News & Trends

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

What Meeting Professionals Want to Know

A survey of meeting professionals who’ve attended Convening Leaders offers a look at what they expect will be most important in the coming year.

BY Barbara Palmer July 8, 2020

Reading and Listening Recommendations From PCMA’s Board of Directors

Looking for a new book or podcast to dive into this summer? Several of PCMA’s 2020 Board of Directors share their picks.

BY Casey Gale July 8, 2020

Surveying Attendees About Live Events

Wondering how to determine your audience’s willingness to attend a live event? The PCMA Catalyst community discussed what questions to include in a survey.

BY Convene Editors July 6, 2020

Convincing Stakeholders to Hold Live or Hybrid Events is Planners’ Top Concern

A recent virtual open forum conducted by Global DMC Partners addressed planners’ challenges in terms of future event planning.

BY Michelle Russell July 6, 2020

Why Digital Events Are in ‘an Awkward Phase’

Technology may connect us physically, but much remains to be learned about its ability to create emotional connections.

BY Barbara Palmer July 6, 2020

3 DMOs on Group Business in the Living-With-COVID-19 World

Destination and venue leaders from three convention cities share how they have weathered the first half of 2020 and what they are doing to prepare for the future.

BY David McMillin July 2, 2020

Reinventing an Annual Meeting Twice During a Global Pandemic

The American Society of Neuroradiology was in the final stages of retooling its Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Then came COVID-19. Here’s how the meeting was reimagined all over again as a virtual event.

BY Michelle Russell July 2, 2020

How Virtual Medical Conferences Offer Greater Flexibility, Better Learning Experiences, and Attract Larger Audiences

The pandemic has ushered in the Extended Congress, which offers several key advantages over live events, according to a medical journal.

BY Michelle Russell July 1, 2020

Survey Reveals Consumer Concerns About Resuming Travel

Research group Dynata surveyed thousands of travelers in 11 countries, asking them what COVID-19 health and safety procedures would make them feel comfortable enough to resume air travel and hotel stays, among other activities.

BY Curt Wagner July 1, 2020

How CVBs Are Helping Destinations Safely Reopen

As destinations have started to lift stay-at-home orders and businesses are reopening their doors, CVBs are helping to ensure their communities stay safe as they ready to welcome visitors once again.

BY Casey Gale June 28, 2020

Inaugural Black Birders Week Sparks Additional Initiatives

A weeklong digital event created in response to a racist encounter has led to more efforts to expand opportunities for people of color in the conservation field.

BY Michelle Russell June 26, 2020

Social Distancing Solution: Wristbands Do the Talking for Attendees

When face-to-face events return, some attendees will still want to shake hands; others will want a six-foot bubble around them. Here’s a way for everyone to convey their preferences without creating awkward moments.

BY David McMillin June 25, 2020