Should the Show Still Go On?

Boston SkylineMy heart goes out to those in Boston who were injured, killed and/or dealing with the shocking events that have transpired over the course of this week.  The entire city is on lock down while they search for the second suspect in the bombing and residents are not allowed to think about leaving their homes until they catch him. While watching the news reports, I began to wonder, what if you had a huge convention or event taking place and something like this happens. What do you do?

I looked on the Boston CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) website yesterday and on the homepage were a few sentences notifying visitors that almost every venue and hotel was open for business with the exception of two. Apparently it was business as usual.  When I checked again today, I noticed that the same message was posted.  Correct me if i’m wrong, but isn’t the entire city on lock down? How can it be business as usual? I understand the city’s need to continue operations to generate revenue however, at what point do we make the call to cancel events due to unforeseen and tragic circumstances?

In a situation like what occurred at the marathon, an event planned at nearby venues could possibly be cancelled with minimal penalties due to force majure.  Basically it’s up to the planners and the decision makers responsible for an event to make the call as to whether to postpone, cancel or just let the event continue in spite of what is happening around them.  Obviously if something horrific takes place at the venue where you are hosting your event, the decision is simple; You will cancel your event. You wont have a choice. However, if the event takes place at a reasonable distance what would you do? Is is disrespectful to host an event when people are still recovering from a bombing and scared for their safety? Or does it show the city’s resilience to move forward in spite of what is taking place around them? Would you still attend an event if you had already arrived into town or would you skip it?

What do you think? Speak on it?

 

 

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The Lonely Event Traveler

As I sat alone eating my three chipotle shrimp tacos at a west coast Westin in the desert, I realized that traveling for business is far less glamorous than what I imagined growing up.  I thought I would travel to exotic locations, waited on hand and foot,  luxuriate with friends on someone else’s dime and oh… get some work done eventually. In reality, traveling for work means a lot of high wifi fees just to access your email remotely, sitting in airports for hours because of delays and airplanes even longer because some woman in first class decides she absolutely must to get off before we take off, checking into amazing hotel rooms and open your window to find that you have a view of the dumpster and the parking lot, lots of long days with meetings and most importantly spending a lot of time alone!

Even though it can be a little lonely traveling for work, I love every moment of it for one very important reason; The end result is an amazing event.

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5 Crazy Locations for Your Next Event

With shows like Rich Bride, Poor Bride, Bridezillas, My Fair Wedding, Dina’s Party etc., It’s difficult to come up with new and out of the box ideas for your events.  There is always a competition to make your event one of a kind and something that will have people talking for days, even years. Sometimes, it’s all in your location. Who needs outrageous decor and entertainment when you have places like the ones below.  These venues will definitely have your guests talking.

1. Sands SkyPark – Marina Bay, Singapore

At 656 Feet off the ground, guests will enjoy a spectacular view while partying literally under the stars.

http://www.marinabaysands.com/

2. Emirates Palace – Abu Dhabi 

Why not host your next conference at a palace. I mean you are royalty aren’t you? This magnificent space offers guests more than a five star experience and their website claims that you’ll never want to leave.

http://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/emirates-palace/welcome/

3. Events in the Sky – Various Locations 

Have your meeting, dinner, product launch or wedding while suspended in mid air. This event space is only for the truly daring individuals.  Just for the hell of it, brides and grooms can bungee jump off the platform after they say their vows.

http://eventsinthesky.com/

4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Bay Lake, FL

Bring out your inner kid and mix it with your hidden hollywood star while celebrating in your private space at Disney’s Hollywood studios.  They are equipped to transport guests  into the fantasy world of their choice!

http://disneytravelbabble.com/blog/2011/08/02/private-party-locations-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/

5. Cocoa Island – Maldives 

Why not have complete privacy while you host your meeting or special event on your own private island. Cocoa Island by COMO offers guests both privacy and total luxury.

http://www.comohotels.com/cocoaisland/cocoa-island-como-maldives