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.

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

10-Minute Survey: Help Map a Sustainable Future for the Events Industry

EIC’s State of Sustainability survey aims to set a baseline and identify industry trends and opportunities.

BY Barbara Palmer August 26, 2019

Dealing with Weaponization of Travel Concerns

Issues on planners’ minds are sparking discussion on the PCMA Catalyst forum. Here’s some recent advice on what to do when legislation in a destination makes headlines and causes a backlash.

BY Convene Editors August 14, 2019

BMES Engineers Registration Fee Savings for Student Attendees

Each year, a volunteer program at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting gives student attendees an opportunity to work off their registration fee.

BY Cristi Kempf August 12, 2019

Changing Regulations Affect Independent Planners

Advice for independent planners about navigating the changing worker compliance landscape — plus some tips for standing out from the competition.

BY Jasmine Zhu August 7, 2019

Scams at Events — What to Do?

Issues on planners’ minds are sparking discussion on the PCMA Catalyst forum. Here’s some recent advice on how to handle deceptive exhibitors.

BY Convene Editors August 2, 2019

How the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf Fosters Inclusivity for Its Attendees

The WFD Congress is organized by one of the oldest international organizations for people with disabilities, so making it inclusive and accessible to all attendees is a priority. At this year’s event, organizers ensured that the venue was physically accessible, and gave significant considerations to language access.

BY Casey Gale August 1, 2019

Security of the Six-Legged Variety

Pechanga Resort Casino recruits former military members and their service animals, along with a few robots, to keep guests safe at property.

BY Casey Gale July 1, 2019

Why the North American International Auto Show is Getting a Tuneup

After 31 years, the Detroit Auto Show is moving from January to June and going from 14 days to 12. Will those efforts to ‘evolve and change’ rev up the event?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 27, 2019

Nominees Sought for 2020 PCMA Visionary Awards

Know an exceptional colleague or friend? Recognize the achievements of innovative, dedicated, and passionate colleagues in the business events industry by nominating them for the 2020 PCMA Visionary Awards.

BY Lorene Yue June 26, 2019

Local Laws: A Scary Potential Shift for Medical Meetings

An expert who knows how to manage the maze of medical compliance codes shares the latest development that could create even more headaches for health-care events.

BY David McMillin June 19, 2019

Is Attribute-Based Booking the Future of Room Blocks?

A new report from Amadeus and InterContinental Hotels Group suggests that traditional and generic definitions of room types are on their way out. How should event organizers adjust to meet tomorrow’s expectations about accommodations?

BY David McMillin June 13, 2019