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.

Meetings Market Survey: Planners Optimistic About Growth Ahead

Respondents to this year’s survey anticipate that they will have more attendees and exhibitors at their events this year vs. in 2018. It remains to be seen whether market forces will temper expectations.

BY Michelle Russell March 4, 2019

How to Use Different Time Zones to Your Advantage

INVNT APAC Managing Director Laura Roberts shares tips on how to use different time zones to your advantage.

March 4, 2019

Making the Case for DMCs

In a new white paper, Aim Group International outlines what it believes a destination management company can offer the events industry and spotlights trends for 2019.

BY Lane Nieset March 4, 2019

28th Annual Meetings Market Survey: Who Responded?

Each year, meeting planners who are members of PCMA and an additional group of Convene meeting planner subscribers receive an extensive Meetings Market Survey, which requests proprietary information and budget projections for their organizations. Here are the characteristics of that sample.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Meetings Market Survey: Operating Ratios

When respondents to Convene’s latest Meetings Market Survey were asked to write in their No. 1 on-the-job challenge, budget frustrations were the most-frequently cited woe. Here is a graphical look at more of the responses relating to operating ratios.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Meetings Market Survey: Expositions

Respondents to Convene’s Meetings Market Survey 2018 reported that, on average, attendance at their largest convention/meeting exposition in 2018 dropped from 2017. The graphics below show more survey results relating to expositions.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Meetings Market Survey: Small Meetings

Respondents to Convene’s Meetings Market Survey 2018 reported that, on average, they are booking their small meetings about 10 months out, the same as the 2017 survey. The graphics below highlight more survey results relating to small meetings.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Meetings Market Survey: International Meetings, Attendees

Eighty-eight percent of respondents to Convene’s 28th Annual Meetings Market Survey said that it was more difficult for potential event registrants to obtain visas in 2018 than in 2017. The graphics here illustrate other results from the survey relating to international meetings and attendees.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Meetings Market Survey: What They Said

In Convene’s 28th Annual Meetings Market Survey, we asked respondents two open-ended questions — What’s the No. 1 Challenge Facing the Meetings Industry? and What’s on Tap for this Year?

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

How Does Your Organization Collect, Use Participant Data?

In the 28th annual Meetings Market Survey, Convene asked respondents who said that their organization has changed how it collects and uses participant data related to meetings and exhibitions to share what they have done.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Shining a Light on Pay Transparency

Until pay transparency becomes more commonplace among organizations, business event organizers’ go-to resource to benchmark their compensation against that of their peers remains Convene’s Annual Salary Survey. Help us make this year’s survey results as robust as possible.

BY Michelle Russell February 27, 2019