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Hilton is upgrading its offering for planners of hybrid meetings with better IT, pre-built safe event stages for headline speakers and an improved playbook.As part of the Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions offering, the group is offering Encore’s Presentation Stages, pre-built staging in hotels where planners can produce, record and/or broadcast a high-quality online event which, the company says, far exceeds production values available from the typical home or office. These locations can accommodate between two to six onsite presenters and up to 50 in-person attendees. The group has also assessed hotels that are part of the programme to check the available IT bandwidth and infrastructure of the hotel meet the requirements of small hybrid events.
To be deemed “hybrid-ready”, hotels are required to have a minimum amount of incremental and available bandwidth that is above and beyond the hotel’s average usage level.Planners will also be able to book the in-person portion of their event at a number of different hybrid-ready Hilton locations for a single event.The company has also expanded its Hilton EventReady Playbook for hybrid events which will include detailed case studies, pro-tips, a glossary of hybrid event terms and more. Martin Rinck, executive vice president and chief brand officer, Hilton, said, “Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions were born out of our continued commitment to excellence – from accessing the capabilities of our global portfolio to rolling out a suite of extensive event planner resources and introducing team member training to ensure we can deliver the optimum overall event experience.”