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 Are Destinations Dealing With Coronavirus?

As airlines cut capacity and hoteliers wrestle with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, destination marketing organizations and convention centers are working to navigate unprecedented terrain.

BY David McMillin March 11, 2020

CEO Carina Bauer on the Difficult Decision to Cancel IMEX

On March 11, Ray Bloom, chairman, and Carina Bauer, CEO, of IMEX Group, “with deep sadness and heavy hearts” announced that IMEX in Frankfurt, due to take place May 12–14, has been canceled. Convene spoke to Bauer to learn more.

BY Michelle Russell March 11, 2020

Questions to Ask Your Venue About COVID-19

Here are some important questions to ask your venue before you cancel, provided Jim Louis, CMP, CAE, founder of the Meetings Community and president of Best Meetings Inc.

BY Casey Gale March 11, 2020

Pittcon Pushes Past Coronavirus at Chicago’s McCormick Place

After considering cancellation, the organizers of the annual laboratory sciences event determined that they had a duty to give attendees and exhibitors a place for collaboration.

BY David McMillin March 11, 2020

COVID-19 and Events: What to Consider

Freeman held a wide-ranging webinar on March 5, “Coronavirus and Its Impact on the Event Industry.” Here are some takeaways.

BY Curt Wagner March 6, 2020

Marketing Your Event During COVID-19

Recognizing what questions your attendees want answered during uncertain times can help you take the right tone and tack in your communications.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes March 6, 2020

5 Key Insights for Leading Your Organization Through the COVID-19 Outbreak

American Society of Hematology’s chief event strategy officer, Bill Reed, offers guidance on how to take a leadership role during the COVID-19 outbreak.

BY William Reed, FASAE, CMP March 6, 2020

COVID-19: An Opportunity for Event Organizers to Assume a More Strategic Role

As organizations track the spread of COVID-19, the situation presents an opportunity for meeting professionals to have a seat at the table in the decision-making process.

BY David McMillin March 5, 2020

Behind the American Physical Society’s Sudden Decision to Cancel Its Global Event

Hunter Clemens, APS director of meetings, shares why and how the organization canceled its annual March Meeting last week, less than two days before it was to commence.

BY Michelle Russell March 4, 2020

COVID-19: What to Say on Your Event Website

With the COVID-19 outbreak causing more concerns across the globe, organizations struggle with how to keep their event registrants informed of updates on their websites. Organizers of the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition did it correctly.

BY Michelle Russell March 4, 2020

Is Run the World, an Online Events Startup, the Right Tool for the Times?

Run the World, an online events startup, is arriving just as COVID-19 is accelerating interest in online events. Company founders say they will waive set-up fees for events moving online due to the virus.

BY Barbara Palmer February 28, 2020

Toy Fair’s Playbook to Allay Coronavirus Concerns

Despite the ongoing health crisis, the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere was a success this week in New York — thanks in large part to an effective communication plan and a resolve to ‘keep on keeping on.’

BY David McMillin February 27, 2020