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.

Some Board Meetings Return in Person, but Uncertainty Persists

A recent Bloomberg article about how venture capitalists are navigating the COVID environment made clear the lack of uniformity about the return to in-person board meetings — and lack of protocol around acceptable greetings.

BY Michelle Russell October 20, 2021

How Essence Prioritized Both the Digital and In-Person Experience at the Essence Festival

The publisher employed several strategies to keep participants at the 2021 Essence Festival in New Orleans safe and invested in an upgraded digital experience.

BY Michelle Russell October 15, 2021

DMOs Take on an Expanded Role

The pandemic has given CVBs a fresh opportunity to partner with economic development agencies to benefit their destinations in the short- and long-term.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 8, 2021

New Roles, New Platforms in the New Workplace

The pandemic has remade the workforce experience, ushering in new roles, responsibilities, and tech solutions to meet hybrid workplace demands.

BY Michelle Russell October 7, 2021

How Convention Centers Are Incubating Events Industry Recovery

Convention centers around the world have repurposed their facilities to meet the needs of hybrid and virtual events — and the Palais des congrès de Montréal is tapping into the future of events in a different way.

BY Barbara Palmer October 7, 2021

The Lines Are Blurring Between Event Production and ‘Other Worlds’

Google’s global events account manager, Megan Henshall, talks about how a new initiative at Google is exploring opportunities for events in the metaverse — and what that means for the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell October 7, 2021

Digital and Hybrid a ‘Great Change’ for the Industry

Much like many of her peers, event organizer Mia Monroe was thrust into producing digital events during the pandemic. She spoke with Convene about her new skillset and how her experience in the industry helped guide her new role.

BY Casey Gale October 7, 2021

Redefining ‘Live’ Events in COVID Times

The pandemic changed the meaning of “must-attend” events, says Freeman CEO Bob Priest-Heck, because hybrid events are now “bigger than a physical location or moment in time.”

BY Bob Priest-Heck October 7, 2021

The New Now: How the Pandemic Changed the Events Industry

As the COVID-19 crisis has rocked the business events industry, new business models have spring up — not as short-term workarounds, but as lasting shifts.

BY Convene Editors October 5, 2021

5 Lessons From The Atlantic Festival’s Second Virtual Event

The media company changed everything from the platform to the sponsorship opportunities at this year’s virtual event, which was held last month.

BY Michelle Russell October 4, 2021

One Association Finds Data Is the ‘Silver Lining’ of Virtual Events

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis is planning for a 2022 hybrid congress by exploring insights its registration data yields — from its two virtual-only events in 2020 and 2021 vs. pre-pandemic in-person numbers.

BY Casey Gale October 4, 2021

Focus on Collaboration Helps Event Company Through Pandemic Times

AIM Group’s vice president shares how, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the multinational event company rethought its internal workings, got creative, and offered new innovative solutions to its clients.

BY Michelle Russell October 4, 2021