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.

Offering Free Wi-Fi at In-Person Events Without Breaking the Budget

PCMA’s Catalyst Community offers their ideas on whether complimentary Wi-Fi service for event attendees is a must — and how to pay for it if it is.

BY Convene Editors June 28, 2021

DMO Launches Comic Series Via Streaming Services

‘Life’s Rewards,’ an eight-episode comedy program co-produced by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater DMO, gives the destination major screen time — and provides a case-study example of a new CVB business model spurred by the pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner June 28, 2021

If You’re Preparing to Host a Hybrid Event, Stop!

There is no such thing as a hybrid event — there are digital events and in-person events.

BY Don Neal June 27, 2021

Webinar: Best Practices for Holding a Safe and Successful Face-to-Face Event

This webinar will outline the steps needed to develop and ultimately execute a safe and productive live in person event. Learn how the leaders of a recent event successfully executed their live-in person event and attracted thousands of buyers and exhibitors.

BY Mike Waterman June 24, 2021

Planners and Suppliers Focus Reskilling Efforts on New Business Models

In the latest Business Events Recovery Dashboard, planners and suppliers are divided on whether the recent CDC guidance on vaccinated people going mask-free will result in higher attendance at in-person events. But they are both focusing their efforts on creating new business models that work in the current events environment.

BY Michelle Russell June 23, 2021

Corporate America Is Not Okay With Vaccination Requirements

Fortune’s annual survey of CEOs shows that only one in 10 corporate leaders plans to require proof of vaccination for employees to return to the office. And while few leaders want their teams to continue fully remote work, the majority are on board for hybrid work schedules.

BY Curt Wagner June 16, 2021

Ixnay on the ‘Surprise and Delight’ Elements of Incentive Programs and Other Findings

The Incentive Research Foundation recently published a white paper summarizing facilitated conversations among incentive travel professionals who met in April in The Palm Beaches. Here’s a recap.

BY Michelle Russell June 14, 2021

Study Finds Event Marketers Continue to See Gaps in Event Tech

Fifteen months into the pandemic, some event marketers are still struggling to achieve similar results from their digital events as their previous in-person versions, according to a study from videoconferencing company BlueJeans.

BY Casey Gale June 11, 2021

What Are the Biggest Roadblocks to Post-Pandemic Business Travel?

Unpredictable airfares, fluctuating entry restrictions, and rental car shortages are just a few of the challenges facing travelers right now, according to travel writer Peter Greenberg, who spoke at Destination International’s recent CEO Summit.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 9, 2021

2 Associations Tweak Plans for Second Year of Digital Events

Convene checked in with two associations that produced digital events in 2020 to learn what they are doing differently this year. One leaned into interactive online opportunities for participants while the other went from complimentary registration to an “attainable” pricing model.

BY Casey Gale June 9, 2021

How Redesigning a Hybrid Event’s Physical Space Led to Other Changes

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), but in many respects, ECEF 2021 — making its debut as a hybrid event — will feel entirely new. Produced by Lippman Connects, the in-person ECEF 21 will take place Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, with

BY Michelle Russell June 8, 2021

PCMA Chapter Presidents’ Town Hall Webinar

Join HQ and local leaders as we discuss the future of events, membership engagement, and volunteerism. You will hear from all 17 of PCMA’s North American Regional Chapters through a series of panel discussions.

BY Sherrif Karamat Kirsten Olean Angie Ranalli June 7, 2021