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IACC launches strategies and advice guide on reopening venues

IACC, the international association of conference centres, has published its ‘Critical Pathway to Re-opening’ guide.

The 53-page guide shares strategies and advice on how to reopen venues safely, created specifically for venues hosting meetings, training courses and smaller conferences for up to 150 delegates.

“There’s a huge volume of guidance and advice available, but nothing specifically focused on meetings,” IACC CEO Mark Cooper, said.

“It can be confusing to interpret if you have venues focused on meeting attendees for the business event industry. Our guide has been designed specifically for smaller venues, those that are the first to reopen for smaller groups, with easy to digest practical guidance from industry leaders on how to make the most out of their space and how to ensure their venue can reopen safely once their local governments allow them to.”

The guide focuses on three areas of how to safely reopening venues. These are:

  • The redesigning of the meeting attendee experience
  • The re-designing of space
  • The re-designing of the product

These three focuses each have dedicated sections in the guide and include detailed advice from industry professionals on how venues can adapt their offering in line with the ‘new normal’ for meetings and events.

The guide also shares advice on how venues can maximise their available spaces whilst ensuring that delegates can practice physical distancing as well as ideas on how to work with food and beverage, how to carry out site tours safely and how to structure their pricing.

The IACC Critical Pathway to Re-opening Meeting, Conference and Training Spaces guide is free to download for IACC certified venues and associate members. For non-members, the guide costs $199 (£159) and can be downloaded directly from the IACC website here.

IACC has also launched a series of other industry guidance materials, including the 2020 Meeting Room of The Future Report and a Crisis Communication Guide for Venue Operators.