• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on What Will the New Normal Be for Big Events and Meetings after COVID-19?

  1. Here is a good response to this article: no. no, we are not putting up with hybrid BS again. People are beyond sick and tired of this. We haven’t seen people’s faces for one year and haven’t seen them in person too. In person is coming back. stop with this horribly negative outlook on post pandemic life. If you don’t want to return to in-person, fine, go ahead and lock yourself in your house and miss out on life. Humans are meant to be physically around each other, not interacting through a screen.

    1. Hybrid meetings will continue because participants WANT THEM. I run a board meeting and several members want to meet in person and an equal number do not want to, so we will gladly accommodate both groups. You might want to check your attitude about ‘missing out on life’ because all of my Zoom attendees are now home-bound after getting covid and no longer being well enough a year later to be able to get around the way they used to. Covid prematurely aged a lot of people.

  2. I agree with Ms. Dennison. Concerning business meetings and events, the ability not to be physically present and still be successful in the business goals is here to stay. A meeting or an event has to keep everybody involved where they are personally comfortable, physically and psychologically. A hybrid model does both. You pick the experience you are comfortable with. The meeting architect is going to be designing and planning for both.

  3. In addition to the SafeTravels Protocols, we have partnered with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to release a number of guides to enable businesses within the Travel Puerto Rico was one of the first destinations in the Western Hemisphere to design and implement an industry-specific safety and health program for the entire destination with the creation of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company Gold Star Health and Safety Seal Certification back on May 4. Today, we are proud to join WTTC s Safe Travels global protocols and stamp program. Operating guides and certification programs such as these are vital for the reopening of the travel and tourism sector at both a global and regional level, as well as an important recognition that will place Puerto Rico in a highly competitive position as the travel and tourism market reopens. As a destination, we acknowledged early on that consumers will consider the destinations best prepared to provide them with the necessary measures and resources to protect their health and our destination-wide program was developed using the most rigorous standards, best practice cases, as well as guides and recommendations from the agencies and organizations that specialize on the subject. Ensuring collective participation and compliance of the recommended protocols, both by companies and customers, will be key in facilitating the safe restart of leisure and business travelling .

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