ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, has created VenueShield, a comprehensive and best-in-class program for event health and safety guidelines. VenueShield’s program is set to launch at more than 325 ASM Global facilities around the world, including the Shreveport Convention Center (pictured above).
The program provides the highest levels of cleanliness and safety, all in partnership with leading medical professionals, industry experts and public health officials. Protocols will vary based on the type of facility and will be customized for each unique location. VenueShield will provide the most advanced hygienic safeguards that serve ASM Global’s clients, guests, staff, teams, talent and all other visitors.
“We have been an economic engine and trusted member of the Shreveport-Bossier community, and our primary focus is to keep our guests safe and to create new memorable experiences by once again attending events at the Shreveport Convention Center,” says Erika F. Wysong (pictured right), general manager of Shreveport Convention Center.
To date, COVID-19 has caused 119 conventions, group tours and sporting events to cancel their scheduled events in Shreveport-Bossier. Combined, these events would have had a direct economic impact of $27.6 million to the community. The majority of these lost conventions would have been hosted at the Shreveport Convention Center.
“Our sales team at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and our meeting venue partners are all working diligently to rebook conventions and find new future business during this time,” says David Bradley (pictured left), vice president of sales and services at Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “Having safety protocols in place is the first step to gaining our client’s trust that their conventions will be held in a clean environment.”
VenueShield’s health and safety protocols at Shreveport Convention Center include:
Hosting virtual site visits and event planning meetings when possible
Requiring ASM global staff and meeting attendees to wear face masks
Signage and floor decals directing social distancing
Placing hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility
Advance online, mobile, email and text communication to all staff and guests
Directing guests to enter through doors that are either propped open, are automated, manually operated by an employee, or in the absence of those, will have hand sanitizer available
Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting the meeting space and all high-touch point surfaces including door handles, furnishings, food and beverage areas, restrooms, etc. during the event
Self-serve buffets will not be available
Requiring all employees to have a temperature check and complete a health screening questionnaire upon arrival to the facility
To read the complete VenueShield guidelines, click here.
“At the very heart of this effort is our focus on making our employees, tenants and guests safe and comfortable in a welcoming environment,” says Bob Newman, president and CEO ASM Global.
Shreveport Convention Center is a multi-purpose, state of the art facility with 350,000 sq.ft. of meeting space. Hilton Hotel Shreveport is connected to the convention center and offers overflow meeting space and 313 rooms and suites. The popular meeting venue is located in the heart of downtown Shreveport in walking distance to local restaurants, bars, Eldorado Resort Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Shreveport Aquarium and Sci-Port Discovery Center. Meeting delegates can also take a five-minute drive and cross the Red River into Bossier City to enjoy Margaritaville Resort Casino, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, Boomtown Casino and Hotel, and the East Bank District, Bossier City’s newest entertainment district. For more info, visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org/Meetings
ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more info, visit www.asmglobal.com.