News & Trends

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

Building Bridges Via Events in New Zealand

In the wake of the March massacre at a Christchurch mosque, members of the business events industry in New Zealand say that the sector can play an important role in facilitating inclusiveness as it brings people together from all corners of the globe.

BY Kim Benjamin April 2, 2019

IBTM Arabia’s Attendance Spike Proves Lure of the Middle East

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is just one destination in the business-events-heavy region offering delegates a wealth of opportunity and championing the philosophy of “work hard, play hard.”

BY Lane Nieset April 2, 2019

San Francisco’s Moscone Center: ‘State-of-the-Art Everything’

San Francisco constantly reinvents itself while holding on to its history, a fact made obvious during a recent tour of the expanded Moscone Center and other spaces the city has to offer.

BY Barbara Palmer March 29, 2019

This Novel Convention Celebrates Betsy-Tacy Books

The intimate gathering of readers features speakers who have been inspired by Maud Hart Lovelace’s semi-autobiographical book series and have followed the protagonist Betsy’s dream of becoming a published author.

BY Casey Gale March 28, 2019

Hospitality Industry Responds to Labor Shortage

When hotel properties can’t find enough qualified workers to meet their needs, hotel-based meetings and events feel the effects. As challenges persist, a number of industry players are introducing solutions.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson March 27, 2019

Backlash to All-Women Speaker Lineup at Science Conference

How one scientific conference tried to disprove the argument that it’s too difficult to find women speakers.

BY Michelle Russell March 7, 2019

PCMA leaders, members named Smart Women in Meetings 2019

It’s the fourth year of Smart Meetings’ list, and more than 20 PCMA members were selected as Rising Stars, Stellar Performers, Innovators, Visionaries, Industry Leaders or Entrepreneurs. Among them is Michelle Crowley, PCMA’s vice president for global growth and business transformation. She was identified as an Industry Leader.

BY Lorene Yue March 5, 2019

PCMA explores business models, expands programs in APAC

PCMA began its “ambitious” APAC program with a collaboration that helped extend its reputation for providing high-quality education.

BY Lorene Yue March 5, 2019

Meetings Market Survey: Planners Optimistic About Growth Ahead

Respondents to this year’s survey anticipate that they will have more attendees and exhibitors at their events this year vs. in 2018. It remains to be seen whether market forces will temper expectations.

BY Michelle Russell March 4, 2019

How to Use Different Time Zones to Your Advantage

INVNT APAC Managing Director Laura Roberts shares tips on how to use different time zones to your advantage.

March 4, 2019

Does Implicit-Bias Training Fall Short?

It has become a go-to method as organizations seek to create more inclusive workplaces, but Cornell Professor Neil Lewis says implicit-bias training doesn’t change thoughts and behaviors in the long term. Here’s what he suggests instead.

BY Casey Gale February 27, 2019

Should You Expand the Gender Categories in Your Surveys?

After considering a respondent’s request, Convene added more gender identity options to its Annual Salary Survey. We’ve got a few reasons why — including these latest survey best practices.

BY Barbara Palmer February 27, 2019