News & Trends

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

Food: ‘A Powerful Tool for Change’

Dr. Gunhild Stordalen, founder and executive chair of EAT, tells 1,000 attendees at EAT Stockholm Food Forum that ‘everyone can make a difference’ in battling global issue.

BY Michelle Russell November 4, 2019

Taking Aim at Guns and the Events Industry

The threat gun violence poses to society — and specifically to face-to-face events — led Event Leadership Institute’s Howard Givner to spearhead an industry-wide campaign for reform.

BY Michelle Russell November 4, 2019

4 Fancy Food Trends to Watch

The latest specialty food items making their way to supermarket shelves and expanding consumers’ palates are introduced, of course, at a live event.

BY Casey Gale October 30, 2019

Tony Lorenz to Leave PRA

The business events leader is handing over the reins of PRA to COO, Mike Fiber, and he’s doing something he hasn’t done in more than 25 years: taking a break.

BY David McMillin October 28, 2019

CEIR Research Shows ‘Vibrant Market’ for Sponsorships

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s new study finds that eight out of every 10 exhibitors have invested in sponsorships in the past two years.

BY Michelle Russell October 28, 2019

Your Best Life Conference Defies Ageism Stereotypes

The organizers of the YBL — Your Best Life — conference put the spotlight on the contributions of the 50-plus demographic and imagined a world where ageism doesn’t exist.

BY Cristi Kempf October 28, 2019

New CWT Trends Report: Event Sustainability Is Critical to Attendees

Sustainability is no longer just a ‘feel-good’ issue says CWT, which spotlights how climate change is at the forefront for millennials and the generation coming up behind them.

BY Cristi Kempf October 24, 2019

First-Ever Plant Pop-Up Hotel Grows in Chicago

An online travel agency, a botanical conservatory, and a Chicago hotel teamed up to give travelers what they really want: plant life.

BY David McMillin October 23, 2019

Are Distractions Making It Harder for You to Focus?

Staying focused on the job can be a job in itself thanks to open office layouts, 24/7 email, and a never-ending stream of social media. Share your challenges and tips for avoiding distractions with Convene in a short survey.

BY Convene Editors October 23, 2019

Events Industry Remembers ‘Visionary Leader’ Spurgeon Richardson

“We are going to miss his wit and wisdom,” said Atlanta CVB President William Pate on the recent passing of the industry leader and longtime head of the Atlanta CVB.

BY Curt Wagner October 18, 2019

Gothenburg, Málaga Named European Capitals of Smart Tourism for 2020

As overtourism becomes more of an issue for cities around the world, here are two recognized by the European Commission for their innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. Learn what else made these cities in Sweden and Spain stand out.

BY Curtis Wagner October 15, 2019

Cleared for Takeoff? Not If Your License Isn’t a REAL ID

A new study shows that a year before the 2020 REAL ID deadline, millions of Americans still are not aware they could be grounded without it.

BY Curt Wagner October 1, 2019