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? The 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. The 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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