News & Trends

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

How Events Help in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Theresa Flores became a victim of sex trafficking after being raped and photographed by a high-school crush. She’ll share her story — and how the events industry can help combat human trafficking — at Convening Leaders 2020.

BY Cristi Kempf November 26, 2019

Convening Leaders’ Trending Now Studio to Spotlight ‘Forces of Change’

The PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 program will include a studio that’s tuned in to the latest topics and trends shaping the future of the events industry.

BY David McMillin November 25, 2019

Industry Icon Patti Shock Passes Away

An educator, consultant, speaker, and author, Shock is credited with creating the first academic track for meetings, events, and trade shows at the college level and with being an early online learning adopter.

BY Michelle Russell November 24, 2019

PCMA Convening Leaders and San Francisco — Where Innovation Meets

Long known for its innovative chops, the City by the Bay is home to ‘unicorn’ startups that are already changing the way the events industry does business.

BY Curt Wagner November 22, 2019

NASA Legend Gene Kranz is a Go for Convening Leaders 2020

More than 50 years after helping land a man on the moon, former NASA flight director Gene Kranz will take the Convening Leaders 2020 Main Stage to share how his experience in executing some of the country’s major events in space can apply to all types of decision-making on the ground.

BY David McMillin November 20, 2019

Can Any of These Ideas Solve the Hotel Room Block Conundrum?

A recent research study and focus groups comprised of a variety of stakeholders in the business events industry discussed how to make the attendee room-booking process better for everyone involved. Now, it’s your turn to weigh in.

BY David McMillin November 19, 2019

Webinar: Event Sustainability: People, Planet and PROFIT

You don’t have to look far for information on why sustainability is important. But how do you facilitate sustainability practices that positively affect the planet, and your overall budget?

BY Mercedes Hunt November 18, 2019

Events Industry Forecast: Disruption in Lodging

With home-sharing and new travel trends breathing down its neck, the lodging industry will have to continue adapting in surprising ways.

BY Convene Editors November 12, 2019

Bringing an Idea to Fruition

Through artist Dennis Wojtkiewicz’s paintings, we find a new way of looking at the future — and fleeting present — of food.

BY Michelle Russell November 5, 2019

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