Meeting Management

Expect Hesitancy and Anxiety When We Meet Again

As in-person events — like PCMA EduCon, starting tomorrow — begin to resume, we will need to find patience and empathy for one another and ourselves, says Sara Ross, a neuroscience-trained leadership strategist.

BY Barbara Palmer July 2, 2021

The Why and How of HIMSS’ Vaccine Requirement

This August, HIMSS’ Global Health Conference & Exhibition will become one of the first large meetings in the health-care industry to mandate that all participants provide proof of vaccination in order to gain entry to the in-person event. After going digital in 2020, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society — whose goal is to

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 30, 2021

2 Associations Tweak Plans for Second Year of Digital Events

Convene checked in with two associations that produced digital events in 2020 to learn what they are doing differently this year. One leaned into interactive online opportunities for participants while the other went from complimentary registration to an “attainable” pricing model.

BY Casey Gale June 9, 2021

How Redesigning a Hybrid Event’s Physical Space Led to Other Changes

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), but in many respects, ECEF 2021 — making its debut as a hybrid event — will feel entirely new. Produced by Lippman Connects, the in-person ECEF 21 will take place Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, with

BY Michelle Russell June 8, 2021

How a Jewelry Trade Show Pulled off a Safe Event for Several Thousand

SISO and UFI published a case study on how the Jewelers International Showcase — the first show for Reed Exhibitions and the Miami Beach Convention Center since the pandemic began — safely convened more than 3,000 participants.

BY Michelle Russell May 28, 2021

Why Air Quality Must Be Part of Venues’ Hygiene Protocol

The emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting venues in the age of COVID-19 is missing a larger point: Reliably healthy and safe environments depend on clean air and a more holistic approach.

BY Barbara Palmer Jennifer N. Dienst May 19, 2021

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing for Event Registrants to Take at Home

AIM Meetings and Events has teamed up with Inspire Diagnostics and Unisys Corporation to offer a new test — at no charge to attendees — to assist the business events industry in returning to safe, in-person events. 

BY Curt Wagner April 26, 2021

COVID Testing Part of the Fabric of an In-Person Fashion Industry Show

The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, produced a case study detailing how three independent show organizers joined forces to bring a safe in-person marketplace to the fashion industry in Orlando in early February. Here are highlights.

BY Michelle Russell March 26, 2021

Exploring Capacity Limits for In-Person Events

Do capacity limits for indoor meetings include event staff? A handful of event professionals recently shared their knowledge on PCMA’s Catalyst forum.

BY Convene Editors March 22, 2021

Ensuring Compliance During COVID at In-Person Events

In the summer of 2020, three CMPs came together to create the Pandemic Compliance Advisor course, which offers continuing education credits and a new designation for meeting professionals.

BY Casey Gale March 18, 2021

Booking Meeting Venues Site Unseen

The digital tools that make it possible to conduct all or part of site visits remotely have come to the forefront over the last year, in ways that may change how planners book meetings in the future. Planners and destinations share their strategies.

BY Kate Mulcrone March 10, 2021

How the First Major B2B Trade Show So Far in 2021 Pulled It Off

Emerald shared lessons learned from hosting Surf Expo in Orlando in January in a new case study published by SISO and UFI.

BY Michelle Russell February 19, 2021