don’t have their own security detail,
executive protection services may also
be warranted, he says. Meeting professionals planning events overseas can
usually get a recommendation from
colleagues in a distant locale.
Like many security experts, Goldson believes that the likelihood of another terrorist event is high.
“Now it’s going to be more likely
there is going to be another attack,
hopefully not on that scale,” he says.
“It’s going to take place in a high-pro;ile
venue—New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai—cities that
seem very safe until you ;ind out they are not safe. What is making
it more probable is the economic situation worldwide. Everyone
is hurting very badly. You have more disenfranchised people. You
have desperate people. It’s an excellent opportunity for disenfranchised people to join these groups. This is the type of environment
where these things happen more often.” ■
For a small meeting, organizers
may be able to do this by announcing
the speci;ic location of a meeting to
the attendees upon arrival in a destination city by text message, Goldson
says. At a larger event, changing the
room where a meeting is held shortly
before it starts can interrupt the plans
of parties who aim to disrupt it.
Meetings for companies in industries that are frequent targets of animosity, such as banking or oil—or
that include very wealthy individuals—can be particularly vulnerable, he notes.
“Those meetings need to be as mobile as possible these days,”
Bringing in an outside security ;irm to supplement the in-house team or, if that is too expensive, to advise them, can also
be helpful. Such consultants may be able to identify points of vulnerability that the internal security team may not notice.
For events that include executives who may be at risk but
Conveniences that had to be
sacrificed during the worst
of the crisis are also being
restored, making it easier
for the city’s meeting professionals to do their work.