News & Trends

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

Temporary Fix or Permanent Change? An AV Perspective on the Evolution of Trade Shows

Sean Wargo, senior director of market intelligence, AVIXA, says we need to move away from the idea that a trade show is a “calendared moment” and think of conventions “as content that has a long tail.” Here’s what that looks like.

BY Michelle Russell April 19, 2021

Business Events Recovery Dashboard: Mapping Out the Future

As the business events industry continues working on its recovery, we’re checking in our latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard to see what shape your events are taking this year.

BY Convene Editors April 19, 2021

Solving a Networking Issue at Hybrid Events

Can virtual and in-person attendees interact at hybrid events? Members of the PCMA Catalyst community discussed the topic in a recent thread.

BY Convene Editors April 16, 2021

Hybrid Meetings: One Size Does Not Fit All, Survey Respondents Say

Business event organizers are creating hybrid events as varied as the organizations they serve. Respondents to Convene’s latest COVID-19 Dashboard share how theirs will look.

BY Curt Wagner April 13, 2021

Four Battered Hotel Chains Still Make Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For List

Despite a year like none other for the hospitality industry, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and Kimpton were ranked in the top 17 percent of the annual 100 Best Companies to Work For List.

BY Michelle Russell April 13, 2021

Meeting in a Pandemic, Part Two: Back to Face-to-Face

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s business conference returns to an in-person format — and keeps the benefits of digital.

BY Barbara Palmer April 12, 2021

Two Perspectives on the Same GMID Event

Global Meetings Industry Day was celebrated in New York City with a hybrid event and Convene was there, online and in-person. Here are accounts of our experiences.

BY Michelle Russell Barbara Palmer April 12, 2021

Building a More Diverse Tourism Industry Through Apprenticeships

Tourism Diversity Matters’ apprenticeship program coordinator Deedra Mills-Hall has come full circle, supporting apprenticeships in the industry because of the role that experience played in launching her own career.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 11, 2021

What Would Gen Z Change About Events?

The results of a recent PCMA survey of the next generation of attendees reveal what they like about business events and how they would like to interact with them going forward.

BY Michelle Russell April 11, 2021

5 Ways to Please Virtual Exhibitors, According to Attendee Data

Virtual and hybrid events platform company Swapcard has published actionable insights gleaned from nearly 500 events the company has hosted to help organizers provide their exhibitors and sponsors with ROI.

BY Michelle Russell April 9, 2021

Previous Crises Laid the Groundwork for the COVID-19 Response in Puerto Rico

Recent experiences with natural disasters helped Discover Puerto Rico navigate the pandemic, according to panelists at a recent webinar hosted by the DMO.

BY Casey Gale April 7, 2021

4 Tactics for Hybrid Events

According to the recently published Derse white paper, hybrid should be thought of as “an infinity loop” — not just a one-off mix of an in-person event with a digital component.

BY Michelle Russell April 7, 2021