US: Aventri’s New Virtual Platform, Together Again Expo’s Hometown Series, Music Venue Alliance Nashville, and More

NATIONAL: Event management software Aventri has launched a new virtual event platform. The easy-to-manage system supports single sessions or multitrack and multiday programs, with capabilities ranging from small interactive breakouts to large-scale, livestreamed events reaching 5,000 attendees. It also offers real-time insights into attendance levels, engagement scores, and more. 

BOSTON: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston, reopens on Sept. 10. After closing due to COVID-19, the hotel will debut newly renovated guest rooms, suites, and event spaces. To comply with health regulations, the property's dining areas, spa, and fitness center will be running on reduced hours, and new safety measures have been introduced. 

DALLAS: Alliance Nationwide Exposition is partnering with the Texas Live Events Coalition to host the inaugural Together Again Expo Hometown Series on Oct. 23 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The event will include an expo and education portion, plus a socially distanced concert, to showcase how live events can be done safely. There will also be a robust online platform for virtual guests; exhibitors will also be given the option to participate in person or online. 

LOS ANGELES: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles will host “The Big Night In” virtual gala on Sept. 17. The event will honor Kenya Barris, Jane Cha Cutler, and Richard and Demi Weitz, and is sponsored by Netflix.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Novotel Miami Brickell reopened to guests and visitors on Sept. 1. The reopening includes food and beverage venues with limited service, as well as the Vista Rooftop Pool. New operational measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of all viruses and pathogens.

NASHVILLE: The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., in partnership with the Music Venue Alliance Nashville, has launched Music City Bandwidth presented by Jack Daniel’s to provide financial aid to independent music venues—and to promote tourism when it’s safe to travel again. The initiative will host 30 virtual concerts starting Sept. 14, ultimately supporting 15 venues and about 120 Nashville-based musicians. 

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