News & Trends

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

Convene’s Events Industry Forecast for 2023

We’ve brought back the industry forecast, curating research and trends in travel, hospitality, events, event tech — and, new this year, hybrid work — to offer a (somewhat) clearer picture of where we may be headed.

BY Convene Editors December 6, 2022

Staffing Shortage in Travel and Hospitality Sectors Remains an Issue

The average number of open positions at hotels dropped in the fall, but improvements are coming slowly, report shows.

BY Barbara Palmer December 6, 2022

Managers and Employees Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on a Return to the Office

Study shows almost half of managers polled want to bring remote works back to the office, but more than 60 percent of workers don’t like the idea.

BY Casey Gale December 6, 2022

3 Travel Trends to Watch in 2023

For the Events Industry Forecast, Convene editors mined numerous sources and found three trends that will impact travel — and the events and hospitality industries — in the near future.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 6, 2022

How to Cultivate Connection at Events

A networking expert and a meeting organizer share their ideas about networking at events, and how to make everyone comfortable while doing it.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 5, 2022

5 Business Trends in 2023 That Will Impact Events

The business events industry will continue to face challenges in 2023. Here are five business trends to watch.

BY Convene Editors December 5, 2022

Resilience Is Not Just an Inside Job

In her Convening Leaders 2023 session, Arianna Galligher will give participants tips for building their own resilience and on how to support their colleagues.

BY Barbara Palmer December 5, 2022

How Diversity in Design Collaborative is Working to Bring Equity to Design Industry

Black designers are coming together to address the lack of Black representation in the design industry, and the events industry is part of that effort.

BY Barbara Palmer December 5, 2022

Biggest Economic Impact? Event Planners Weigh in

In Convene’s October Recovery Dashboard Survey, we asked planners and suppliers to share how they are dealing with economic pressures and what factors will affect their 2023 business.

BY Michelle Russell November 28, 2022

Top Social Media Channels for Event Organizers

Sara Fellows, director of social media at mdg, shares her thoughts on the top social media sites to promote events for Convene’s annual Events Industry Forecast.

BY Curt Wagner November 28, 2022

How to Open — and Close — a Meeting

In our latest Meetings and Your Brain column, we look at why the first and last 5 percent of a meeting “really matters,” as conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker says.

BY Barbara Palmer November 28, 2022