IACC-Re-imagining Conference Refreshment Breaks

Physical Characteristics of Break Stations & Locations

Evidence from the global task force who have welcomed back events in the past few months and watched carefully the changes in behaviours and requests, feel there are two trends to consider, not necessarily complimenting each other. CRAVING FOR THE PAST There is evidence of attendees seeking out a return to the way it used to be, in some European IACC venues at least. Dining room tablecloths; wrapped cutlery in fabric napkins and other examples of wanting to return to past experiences. This should be considered when looking beyond the stage where venues are operating in compliance with regulations set out by health or governmental authorities. BUBBLES WON’T BURST ANY TIME SOON Keeping groups in bubbles to reduce risk of infection across groups is felt will likely be a preferred approach beyond the immediate period and at least for the next 18 months. The shared break station is a concept that many IACC venues adopted previously, which as a result will need to be reviewed and new solutions sought which allow groups their own exclusive access to stations, or areas of the building with breaks.

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IACCmeetings.com: A guide to re-imagining conference refreshment breaks

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