COVID-19 and the Business Events Industry

Convene reports on how meeting professionals are navigating coronavirus. Visit PCMA's COVID-19 resources page for more information.

How the Pandemic Is Transforming a Global Leadership Organization

The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) moved quickly to provide digital learning and networking opportunities for its members, who look to each other to help lead companies in a 142-country global network.

BY Barbara Palmer September 28, 2020

EIC’s Hotel Safety Guide Emphasizes the Importance of Communication

The EIC’s latest COVID-19 navigational guide covers how hotels and planners can have “open and honest” conversations about holding in-person meetings, according to EIC CEO Amy Calvert.

BY Casey Gale September 28, 2020

What Worked — and What Didn’t — at This Hybrid Event

The president of the PCMA Rocky Mountain Chapter shares lessons learned by hosting a recent in-person event for more than 60 people with an additional online audience.

BY Michelle Russell September 28, 2020

New 10-Minute COVID-19 Test Proves Encouraging to Events

Austria Center Vienna conducted a pilot program that showed that rapid tests can significantly safeguard attendees against infection at large-scale events.

BY Curt Wagner September 25, 2020

Lessons Learned After Hosting a 100-Person Face-to-Face Event

Georgia Society of Association Executives hosted its annual meeting last month in person with safety measures in place — and saw opportunities to do even better next time, with genius solves for recognizing masked attendees.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 23, 2020

At-Home Perk: How the Specialty Coffee Association Made Its Virtual Event a Sensory Experience

Two critical features of the in-person Re:co (Regarding: Coffee) symposium have been sensory experiences and serendipitous interactions. Here’s how organizers made those a priority in its digital version.

BY Michelle Russell September 23, 2020

Dutch Museum and Convention Center Partner for Drive-Through Exhibit

A Rotterdam art museum and convention center embraced the new drive-in trend for an innovative experience for art lovers during the pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner September 21, 2020

This Socially Distanced Concert Series Hits the Right Notes

Thoughtful “room” sets and precautionary measures make these outdoor concerts enjoyable and safe for participants during the pandemic.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 20, 2020

Racial Inequity Discussed at NCBMP’s 7th Annual State of Black Tourism Event

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) held its State of Black Tourism event virtually on Sept. 17 in partnership with the National Press Club. In his Chairman’s Address, Jason Dunn spotlighted how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black hospitality workers.

BY Casey Gale September 18, 2020

It’s All About the Logistics at ALHI’s In-Person Event

In August, ALHI held a 125-attendee face-to-face event at the Omni Dallas Hotel to show planners how to safely reconvene.

BY Casey Gale September 18, 2020

‘Carve out Time to Learn — It’s Your Future’

The ability to learn — and unlearn — are key to thriving in the new world of work, says future-of-work strategist Heather McGowan.

BY Barbara Palmer September 17, 2020

Hotels and Event Venues Get Schooled

Meeting space is being repurposed to cater to the needs of schoolchildren — and their working parents — to get their work done in a safe environment outside the home.

BY Convene Editors September 16, 2020