News & Trends

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

News for Professionals: Advice and Ideas from the World of Work

Looking for ways to do your job better — or for the latest trends in the world of work? Here’s a roundup of career-related stories selected by the editors of Convene.

BY Convene Editors May 23, 2019

How to Use Influencers to Market Your Events

Research shows Southeast Asians spend more time online than any other region, meaning social media influencers may be a key way to reach your audience.

BY Kim Benjamin May 21, 2019

Paris Tops ICCA’s City Rankings for Meeting Destinations

The French capital is once again the world’s No. 1 city for international association meetings, with 2017’s opening of the Paris Convention Centre helping fuel the events surge.

BY Lane Nieset May 20, 2019

Work-Life Balance: Is it ‘Mission Impossible’?

Event professionals share tips on how they — and their teams — avoid burnout.

BY Kim Benjamin May 15, 2019

Innovative New Lab in Hamburg Promises Medical Advances

A pioneering lab dedicated to biology and infection research has opened in Hamburg, strengthening cooperation between the German city’s universities and research institutions as well as cementing its reputation as a medical hub.

BY Rémi Dévé May 15, 2019

Qatar’s Plan for Boosting Business Events

The nation will be back at IMEX as it works to bring in more global events — and forge closer ties to association leaders.

BY Lane Nieset May 14, 2019

Emerging Tech Hub Angers to Host Global Forum

International think tank event will bring more than 300 key policymakers and stakeholders from 30 countries to “digital week” in Angers, a Loire Valley city that’s key to France’s tech push.

BY Lane Nieset May 14, 2019

Event Professionals Offer Their Tips for Closing a Deal

An understanding of differences in work culture plus a focus on flexibility and frugality are key to a successful pitch, business event strategists say.

May 13, 2019

Is Monotasking the New Multitasking?

Experts say focusing on a single thing boosts productivity. But that’s not easy.

BY Angela Campiere May 8, 2019

Hospitality Trends? ‘Hold on to Your Seats,’ Says Expert

Some global destinations — including the U.S. — have ‘massive’ amounts of hotel rooms in the pipeline. What does that mean for planners?

BY Barbara Palmer May 6, 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.

May 6, 2019

Airline Advice: 5 Tips for When a Carrier Cancels Your Flight

National Geographic offers potential options for when you are left stranded without a flight because the airline went out of business, the weather, or some other unforeseen issue.

BY Curt Wagner May 5, 2019