Meeting Newz July / August 2021

Your event. Success awaits! Rooms start from $150 PLUS Free Cocktail Hour Visit www.wairakei.co.nz/success o r contact events@wairakei.co.nz WRT-CnE Winter sale (190x83mm)_HiRes.pdf 1 19/7/21 10:39 AM AUSAE COLUMN ] Recent research into New Zealanders’ “vaccine hesitancy” suggest positions have become more polarised over the last decade. With hybrid events becoming more common, providing digital attendance options, the requirement of a vaccine to attend an event is an interesting topic to consider. With the business events sector being a vital part of the association community in New Zealand, should we also adopt this policy in 2022, when our vaccine levels exceed over 75% of the population? Yes, there absolutely needs to be exceptions – living in an equitable and diverse society, we never want to restrict people who are prevented from getting a vaccine for reasons such as religious beliefs, health and other conditions under the Bill of Rights Act in New Zealand. However to keep our respective association community safe, in addition to the people at the venue, should this be a consideration BRETT JEFFERY AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY OF ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES (AUSAE) PHONE 027 249 8677 The other day I read an article where some venues overseas are requiring delegates and staff working to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before attending a conference. One conference had also decided to reduce attendance to 1,300 delegates to ensure that they created a more comfortable experience for not only the audience, but for the supplying companies of the conference. as part of the terms and conditions that conferencing associations have as part of their registration package? Reading overseas literature, it seems to be more the corporate companies holding a firm position on requiring staff to be vaccinated to hold company positions. And that central and local government organisations seem to be conveying messaging that it is a good idea to be vaccinated but tend not to have the foresight to mandate this. To continue strengthening New Zealand as a conference destination in the Australasian / international markets, we need to open up our borders. To ensure that we are safe to conference, should associations and corporate conferencing companies lead by example? By doing so we are also ensuring that when people are travelling into and around New Zealand, we are being responsible and ensuring that not only the venue is safe, but the hotels, the COV ID 19 VACC INAT ION CONFERENC ING REQU IREMENTS IN 2022 By Brett Jeffery , general manager NZ, of the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE). conference service staff and the city that is holding the event. I believe strong messaging such as “working with the venue we believe the quickest way to return to normal is through COVID-19 vaccination. To ensure the health and safety of the conference participants, the venue and city residents / workers, the associations sector will require a full COVID-19 vaccination for conference participants attending in person.” This should come from both association and corporate leaders in consultation with the business events sector. As always, I’m happy for your feedback at brett@ausae.org.au Truly yours Brett Jeffery meeting newz [jul aug] 2021 [45]

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