The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrown meeting professionals in an unprecedented position with cancellations, postponements and venue closures affecting the course of the next few months, at least. From tips on how to move forward with scheduled events to filing your taxes under the new deadline, we’ve got the answers to your burning questions.
Event planners have been sidetracked by the coronavirus pandemic, wondering about the best route to take. Cancel? Postpone? Claim force majeure? It seems that many of them are doing a combination of all three. Smart Meetings spoke to meeting planners and destination representatives to find out how they’re managing responsibilities in the current climate.
The United States Secretary of the Treasury postponed the deadline for filing 2019 federal tax returns to July 15, 2020 with no penalties or interest due to disruptions connected to coronavirus. We consulted the experts and put together some tips for getting your receipts in order during any down time.
Do meetings cancelled as a result of coronavirus concerns quality as force majeure? Lisa Sommer Devlin, J.D., attorney at Devlin Law Firm, explained in a recent Smart Meetings Accelerator webinar “COVID-19 Considerations for Meetings Contracts” that the answer is complicated.
We spoke to Mark Herrera, director of education and life safety with International Association of Venue Managers (IAMV), about his decision to carry on with his annual Academy for Venue Safety and Security, despite cancellations and concerns amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO), which is taking the lead on fighting the spread of COVID-19, has not issued a call to cancel conferences. Instead, it released a list of steps to take in workplaces and “mass gatherings” that can also help to prevent other infections, such as colds, flu and stomach bugs.
Planners throughout the world are cancelling and postponing events, as well as keeping a close eye on those that are still scheduled to take place. Hotels are bracing for the spread of the virus, ranging from taking precautions with guests to, in China, temporarily closing more than 60 percent of hotels.
Now that COVID-19, or the new coronavirus, has spread globally, shut down ground and air transportation and caused international event cancellations, protecting attendees from the disease has to move to the top of planner checklists. Smart Meetings talked to the experts for best practices.
Headline developments have focused on the outright cancellations of high-profile events, including Mobile World Congress, which was to have convened in Barcelona, Spain, with 100,000 attendees this month. Yet the impact of the virus is spreading far beyond these highly publicized gatherings.
With the attention of the world riveted on this spreading public health crisis, what has been the impact on group travel, conferences and planners—many of whom may have worked a year or more to stage meetings in China? Or who are depending on important keynoters from that nation?
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