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.

Polls Show What Attendees Find Challenging and What They Want at Virtual Events

At the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) digital Predict conference last month, Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema presented results of surveys taken of attendees in April and September — and some comparisons between the two results illustrate how quickly online events have evolved.

BY Michelle Russell October 5, 2020

Webinar: Connect with Confidence with Marriott International

Marriott International has redefined their meeting and event processes and reimagined spaces to align with expert protocols on cleanliness.

BY Doreen Burse October 1, 2020

Creativity Is Imperative and Wonder Is Not a Luxury

As the pandemic demands we find new ways of doing things, consultant Natalie Nixon offers a strategic and tactical map to becoming more creative.

BY Barbara Palmer October 1, 2020

Business Events are ‘Hard to Plan for’ as Pandemic Persists

The latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard survey results reflect both a greater willingness to get back to in-person events, and a growing realization that the recovery will be slower and more uncertain than anticipated.

BY Michelle Russell September 30, 2020

How One Hybrid Medical Conference Streamlined CME, F&B, and More

The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians took a simple approach to earning CMEs for both virtual and in-person participants of its 2020 Annual Pain Summit, and a color-coded process for F&B for face-to-face participants — which led to a safer way to eat during COVID-19 for its next event.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 30, 2020

EIC’s Hotel Safety Guide Emphasizes the Importance of Communication

The EIC’s latest COVID-19 navigational guide covers how hotels and planners can have “open and honest” conversations about holding in-person meetings, according to EIC CEO Amy Calvert.

BY Casey Gale September 28, 2020

What Worked — and What Didn’t — at This Hybrid Event

The president of the PCMA Rocky Mountain Chapter shares lessons learned by hosting a recent in-person event for more than 60 people with an additional online audience.

BY Michelle Russell September 28, 2020

New 10-Minute COVID-19 Test Proves Encouraging to Events

Austria Center Vienna conducted a pilot program that showed that rapid tests can significantly safeguard attendees against infection at large-scale events.

BY Curt Wagner September 25, 2020

Lessons Learned After Hosting a 100-Person Face-to-Face Event

Georgia Society of Association Executives hosted its annual meeting last month in person with safety measures in place — and saw opportunities to do even better next time, with genius solves for recognizing masked attendees.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 23, 2020

At-Home Perk: How the Specialty Coffee Association Made Its Virtual Event a Sensory Experience

Two critical features of the in-person Re:co (Regarding: Coffee) symposium have been sensory experiences and serendipitous interactions. Here’s how organizers made those a priority in its digital version.

BY Michelle Russell September 23, 2020

Dutch Museum and Convention Center Partner for Drive-Through Exhibit

A Rotterdam art museum and convention center embraced the new drive-in trend for an innovative experience for art lovers during the pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner September 21, 2020

This Socially Distanced Concert Series Hits the Right Notes

Thoughtful “room” sets and precautionary measures make these outdoor concerts enjoyable and safe for participants during the pandemic.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 20, 2020