News & Trends

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

It’s All About the Logistics at ALHI’s In-Person Event

In August, ALHI held a 125-attendee face-to-face event at the Omni Dallas Hotel to show planners how to safely reconvene.

BY Casey Gale September 18, 2020

Fast-Tracking a Career in Events by Working at the 2020 DNC

John Yoerger is still a student in hospitality management, but at 22, he has already amassed a wealth of event management experience.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 17, 2020

‘Carve out Time to Learn — It’s Your Future’

The ability to learn — and unlearn — are key to thriving in the new world of work, says future-of-work strategist Heather McGowan.

BY Barbara Palmer September 17, 2020

3 Questions to Guide Your Digital Event Design

Defining your event’s purpose and the needs of participants always has been fundamental to good event design. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society asked itself three questions to make sure its digital conference took those two critical considerations into account.

BY Barbara Palmer September 16, 2020

Key Decisions the National Speakers Association Took for a Successful Virtual ‘Experience’

‘Never waste a good crisis’ was the National Speakers Association leaders’ mantra, as they sought to remake an annual national event into a virtual experience — not a ‘conference” or ‘hybrid’ — and introducing initiatives that will last into the future.

BY Michelle Russell September 11, 2020

How an Incentive Group Met Safely in Aruba This Month

The Fields Group’s client wanted to reward its sales partners with a trip this year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Here’s how they pulled it off.

BY Michelle Russell September 11, 2020

Choose Your Online Event Platform Using This Lens

It pays to dedicate more time to strategy and less to demos.

BY Tyler Day September 10, 2020

Zero-Attrition Offers Grow to Entice Group Business

More and more hotels are announcing that they’ve waived attrition fees for 2020 group bookings.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 10, 2020

Roller-Skating Carhops? How One CVB Took a Retro Approach to Safely Showcase its Dining Scene

Newport Beach & Company serves up good food, entertainment, and safety during socially distanced media event promoting the city’s first-ever restaurant month campaign.

BY Curt Wagner September 9, 2020

5 Reasons Why and 5 Ways to Bring Meditation Into Your Virtual Event

Thinking of adding an optional mindfulness session to your online event program? Here’s a handful of things to keep in mind.

BY Shelley Brown September 9, 2020

Five Questions for George Aguel

As the Visit Orlando CEO prepares for his retirement after a 46-year career in hospitality and tourism, he reflects on his achievements, what’s next, and his thoughts on the industry’s recovery.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 4, 2020

All-Virtual or Hybrid? How One Conference Planned for Both Scenarios

While deciding whether an on-site program component was feasible for the Hotel Data Conference or if it would have to be held entirely online, organizers took a proactive strategy that would work in either case.

BY Casey Gale September 4, 2020