News & Trends

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

The Future (of Medical Meetings) Will See You Now

The convergence of health care and technology is reaching an inflection point at a time when other pressures are putting the squeeze on medical meetings. How can they stay relevant in a shifting landscape?

BY Barbara Palmer January 2, 2018

What Makes Your Attendees Show Up?

The “Decision to Attend 2” study quantifies what makes your attendees want to go to your meetings.

BY Convene Editors December 1, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Center for Recovery

Post-Maria, the Puerto Rico Convention Center didn’t sustain any major damage, making it a main hub for relief efforts.

BY Casey Gale December 1, 2017

22 Days at George R. Brown Convention Center

When Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, the George R. Brown Convention Center prepared itself to shelter a thousand evacuees. They ended up with more than 10,000 — some of whom stayed for three weeks.

BY Casey Gale December 1, 2017

Convening Leaders Preview: Bill Strickland

The president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation offers after-school arts programs and job training for ‘people who have been given up for dead.’

BY Christopher Durso December 1, 2017

Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson

Wired’s editor in chief on making technology work for the good of society.

BY Barbara Palmer December 1, 2017

Convening Leaders Preview: Neri Oxman

The architect and designer breaks disciplinary boundaries connecting science, engineering, and art.

BY Barbara Palmer December 1, 2017

Convening Leaders Preview: Christopher Nassetta

Hilton’s chief executive is credited with helping create the second-largest hotel company in the world. And his people skills rival his business skills.

BY Michelle Russell December 1, 2017

What’s the ROI of F2F?

Hotel nights, direct spending, tax revenue — these numbers capture just a fraction of what face-to-face gatherings mean. As the
events industry aims to articulate its true value to lawmakers and the general public, the narrative needs to include both dollars and difference-making efforts.

BY David McMillin December 1, 2017

A Highway of Broken Dishes

An initiative at Germany’s Maritim hotels turns broken dishes into asphalt — and that’s just the beginning.

BY Jasmine Zhu November 29, 2017

Sustainability, Innovation and More at The European Ecovillage Conference

At this year’s European Ecovillage Conference, attendees explored workshops on redesigning social systems, made DIY tech tools, and learned more about getting involved in the ecovillage community.

BY Jasmine Zhu November 7, 2017

How Do Sci-Fi Authors Imagine the Future of Meetings?

We’re beaming in some ringers for this year’s Meetings Industry Forecast: professional science-fiction authors whose job is to figure out how the world — not to mention the universe — might change.

BY Christopher Durso October 31, 2017

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