"CONFERENCE CENTERS IN TRANSITION TO A POST-COVID WORLD"
Maritime Conference Center's (MCC) Director of Sales, Jill Porter, was quoted in the June 2021 issue of CoventionSouth. The article focuses on how conference centers continue to see hybrid meetings as an in-demand solution during the transition to a "post-COVID" world.
At MCC, some groups were already taking advantage of audiovisual technology prior to the pandemic, including streaming videos of general session speakers onto screens or television monitors in attendee overflow spaces, while other conference groups utilized basic video or conference calling for in-person meetings. "True hybrid events, where a portion of the attendees are virtual and others in person, were not in demand until recently," said Jill. She added that the pandemic really pushed the timeline for hybrid capabilities ahead of schedule at MCC.
MCC's first true hybrid meetings were designed to bring MITAGS east coast staff and students, together in learning environments, with west coast staff and students. This led to the creation of MITAGS-MCC's "hybrid ready room," complete with a camera tracking the presenter and a fixed camera for participants. The room also features an audio system with speakers and microphones mounted to the ceiling, as well as a lapel mic for the instructor. To create a dynamic learning environment, there's a built-in projector with a screen at the front of the room, and a mounted television monitor at the back.
Jill also discusses the continued demand for virtual and hybrid meetings, but many are excited and long for the return of purely in-person meetings. "There is something magical that happens when people meet in person, and many of our customers are excited about safely capturing the learning environment, networking, and energy of live in-person events again," she said.
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