According to recent International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) reports, meeting planners have seen a substantial increase in delegates expressing dietary and allergen requirements during event registration. As this trend is set to grow in 2019, IACC, in collaboration with the World Obesity Foundation has created a guide designed to help planners liaise with venues around dietary needs to ensure delegate health and wellbeing.
The Guide to Managing Conference Delegate Dietary Requirements explains the various emerging diets, including religious requirements and health-related allergens, with advice on how to manage delegate health and wellbeing without compromising on experience.
IACC’s latest Trends in Nutrition & Delegate Wellbeing study, highlighted that only 75% of venues offer training to staff on serving people with allergies while only 33% of venues include basic nutritional information on their menus.
Anna Hess, IACC Americas Board Associate and guide project leader, said: “It is vital that we embrace the concept of understanding and managing delegate dietary requirements effectively. There is so much we can do both as planners and venues to make this a totally manageable process and reduce the risks of getting something wrong.”
The full guide is available to download at Iacconline.org.