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Geraldine Chew takes on a new role at Uniplan.

Who’s News in Special Events for March 26, 2020

Special events business news this week includes a promotion for Uniplan's Geraldine Chew and a push by ARA for federal relief for event rental.

Hong Kong-based brand experience agency Uniplan has announced the promotion of Geraldine Chew to CEO of greater China. The move reinforces the firm’s strategy to lead the industry and continue to provide clients and partners access to the best talent and capabilities, the company said.

The American Rental Association is seeking U.S. federal support and funding to aid businesses in the equipment and event rental industry during the coronavirus crisis. In a letter submitted to Capitol Hill on March 20, ARA asked for $20 billion in financial aid provisions for the equipment and event rental industry be added to the financial relief bill just approved by the U.S. Senate.

Big DMC group Pacific World, included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs,” has introduced #PWCreates, a new social media initiative that aims to encourage team members and clients to look ahead and continue focusing on creating ground-breaking and unforgettable events around the globe.

The team from MeetingsNet, sister publications group to Special Events, will offer its Risk 360 seminar on May 28 in Washington, a one-day conference that will cover security scenarios, topical advice, best practices, and boots-on-the-ground information that professionals need to know in today’s increasingly insecure world. The early-bird registration rates expires April 3; learn more here.

In the wake of COVID-19, Boston-based Sonesta International Hotels Corp. is introducing flexible cancellation policies for group meetings, events and individual reservations. Future meetings and events impacted by COVID-19, such as those that go against the CDC’s guidelines of group sizes, may now terminate agreements without cost or liability. To qualify, planners must provide written notice to the hotel at least five business days before the start of the event or by May 31, whichever occurs first. This clause will remain available for all new contracts closed during this “time of uncertainty,” the company said, as well as for bookings as far into the future as the group has interest.

Coast Concierge Service, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is celebrating its 35th anniversary in business by offering” 35 Acts of Kindness.”

Marketing agency The Bait Shoppe, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2021.

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