting planners do to protect themselves?

Prevue has compiled the latest news on coronavirus, now COVID-19, along with some articles on what you can do as a meeting planner to deal with this crisis.

Here are the latest articles on coronavirus for meeting professionals:

Force Majeure: The Facts

Can the coronavirus outbreak qualify as a force majeure situation for event organizers?Planners of the canceled Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have cited that global health concerns regarding the coronavirus made it “impossible” to hold the event and had created a force majeure situation. The decision to cancel was made after many high-profile exhibitors, including Sony, Amazon, and LG, pulled out of the event, saying they did not want to risk their employees being exposed.

What is Your Risk Factor When You Travel?

Meeting planners are wondering what their risk factor is when they get on a plane. The good news is that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the risk of catching the virus in the U.S. remains “miniscule.”

Coronavirus Now Affecting 2021 Events

PrimeGlobal, one of the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world, has canceled next year’s conference as a result of the crisis.

Coronavirus Cancels Events

We’re still feeling the repercussions of last week’s cancellation of the GSMA annual Mobile World Congress, the MWC 2020, in Barcelona. One of the world’s biggest trade shows, the MWC attracts more than 100,000 attendees and brings a reported $500 million into the local economy.

New Cruise Guidelines

With the quarantine of the Diamond Princess dominating the news, CLIA has issued new guidelines related to coronavirus, expanding restrictions on who can board any of its members’ ships.

Travel Safety Tips

In light of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China at this time, planners share tips regarding coronavirus and travel.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.