Risk Management

June 2018

Tragedy struck during the NeoCon 50 tradeshow after Jacqueline E. Albertine, 57, fell from a swing installed in the David Edward showroom on the 3rd floor of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. She died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The NeoCon example shows that it is critical for meeting and event planners to exercise the proper duty of care to mitigate accidents and reduce organizational liability if the unforeseen happens.

June 2018

One of the hot topics at MPI’s WEC 2018 is sex trafficking, as it relates to the travel industry. Michelle Guelbart, director of private sector engagement for ECPAT-USA, detailed some of the signs and ways to help during her presentation “ECPAT: The Meeting and Event Industry’s Role in Combatting Sex Trafficking,” which took place on Monday, June 4, 2018. ECPAT-USA is a nonprofit organization that exists to end human trafficking.

April 2018

To curse or not to curse? While the use of profanity by corporate speakers at meetings and events is not totally taboo, there is debate whether dropping an F-bomb during a presentation is appropriate.

April 2018

The tragic events that seem to impact our world at an ever increasing rate, from mass shootings and natural disasters to criminal acts, are especially dangerous in a legal sense to organizers of meetings and events.

April 2018

In today’s world, the chance of a crisis interrupting your meeting or event isn’t so much the “if” it will happen, but “when” it might happen and “what” that crisis might be. The other reality is that while you can’t foresee and prevent many crises, there are steps that every planner should take to ensure they are prepared to handle any issue that comes along, as part of their “duty of care.”

March 2018

The recent news about a family of four from Iowa found dead in their condo in Tulum, Mexico, brought to light a little publicized risk lurking in every kind of lodging. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen within a matter of minutes and is responsible for more deaths than any other single poison.

March 2018

Given today’s increasingly complex and turbulent world, it’s little wonder if site selection has also grown increasingly complex. It’s a multi-faceted process in which concerns over safety, technology, attendee engagement, ethics and rising costs can all come into play.

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