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.

Research Spotlights Present and Future Challenges for Planners

Late registrations and room-block bookings are an issue, but planners see more challenges on the horizon.

BY Curt Wagner May 29, 2024

Survey Explores Speaker and Planner Dynamics

The “2024 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report” offers insights into the current state of the relationship between planners and speakers — and how speaker selection factors into an event’s success.

BY Curt Wagner April 15, 2024

Is the RFP Process for Events Getting Easier or Harder?

A handful of event suppliers and organizers traded their insights on how the RFP process has changed since the pandemic during a session at Business Events Industry Week.

BY Michelle Russell April 14, 2024

What’s in Store for the Events Industry in 2024?

Knowland and ConferenceDirect’s fourth annual “State of the Meetings Industry” report shines a light on planners’ challenges and opportunities, from cost containment to AI adoption.

BY Michelle Russell March 22, 2024

EMEA Region Survey Concludes: Time to Collaborate

Business events industry respondents to the latest PCMA EMEA Engagement Survey said that the No. 1 priority for their employers is collaboration and strategic partnerships. Meanwhile, opportunities to collaborate with their peers was often cited by event organizers as the one thing they would like to see at an industry event. This emphasis on working together suggests how the industry is charting a path forward.

BY Michelle Russell February 28, 2024

Making Bleisure, Sustainability, and Wellness Top of Mind

Accor’s annual gathering in Paris in July highlighted the trends transforming the future of hospitality.

BY Jennifer Dienst August 1, 2023

Where the Top Conventions Meet

Simpleview and Destinations International have published a new report that analyzes where and when the top 250 rotating conventions in 2023 have met or will meet, based on the MINT+ database, a shared repository of information on organizations and their meetings and events. 

BY Michelle Russell July 26, 2023

New Destination Futures Study Spotlights Industry Trends and Challenges

Among the 2023 DestinationNext Futures Study insights: DMOs are playing a larger role in their destinations’ development and event organizers are placing greater demands on them when it comes to DEI and sustainability.

BY Michelle Russell July 20, 2023

5 State of the Business Events Industry Insights

Freeman’s Ken Holsinger and PCMA’s Howard Givner shared data-driven information about what event attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors want during a recent EduCon session.

BY Curt Wagner July 12, 2023

The Economic and Catalytic Impact of Events

Events Industry Council CEO Amy Calvert on how the 2023 Global Economic Significance of Business Events study can help raise awareness of the business events industry as a catalyst for change.

BY Michelle Russell July 10, 2023

10 Shifts That Are Transforming Organizations

A new report from McKinsey & Company identifies the most significant ways in which organizations are changing — and how leaders can respond.

BY Barbara Palmer May 15, 2023

GMID in New Orleans: Spotlighting the Destination’s Role in Successful Events

New Orleans & Company rolls out the red carpet for professionals from the business events and related industries on Global Meetings Industry Day.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 3, 2023

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