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Why can't we ask our members?
I don't want to name the specific destination, but our 2018 congress is due to be held in a city which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, not just terrorism. We want to support the city, but the board is split on whether or not to pull out now. I have suggested putting a vote to members, but the idea was dismissed almost out of hand. I don't see why? Have any of your readers put this kind of issue to their members - and with what results? I'd love to hear any examples.
How do we engage our remote audience?
We have been experimenting with hybrid at a few of our smaller meetings and take up for remote participation has been good in each instance. But it sometimes feels like there's a huge gap between the live event and those watching at home or in the office that we are no bridging. We have had very little interaction from those taking part online. How do we solve this problem?
Muslim delegates in the Trump era
Our congress is being held in the US in 2020. About 20 per cent of our membership would identify as Muslim. My question is a simple one: how worried should we be about access for the 20 per cent?
Should we co-locate?
We have been approached by a larger medical society about the possibility of co-locating our meetings. I can see why this makes sense financially and there might be some fruitful intellectual cross-pollination, but I'm nervous our event might simply be swallowed up or subsumed into the bigger one, if we're not very careful about branding etc. Does anyone have any experience of this? Can you offer any tips?
S J Golightly jnr
How can we stop drift to AirBnB?
It's congress time again and we've noticed more and more of our delegates finding their own accommodation through sites like Airbnb and HomeAway - we estimate 25-30 per cent this year. We'd really like to stop this drift away from block bookings, because we feel it's detrimental to the atmosphere and cohesive nature of the congress we are trying to create. A lot of informal networking is being lost as delegates disappear on their own after session or get away early after evening functions to find the nearest tube station. Also we are finding it harder to get good deals for room blocks on depleted numbers. Does anyone have any advice??
Kerrin MacPhie of ACC Liverpool
Will demanding delegates go green?
As an association we are keen to reduce the environmental impact of our annual congress. The issue is our members are high net-worth individuals and can be quite demanding when it comes to F&B, transport etc. Ideally we'd like no bottled water, juice etc in sessions, stationery only on demand, and smaller plates at the buffet etc. Also we'd like our delegates to travel around the host city by public transport whenever possible. This is going to be a VERY TOUGH SELL!! Any suggestions?