News & Trends

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

What Skills Will Event Professionals Need in the COVID-19 Recovery?

Planner and supplier respondents to our last two surveys conducted during April shared what they are focusing on now.

BY Michelle Russell April 30, 2020

Ideas for Social Distancing at a Networking Event

Is social distancing at a networking reception possible? The PCMA Catalyst community explores options that would keep attendees and staff safe.

BY Convene Editors April 30, 2020

Experience Economy Expert Envisions Meetings in COVID-19 Times

How will face-to-face gatherings change in the aftermath of COVID-19? The coauthor of the seminal business book The Experience Economy shares some thoughts on what will resonate with attendees.

BY David McMillin April 27, 2020

PCMA COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard April Survey Results

Insights from our latest survey — conducted April 20-23 — on how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing business events professionals’ roles and how they envision future events.

BY Convene Editors April 27, 2020

#SeattleLives Pivots Toward the Community During COVID-19

Seattle-based event production company PNTA teams with local event space to create a live-streaming soundstage that offers technology services to both paying clients and nonprofit community service groups.

BY Barbara Palmer April 27, 2020

U.K. Event Planners Weigh in on Industry Recovery

When will recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic begin for the meetings industry? While much is still uncertain, the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) and communications firm davies tanner sought to gauge the opinions of event professionals across the U.K.

BY Casey Gale April 27, 2020

3 Lessons from the NFL’s First Virtual Draft

The NFL turned its highly attended in-person draft event into an entirely digital experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three ideas event organizers can run with when planning their own digital events.

BY Casey Gale April 24, 2020

What the Revolution in Online Education Can Teach Us About Digital Experiences

With record enrollment, online education is shaking off its reputation as a second-class medium, says one of its pioneers.

BY Barbara Palmer April 24, 2020

‘Restarting Events in a COVID-19 World’

Three events industry leaders on the differences and similarities between face-to-face and digital events.

BY Michelle Russell April 22, 2020

Defining Roles During Digital Events

What does it take to run a smooth virtual meeting? In a recent thread, the PCMA Catalyst community discussed who should handle what.

BY Convene Editors April 22, 2020

How Airbnb Is Dealing With the COVID-19 Crisis

The alternative accommodations company had plans for an IPO in 2020. Instead, Airbnb is sifting through cancellations, updating refund policies, and working to sell online experience packages.

BY David McMillin April 21, 2020

5 Podcasts to Listen to Now

In addition to getting you up from your chair, these podcasts may help you look at business, culture, wellbeing, and more through fresh eyes.

BY Barbara Palmer April 21, 2020

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