I recently had the honor of appearing as a panelist at the inaugural The Ultimate Download – Asia’s Leading Meetings and Events Destination in Macau, China. It was a tremendous opportunity to network with industry peers from around the globe as they all gathered at the Sands Resorts Macau to learn and discuss a variety of current industry topics.
With Gene Capuano, SVP, Convention and Venetian Operations Macau, as the moderator, I was joined by Edward Perotti, Sr. Director of Global Meetings, Events & Travel for VMware; Sushil Shamlai Wadhwa, founder of the Platinum World Group and Albert Guo, President, CYTS China.
As a panelist, I was able to discuss several topics that I am passionate about and feel we need to address as an industry.
One of the biggest issues and concerns we all share is ensuring the safety and security of our guests at events. Whether it’s an act of God, terrorism or cyber-attacks on vital infrastructures, trying to successfully manage risks is becoming more difficult as new threats appear more and more.
One of the things I discussed with our panel and audience was how our multi-million dollar industry is a major contributor to the global economy, while our meetings and events draw millions of people from around the world, making us a desirable target for those who wish to incite panic and terror.
With support from nearly 50 organizations, the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI) was created to protect our industry by establishing universal guidelines and standards that ensure the safety of attendees, members and stakeholders, and provides organizations a secure path to continual prosperity.
While safety and security was a hot topic, I was also able to discuss workforce issues and how it is affected by more and more organizations in the United States focusing on dual bottom lines. I offered tips on global sourcing based on my own experiences, such as 4 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Global Destination for Your Meeting or Event.
Finally, as the host city was Macau, I wanted to touch on specific issues with China’s new Foreign NGO (non-government organization) Law and how it could have a positive impact on the city. Effective January 1 of this year, this law regulates and guides the activities of non-profit, non-governmental organizations registered outside mainland China.
I am grateful to Sands China Group for allowing me to share in this experience and for such an engaged audience.
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