In the words of ICCA President, James Rees, "We are missing the camaraderie, interaction and face-to-face contact that we take for granted and this is having an impact on our learning and knowledge-sharing. The physical presence, the sense of belonging and the building of trusted relationships by meeting in person is irreplaceable.”
With this in mind, we considered what it is we miss about face-to-face and concluded that physical meetings inspire, create business opportunities, trust and positive emotions, as well as building strong relationships. We hope you enjoy the #WhyWeMissFace2Face video and encourage you to share your reasons.
On 30 January the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 (or Novel Coronavirus) outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
When facing uncertainty or crisis, identifying reliable and timely sources of information is critical to making responsible decisions. We have put together this status update blog to help you find reliable information about the COVID-19 outbreak and to share meetings industry-related resources with the global ICCA community of meeting suppliers and associations.
If you have any additional useful information that you would like to share, please email us.
"This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together."
- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
Regularly check the latest official information
In general, it is good practice in situations like these to stay calm, communicate responsibly and follow official health and travel advice. Download our whitepaper Crisis Management for Meetings for tips how to deal with crisis situations. We suggest to regularly check the latest official information on the virus of global health organisations and follow your National Travel Advisory Board's official foreign travel advice.