News & Trends

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

Keeping Up With Technology Tools

An academic with an entrepreneurial streak offered edUcon participants insights on how technology can elevate events and boost productivity — now and later.

BY Barbara Palmer June 24, 2024

Music and the Main Stage

DJ Graffiti — business owner, DJ, emcee, inspirational speaker, and marketer — brings his unique style of event moderating to edUcon 2024.

BY Curt Wagner June 24, 2024

‘People Get More Creative in Hard Times’

University of Texas’ Gaylen Paulson will point out a few silver linings that can work in event organizers’ favor during challenging times in two edUcon PCMA Business School sessions today.

BY Casey Gale June 23, 2024

Toward Healthier Juneteenths

Wellness fairs and events addressing health inequities and access to health care in Black communities are increasingly being woven into Juneteenth celebrations in destinations across the United States.

BY Barbara Palmer June 14, 2024

Beyond Sustainability Show and Tell

How a venue tour can be used as a tool to create more collaboration between meeting organizers and suppliers around creating more sustainable events.

BY Barbara Palmer June 14, 2024

Rethinking Swag at Events

Honeycomb Strategies has documented the life cycle of swag and its environmental impact. Here are some sustainable alternatives.

BY Michelle Russell June 14, 2024

Addressing Carbon-Intensive Air Travel in the Events Industry

At a PCMA Executive Leadership Summit in January, members of the C-suite explored solutions to current and potential disruptions in the business events industry, including curtailed travel to their in-person events because of sustainability concerns.

BY Michelle Russell June 14, 2024

Meetings and the Maker Movement

How does the maker movement intersect with business events and how can we tap into it for more meaningful experiences for our participants? Convene cast a wide net to find ideas for weaving more of what makes us human into our events.

BY Convene Editors June 13, 2024

Making Space for Makers in Portland

Portland’s My People’s Market has created opportunities for local makers and entrepreneurs who need a platform — and the events, tourism, and hospitality industries are a part of the mix.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 12, 2024

Planning for Conflict at Your Events

The policies you create to respond to potential harassment and discrimination at your meetings are a strong foundation for handling a variety of conflicts, says workplace harassment expert Paula Brantner.

BY Barbara Palmer June 12, 2024

Artisans Craft Ribbon Into a Unifying ‘Social Fabric’

A work of crochet that began as a religious offering has put a town in Jalisco, Mexico, on the map, in the Guinness Book of World Records, and center stage at expo events.

BY Michelle Russell June 11, 2024

Cowbells and Woolen Slippers — Cherished Handmade Gifts From Events

Event goers prize the handcrafted amenities they receive at conferences that convey a sense of place or a personal touch — and provide a lasting memory.

BY Magdalina Atanassova June 11, 2024

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