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Digital powerful – face-to-face valuable

Businesses expect to make 25% more revenue when able to communicate with clients face-to-face, according to research from global hospitality group Accor.

The research also indicated that face-to-face meetings were preferred over virtual, with 30% of respondents finding it difficult to gauge body language and nonverbal cues during virtual meetings.

Airmeet relaunches virtual event

Virtual events platform Airmeet will relaunch its virtual conference, Engage Virtual, to take place 1 and 7 July 2021.

The event, which will not have any registration fees, will feature a variety of speakers, including: Mike Butcher, editor at large at TechCrunch, Elizabeth Irving, senior vice president, marketing Clarion Events, Martin Fullard, editorial director at Mash Media, Matt Swenson, editorial director, TSNN and Kathryn Frankson, director of event marketing at Informa.

VenuIQ focuses on hybrid model

As the events industry begins to reopen, the true scale of live and virtual platforms running side-by-side to create hybrid events is soon to be realised. Events software provider VenuIQ is hosting the virtual event ‘To Hybrid and Beyond’ on 18 June.

The virtual event, which is free for delegates to attend, aims to discuss how the demand for hybrid events has increased and what the next five years looks like for the sector.

Corporate Events launches virtual event studio

Swindon-based event production agency, Corporate Events, has announced the launch of its Virtual Event Studio in March 2020.

Corporate Events said the reason behind the move was to "provide clients with a flexible and engaging alternative to live events", and "to ensure they were present as a business during an unprecedented time".