#WeWillMeetAgain: Tahira Endean, Head of Events at SiteJuly 13th, 2020 / Meeting Design
#WeWillMeetAgain is a video blog series from the Vancouver Convention Centre exploring the future of the meetings and events industry as we continue to adapt in this global pandemic together.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a deep and lasting impact on how we think about and approach meetings and events moving forward. From the way in which events are designed, how delegates interact and how safety measures are communicated to implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and new food and beverage experiences, venues and event organizers are looking at every aspect of how people come together to find innovative opportunities that will help guests feel safer and more confident in the events they attend.
With our new video blog series, #WeWillMeetAgain, we want to capture the ideas and perspectives that are now paving the way for how our industry will evolve as a result of the pandemic. We will be sharing thoughts from a wide range of experts in our industry – including our own staff, event planners and other meeting professionals – to learn what they imagine safe meetings and events will look like and how we can continue to create valuable and meaningful experiences through interaction.
For our first entry, we reached out to event planning author and instructor Tahira Endean, who also currently serves as the Head of Events at the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE).
She was asked, “What can we learn from COVID-19’s impact on our industry to enhance the event experience going forward?” Looking at our industry globally, Tahira discussing how events can adapt to maintain the value of face-to-face interaction while incorporating new measures, such as adding more breaks and reducing the number of guests at seating areas, to help create experiences that are safer for those in attendance.