News & Trends

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

U.K. Destination Leaders Reflect on Coming Back Stronger

In a roundtable conversation hosted by VisitBritain, U.K. destination leaders discussed what they’ll need to do to bring business back once the COVID-19 crisis has abated.

BY Casey Gale June 22, 2020

Cisco Shows How to Party Online

Wondering how to help your attendees celebrate while they’re sitting at their computers? The closing festivities of Cisco Live offered some inspiration.

BY David McMillin June 19, 2020

What Will the Hotels in Your Room Block Look Like in the Future?

COVID-19 is forcing hotel properties to rethink the guest experience. Here’s a preview of three differences you and your attendees will find during your next stay.

BY David McMillin June 19, 2020

Four Workplace Changes That Need to Stick Around After COVID-19

While he says he “never would’ve wished for a pandemic to be the catalyst,” business professor Jason Wingard thinks it has accelerated important workplace shifts that should be foundational to the future of work.

BY Michelle Russell June 18, 2020

Planning In-Person Exhibitions During COVID-19: ‘Tough Times for Us All’

In a recent intimate exhibition industry conversation, organizers discussed what measures they would consider putting in place to protect the safety of their participants, and what cities they thought were best prepared to host them later this year.

BY Michelle Russell June 18, 2020

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals’ Virtual Event Uplifts Spirits During Pandemic

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals recently hosted the Be Inspired Speaker Series: A Night at the Museum, a five-night virtual event that showcased African-American achievements through the lens of five different cultural institutions dedicated to the Black experience in America.

BY Casey Gale June 17, 2020

What We’ve Learned About the Value of Digital Events

Entrepreneur Xiaoyin Qu, the co-founder of the event-tech startup Run the World, shares how organizers are getting savvier about ways to provide engagement, revenue, and connection online.

BY Barbara Palmer June 17, 2020

Hamilton Hotel Employees Work From Home — and Learn

Instead of layoffs and furloughs, one Washington D.C. hotel is offering its employees online training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner June 16, 2020

Virtual Pride Events Will Focus on Black Lives Matter

Organizers of Pride virtual events this month say the social unrest and protests over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black people by the police will be an important part of their message and programs.

BY Michelle Russell June 16, 2020

Larry Alexander, CEO of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Announces Retirement

Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB), has announced his intention to retire, effective December 31, 2020.

June 16, 2020

2 Things Event Organizers Can Learn from Air Travel During the Pandemic

I boarded a plane last week for the first time in four months. Here’s what I think event organizers can take away from my experience.

BY David McMillin June 16, 2020

How One Virtual Fundraising Event Made Socializing a Priority

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas used Zoom breakout rooms to replicate the experience of sharing a table with others at a gala — and the virtual event ended up exceeding an ambitious fundraising goal.

BY Casey Gale June 15, 2020