News & Trends

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

An Eco-Friendly Way to Repurpose Exhibit Foliage

After the 2022 New York International Auto Show crossed the finish line, 1,000 plants used in its exhibits were donated to local organizations to help green all five boroughs of New York City.

BY Casey Gale August 12, 2022

Meetings and Venues — ‘Everybody Is Having a Difficult Time Attracting Talent’

Four women who lead operations at global convention centers share their thoughts about how they and their venues are handling the talent challenge.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 12, 2022

How One Association is Restaffing the Events Team

What does the leader of a large professional association look for as he restaffs his events team? Digital capabilities, for sure, but soft skills — and the ability to ‘see the landscape’ — are equally important.

BY Michelle Russell August 12, 2022

Is the Talent Challenge Choking the Business Events Industry’s Recovery?

The events industry, hit particularly hard by the pandemic, is feeling the sting as business returns with a lack of talented professionals — on the planning and supplier sides — to pull off events.

BY Convene Editors August 12, 2022

Reports Point to Meetings Industry Recovery

Knowland and Simpleview have released encouraging new insights on event leads and bookings

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 11, 2022

What’s at the Heart of ‘Zoom Fatigue’

Smile for the camera? Requiring employee cameras to be turned on for video calls isn’t a great idea for everyone, recent research shows.

BY Barbara Palmer August 11, 2022

Overcoming Obstacles at Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex

Toni Gamez, the executive director at one of the largest convention facilities in Latin America, talks about the talent shortage and offers her best piece of advice for those considering a career in the business events industry.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 11, 2022

Expanding the Events Industry Talent Pipeline

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the events industry to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, some faculty at hospitality schools are seeing a decline in interest. They have some suggestions to reverse this trend.

BY Barbara Palmer August 10, 2022

The New Events Staffing Landscape is ‘Unsustainable’

Event planners and suppliers say staff reductions have created additional responsibilities for those still on the job — and many are at the breaking point.

BY Barbara Palmer August 8, 2022

Stopping the ‘War on Talent’

Fixing employee burnout requires industry leaders to change their perspectives on what it means to value their workers by fostering an environment of wellbeing that allows employees to thrive.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 6, 2022

Number of Indigenous-led Startups Growing; ‘We are Just Getting Started’

A new initiative at the Collision tech conference is expanding the community-centered impact and influence of Indigenous-led tech companies in Canada.

BY Barbara Palmer August 4, 2022

Prescribing a Hub-and-Spoke Approach

A medical conference in Italy was broadcast from a main studio to more than a dozen sites throughout the country, giving participants both a broad and localized learning experience.

BY Michelle Russell August 4, 2022