News & Trends

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

Association Conference Attendee Study Provides Insights for 2021

Twenty-six associations across a variety of sectors asked their stakeholders their preferences for participating in conferences in 2021. Here’s what 8,525 prospective attendees had to say.

BY Paul Miller, Bruce Rosenthal, and Chris Gloede April 6, 2021

6 Questions to Consider While Planning Your Hybrid Future

While event organizers are preparing for a return to in-person events, they still must decide if they will or won’t provide audiences digital options. These important considerations can help guide them.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes David Saef April 5, 2021

Clock is Ticking for Travelers to Obtain REAL IDs

The deadline to get your REAL ID-compliant licenses or other forms of ID, which U.S. travelers must have to fly domestically, is less than six months away — and can be a painstaking process.

BY Curt Wagner April 5, 2021

5 Ways to Shake up Your Next Panel, According to an Expert Moderator

Kristin Arnold’s new book has more than 120 ways to make online and in-person panel sessions more compelling. We’re sharing one simple approach, which has five different variations.

BY Michelle Russell April 2, 2021

Virtually There: Connecting Digital Event Attendees to Physical Places

These digital gatherings connect participants to the physical world, transporting them to real places and engaging their senses and emotions.

BY Convene Editors March 31, 2021

Taking a Fundraising Auction and Gala Online

A case-study snapshot of how a local Humane Society exceeded expectations by changing up the format of its traditional in-person gala and auction to a live telethon-style broadcast.

BY Michelle Russell March 31, 2021

What Does the Pent-up Demand for Leisure Travel Mean for Events?

The latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard shows that the majority of planners and suppliers are planning a return to in-person events set for between July and September — while simultaneously preparing for a range of potential scenarios.

BY Michelle Russell March 31, 2021

‘Never Accept a Ceiling That Someone Else Might Create for You’

After 30 years in the travel and meetings industry, Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC and a PCMA Groundbreaker, is carving a path for a new generation of leaders to follow.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 30, 2021

Petal Power Brings Participants Together

Zoom & Bloom takes virtual attendees through a shared sensory experience that may connect them to places and times in their lives — and leaves them with a skill for the future.

BY Barbara Palmer March 30, 2021

3D Technology Helps Transport Event Attendees Elsewhere

A real-life location in Chicago anchored the Uber Freight Deliver Conference in fall 2020. Here’s how event designers took online participants there.

BY Barbara Palmer March 30, 2021

Virtual ‘Field Trips’ to Bring City to Meetings’ Participants

Two online events are making Richmond, Virginia, central to their education — and diversity and inclusion — programs.

BY Michelle Russell March 30, 2021

Global Virtual Event Customizes Content for Regional Attendees

Ingram Micro’s first-ever digital conference for participants from around the world created a shared experience that felt local at the same time.

BY Michelle Russell March 30, 2021