Return to In-Person Meetings Series – Part 3
Recently, I got a little nostalgic about registration. Why, you ask? You know those “1 year ago today” notifications your phone does…that happened.
What appeared was a simple photo of a good friend and I who connected for the first time in ages during registration at an industry conference. Such a simple joyous moment that, at the time, seemed so ordinary. There we were, arm in arm, smiling with our newly acquired lanyards. Looking back now, it feels like more than a year ago. So much has changed since then.
Event registration and check in is an exciting time for attendees, but for event planners, it can be a challenge managing many guests arriving at one time. Planning a safe event starts by evaluating all processes that bring people together, beginning with arrival. Registration, hotel check in and communication about safety changes can set the tone for the rest of the event, so make sure attendees’ experience is excellent from start to finish.
Consider check in
Find ways to manage peak check in times, such as remote guest room check-in areas for large events. This can reduce the possibility of large numbers of attendees in the lobby at one time.
Coordinate pre-keying guest rooms to expedite the process.
Strongly encourage online pre-registration and send registration materials and name badges to attendees and exhibitors in advance.
For onsite registration, consider expanding hours to eliminate an influx of traffic at once.
Near registration counters, install touchless hand sanitizer stations that can be customized for your event or offer new branding opportunities for event sponsors.