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.

How Event Professionals Can Use Their Skills for Digital Events

The COVID-19 crisis has brought digital events to the forefront of the events industry. Organizations can easily transition roles to pull them off.

BY Curt Wagner May 14, 2020

Webinar: Monetizing Your Virtual Conference When Competing with Free

Everyone and their brother is hosting webinars and virtual networking opportunities. Like this one, most are free. This topic is a burning issue and promises to be a more engaging experience than most.

BY Lisa Block David Lutz May 13, 2020

Bringing the DNC to Milwaukee: A Puzzle With Many Pieces

Plans for the Democratic National Convention have shifted in response to the pandemic and Visit Milwaukee is taking it in stride.

BY Barbara Palmer May 13, 2020

How Charlotte Is Preparing to Host the Republican National Convention

The organizers of the GOP’s national convention are operating with a full-steam-ahead approach to hosting their gathering this summer. Visit Charlotte shared how the destination is preparing for potential adjustments during the time of COVID-19.

BY David McMillin May 13, 2020

New Hygiene Protocols for Events During COVID-19

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s new STAR accreditation program will distinguish venues that implement the highest hygiene standards in an effort to safeguard against the transmission of the virus. Other initiatives along the attendee journey are focused on the same thing.

BY David McMillin May 13, 2020

AIM Group Survey: Highly Interactive Digital Events Are Key to Gaining Sponsorships

New AIM Group International survey shows pharmaceutical and biomedical companies are interested in sponsoring digital events, but still would rather meet face-to-face for better sponsorship outcomes.

BY Curt Wagner May 13, 2020

PCMA COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Results, Survey 3

Insights from our latest survey — conducted May 4-7 — on how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing business events professionals’ roles and how they envision future events.

BY Convene Editors May 11, 2020

What It Takes to Host a Face-to-Face Event During the Pandemic

The Voice of Healthcare Summit is a 200-person face-to-face event scheduled in Boston in August that’s not going to look anything like its pre-COVID-19 version, and its organizer thinks attendees will be okay with that.

BY Paul Bergeron May 8, 2020

Sponsorship Opportunities for Digital Events

How can digital events create sponsorship opportunities? Event planners explored the topic in a recent PCMA Catalyst forum post.

BY Convene Editors May 7, 2020

Will More Planners Work From Home in a Post-COVID-19 World?

Respondents to Convene’s Annual Salary Survey in February — before public health restrictions forced most workers to work from home — said having the flexibility to work remotely was high on their wish list.

BY Michelle Russell May 7, 2020

Hotels Start Selling ‘Bonds’ to Make It Through COVID-19 Crisis

As hotel rooms sit empty, some properties are offering deals for future guests with a “Buy Now, Stay Later” initiative.

BY David McMillin May 6, 2020

Medical Event Planners Share Their Challenges and Plans During the Pandemic

A small survey of 54 medical meeting planners — the majority of which organize a live annual meeting that draws more than 1,000 attendees — weighed in on how they are handling those events and the prospect of going virtual during the COVID-19 crisis.

BY Michelle Russell May 4, 2020