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.

Force Majeure: Negotiating a Common Clause in Uncommon Times

Surges in COVID-19 cases caused by variants and the difficulties of predicting in-person attendance continue to make it challenging for organizers to know if or when to postpone, cancel, or try to renegotiate the terms of an in-person event. Here’s a legal perspective.

BY Casey Gale March 17, 2022

How a Pandemic Problem Helped Innovate a GMID Program

After a year off due to COVID-19 in 2020, PCMA’s Capital Chapter switched its Hill Day advocacy event last year to virtual appointments with lawmakers and invited other PCMA chapters to lead the meet-ups — thereby increasing the number of participants and appointments. The chapter is building on that momentum for this year’s virtual Hill Day.

BY Curt Wagner March 10, 2022

EMEA Survey: Events Professionals Continue to Plan Amidst Uncertainty

The results of a survey of business events professionals in EMEA demonstrate their collective resolve to navigate a continually shifting environment.

BY Michelle Russell March 8, 2022

Could ScreamCon Be Next?

The ongoing frustration of the pandemic is sparking a new kind of event: the group scream.

BY Barbara Palmer February 28, 2022

5 Lessons Learned From CES 2022

In an online roundtable discussion last week hosted by mdg, organizers of CES 2022 shared what worked, what didn’t, and what lessons they learned from planning and hosting the event during the worst of the Omicron outbreak.

BY Michelle Russell February 25, 2022

Australia Welcomes Back Global Travelers

Feb. 21 marked the reopening of Australia’s international borders, which had been closed to everyone except citizens and residents since March 2020.

BY Michelle Russell February 21, 2022

Giving Disposable Face Masks a Second Life

The Québec City Convention Centre has partnered with a company to recycle single-use COVID masks so they don’t end up in landfills.

BY Michelle Russell February 18, 2022

Event Professionals Press Forward

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 February 18, 2022

We’re on the Cusp of the Next Gen of Events

A session at PCMA Convening Leaders 2022 contrasted the evolution of the business events industry against other business sectors and explored what insights we should glean from that — and why the future may be here sooner than you may think.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst February 8, 2022

Smaller Budgets, Bigger Risks

A host of Conversation Starters — small group discussions on a range of hot-button topics — were held for in-person and digital participants at Convening Leaders 2022. Here are some takeaways.

BY Michelle Russell February 3, 2022

5 Consumer Trends Having an Impact on Business Events

A recent survey of 25,000 consumers in 22 countries by professional services company Accenture reveals that the pandemic has caused consumers to reevaluate how and what they buy. Here’s what that means for events.

BY Michelle Russell February 1, 2022

How Event Professionals Can Think Like Futurists

Amid continuing uncertainty around planning events during COVID’s wild ride, we turned to professional futurists to help put us on the path to envisioning business events going forward. Here’s a shorthand guide to thinking like a futurist.

BY Michelle Russell January 31, 2022