News & Trends

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

DMOs Take on an Expanded Role

The pandemic has given CVBs a fresh opportunity to partner with economic development agencies to benefit their destinations in the short- and long-term.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 8, 2021

Honoring Indigenous Peoples in Seattle

Why Visit Seattle has become more vocal about honoring its Indigenous communities and heritage.

BY Barbara Palmer October 7, 2021

New Roles, New Platforms in the New Workplace

The pandemic has remade the workforce experience, ushering in new roles, responsibilities, and tech solutions to meet hybrid workplace demands.

BY Michelle Russell October 7, 2021

How Convention Centers Are Incubating Events Industry Recovery

Convention centers around the world have repurposed their facilities to meet the needs of hybrid and virtual events — and the Palais des congrès de Montréal is tapping into the future of events in a different way.

BY Barbara Palmer October 7, 2021

The Lines Are Blurring Between Event Production and ‘Other Worlds’

Google’s global events account manager, Megan Henshall, talks about how a new initiative at Google is exploring opportunities for events in the metaverse — and what that means for the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell October 7, 2021

Digital and Hybrid a ‘Great Change’ for the Industry

Much like many of her peers, event organizer Mia Monroe was thrust into producing digital events during the pandemic. She spoke with Convene about her new skillset and how her experience in the industry helped guide her new role.

BY Casey Gale October 7, 2021

Redefining ‘Live’ Events in COVID Times

The pandemic changed the meaning of “must-attend” events, says Freeman CEO Bob Priest-Heck, because hybrid events are now “bigger than a physical location or moment in time.”

BY Bob Priest-Heck October 7, 2021

Women Are Experiencing Burnout More Than Men

McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace 2021 report spotlights how the pandemic has unevenly affected women and what the emphasis on well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion means for the future of work.

BY Michelle Russell October 6, 2021

The New Now: How the Pandemic Changed the Events Industry

As the COVID-19 crisis has rocked the business events industry, new business models have spring up — not as short-term workarounds, but as lasting shifts.

BY Convene Editors October 5, 2021

One Association Finds Data Is the ‘Silver Lining’ of Virtual Events

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis is planning for a 2022 hybrid congress by exploring insights its registration data yields — from its two virtual-only events in 2020 and 2021 vs. pre-pandemic in-person numbers.

BY Casey Gale October 4, 2021

Focus on Collaboration Helps Event Company Through Pandemic Times

AIM Group’s vice president shares how, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the multinational event company rethought its internal workings, got creative, and offered new innovative solutions to its clients.

BY Michelle Russell October 4, 2021

8 Reasons to Gather at In-Person Events

Recent research indicates that events can be held safely in person if COVID-19 protocols are in place.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes October 4, 2021