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May 29, 2018
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Americas: Planning an Outdoor Event in Allergy Season


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This time of year is both good news and bad news for meeting planners. The weather is good enough for a beautiful outdoor reception, but it’s also allergy season, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 50 million sufferers in America. The odds are good that at least a couple of your attendees will be sneezing their way through your outdoor event. While this YouTube clip of pollen being shaken off a tree is an extreme example, short of holding all your events in a vacuum-sealed room, there will be at least some pollen in the air this season. Meeting planners take care with menus to accommodate food allergies and preferences, so it makes sense to consider the comfort of attendees with airborne allergies.

Allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, dispels some myths about pollen counts and gives advice on holding outdoor events during allergy season.

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