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 Pent-up Demand for Events Continue in the Long Run?

Cathy Breden, CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, offers her insight into the future of B2B exhibitions.

BY Convene Editors December 16, 2022

The ‘Invisible Industry’ — Live Events — On Tour

A grassroots organization has hit the road to raise the visibility of the live-events industry and share the voice of the more than 6 million workers who are essential to its future.

BY Barbara Palmer November 7, 2022

Navigating Site Selection After the Dobbs Decision, from a Corporate Event Marketer’s Viewpoint

Gigi Gleason, director of event operations at streamlinevents, speaks with Convene on the quandary facing event marketers who work for corporations.

BY Michelle Russell August 26, 2022

The Dobbs Decision: Ways to Avoid Destination Boycotts

Here are some practical takeaways from a recent PCMA roundtable conversation about meeting in states where access to abortion is an issue.

BY Carrie Johnson August 25, 2022

Navigating How to Move Forward After the Dobbs Decision

When the Supreme Court took away the constitutional right to abortion in June, it threw a monkey wrench into many organizations’ plans to hold their events in about half of the United States. Events operate in an ecosystem, so PCMA convened a roundtable discussion on Aug. 8 among its constituents to begin exploring different approaches to a complex situation.

BY Michelle Russell August 15, 2022

Meetings and Venues — ‘Everybody Is Having a Difficult Time Attracting Talent’

Four women who lead operations at global convention centers share their thoughts about how they and their venues are handling the talent challenge.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 12, 2022

How One Association is Restaffing the Events Team

What does the leader of a large professional association look for as he restaffs his events team? Digital capabilities, for sure, but soft skills — and the ability to ‘see the landscape’ — are equally important.

BY Michelle Russell August 12, 2022

Is the Talent Challenge Choking the Business Events Industry’s Recovery?

The events industry, hit particularly hard by the pandemic, is feeling the sting as business returns with a lack of talented professionals — on the planning and supplier sides — to pull off events.

BY Convene Editors August 12, 2022

Reports Point to Meetings Industry Recovery

Knowland and Simpleview have released encouraging new insights on event leads and bookings

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 11, 2022

Expanding the Events Industry Talent Pipeline

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the events industry to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, some faculty at hospitality schools are seeing a decline in interest. They have some suggestions to reverse this trend.

BY Barbara Palmer August 10, 2022

The New Events Staffing Landscape is ‘Unsustainable’

Event planners and suppliers say staff reductions have created additional responsibilities for those still on the job — and many are at the breaking point.

BY Barbara Palmer August 8, 2022

Stopping the ‘War on Talent’

Fixing employee burnout requires industry leaders to change their perspectives on what it means to value their workers by fostering an environment of wellbeing that allows employees to thrive.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 6, 2022

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