News & Trends

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

How Business Events Can Help Australia and Puerto Rico

As Australia and Puerto Rico cope with bushfires and the aftermath of a series of earthquakes, there are opportunities for the events industry to come to their aid, says PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat. Here’s what PCMA is doing, and how you can help.

BY Sherrif Karamat January 27, 2020

How a Summit Remade a City’s Transit System

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be piloting a new, on-demand public bus system without routes and schedules this summer — thanks to the mayor’s participation in a summit in New York City.

BY Michelle Russell January 24, 2020

PCMA Teams up With Jordan Convention Bureau for Education Initiative

The new partnership has resulted in an education workshop for industry professionals in Amman, designed to explore strategies to bring more business events to Jordan.

BY Curt Wagner January 21, 2020

Industry Mourns Passing of ASAE CEO John Graham

John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, ASAE’s longtime president and CEO, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Susan Robertson, CAE, will continue to serve as interim president and CEO of ASAE.

BY Convene Editors January 13, 2020

What Meeting Trends We’ll Be Watching in 2020

The editors of Convene looked back over 2019, asking this question: What’s one meeting and event trend on my radar in 2020?

BY Convene Editors January 6, 2020

Boomerlennials: Prospective Attendees Who Are Aging Backwards

The boomerlennial micro-generation, according to Trend Hunter, is not acting any older. They are still working, exploring new ideas, and launching new businesses.

BY David McMillin January 5, 2020

Puppies, Meditation, and No Political Arguments: Aruba’s ‘Election Disconnection’ Campaign

Already stressed out about casting a ballot in November? Aruba’s ‘Election Disconnection’ Campaign aims to offer U.S. voters a unique escape.

BY David McMillin January 2, 2020

‘Cheers’ to First Woman-Focused Program at Craft Beverage Expo

Groundbreaking education at an event helped women in the craft beverage industry leverage their influence — and targeted one of their pain points.

BY Casey Gale December 11, 2019

Seven F&B Trends for 2020 and How Events Can Embrace Them

From plant-based meats to zero-proof beverages, Whole Foods’ experts predict the flavors, products, and culinary influences that might make their way to your event menu in the coming year.

BY Curt Wagner December 9, 2019

Here’s How the Events Industry Could Slash Greenhouse Gases

Subbing in plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy, industry-wide, would have a dramatic impact, say the authors of a new report. So, what’s stopping us?

BY Barbara Palmer December 4, 2019

Summit of Minds: ‘Great People, Great Content, and the Great Outdoors’

Now in its sixth year, Summit of Minds draws 300 thought leaders across different disciplines to the French Alps to explore weighty issues of the day — and the surrounding awe-inspiring terrain.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson November 27, 2019

How Events Help in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Theresa Flores became a victim of sex trafficking after being raped and photographed by a high-school crush. She’ll share her story — and how the events industry can help combat human trafficking — at Convening Leaders 2020.

BY Cristi Kempf November 26, 2019