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Meeting Planners: Staying ahead of the ever-shifting COVID landscape

As meeting planners, it is essential to keep on top of the rapidly changing COVID restrictions, mandates, and policies (from state to state and across county and city lines) to ensure the safety and security of all involved – from attendees and sponsors to partners and planners alike. 

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5 Things to Remember When Working a Hybrid Internship

For over a year now, most of the corporate world has adjusted and become comfortable working entirely from home. We have learned the technology, invested in blue light glasses, and spent more time on Zoom than anyone thought possible. Thankfully, now that things are starting to get back to normal, many employees are getting back…

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Return to Live Events: Policies and Procedures

It’s important to note that every event is different when it comes to COVID-19 protocols. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and safety. A multitude of factors such as state regulations, attendee demographics, event format and more all play in to determining what procedures should be in place for each event. At the recent Global Meeting and Incentive…

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Return to Live Events: Attitudes and Outlook

Castle recently attended its first in-person industry networking event in more than 15 months. The Global Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (GMITE) was hosted at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Since it was the first time many buyers and suppliers came back together, everyone in attendance was incredibly happy to be face-to-face with their peers again! Here are three major takeaways from the event: 1. Meeting professionals are beyond excited for…

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Top 5 European Countries for Incentive Programs

As people’s desire to travel returns, and as the need for recognition of stellar performance continues, companies are starting to think about their corporate travel plans for 2022 and beyond. Castle has begun planning several European programs for our clients and I am excited to see that some of my favorite destinations in Europe are…

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Hybrid on the Horizon

Although virtual events are now commonplace and can be highly effective in reaching your target audience, nothing beats the face-to-face connection of in-person events. Organizers of virtual events and attendees alike are digitally drained. We’re hearing from both sets of constituents that they can’t wait to get back to in-person events. It’s not a question…

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Inauguration: An Event Planning Perspective

Inauguration day. Regardless of your political views, from an event management standpoint, there was much perfection on display, and many lessons for anyone planning events today. Throughout the day and night, I heard from many colleagues and clients asking what I thought about the inauguration, from an event planning perspective. Here are ten takeaways, in…

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Traveling During COVID – What You Need to Know Before, During & After Your Trip

For millions around the world work from home days are long, daylight is shorter, and tropical backgrounds are becoming more enticing by the minute. The tourism industry is continuing to offer promotions, incentive deals, and innovative options to work from scenic locations and revamp your workweek. As appealing as those offers are, coronavirus travel restrictions…

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No, Mom, It’s Not Just Zoom!

I sat down in front of my laptop for what was my Thanksgiving lunch and my parents’ Thanksgiving dinner. They live overseas, with a six-hour time difference, so we’ve grown accustomed to the oddly timed family FaceTime. The stress of life under COVID-19 has increased the desire for closeness as a family, as is true…

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Virtual or Socially Distanced Corporate Gatherings: The Holiday Edition

We all look forward to our office holiday party. Whether it has been held in the office or at an outside venue, these gatherings give us the opportunity to spend time together outside of our usual workday and celebrate the season. This year, these gatherings will be more important for our employees than ever. As…

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