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.

4 Opportunities Hybrid Events Offer

Hybrid events are here to stay, and although there is no one-size-fits-all solution to incorporating integrated models, some best practices can help event planners deliver more holistic, omni-channel engagement — and new revenue streams.

BY Jacquelyn Wells October 30, 2020

When Can You Invoke Force Majeure for 2021 Meetings?

Many organizations moved their events to 2021 when the pandemic hit. But can they invoke the force majeure clause in 2021? Members of the PCMA Catalyst community discussed the topic in a recent thread.

BY Convene Editors October 30, 2020

Webinar: The Return to Face-to-Face: What Will You Do?

In the history of event planning, 2020 will be the year that brought the most cataclysmic changes. Until 2021! Events are going to look vastly different next year when we are all able to return to face-to-face. From seating arrangements to group dining, personal greetings to bathroom breaks, from speaker mics to sharing materials — and let’s acknowledge that virtual components complementing in-person activities are here to stay – nothing will be the same. How does a busy, stressed out planner know which options to choose?

BY Heather Mason Ed Salvato October 29, 2020

The Downside of Positive Thinking During a Pandemic

There are three cognitive biases most of us share — including the “optimism bias” — that could be contributing to the spread of COVID-19, a recent study reveals. Appealing to one particular emotion can counter those biases to get us to follow public health guidelines and prevent further infection.

BY Michelle Russell October 29, 2020

In the Age of Zoom, Why a Phone Call May Be a Better Option

The demands of being online can translate into drops in our performance, research shows. Picking up the phone sometimes might be a better choice.

BY Barbara Palmer October 29, 2020

Why Virtual Board Meetings May Be Here to Stay

Organizations are finding an upside to virtual board meetings, including greater productivity than when they were held in person.

BY Casey Gale October 29, 2020

Business Events Recovery Will Be ‘a Marathon, Not a Sprint’

For the latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard survey, we asked planners and suppliers: ‘What best describes how you’re feeling right now?’ Most said they were doing their best to get by and were anxious about the future. Even so, responses to other questions demonstrate the industry’s collective resiliency and creativity.

BY Michelle Russell October 28, 2020

Bringing a Destination to Life for Planners During COVID

When the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions invited meeting professionals to an online event, they were hoping to provide a little bit of disconnection — in a good way.

BY Barbara Palmer October 26, 2020

Getting Personal in a Digital Crowd

A group of Georgia Tech students, and the event technology company they founded, have created a platform that allows for flexible, self-selected conversations in the digital space.

BY Barbara Palmer October 21, 2020

Are Your Virtual Event Revenues Subject to Taxation?

It’s not a clear-cut issue and different attorneys have different takes on the matter. Here’s what to keep in mind.

BY Danica Tormohlen October 21, 2020

PCMA Refresh Session: Free From Stress

Join global wellness expert Angela Gaffney for a quick refresh break in your day. The goal of these sessions is to inspire, ignite momentum and provide a quick refresh break to focus on your health, resilience and happiness.

BY Angela Gaffney October 21, 2020

SHOT Show Aims for Hybrid Event in January in Las Vegas

SHOT Show organizers are making plans to host the annual trade show in the new exhibit hall at Caesar’s Forum and the Sands Expo and Convention Center — providing the state lifts its current ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

BY Danica Tormohlen October 19, 2020