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.

Survey Finds the Push for In-Person Events Brings Fresh Challenges

Convene’s latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard responses indicate that planners are organizing more in-person-only and hybrid events in the coming months than in our previous survey, but they are finding it more difficult than ever to estimate attendance and to budget for them with escalating costs.

BY Michelle Russell May 9, 2022

3 Trends and Events: Rewilding Spaces, Foraged Cocktails, and Metawork

Wunderman Thompson’s recent trend report, “The Future 100: 2022,” identifies 100 trends across industries. Three of those — rewilding spaces, foraged cocktails, and metawork — already are evident in the events landscape but could become even bigger influences in the future.

BY Curt Wagner May 2, 2022

Making Event Spaces Sensory Inclusive

The pause on face-to-face events caused by the pandemic has given venues a chance to think about welcoming returning visitors through a lens of inclusivity. The Overland Park Convention Center now accommodates individuals with sensory needs, such as those with autism, anxiety, dementia, and PTSD.

BY Casey Gale May 2, 2022

Setting Boundaries for Better Work/Life Balance

Our upcoming May-June issue cover/CMP Series story will focus on mental health in the workplace. Here’s an example of how the pandemic shifted one professional’s priorities to help others focus on wellness.

BY Michelle Russell May 2, 2022

How Convention Centers Are Evolving in a New Events Landscape

In the wake of the pandemic’s disruptions, convention centers are going all in on human-centered needs — plus broadcast capabilities, nature, and outdoor spaces — to bring back groups.

BY Convene Editors April 5, 2022

‘A Larger Voice’: How the Pandemic Is Changing Global Meetings Industry Day

Events held in conjunction with GMID on April 7 — now under the U.S. Travel Association banner — offer more choices and greater reach with digital, in-person, and hybrid formats.

BY Convene Editors April 4, 2022

Providing Attendees with Transcripts for Online Events

What considerations do planners need to take in order to provide attendees with accurate and accessible transcripts of online events? A recent conversation on Catalyst discusses the details.

BY Convene Editors March 24, 2022

Force Majeure: Negotiating a Common Clause in Uncommon Times

Surges in COVID-19 cases caused by variants and the difficulties of predicting in-person attendance continue to make it challenging for organizers to know if or when to postpone, cancel, or try to renegotiate the terms of an in-person event. Here’s a legal perspective.

BY Casey Gale March 17, 2022

How a Pandemic Problem Helped Innovate a GMID Program

After a year off due to COVID-19 in 2020, PCMA’s Capital Chapter switched its Hill Day advocacy event last year to virtual appointments with lawmakers and invited other PCMA chapters to lead the meet-ups — thereby increasing the number of participants and appointments. The chapter is building on that momentum for this year’s virtual Hill Day.

BY Curt Wagner March 10, 2022

EMEA Survey: Events Professionals Continue to Plan Amidst Uncertainty

The results of a survey of business events professionals in EMEA demonstrate their collective resolve to navigate a continually shifting environment.

BY Michelle Russell March 8, 2022

Could ScreamCon Be Next?

The ongoing frustration of the pandemic is sparking a new kind of event: the group scream.

BY Barbara Palmer February 28, 2022

5 Lessons Learned From CES 2022

In an online roundtable discussion last week hosted by mdg, organizers of CES 2022 shared what worked, what didn’t, and what lessons they learned from planning and hosting the event during the worst of the Omicron outbreak.

BY Michelle Russell February 25, 2022

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