• #WeMakeEvents Campaign Lights the Sky Red

     
    POSTED September 4, 2020
     

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Venues and attractions such as Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel, Fiserv Forum, The Breakers Palm Beach, and Gilley's Dallas are a few examples of venues that participated in the event. Many participants posted photos on social media and tagged #WeMakeEvents, so that buildings were not only lit up in awareness, but social media was flooded with images drawing attention to the issue as well. 

Another hashtag many of the same businesses included on September 1 was #RedAlertRestart. Many businesses in the live events industry are urging Congress to pass the Restart Act, which provides small businesses with financial assistance to combat the effects of the pandemic. According to wemakeevents.org, the live events industry contributes $1 trilliion to the U.S. economy each year, and even provides 12 million jobs. 

CEO of The Breakers Palm Beach, one of the businesses participating on September 1, spoke about how the hotel industry and live events industry go hand in hand in a press release. 

“Performance art and live events contribute to the culture and allure of so many destinations,” said Paul Leone, Chief Executive Officer of The Breakers Palm Beach. “There is a strong partnership between hospitality and the live events industry, and The Breakers is compelled to show our support and help create awareness for an important cause during these challenging times.”  

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.