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 an Incentive Group Met Safely in Aruba This Month

The Fields Group’s client wanted to reward its sales partners with a trip this year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Here’s how they pulled it off.

BY Michelle Russell September 11, 2020

Webinar: Re-Designing for Engagement in a Virtual Environment

In the past few months, the rapid adoption of virtual events and meetings have upended the events landscape and forced event professionals to rethink how participants engage, interact and communicate through a screen. How do you re-design your virtual events to effectively break through the noise to engage a distant (and often distracted) audience?

BY Elaine Ann September 9, 2020

Roller-Skating Carhops? How One CVB Took a Retro Approach to Safely Showcase its Dining Scene

Newport Beach & Company serves up good food, entertainment, and safety during socially distanced media event promoting the city’s first-ever restaurant month campaign.

BY Curt Wagner September 9, 2020

Faculty Webinar: Navigating the Future of Events

The world of events is changing. Organizations and their members have now embraced the idea of digital meetings and events, something that many may have never considered before. Our experts, Hud Englehart and Jim Russell, will discuss where the industry was, how it is transitioning, and what they see for the future.

BY Hud Englehart Jim Russell September 9, 2020

All-Virtual or Hybrid? How One Conference Planned for Both Scenarios

While deciding whether an on-site program component was feasible for the Hotel Data Conference or if it would have to be held entirely online, organizers took a proactive strategy that would work in either case.

BY Casey Gale September 4, 2020

Planning for Virtual Participation and Revenues

Are there any yardsticks yet for attendance, exhibitors, and the number of sessions for virtual vs. in-person event formats? Meeting professionals discussed the topic in a recent Catalyst community thread.

BY Convene Editors September 4, 2020

Scientific Meetings Are Going Virtual and Reaching the World

When scientific meetings go online, their audiences, as well as their potential for knowledge-sharing, grow exponentially.

BY Barbara Palmer Casey Gale September 4, 2020

Convention Centers Continue to Serve Communities

During the pandemic — and now hurricane season — convention centers are providing their spaces and meals to local populations in need.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 2, 2020

How Three Nonprofits Are Weathering the Pandemic

A sketch artist illustrated the webinar conversation as three nonprofit leaders talked the strategies they are drawing on now.

BY Casey Gale September 2, 2020

Pandemic Pastimes: How Hobbies Help Us Deal with Stress

Many have turned to hobbies as a way to cope with quarantining. And that, neuroscientists and mental health professionals tell us, provides many lasting benefits beyond serving as a distraction during the crisis.

BY Curt Wagner September 2, 2020

What Matters Now: How the Pandemic Has Changed Priorities

If we’ve just been waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to pass to go back to business as usual, we’ve missed a rare opportunity to see our lives and our work in a new light. Here are some ways our world has changed and what we hope will stick once the pandemic is behind us.

BY Convene Editors September 1, 2020

Talking to Strangers in a Pandemic

Meet Cart maven Emily Hope Dobkin, founder of a company called Betterish, brings people together by having them share their stories in online sessions.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020