Kathryn Gleesing, MBA, CMP, DMCP was recently awarded a Certificate in Pandemic On-Site Protocol through Event Leadership Institute. Gleesing is owner of Dm-Connection and Events and felt it was extremely important to have this certification as events start to come back. "Safety of my clients is the top priority and after having taken this certification, it opened my eyes that a lot of work needs to be done in preparation for the event especially after the pandemic. Communication is critical to the attendees, vendors and staff in order to keep everyone safe. The design of the event space with good air flow is crucial and having safety measures on site like temperature checks and mask wearing is extremely important. We can have safe, successful events, it will take more time and effort to do this, but it will be well worth it in the long run".
The U.S. Travel Association just released new statistics showing how decimanted the Leisure & Hospitality Industry has been and continues to be during the pandemic.
Some industries are starting to show signs of recovery, however, the pandemic continues to take a toll on travel, hotels, meeting and events, catering, venues, transportation, the list goes on. This industry needs additional help in order for it to come back stronger than ever. Write your Congressperson and tell them how vital this industry is to jobs, small businesses and travel in general. We continue to need support.
#eventprofs #liveevents #hospitality #ustravelassociation
As meeting professionals we have been challenged to find new ways to hold meetings or events. The move to outdoor spaces for events was the answer initially and still works today (weather permitting of course). A recent article in Meetings Today featured the top 5 outdoor venues in Milwaukee to hold events, receptions or small intimate gatherings. Some spaces provide a great view of the city, while others feature a water element or a serene setting located just outside of the bustling downtown area. Each venue is unique and presents a different perspective of the city, which lends to the built in backdrop for your event! You can read the entire article here.
#milwaukee #eventprofs #outdoorspaces #dmconnection
Dm-Connection & Events was recently invited to a small, private tasting in the kitchen of The Wisconsin Center District with Levy Restaurants. The District's slogan is BPX which stands for Bold, Proud and Experience Obsessed. That definitely held true with the event that was produced last night. Walking in the door to be greeted by the WCD and Levy staff, we followed a carefully carved out pathway to the kitchen created by warming ovens. Once inside the kitchen, the catering staff served our first appetizer course on a mini-tray that came down a conveyer belt with a social distanced cocktail for one (in a bag), very clever!
You can hold events during a pandemic, it was a small, socially distanced event, the guests sat on couches with a small table in front of us for our food and drinks. We watched as Chef Chris Pulling created a signature mustard and also the waffles for one of the dishes. Everything was served on small plates with mini samples, including the drinks: a Bloody Mary with beer chaser! The highlight of the night was hearing more about the Wisconsin Center District's expansion (300,000 sq. ft. addition), the GBAC accreditation, which is the gold standard for what people who use facilities will look for as as far as sanitation, cleanliness, according to Marty Brooks, CEO.
The Center and Catering staff outdid themselves with a bold event (held during a pandemic), being proud of the center and food they serve and providing our group with a great intimate dining experience in the kitchen.
#WiscCenter #LevyRestaurants #milwaukee #meetingprofs
Braise Restaurant just unveiled their two new rooftop domes this week named - Summer and Winter. Milwaukee restaurateur's have been adding unique ways to bring customers outside to dine in the cooler months while allowing social distancing due to COVID-19. The domes popped up at Cafe' Benelux several years ago and were a huge hit. The addition of the Domes will help restaurants serve their customers and allow for a unique dining experience. Braise overlooks the Rockwell Clock Tower in The Walker's Point neighborhood of Milwaukee and provides a different perspective for dining. In order to Dine in a Dome, Braise is taking reservations online after downloading this app: www.exploretock.com/app/
To explore all the delicious food at Braise: www.braiselocalfood.com/
#milwaukee #diningindomes #eventprofs
Photo credit: Braise Restaurant
The statistics are staggering for Wisconsin alone, yet Nationwide this is and remains a huge issue for the recovery of the events industry. Small businesses, hotels, restaurants, DMC's,AV companies, staging, etc. need Government help to stay afloat.
*The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association reported from an internal survey that an estimated 47% of lodging facilities could close within 12 months without any loan or grant assistance. The survey also indicated that over 50% of Wisconsin hotel staff remains furloughed or laid off.
*Prospects for Wisconsin restaurants looked slightly better than the nationwide number — 37% — of restaurants that reported they were unlikely to still be operating in six months if no additional relief is available from the federal government.
*The Live Events Coalition recently surveyed businesses across the country, receiving over 1200 responses. The shocking truth that comes from asking just one question: “How much longer can you hold on and keep your business afloat, without further aid from the government?”
7.44% My business has already folded.
12.43% My business can make it less than another 30 days.
27.56% My business can make it for 30 to 90 more days.
20.85% My business can make it for 3 or 4 more months.
27.06% My business can make it for 5 to 9 more months
5.23% My business can make it from 9 months to more than a year.
4.66% My business will not be undone by COVID-19.
With federal relief efforts stalled and live event workers & businesses missing out on up to $1 trillion in income due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the industry is finding that the majority of its businesses will go under in the coming months, unless the stalemated U.S. Congress is able to deliver the next relief package soon. Continue to write to your Congressperson and let them know how important events are to the economy and how we need help now!
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