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.

Hybrid Events Bring Back FOMO

Digital events have eliminated the fear of missing out from attendees’ minds, according to MeetingPlay CEO Joe Schwinger. But hybrid events are a way to reintroduce FOMO.

BY Casey Gale March 31, 2021

Virtually There: Connecting Digital Event Attendees to Physical Places

These digital gatherings connect participants to the physical world, transporting them to real places and engaging their senses and emotions.

BY Convene Editors March 31, 2021

Taking a Fundraising Auction and Gala Online

A case-study snapshot of how a local Humane Society exceeded expectations by changing up the format of its traditional in-person gala and auction to a live telethon-style broadcast.

BY Michelle Russell March 31, 2021

What Does the Pent-up Demand for Leisure Travel Mean for Events?

The latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard shows that the majority of planners and suppliers are planning a return to in-person events set for between July and September — while simultaneously preparing for a range of potential scenarios.

BY Michelle Russell March 31, 2021

Petal Power Brings Participants Together

Zoom & Bloom takes virtual attendees through a shared sensory experience that may connect them to places and times in their lives — and leaves them with a skill for the future.

BY Barbara Palmer March 30, 2021

3D Technology Helps Transport Event Attendees Elsewhere

A real-life location in Chicago anchored the Uber Freight Deliver Conference in fall 2020. Here’s how event designers took online participants there.

BY Barbara Palmer March 30, 2021

Virtual ‘Field Trips’ to Bring City to Meetings’ Participants

Two online events are making Richmond, Virginia, central to their education — and diversity and inclusion — programs.

BY Michelle Russell March 30, 2021

Global Virtual Event Customizes Content for Regional Attendees

Ingram Micro’s first-ever digital conference for participants from around the world created a shared experience that felt local at the same time.

BY Michelle Russell March 30, 2021

Helping Attendees Experience a Destination Digitally

Austin had been a big draw for 2020 American College of Toxicology’s annual meeting registrants. Organizers needed to figure out a way to bring as much of the destination as possible to an entirely online audience.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 29, 2021

Walk/Bike/Places Brings Online Attendees ‘Outdoors’

Here’s how an annual conference for placemaking professionals tweaked its mobile workshops to give virtual tours of its host city. 

BY Casey Gale March 29, 2021

A Master Class in Art and Public Safety

Traveling exhibition turns ballroom at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis into a Michelangelo gallery with nearly life-sized recreations of his Sistine Chapel paintings.

BY Barbara Palmer March 29, 2021

Taking Stock, a Year After the Pandemic Was Declared

What have we learned over the past 12-plus months — about ourselves, our roles, and the role business events play in the world’s recovery?

BY Sherrif Karamat March 29, 2021