Watch: Northstar’s editors share global update on meetings and travel

Join Northstar’s editors from across the world in a new series where they discuss the international meetings outlook. 

The new video series delves into the developments happening in the meetings and travel industry around the globe.

Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director, leads the conversation with James Lancaster, editorial director, Northstar Meetings Group UK; Lauren Arena, editor of M&C Asia; and Elizabeth West, director of the BTN Group.

Here are a few highlights from the discussion:

0:20: Singapore has reinstated some gathering restrictions, even as Covid cases remain low.

1:55: US secretary of defense Lloyd Austin and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are among the esteemed guests coming to Singapore for upcoming conferences.

3:00: Large, maskless events have been piloted in the UK

4:50: The UK’s ‘traffic-light system’ regarding safe destinations to visit has given 12 countries a green light.

5:40: Earnings reports from airlines and hotel companies indicate that business travel is returning slowly but steadily.

6:30: Companies are establishing ‘return to travel’ plans, often requiring pre-trip approvals and other restrictions.

8:15: Value of networking is a compelling reason to travel that can’t be replicated virtually.

8:55: Can an organization require travellers to be vaccinated? That’s a decision for human resources or top executives.

10:45: Planners expect a rise in bleisure travel, with attendees adding vacation time and bringing family or friends.

11:45: Uncertainly remains about when large, international events will be held.

12:25: We’re doing it — Northstar will host The Business Travel Show in the U.K. in late September.

12:50: Some international associations are likely to hold several regional events rather than one big show.

13:20: Travelers who are fully vaccinated can skip waiting periods and quarantines.

14:00: Leisure travel is picking up, but hotels need business travel and meetings Monday through Thursday.

14:50: Northstar’s latest PULSE Survey, is now open for planner comments; please take two minutes to share your experiences and insights.


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