News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

‘A Really Crazy, Big Idea’ — Taking on Plastics in the Events Industry

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau joins forces with a nonprofit to launch a global movement to reduce the use of plastics at meetings and events.

BY Barbara Palmer April 22, 2019

‘Set an Example From the Top Down on Work-Life Integration’

Natalie Ackerman, Jack Morton’s EVP Greater China, discusses how to prevent burnout and nurture creativity.

April 19, 2019

Demand High for Mobile Event Apps

As millennials push adoption of event tech, a Cvent/Edelman study finds that mobile apps are the top way attendees want to get and share information.

BY Lane Nieset April 15, 2019

France’s Tech Frenzy Attracting Broad Range of Events

Thanks to government initiatives and support from the president, the nation is making a push on the startup and AI fronts. That spirit is reflected in the events it attracts.

BY Rémi Dévé April 12, 2019

Airline Advice: 5 Tips for When a Carrier Cancels Your Flight

National Geographic offers potential options for when you are left stranded without a flight because the airline went out of business, the weather, or some other unforeseen issue.

BY Curt Wagner April 10, 2019

Past Touches Bourbon Orleans Hotel in Spirited Ways

Built as a ballroom, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel spent much of its 202 years as a convent and orphanage before being reborn once again as it is today — an opulent hotel and meeting venue in the heart of the French Quarter. But the past is present at the hotel.

BY Curt Wagner April 10, 2019

Sustainability on Menu at European Food Summit

Annual event draws top chefs to Ljubljana, Slovenia to dine and discuss industry issues.

BY Lane Nieset April 9, 2019

Arne Sorenson’s Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

From aiming to eliminate plastic straws this year to combatting human trafficking, Marriott International’s CSR initiatives run the gamut. The hotel giant’s CEO shared the thinking behind its philosophy at a Chicago event.

BY David McMillin April 9, 2019

Destinations International Names 2019 30 Under 30 Class

The honorees will be recognized at the Destinations International 2019 Annual Convention, set for July 23-25 in St. Louis, Missouri.

April 8, 2019

Why the Nightlife Is the Good Life in World’s Best Cities

Recent research indicates that night-time industries are key to a city’s appeal among visitors — and to its prosperity.

BY Barbara Palmer April 8, 2019

Freeman Company Evolves But Stays All in the Family

As Carrie Freeman Parsons takes the reins as Freeman’s chair, she joined Don Freeman Jr. and Joe Popolo in a look back at Freeman’s evolution and growth, and provided Convene with a glimpse of its future.

BY David McMillin April 5, 2019

Making a Difference: How PCMA, Others Celebrated GMID 2019

PCMA and its chapters joined meetings and events industry professionals from around the world April 4 to celebrate the fourth annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID).

BY Curt Wagner April 5, 2019