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.

COVID-19 Survey: Destination Organizations Expect ‘Extreme Impact’ Over Next 6 Months

Latest survey of destination marketing organizations reveals coronavirus pandemic has ‘dramatically shifted sector’s sentiment’ in the past two weeks.

BY Michelle Russell March 25, 2020

REAL ID Deadline Delayed 12 Months Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The deadline to obtain REAL ID-compliant licenses or other forms of ID, which U.S. travelers must have to fly domestically, has been pushed back a year to Oct. 1, 2021.

BY Curt Wagner March 25, 2020

Plan B: The Institute of Internal Auditors’ Last-Minute Virtual Adjustments

In less than a week, The Institute of Internal Auditors navigated major disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic — a scrapped in-person event, speaker cancellations, and a closing host hotel — to nimbly pull off a one-day virtual program for its members.

BY David McMillin March 25, 2020

Free Conversations to Keep You Grounded During the COVID-19 Crisis

As professionals across all industries deal with upheaval and uncertainty, TED is offering TED Connects, a live, daily, mid-day series for reflection.

BY David McMillin March 24, 2020

Convention Centers Repurposed to Hold Hospital Beds

Convention centers in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere will be temporarily repurposed to help relieve pressure on hospitals during the expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

BY Barbara Palmer March 23, 2020

10 Best Practices for Communicating About Association Events During COVID-19

Don Neal, CEO of 360 Live Media, offers advice about how associations can best communicate to their members, partners, attendees, and others in a time of uncertainty.

BY Don Neal March 23, 2020

Looking Ahead to May Events

Strategists share advice on the PCMA Catalyst forum about what steps they are taking — including invoking force majeure — for events planned in May.

BY Convene Editors March 23, 2020

Straight Talk on COVID-19’s Effect on the Business Events Industry, Now and Going Forward

Two experienced business events strategists — PCMA’s board chairs — talk about the stressful process of cancellations, what organizers should be focusing on today, and how this crisis will change the future of events.

BY Michelle Russell March 23, 2020

Update: Global Pet Expo Held During Coronavirus Outbreak Called a ‘Safe and Productive Event’

Global Pet Expo carried on in late February, reporting ‘solid numbers’ despite a COVID-19 travel ban that prevented nearly 150 exhibitors from China from entering the U.S.

BY Michelle Russell March 20, 2020

6 Tips for Concentrating and Communicating While Working From Home

If you are struggling to adjust to the new realities of remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, consider these tips from the Convene editors who have long operated from their home offices.

BY Convene Editors March 20, 2020

Working Through Event Postponement Details

When Sharon Sullivan recognized that holding her meeting in April was impossible due to the coronavirus crisis, the vice president of brand experience at LeadingAge worked with her hotel partner to find a new solution.

BY David McMillin March 20, 2020

Online Hackathon Takes on Challenges Created by COVID-19

Hack for Wuhan, hosted by Run the World, drew 345 contestants and thousands of volunteers, some of them hacking while quarantined and all searching for solutions to problems arising from COVID-19.

BY Barbara Palmer March 18, 2020