Business of Events

Money-saving, revenue-raising, and risk-management strategies for meetings and trade shows of all sizes. And we look at the logistics of international meetings, from cultural concerns to business practices around the globe.

What Amazon’s HQ2 Search Means for Business Events Industry

After a hotly contested, year-long search for a second base, the e-commerce giant announced two new homes. What can event organizers take away from Amazon’s RFP process?

BY David McMillin November 19, 2018

Study: Corporate Incentive Travel a Boon for Business Events in APAC

Sixty percent of planners surveyed said CIT is replacing financial incentives and bonuses as a way to motivate staff.

BY Cristi Kempf November 12, 2018

Business Events Industry’s Global GDP Impact: $1.5 Trillion

EIC study also finds that events keep the economy humming with 26 million jobs.

BY Cristi Kempf November 12, 2018

Simplifying Your Approach to Collecting Attendee Feedback

HappyOrNot uses smiley-face indicators to measure the happiness of retail customers, airline passengers, and health-care patients. The system could make a big difference for collecting opinions from attendees and exhibitors, too.

November 9, 2018

Business Events Industry Adds More Than $1 Trillion to Global Economy

Preliminary results of the first Global Economic Significance of Business Events study commissioned by the Events Industry Council demonstrates the industry’s impact.

BY Curt Wagner October 19, 2018

Top Cities Ranked by Event Professionals

Curt Watkins, principal at Watkins Research, on what’s changed in the CVB industry, and what planners are looking for now.

October 1, 2018

Timetable for Bringing International Attendees to the U.S.

Looking to attract attendees from outside the U.S. to your event in the States? Here’s a three-stage strategy to consider over the course of a year.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes October 1, 2018

How Convention Centers Are Responding to Homelessness

Convention centers sit in the middle of the tension between homeless individuals and meeting attendee perceptions. But when it comes to lending a helping hand, here is a long list of centers who refuse to be bystanders.

BY Convene Editors October 1, 2018

Cape Town Turns Water Crisis Into Legacy

Rather than scare conferences away, the crisis became an opportunity to become a knowledge leader and global champion in an under-recognized but growing field.

October 1, 2018

‘Something We Have to Fix’

How the meetings industry is responding to homelessness.

BY Barbara Palmer September 26, 2018

The Game of Sustainable Event Planning

Decisions about sustainable event solutions can be clarified with a deck of cards and a few rubber bands, using a game demonstrated by Yalmaz Siddiqui, vice president of sustainability at MGM Resorts. 

BY Jasmine Zhu June 8, 2018

Could a Landmark Piece of U.S. Legislation Intersect With GDPR?

GDPR goes into effect tomorrow, but its impact will not be confined to the EU. One legal expert points out how U.S. courts might interpret the law in the future.

BY David McMillin May 23, 2018