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.

Will Apple Change Your Attendees’ Expectations About Content Costs?

Apple’s new streaming services — launched at the company’s event Tuesday— could make consumers expect all streamed content to come at a bargain price.

BY David McMillin September 16, 2019

Hotel Fees Under a Legal Microscope

A recent lawsuit filed in D.C. alleges that consumers are misled into thinking that hotel rooms are cheaper than they actually are, once resort and similar fees are added in at checkout. Does it have legal merit? Are the fees becoming more widespread? What can planners do?

BY David McMillin September 9, 2019

Crowd Control: The Events Industry and Overtourism

As cities around the world recalculate the cost of tourism to their communities, business event organizers have an outsized opportunity to make a positive difference. But that doesn’t mean that it’s business as usual.

BY Jennifer Dienst Barbara Palmer September 3, 2019

‘A Watershed Moment for the Travel Industry’

“There is indisputable evidence of travelers’ preferences for destinations and travel companies that are committed to sustainability,” said Laura Mandala, CEO of Mandala Research, and a former member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

BY Barbara Palmer September 2, 2019

Technology’s Role in Overtourism

Some destinations are finding that they can use technology to help lessen the problem of overcrowded sites and neighborhoods by nudging tourists toward less-traveled locales.

BY Jennifer Dienst September 2, 2019

A Five-Borough Business Events Strategy for Overtourism

To spread the wealth of business travelers, NYC & Company has been working to educate event organizers on opportunities offered by the rest of the city.

BY David McMillin September 2, 2019

4 Reasons Why Global Tourism is Skyrocketing

“Coping With Success: Managing Overcrowding In Tourism Destinations,” a report published by the World Travel & Tourism Council in December 2017, identified four major drivers of the increase in global tourism.

BY Barbara Palmer September 2, 2019

The Braindate Story: Unlocking Collaborative Learning at Events

In this first of a series of columns by e180 CEO and co-founder Christine Renaud, she shares what she has learned about collaborative and peer-to-peer learning, including how to flip the traditional teacher/ student model.

BY Christine Renaud August 29, 2019

AMR International Looks at Exhibition of the Future

AMR International’s “The U.S. Exhibitions Industry — Developments and Opportunities for Organizers” white paper, updated in 2019, points the way to the next generation of exhibitions.

BY Michelle Russell August 28, 2019

Word Up: Takeaways from Destinations International 2019

As its member CVBs battle funding issues and face media scrutiny, Destinations International shared at its annual convention a new lexicon for them to use to help transform their public positioning.

BY David McMillin August 28, 2019

Should Event Teams Suit Up or Dress Down?

Issues on planners’ minds are sparking discussion on the PCMA Catalyst forum. Here’s some recent advice on whether event teams should be in business attire or something more casual.

BY Convene Editors August 28, 2019

Embracing a ‘Mind Shift’ in Event Security

Over the past decade, security risks have moved to the top of agendas for event organizers, CVBs leaders, and convention center general managers. In some cases, the conversation about safety has paved the way to notable changes such as an updated bag policy and ID requirements at CES or mandated magnetometer screenings at the Spokane

BY David McMillin August 28, 2019