News & Trends

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

Online Hackathon Takes on Challenges Created by COVID-19

Hack for Wuhan, hosted by Run the World, drew 345 contestants and thousands of volunteers, some of them hacking while quarantined and all searching for solutions to problems arising from COVID-19.

BY Barbara Palmer March 18, 2020

Where to Donate Unused Event Materials After Cancellations

Have items — like T-shirts and tote bags — that have been produced for an event that has been canceled due to COVID-19? The nonprofit Good360 can put them to good use.

BY Cristi Kempf March 16, 2020

Meeting Planners Quickly Switch to Digital Conference

The coronavirus outbreak caused the Ohio Safety Congress to cancel its annual event in March at the “last minute,” but the group rallied, delivering its first-ever online conference on schedule. 

BY Convene Editors March 16, 2020

How Are Destinations Dealing With Coronavirus?

As airlines cut capacity and hoteliers wrestle with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, destination marketing organizations and convention centers are working to navigate unprecedented terrain.

BY David McMillin March 11, 2020

Behind the American Physical Society’s Sudden Decision to Cancel Its Global Event

Hunter Clemens, APS director of meetings, shares why and how the organization canceled its annual March Meeting last week, less than two days before it was to commence.

BY Michelle Russell March 4, 2020

3 PCMA Members Earn CAE Credential

The Winter 2020 CAE class will be honored at ASAE’s annual meeting in August.

BY Convene Editors February 18, 2020

AAA Updates Its Diamond Program for Hotels, Restaurants

The 80-year-old hotel and restaurant approval program now offers professional analysis instead of user-driven ratings.

BY Curt Wagner February 10, 2020

My Experience Traveling in Asia During the Coronavirus Outbreak

A firsthand account from PCMA’s regional business director, APAC.

BY Antonio Codinach February 5, 2020

Coronavirus’ Impact on Events

The Singapore Airshow will take place as planned this month, but other events in Asia are being rescheduled or canceled.

BY Convene Editors February 4, 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

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 22, 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

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