Most locations outside of Asia have dropped all Covid-19 restrictions, and many organisations have restarted their live event engines.

FREMONT, CA:All Covid-19 limitations have mostly been lifted outside of Asia, and several organisations have restarted their live event engines. More or less, masks, social withdrawal, and networking has become casual like before, this nostalgic revival isn't quite the same as it was, like most embraces of the past. In a survey of business travellers conducted in September by the Global Business Travel Association, 84 per cent of respondents said their company's employees were inclined to travel on business.

Additionally, organisations must decide whether and how to adapt the technology lessons discovered during the pandemic shutdowns to a setting where enthusiastic attendees can meet in person. To duplicate the marketing, education, and camaraderie that in-person meetings can offer, most businesses in 2020 prohibited internal travel and cancelled all scheduled live events in favour of sophisticated broadcast-quality audiovisual platforms for remote conferencing.

For some meetings, those choices were effective. Most employees are used to having brief meetings on Zoom, Teams, or similar platforms. However, perspectives vary on whether major events, such as trade shows, conferences, and annual meetings, could be practically duplicated in a useful manner.

Employers have undoubtedly taken note of the prospective cost reductions that virtual events vs their real counterparts could provide. However, for many, the cost savings have proven to be less than anticipated. Employees concerned about their meetings' environmental impact can use virtually as an alternative to flying to a meeting location.

Since in-person meetings have come back, these tech solutions that were once seen as the future of meetings aren't going anywhere. Each organisation must decide how to use virtual and hybrid meeting technologies to enhance live events. As the past and the present merge, we set out to analyse how businesses have used and deployed meetings technology, how it fits into their live meeting plans, what skills their meeting managers might need to acquire to handle these events successfully, and what all of this might entail going forward.

Two years since the pandemic, meetings have helped expose several technical flaws, particularly the difficulty and expense of managing large-scale hybrid and virtual events. Although the rate of technological adoption has slowed this year, businesses are still looking for ways to reduce the costs and emissions associated with travel and meetings by using remote conferencing.