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Who's News in Special Events for October 1, 2020

Special events business news

Dustin Westling, Managing Partner of OneWest Events and Executive Vice President of Leblond Studio, was recognized as a member of Connect Association magazine’s “40 Under 40.” The honor highlights the top young professionals in the association events industry. Connect Association is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the meetings and events industry. 


Mr. Dustin Westling

Franck-Olivier Fabry has been appointed the Vice President of Sales for A.C. ProMedia, a distributor of state-of-the-art products and technologies aimed at the Fixed Installation & Architainment Markets. Fabry has a vast amount of experience spanning across a variety of business development areas for AV manufacturers such as Telex, Bosch, Williams Sound, Meyer Sound, and L-Acoustics. He has held various senior sales management positions throughout his career and has built an extensive network of industry contacts with system integrators, specifiers, and end-users. 

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Mr. Franck Fabry

Bedside Reading®, the luxury hotel amenity that places a wide variety of complimentary books by the bedsides in luxury hotels and boutique properties, is proud to announce its new program, BEDSIDE READING on the download. Created in response to  COVID-19 and launching this month, BEDSIDE READING on the download, is a clean, green and touchless book and podcast program for meeting, event and incentive planners, delivering the same quality of books it has always delivered to hotels and their guests – but this time it provides curated and customizable digital books to engage event, meeting and training audiences. They can also be used as a loyalty reward or as part of a virtual gift bag. Mission Critical was the first virtual meeting to collaborate with Bedside Reading’s new program. 

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released a new survey last week that underscores the devastating results for the hotel industry. Seventy-four percent (74%) of hotels would be forced to lay off additional employees and two-thirds of hotels (67%) would not make it another six months if Congress fails to pass another COVID stimulus bill. As a follow up, below is a breakdown of this impact by state. Here is a link to a pdf version of the state by state data.

L.A. Comic Con is going forward with a live convention this coming December. Organizers say they have been working with the L.A. Convention Center, public health and city officials and believe they have the plans and procedures in place to open safely with full COVID-19 precautions. L.A. Comic Con will take place Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 13, with a morning and an evening session each day. Organizers say they have rented out the entire LA Convention Center so they can manage lines, waiting and events over the convention center’s 800,000 square feet of exhibit and panel room space with appropriate social distancing. 


Compared to last year’s event, which had 42,000 attendees, the planned 2020 event will be limited to 13,500 attendees, each of whom will have a minimum of 28 square feet of space – the equivalent of standing in a circle with a 6-foot diameter, event organizers said. Ticket sales will be limited to no more than 12,000 tickets at any individual session of the event.

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