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.

Using a Webinar Platform to Create a Virtual Conference

Explorance, a Montréal-based global software company, converted a three-day meeting to a virtual meeting in one week, using its webinar platform. Here’s how it was done.

BY Barbara Palmer March 18, 2020

8 Steps for Marketing Your Virtual Event

During the COVID-19 pandemic when gathering in person is not possible, many brands are pivoting to virtual events. To create an audience for your next virtual event, consider these best practices.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes March 18, 2020

Physical Distancing Doesn’t Prevent Us From Staying Social

As we hunker down and practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, we look for ways to retain our close connections.

BY Michelle Russell March 17, 2020

Where to Donate Unused Event Materials After Cancellations

Have items — like T-shirts and tote bags — that have been produced for an event that has been canceled due to COVID-19? The nonprofit Good360 can put them to good use.

BY Cristi Kempf March 16, 2020

Meeting Planners Quickly Switch to Digital Conference

The coronavirus outbreak caused the Ohio Safety Congress to cancel its annual event in March at the “last minute,” but the group rallied, delivering its first-ever online conference on schedule. 

BY Convene Editors March 16, 2020

Turning Your F2F Meeting Into a Virtual Event

As the COVID-19 outbreak pushes more meetings into the virtual realm, a discussion on the Catalyst forum shows how one event organizer tackled the challenge.

BY Convene Editors March 13, 2020

Venues, Organizers Donating Food From Meetings Canceled Due to COVID-19

As last-minute cancellations around COVID-19 increased, some quick-thinking venues and organizers have come up with creative solutions for a big problem — what to do with all the leftover food?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 13, 2020

Lessons From an Event Strategist on Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

Kristin Copley-Mirabal, director of global events for the Association of Certified Anti-Laundering Money Specialists, shares the lessons she’s learned planning global events in uncertain times.

BY Michelle Russell March 13, 2020

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