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.

Javits Center’s Rapid Response to COVID-19

According to Alan Steel, president and CEO of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, the plan to have the convention center provide emergency aid in the form of hospital space in the COVID-19 crisis “came together fairly quickly.”

BY Casey Gale April 2, 2020

Instead of Live-Streaming, This SXSW Event Turned up the Volume on Its Content Strategy

After SXSW canceled due to COVID-19, one of the biggest annual parties in Austin made alternate plans to give online fans reasons to smile, dance, and sing along — with no live-streaming required.

BY David McMillin April 2, 2020

Recovery Realities: How the Business Events Industry Will Move Forward After COVID-19

The timing of recovery is going to be dependent on consumers and businesses having confidence that our cities and venues are safe again.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP April 2, 2020

Startups Are Making Virtual Events a Reality

Startups, including U.K.-based Hopin, are rushing to get their online event platforms available to organizers during the COVID-19 crisis.

BY Cristi Kempf April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis Will Lead to the ‘Gold Standard’ for Business Events

Carl H. Winston is the founding director of San Diego State University’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. He shared with PCMA the following op-ed column.

BY Carl H. Winston March 31, 2020

Sara Ross: Your Brain During a Crisis

We asked Sara Ross, an expert on neuroscience and leadership, about the link between our emotions and behavior during the COVID-19 crisis, what we can expect from ourselves and others, and what can help all of us.

BY Barbara Palmer March 31, 2020

Handling Refunds For Events Rescheduled Due to COVID-19

PCMA’s Catalyst community offers members a platform to ask each other questions, share ideas, or, as the website says, “communicate and collaborate.” Here’s a sampling from a recent Catalyst discussion about how to handle refunds after rescheduling an event due to COVID-19.

BY Convene Editors March 31, 2020

Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Focus on Your Emotions

The fallout from COVID-19 is creating a tidal wave of stress and sadness for many of us. You don’t have to try to be overly positive, according to a psychology expert from Harvard Medical School.

BY David McMillin March 31, 2020

U.S. Travel Association Unpacks CARES Act for the Travel Industry

In a 90-minute webinar this week, USTA guided more than 1,000 participants through highlights of the 880-page, $2-trillion-plus CARES Act.

BY Barbara Palmer March 30, 2020

Time Is a Major Consideration for Digital Events

Event strategists are being called upon to quickly transform face-to-face experiences into digital events in response to travel restrictions and social distancing measures imposed worldwide due to COVID-19.

BY Casey Gale March 30, 2020

How Is COVID-19 Transforming the Events Landscape?

Don Neal and Beth Surmont of marketing, strategy, and experience agency 360 Live Media talk about how to approach taking your face-to-face event digital during the COVID-19 crisis — and how that should make your next live event a big improvement over your last one.

BY Michelle Russell March 30, 2020

A Life-Saving Pivot During the COVID-19 Crisis

As hospitals in some major U.S. cities near the brink of capacity, businesses across the event industry spectrum — including tent-rental companies like Alexander Party Rentals — are quickly realizing that they can step up to help.

BY Jennifer Dienst March 29, 2020