IHG Hotels & Resorts joins forces with trusted partners of CVS Health and PCMA

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IHG Hotels & Resorts has further strengthened its Meet with Confidence program by partnering with CVS Health and PCMA. Ready for CVS Health’s comebackMT is now a recommended supplier for COVID-19 rapid on-site testing. IHG also signed a new education sponsorship agreement with PCMA for the development of a first digital event strategy introductory certificate course for hotels and venues. IHG continues to invest in the Groups & Meetings segment, paving the way for hybrid and in-person gatherings.

An August survey by PCMA, the world’s largest and most respected network of corporate event strategists, found that 54% of planners surveyed are turning to designing digital event experiences. In its September poll, nearly half of planners polled said they were planning a digital / online-only event for Q4 2021, and for Q1 through Q2 2022, a third were planning a digital event. / online only and 47% expected a hybrid event.

Derek DeCross, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “These partnerships are timely, as face-to-face meetings resume throughout the year and into 2022. We are delighted to welcome them again and well-being is our top priority. We are the first hospitality company to partner with CVS Health and PCMA, and their expertise will help us better serve planners and our clients. We will continue to strengthen our Meet with Confidence program to provide cutting-edge solutions for meetings and events without compromising the experience or flexibility that guests and organizers need. “

As event planners prepare for hybrid or in-person events, CVS Health, a leading provider and expert in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, is a convenient and reliable provider of on-site rapid testing via Return Ready at IHG Hotels & Resorts in the United States. As vaccination rates continue to move in a positive direction, effective preventive measures and testing will continue to be essential for organizing hybrid and in-person gatherings. These on-site tests offered by CVS Health complement the IHG Way of Clean program, which was improved in 2020 with additional cleanliness and well-being measures implemented in all hotels, and the IHG Meet with Confidence commitment, so that every event is perfect.

James Margiotta, Senior Vice President, Return Ready, CVS Health, said: “As we continue to fight the pandemic, we know that prompt diagnosis through measures such as on-site testing continues to play a critical role in helping limit the spread of COVID-19. CVS Health is proud to be able to offer IHG a customizable onsite testing solution through Return Ready so that they can once again welcome travelers and guests for more secure hybrid or in-person events across the United States.

As the needs of meeting planners have evolved, particularly around technology for hybrid events, IHG is strengthening the skills of its hotel teams around the world to meet the needs of planners and attendees. IHG will be the education sponsor for a new introductory certificate course at the hotel and instead of digital events strategist created by PCMA, in partnership with Encore. The course is designed as a development program to educate and train hotel and venue teams to successfully partner with planners in organizing hybrid corporate and social events:

  • Support the design of strategic hybrid events
  • Hybrid event design
  • Site preparation for hybrid events
  • Audience experience of hybrid events

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO of PCMA, said: “The pandemic has changed the way our audience engages with business events, but not the desired outcomes of business events. Retraining is a real need for our community, and we are proud to be part of this important and collaborative program. Now is the time to safely get back to work and collectively develop a plan for the future of the corporate events industry. “

Last year, IHG launched its Meet with Confidence program to meet the changing needs of meeting planners. Earlier this year, the program was beefed up to include tools, resources and support for hybrid meetings and events. In addition to these new partnerships, IHG has existing partnerships in the United States with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., weframe and Wellness 4 Humanity. These partners offer personalized dining experiences for virtual attendees, technology enabling digital collaboration, and rapid on-site Covid-19 testing.

IHG’s portfolio of nearly 6,000 hotels and resorts across 17 brands in more than 100 countries means meeting planners can find the perfect location to meet their needs. To take advantage of IHG’s Meet with Confidence program, visit IHG.com/MeetwithConfidence.

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