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Who's News in Special Events for April 15, 2021

Special events business news.

Association Updates

The National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals (NSBWEP) and The Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA) are pleased to announce a collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives in the events industry. 

The two associations have committed to a number of deliverables, including a co-hosted joint virtual seminar, shared promotional content, and quarterly events on ClubHouse. The NSWEP Speaker Talent Roster will also be introduced to WIPA education chairs at an upcoming national committee meeting. 

Hot Off the Press

Epistemix, a computational modeling software company that develops simulations to fight disease and inform policy, and the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA)a coalition that represents the common interests of the U.S. exhibitions and conferences industry, today announced a partnership to provide expert guidance on how to reopen events amid Covid-19 concerns. The partnership will provide the data leaders and event coordinators need to determine what size events are safe to host, and when event capacities can safely increase in locations across the country.

Trade show organisers and associations have joined forces to create safe, successful platforms for economic recovery and reconnection with the launch of a first-of-its-kind global coalition designed to prioritise the safety and success of communities as they return to business.

This coalition, which is led by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI, organiser of Global Exhibitions Day (GED on June 2, 2021), and important industry associations such as SISO, as well as the world’s leading exhibitions organisers Clarion Events, Comexposium, Diversified Communications, Emerald, Informa Markets, Reed Exhibitions (RX) and Tarsus, are joining forces as their customers are signalling a desire to return to live event experiences.  

Starting April 15, Ventura County's tourism industry takes the first step on the road to its economic recovery as it reopens for small gatherings, meetings and events following Gov. Newsom’s announcement earlier this month.  All restrictions except those for conventions of more than 5,000 attendees are scheduled to lift statewide on June 15. 

Newsom’s plans - the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” and “Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy” - includes COVID-19 safety requirements for venues hosting gatherings, events and meetings and sets June 15 for a reopening for all industries across California with safety measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

Products on the Market

Koket, a luxury decor brand, is Inspired by fashion, flora, fauna and all things decadent, and has a mission to create highly desirable, empowering statement pieces.  

A love for haute craftsmanship and the finest materials is at the heart of KOKET. Each object of desire in the brand’s collection is handcrafted by master artisans in Portugal who take great pride in their crafts and ensure every detail is perfectly appointed!. These artisanal touches add an essential element of individuality to each of KOKET piece.  

Venue News

The Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook’s most unique hotel located within a mass of beautiful lakes, streams, and wooded trails, is ready to welcome summer 2021 and bring special experiences to all guests, safely. The hotel resides on acres of forest preserve and sits waterside to a scenic Lake, creating the perfect setting for upcoming showers, weddings, and everything in between.  Upcoming family weekend getaways will also be a breeze, with the hotel providing access to a beautiful 70-foot indoor recreational pool with lap swim that will keep the entire family busy and entertained, all summer long. 

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