On Sept. 20 an explosion killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 250 at a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Soon after, Bill Marriott responded to the act of terrorism in his blog, writing: “This senseless tragedy and the profound loss of life has left me greatly saddened, my heart goes out to those who’ve been injured and the families and the victims.”
Whether we like it or not, hotels are attractive targets for terrorist attacks because they are a symbol of commerce that attract large numbers of people. This bombing is another reminder of how important it is to have the proper insurance and emergency evacuation plans in place, and be familiar with hotel security measures before your meeting happens, whether you’re convening domestically or internationally.
According to the FutureWatch 2008 survey, one in five meeting planners predict their companies will become more global in reach, raising the chance that those planners will be dealing with more international meetings.
As a meeting planner, how do you balance the allure of glamorous destinations like Dubai with the potential risks of terrorism? Have you ever had to deal with an event disruption of this nature?