CMP Series Required Reading

Our series dives deep into essential meeting planner skills that align with the CMP Blueprint. Read the article and supplemental material and test your understanding and you could earn one clock hour toward CMP certification — our gift to you.

What Matters Now: How the Pandemic Has Changed Priorities

If we’ve just been waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to pass to go back to business as usual, we’ve missed a rare opportunity to see our lives and our work in a new light. Here are some ways our world has changed and what we hope will stick once the pandemic is behind us.

BY Convene Editors September 1, 2020

5 Questions About Race — Asked and Answered by Black Tourism Professionals

Black executives from seven destination marketing organizations across the country call for open dialogue about race and racism.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

Scientific Meetings That Aren’t Afraid to Experiment

It used to be that scientific and medical conferences were highly formulaic, but planners are testing innovative session formats, presentation materials, and registration pricing, to name just a few elements.

BY David McMillin April 6, 2020

A To-Do List for Planet Earth’s Planners

Why event organizers are embracing the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals — and how meetings are a prime medium to accelerate their success.

BY Barbara Palmer Ken Budd February 27, 2020

Smaller Cities Are Boosting Leisure & Business Events Offerings

Today, event attendees are tourists, too. Here are a handful of rising global destinations that have the goods planners need and the attractions delegates want.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst February 11, 2020

Brand-New Experience: How Destinations Are Making Their Mark

Building an authentic brand identity for destinations is complicated. Here’s how a handful of CVBs have tackled the issue — and why planners are incorporating that sense of a place’s identity in their event design.

BY Jennifer Dienst January 1, 2020

Becoming Indistractable: How to Stay Focused in Your Job and Life

With so many things — mostly digital, some environmental — competing for your attention, how is possible to focus on the job at hand? Put your phone aside, set your laptop to sleep mode, and let’s concentrate on solutions.

BY Michelle Russell December 1, 2019

Can Events Help Solve the Global Food Crisis?

To safeguard the planet and feed a growing population, the world’s food systems will need to drastically change. The business events industry has an opportunity to lead by example, and here’s how some organizations and venues are doing just that.

BY Barbara Palmer November 1, 2019

What to Do About Fake and Predatory Conferences

Is there a solution for putting an end to fake and predatory conferences? Professors, meeting professionals, and more weigh in with their own experiences.

BY David McMillin October 1, 2019

Crowd Control: The Events Industry and Overtourism

As cities around the world recalculate the cost of tourism to their communities, business event organizers have an outsized opportunity to make a positive difference. But that doesn’t mean that it’s business as usual.

BY Jennifer Dienst Barbara Palmer September 1, 2019

Holding on to What Makes Us Human in an Automated Future 

As AI makes inroads into areas that have traditionally been the domain of humans, the question becomes: Where will people fit in, particularly when it comes to work? Let’s take a peek into the future. You might want to buckle up.

BY Barbara Palmer Michelle Russell August 1, 2019

Experiential Marketing and the ‘Future of Meeting and Events’

Two striking examples of how to pull off immersive events: Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked, and from a venue standpoint, the ways the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center delivers on the experiential trends identified in the PCMA Foundation/Marriott future of events study.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson Barbara Palmer July 1, 2019