News & Trends

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

We Never Fail

Convening Leaders reinforced our industry’s remarkable resilience — and our tremendous responsibility to spearhead economic and social recovery.

BY Sherrif Karamat January 25, 2021

Experimenting With Virtual Reality

‘Co-presence’ is starting to find its way into virtual exhibition halls. Organizers of the Morningstar Investment Conference (MIC) offered a virtual reality experience for exhibitors and meeting participants at their fall digital event.

BY Barbara Palmer January 25, 2021

Beyond Hybrid: Repackaging Your Conference Content

Over the past year, industry experts have proclaimed that meetings and conferences are forever changed and hybrid is here to stay. Agreed, but in order to be successful, meetings of the future also will need to embrace the tenets of strategic product management.  

BY Dave Lutz, CMP January 25, 2021

Catching up with Casandra Matej, Visit Orlando’s New President and CEO

Casandra Matej, who takes over Feb. 1, discusses the perks of relocating to Orlando from San Antonio, the future of face-to-face meetings, and how she sees DMOs evolving in the future.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 21, 2021

Behind the Digital Curtain at Convening Leaders 2021

Tune in to a candid conversation about challenges and major takeaways from designing and producing PCMA’s first-ever global hybrid conference.

BY Barbara Palmer January 21, 2021

How to Rebuild Your Business Model from Square One

Convening Leaders speaker and innovation coach Shamira Miller on getting the wheels of inspiration spinning.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 20, 2021

Overwhelmed by Digital Event Tech Options? There’s a Resource for That.

Tycoon Events launched the Virtual Event Resource in June, which spells out important information about emerging digital event platforms.

BY Casey Gale January 20, 2021

The Hybrid Inauguration

The organizers of the 59th Presidential Inauguration have had to reckon with a mind-boggling array of logistical challenges and uncertainties.

BY Barbara Palmer January 20, 2021

What Are the New Jobs of 2021?

Here are roles — in both established and emerging industries — that we’ll see surface in 2021 and beyond, and what they mean for the future of work.

BY Angela Campiere January 19, 2021

Highlights of Day 3 Convening Leaders 2021

An eye-opening session about AI, inspiration from two Olympic medalists, and a call for diversity and inclusion were high spots on the final day of the Convening Leaders hybrid program.

BY Convene Editors January 18, 2021

Sensory Space: Montreal’s OASIS immersion

Newly opened space at the Palais de congrès de Montréal immerses participants in color, sound, and light.

BY Barbara Palmer January 18, 2021

What Will Event Organizers Be Talking About in a Year?

Convene asked the 2020 and 2021 chairs of the PCMA Board of Directors and Board of Trustees this question: What do you think we’re going to be talking about in our industry a year from now? Here are their responses.

BY Michelle Russell January 17, 2021