News & Trends

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

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

Tony Lorenz to Leave PRA

The business events leader is handing over the reins of PRA to COO, Mike Fiber, and he’s doing something he hasn’t done in more than 25 years: taking a break.

BY David McMillin October 28, 2019

CEIR Research Shows ‘Vibrant Market’ for Sponsorships

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s new study finds that eight out of every 10 exhibitors have invested in sponsorships in the past two years.

BY Michelle Russell October 28, 2019

Your Best Life Conference Defies Ageism Stereotypes

The organizers of the YBL — Your Best Life — conference put the spotlight on the contributions of the 50-plus demographic and imagined a world where ageism doesn’t exist.

BY Cristi Kempf October 28, 2019

New CWT Trends Report: Event Sustainability Is Critical to Attendees

Sustainability is no longer just a ‘feel-good’ issue says CWT, which spotlights how climate change is at the forefront for millennials and the generation coming up behind them.

BY Cristi Kempf October 24, 2019