News & Trends

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

3 Trends and Events: Rewilding Spaces, Foraged Cocktails, and Metawork

Wunderman Thompson’s recent trend report, “The Future 100: 2022,” identifies 100 trends across industries. Three of those — rewilding spaces, foraged cocktails, and metawork — already are evident in the events landscape but could become even bigger influences in the future.

BY Curt Wagner May 2, 2022

Women Leading the Way at Convention Centers: T. Taubie Motlhabane at CTICC

While women outnumber male business event organizers, only a minority of women hold executive positions at the facilities that host their events. In this fifth installment of a continuing Convene series about female leadership at event facilities, we ask T. Taubie Motlhabane to share her perspective as the CEO of Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst May 2, 2022

Making Event Spaces Sensory Inclusive

The pause on face-to-face events caused by the pandemic has given venues a chance to think about welcoming returning visitors through a lens of inclusivity. The Overland Park Convention Center now accommodates individuals with sensory needs, such as those with autism, anxiety, dementia, and PTSD.

BY Casey Gale May 2, 2022

Setting Boundaries for Better Work/Life Balance

Our upcoming May-June issue cover/CMP Series story will focus on mental health in the workplace. Here’s an example of how the pandemic shifted one professional’s priorities to help others focus on wellness.

BY Michelle Russell May 2, 2022

Women Leading the Way at Convention Centers: Julia Corkey

While women outnumber male business event organizers, only a minority of women hold executive positions at the facilities that host their events. In this fourth installment of a continuing Convene series about female leadership at event facilities, we ask Julia Corkey to share her perspective as the chief executive of the International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast in Northern Ireland.

BY Jennifer Dienst April 25, 2022

4 Strategies to Guide Your Return to Live Events

With COVID-19 cases down at the time of this writing, we are now largely mask-free, back in offices — and planning furiously to deliver in-person events. Here’s a framework.

BY David Saef April 20, 2022

‘Talent is Everywhere’ and Other Lessons in Leading DMOs During a Pandemic

Tammy Blount-Canavan reflects on what she’s learned in her role as a leadership consultant for DMOs during the pandemic, as she prepares to step into the top job at Visit Seattle.

BY Barbara Palmer April 19, 2022

Women Leading the Way at Convention Centers: Kathleen Warden

While women outnumber male business event organizers, only a minority of women hold executive positions at the facilities that host their events. In this third installment of a continuing Convene series about female leadership at event facilities, we ask Kathleen Warden to share her perspective as the director of conference sales at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland.

BY Jennifer Dienst April 14, 2022

PCMA EduCon Speaker Andrew Davis on Innovating for the Future of Events

At PCMA EduCon 2022, marketing expert Andrew Davis will share his theory on why you need a box to think outside the box.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 13, 2022

Monterey Convention Center Ready for its Close-up

Monterey Convention Center’s immersive studio with a wrap-around video wall delivers facility’s customers with a solution for hybrid and virtual meetings.

BY Barbara Palmer April 11, 2022

The Future of Mask Mandates at Meetings

Mask mandates have been lifted in most parts of the United States, but the potential for another COVID-19 surge lingers. Should associations with in-person meetings this spring and summer maintain the mask mandates they previously had in place? Event organizers in the PCMA Catalyst community discussed the topic.

BY Convene Editors April 8, 2022

A Look at the New North Javits Center Expansion

The new Javits Center building embraces its West Side location, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Hudson River, and a slew of new sustainability initiatives.

BY Michelle Russell April 8, 2022