Security in Meetings: A 3-Part Series

By Matt Swenson, November 16, 2015

The tragic events in Paris last weekend underscore the dangers surrounding meetings in today’s world. Planners must decide whether to go through with their events in the wake of civil unrest or a terrorist attack or cancel, as Airbnb did with its scheduled Nov. 12-14 Open conference. Cities, too, must weigh security risks in advising planners to continue with their events or postpone. Paris advised against large gatherings, while destinations like Baltimore moved ahead as scheduled when riots broke out there in April.

In both our print publications and websites, we’ve addressed security concerns planners face with a three-part series written by Senior Editor Matt Swenson. Below are links to the stories.


Cybersecurity: A New Hot Topic for Meetings

From the Sony hacks to Home Depot’s data breaches, it’s not a matter of if but when one of your events will be targeted by hackers. How can you prepare?




timthumbThe Art of Venue Security at Meetings

Not even Google was immune to a major disruption at one of its events. What can you do to ensure the safety of your venue? Hiring your own security is just the start.




1001_CLWeb_security3The Planner’s Playbook to Crisis Management

From Baltimore to Paris and Charleston, South Carolina, to Ferguson, Missouri, destinations across the globe are in danger of civil unrest or a terrorist attack. Our experts say that the first step in planning 101 is creating your own playbook in case a crisis strikes.

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With more and more attendees expecting meaningful wellness initiatives at events, meeting planners feel pressured to devise new activities that are simple

We know you take your meetings and events down south. Give us a heads up on what the best venues are in the South by taking this short poll.

Trade groups across all industries band together to address significant drop in international visitors to the United States since 2015.

James Jessie, senior vice President of convention sales at Travel Portland, discusses the evolution of the Northwest destination.

Learn the ins and outs of negotiating banquets and catering costs.

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