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.

Planners Take a ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach to Omicron

The latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey results reveal that planners and suppliers feel more hopeful as they face COVID’s latest variant — and that planners are less inclined to cancel their upcoming in-person events than they were when in the throes of the Delta variant.

BY Michelle Russell December 17, 2021

Survey Says: Planners Are Scheduling On-Site Events in 2022

In its poll of 500 corporate meeting planners, Delamar Hotels found that the majority of their future in-person events will be networking receptions.

BY Curt Wagner December 13, 2021

What’s Going to Happen With Events Next Year?

Four event marketing professionals share their perspectives on the future of events — and how marketers will need to rethink how they market them. 

BY Michelle Russell December 13, 2021

Omicron: Another Bump in the Road to the Industry’s Recovery?

The business events industry continues to navigate a fluid COVID environment. We’re bringing back our Business Events Recovery Dashboard survey to learn how the industry is dealing with news of the Omicron variant.

BY Convene Editors December 7, 2021

Tips for Returning to Live Trade Shows

Exhibitor magazine brought together five industry professionals to discuss the current events landscape and how marketers and organizers can plan for the future.

BY Curt Wagner November 29, 2021

Five Event Trends in Five Minutes

ECEF gave attendees a handful of important data points to consider as they embarked on a day of programs and networking.

BY Michelle Russell November 24, 2021

Automated Contact Tracing: The Next Big Thing for Events?

ECEF attendees tried out a contact-tracing wearable that helps event organizers measure and communicate COVID-19 exposure risk to participants.

BY Barbara Palmer November 22, 2021

In-Person Events Continue in the Netherlands

Two international events — one held last week and another scheduled for Dec. 3-6 — continue in person at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, despite a recent COVID partial lockdown introduced in the Netherlands.

BY Michelle Russell November 19, 2021

Event Planners Talk About Mental Health and the Pandemic

EventMinded, a free digital event organized for event organizers, normalized mental-health struggles both inside and outside of the events industry. 

BY Barbara Palmer November 18, 2021

‘The Hugs Felt More Genuine’ at This In-Person Health-Care Meeting

ACEP COO Bobby Heard on what it took to host a safe and successful meeting for emergency physicians, how partners can better support organizers, and why the hybrid format needs to go away.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 18, 2021

Lessons Learned From a Second Digital Event

Global software company Workiva Inc. hosts an annual conference, which was held virtually in 2020 and 2021, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a before and after Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) webinar series, Workiva’s marketing gurus shared what they planned for the 2021 event and then, several weeks later, how those plans worked out.

BY Michelle Russell November 5, 2021

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