News & Trends

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

Post-Brexit, Can the U.K. Remain an Event Base?

The UFI European Conference is to take place in Birmingham in May, just weeks after the U.K. is expected to split from the EU. That offers attendees a firsthand look at a changing global landscape.

January 29, 2019

Pass the Popcorn: Planners Watch the Fyre Festival Documentaries

Two documentaries explore the fallout from the Titanic of event planning — and event strategists weigh in.

BY Barbara Palmer January 28, 2019

Instead of Working Hard, Try Working ‘Deep’

Author Cal Newport says people shouldn’t waste time on shallow work or social media, two activities that take little concentration. Here’s what to focus on instead.

BY Casey Gale January 23, 2019

5G in the Event Space: What Can Strategists Expect?

What should strategists expect this year and next?

January 22, 2019

Safety at the Forefront: Event Planners Making Security Top Priority

Event planners who have cited safety and security at destinations as a major worry are increasing their emphasis on planning for emergencies.

January 22, 2019

Why the Sustainability of the Trade-Show Business Model is in Question

The most glaring of five realities of the B2B buyer — that three out of four B2B buyers conduct the majority of their research before talking to a salesperson — remains a major issue a year after we first discussed it.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP January 15, 2019

What Matters Most When Choosing a Destination?

Accessibility and safety remain top priorities for event planners, but unique experiences add to a location’s appeal.

January 7, 2019

Make Change Happen: Seth Godin Stresses Importance of Innovation

Do work that matters for people who care. Create change. That’s the role of business events professionals, according to marketing guru Seth Godin. Godin captivated the crowd Monday at Convening Leaders Main Stage presentation, “You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See.”

January 7, 2019

PCMA Putting Aromatherapy into Action at Convening Leaders 2019

PCMA aims to boost Convening Leaders 2019 Content Studio learning by tapping into the power of scent.

BY Curt Wagner December 30, 2018

How PCMA Is Supporting Business Events Organizers

PCMA is on a quest to create the best roadmap for supporting business events organizers in this time of disruption both within our industry and all around it. We are passionate about this work because we know that face-to-face meetings are catalysts for economic and social progress.

December 27, 2018

Geena Davis to Give Closing Address at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

Academy-award winning actor and gender-equality activist Geena Davis will be the closing keynote speaker at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019, PCMA announced Dec. 24.

BY Cristi Kempf December 26, 2018