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.

PCMA Future Event Masterminds: Effective Budgeting

Join us for a new PCMA series connecting you with like-minded individuals who are determined to be the best in business. This session with industry expert, Keaton Watson, was part of a new PCMA series, Future Event Masterminds, that connects you with like-minded individuals who are determined to be the best in business.

BY Keaton Watson October 1, 2021

PCMA Future Event Masterminds: State of the Industry

Join us for a new PCMA series connecting you with like-minded individuals who are determined to be the best in business. This session with industry expert, Mia Masson, was part of a new PCMA series, Future Event Masterminds, that connects you with like-minded individuals who are determined to be the best in business.

BY Mia Masson October 1, 2021

Survey Shows That Business Events Professionals Are Less Anxious

The latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey results are a mixed bag — events industry professionals say they are feeling less anxiety, but more report feeling burned out. Nonetheless, they’re hanging in there and setting their sights on more in-person and hybrid events in the first half of 2022.

BY Michelle Russell September 30, 2021

The Hybrid Event Format Is Here to Stay, Survey Suggests

Ninety percent of respondents to an Encore Planner Pulse Survey said they will or expect to use a digital-event strategy once in-person meetings recover.

BY Cathy Schlosberg September 27, 2021

Business Events Recovery: It’s a Roller-Coaster Ride of Emotions

Our COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey has been tracking the emotions of planners and suppliers for nearly a year. Here we plot out what that looks like.

BY Michelle Russell September 27, 2021

How This Planner Repurposed an Event to Benefit Essential Workers

Rather than write a “big check” to a hotel for a canceled event, this planner invited local “COVID essential heroes” to fill the attendees’ spots.

BY Michelle Russell September 24, 2021

Vaccine Spotlight Webinar: What Does the Law Say?

There was much confusion during the onset of COVID and the cancellations that followed. Should venues be flexible? Are planners obligated to fulfill their contracts although the event could not take place? With time, practices and rulings have been defined in the business of events. Steven A. Adelman joins us to outline the responsibilities of all parties that now enter into an event contract from health and safety requirements to cancellation policies.

BY Steven A. Adelman September 23, 2021

PCMA Webinar: What Does Hybrid Mean to PCMA?

PCMA has held a virtual component to their major annual meetings, Convening Leaders and EduCon, for years. However, this year, hybrid took on a new meaning for our organization.

BY Tonya Almond Stacey Shafer Justin Hartman September 21, 2021

The Future of Events is Phygital and Omnichannel

Juliano Lissoni, MCI Group managing director, Canada, on how the pandemic has accelerated the use of AI, machine learning, and blockchain technologies to boost engagement and experiences in the metaverse — “a fully realized digital world that exists beyond the analog one in which we live.”

BY Juliano Lissoni September 21, 2021

Got Empathy? Visit Oakland’s New CEO on the Rewards of Listening to Employees

Listening is a critical leadership skill, says Visit Oakland’s new CEO, Peter Gamez, especially in challenging times.

BY Barbara Palmer September 20, 2021

How the Great Resignation is Impacting Business Events

Workers are quitting their jobs in droves. A recent SHRM survey finds that more than two out of five U.S. workers are actively searching for a new job or plan to soon. We’ve mined Convene’s latest Recovery Dashboard results for insights about the Great Resignation and the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell September 20, 2021

Vaccine Spotlight Webinar: Insights from the Event Industry

Now that we’ve heard about the science from Dr. Patel, let’s look at how our industry has been directly affected. We have brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss the different ways COVID has impacted themselves and their teams. The panel will discuss their own journeys since March 2020, and how they intend to move forward, including vaccination requirements, as the uncertainty of the future in the meetings and events industry continues.

BY John S. Gonzalez, CMP Desiree A. Knight Matthew G. Laws Anthony Maggiore September 16, 2021