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.

‘A Larger Voice’: How the Pandemic Is Changing Global Meetings Industry Day

Events held in conjunction with GMID on April 7 — now under the U.S. Travel Association banner — offer more choices and greater reach with digital, in-person, and hybrid formats.

BY Convene Editors April 4, 2022

Taking a Holistic CSR Approach

In a session at the recent Destination Showcase, an event sustainability expert shared how to make CSR part of the event-planning process. Hint: Start at the beginning and engage all stakeholders.

BY Michelle Russell March 28, 2022

Force Majeure: Negotiating a Common Clause in Uncommon Times

Surges in COVID-19 cases caused by variants and the difficulties of predicting in-person attendance continue to make it challenging for organizers to know if or when to postpone, cancel, or try to renegotiate the terms of an in-person event. Here’s a legal perspective.

BY Casey Gale March 17, 2022

EMEA Survey: Events Professionals Continue to Plan Amidst Uncertainty

The results of a survey of business events professionals in EMEA demonstrate their collective resolve to navigate a continually shifting environment.

BY Michelle Russell March 8, 2022

What’s Next for the Meeting Industry?

A newly published report from IACC predicts an increasing emphasis on technology, in-person collaboration, and values-based site selection.

BY Barbara Palmer February 16, 2022

Will the Hybrid Workplace Elevate Employee Meetings?

As hybrid workplaces emerge, there’s new interest in meeting spaces that come equipped with extra amenities.

BY Barbara Palmer November 16, 2021

Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge Launches With Broad Industry Support

As of Nov. 15, 120 business events industry organizations have signed the pledge, each committing to eliminating their global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

BY Curt Wagner November 15, 2021

Some Board Meetings Return in Person, but Uncertainty Persists

A recent Bloomberg article about how venture capitalists are navigating the COVID environment made clear the lack of uniformity about the return to in-person board meetings — and lack of protocol around acceptable greetings.

BY Michelle Russell October 20, 2021

Vaccine Spotlight Webinar: What Does the Law Say?

There was much confusion during the onset of COVID and the cancellations that followed. Should venues be flexible? Are planners obligated to fulfill their contracts although the event could not take place? With time, practices and rulings have been defined in the business of events. Steven A. Adelman joins us to outline the responsibilities of all parties that now enter into an event contract from health and safety requirements to cancellation policies.

BY Steven A. Adelman September 23, 2021

PCMA Webinar: What Does Hybrid Mean to PCMA?

PCMA has held a virtual component to their major annual meetings, Convening Leaders and EduCon, for years. However, this year, hybrid took on a new meaning for our organization.

BY Tonya Almond Stacey Shafer Justin Hartman September 21, 2021

How the Great Resignation is Impacting Business Events

Workers are quitting their jobs in droves. A recent SHRM survey finds that more than two out of five U.S. workers are actively searching for a new job or plan to soon. We’ve mined Convene’s latest Recovery Dashboard results for insights about the Great Resignation and the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell September 20, 2021

Vaccine Spotlight Webinar: Insights from the Event Industry

Now that we’ve heard about the science from Dr. Patel, let’s look at how our industry has been directly affected. We have brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss the different ways COVID has impacted themselves and their teams. The panel will discuss their own journeys since March 2020, and how they intend to move forward, including vaccination requirements, as the uncertainty of the future in the meetings and events industry continues.

BY John S. Gonzalez, CMP Desiree A. Knight Matthew G. Laws Anthony Maggiore September 16, 2021