Having technology work smoothly is doubly important in our current COVID era. If you have ever had to give a presentation, you have likely already encountered a few technical issues, such as missing audio, trouble connecting to the internet, or missing adaptors. In these instances, technology can seem like more of a hindrance than an enabler - but it does not have to be.
As we transition out of lockdowns around the globe, having safe spaces to conduct events and meetings is crucial. At Radisson Hotels, we’ve worked with expert technology providers to deliver professional, engaging, effective, and highly interactive meetings known as “Hybrid Meetings”.
Want to learn more about Hybrid Meetings and how it can improve how you do business for the rest of 2020 and beyond? Keep reading to learn more.
What is a Hybrid Meeting?
A hybrid meeting is essentially what it sounds like – an event or meeting that combines in-person and virtual participation simultaneously. The event takes place in a physical location but has a live audience actively watching and participating in the event. Virtual participants should be able to engage with any of the speakers in the room, participate in Q&As, and network with other attendees.
Even before the pandemic, these style of events was rising in popularity as it provides a way for employees of a company to participate in important industry events all over the world without the time and money expense.
Why Choose a Hybrid Meeting?
COVID-19 has affected us all in multiple ways, from the way we work, travel, and even interact with our friends and family. In an informal survey held during the Global Meeting Industry Day, 62% of event planners said their events would be hybrid moving forward. Here are the reasons why event planners will need hotels and venues to accommodate hybrid events:
Duty of Care: Hybrid meetings allow event planners and businesses to practice responsible social distancing while still including all interested parties.
Tighter budgets: Most businesses are operating on tighter budgets now due to COVID-19. Hybrid meetings cut down on costs while still maximizing attendance.
Flexibility: Even if someone wants to attend an event or meeting, travel restrictions imposed by countries may make it impossible. Hybrid meetings allow people who want to be at your event access even if they can’t make it
Sustainability: Hybrid meetings are more eco-friendly. Reducing carbon emissions and increasing sustainability is an important part of many company’s ethos and business models. Hybrid meetings allow important events to take place while reducing our carbon footprint.
Why Choose Radisson Hotels to Host Your Hybrid Meeting?
With our seven distinctive hotel brands, Radisson Hotels can offer you a range of outstanding destinations with beautifully designed venues. From the architecturally stunning Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm to the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel, Lyon, we’re sure to have a venue that can enhance your event.
High-speed internet and state-of-the-art technology such as: high quality displays with easy connectivity, modern video conferencing technology, and dedicated broadband. We’ve also partnered with Zoom, the leader in modern enterprise video communication, to provide a flawless experience for our clients’ virtual and hybrid meetings and events.
We understand that flexibility is an important factor for our guests. That’s why we’re offering greater flexibility for all meetings and events booked and held by February 28, 2021, at hundreds of participating hotels in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. We’ve also partnered with SGS to create a new 10-step protocol for meeting and event spaces. Optimized cleaning and disinfection procedures, increased attention to safety in communal spaces, protective equipment, and updated training for team members are included in the new protocols.
Ready to start planning your next hybrid meeting? Click here to learn how the Radisson Hotel Group can assist you in delivering a seamless event of any kind, from hybrid multi-site meetings to broadcasting events.