8 Words Heard: European Meetings & Events Conference 2016

8 Words Heard: European Meetings & Events Conference 2016

By Stephanie Davis Smith, February 10, 2016

4. Safety

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and a growing refugee problem in southern Europe made security a top issue for attendees. In one session called “Safety & Security Forum,” European delegates were vocal about nervousness that attendees from North America, China and Japan will stop traveling to Europe for conferences. Several planners mentioned experiencing cancellations or moving meetings to avoid fears. While many admitted a lack of risk management planning, delegates from the Netherlands shared their security experiences when Russian President Vladimir Putin made a last-minute visit to Holland Heineken House for a sporting event, as well as lessons from One Direction’s arena security team.

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