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.

Big Screen, Small Screen: The Toronto International Film Festival Goes Hybrid

Convening Leaders 2021 speaker Cameron Bailey explains how organizers turned an international film festival into a record-breaking hybrid event.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 15, 2021

Drs. Paul Ananth Tambyah and Peter C. Doherty Answer the Big Questions

The Infectious disease experts share their thoughts on preventing transmission, when travel might really return, and whether organizers should require attendees to be vaccinated.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 15, 2021

PCMA Foundation Board Chair: ‘This Was One Crazy Year’

Valerie Sumner, chair of the 2020 PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees, says she is honored to have served when ‘we focused on our strength, our resilience, our power to pave our way to the next normal.’

BY Michelle Russell January 14, 2021

4 Ways the Pandemic is Changing Event F&B

Convening Leaders speakers share strategies to help planners adapt food-and-beverage programs to meet safety requirements — and keep participants happy and well fed.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 14, 2021

PCMA Board of Directors Chair: ‘I Have Been Humbled’ in 2020

Stuart Ruff-Lyon, 2020 Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors, looks back on a year of challenges both personal and professional, and the changes the pandemic has brought to the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell January 13, 2021

Thomas Friedman on How to Thrive A.C. — After Coronavirus

The globalization expert talks with Convening Leaders participants on what to expect and how to adapt to the coming explosion of innovation.

BY Barbara Palmer January 11, 2021

Making the Most Out of Their ‘Pandemic Pivot’

Convening Leaders speaker Daphne Hoppenot launched her online event marketplace, The Vendry, less than a year before the pandemic. In her session, she recaps how she built the startup and how the 7 Change Actions to Transformation guided her team when forced to change course.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 11, 2021

Can Employers Require Workers to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination?

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said employees could be barred from the workplace if they refuse the vaccine, but workers do have some options.

BY Curt Wagner January 7, 2021

Attendees at This Virtual Event Wanted All Work and No Play

Though the International Association of Forensic Nurses offered moments of interactivity throughout its 10-week virtual event, attendees were primarily focused on acquiring continuing education credits.

BY Casey Gale January 6, 2021

Taking Meetings and Exhibitions on the Road

With travel curbed by the pandemic, two very different events — one in the U.S. and one in Italy — were reinvented as outdoor road shows.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 6, 2021

In-Person Events Could Come Back ‘Deep Into 2021’ — But With Enhanced Safety Measures

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau recently hosted a webinar conversation in which two medical experts predicted how COVID-19 will continue impacting in-person events in 2021.

BY Casey Gale January 4, 2021

What You Read in 2020

You guessed it: Convene readers were most interested in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the business events industry — from legal questions to case studies to tips for working from home.

BY Curt Wagner December 30, 2020