News & Trends

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

Freeman Company Evolves But Stays All in the Family

As Carrie Freeman Parsons takes the reins as Freeman’s chair, she joined Don Freeman Jr. and Joe Popolo in a look back at Freeman’s evolution and growth, and provided Convene with a glimpse of its future.

BY David McMillin April 5, 2019

Making a Difference: How PCMA, Others Celebrated GMID 2019

PCMA and its chapters joined meetings and events industry professionals from around the world April 4 to celebrate the fourth annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID).

BY Curt Wagner April 5, 2019

ICCA Names Senthil Gopinath as New CEO

The 2019 PCMA Visionary Award nominee increased ICCA Middle East membership as its regional director.

BY Curt Wagner April 4, 2019

Amilie Parent Named President of Showcare

The former VP of finance and administration will assume a larger role in the company’s continued growth.

BY David McMillin April 3, 2019

Building Bridges Via Events in New Zealand

In the wake of the March massacre at a Christchurch mosque, members of the business events industry in New Zealand say that the sector can play an important role in facilitating inclusiveness as it brings people together from all corners of the globe.

BY Kim Benjamin April 2, 2019

IBTM Arabia’s Attendance Spike Proves Lure of the Middle East

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is just one destination in the business-events-heavy region offering delegates a wealth of opportunity and championing the philosophy of “work hard, play hard.”

BY Lane Nieset April 2, 2019

San Francisco’s Moscone Center: ‘State-of-the-Art Everything’

San Francisco constantly reinvents itself while holding on to its history, a fact made obvious during a recent tour of the expanded Moscone Center and other spaces the city has to offer.

BY Barbara Palmer March 29, 2019

This Novel Convention Celebrates Betsy-Tacy Books

The intimate gathering of readers features speakers who have been inspired by Maud Hart Lovelace’s semi-autobiographical book series and have followed the protagonist Betsy’s dream of becoming a published author.

BY Casey Gale March 28, 2019

Hospitality Industry Responds to Labor Shortage

When hotel properties can’t find enough qualified workers to meet their needs, hotel-based meetings and events feel the effects. As challenges persist, a number of industry players are introducing solutions.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson March 27, 2019

Backlash to All-Women Speaker Lineup at Science Conference

How one scientific conference tried to disprove the argument that it’s too difficult to find women speakers.

BY Michelle Russell March 7, 2019

PCMA leaders, members named Smart Women in Meetings 2019

It’s the fourth year of Smart Meetings’ list, and more than 20 PCMA members were selected as Rising Stars, Stellar Performers, Innovators, Visionaries, Industry Leaders or Entrepreneurs. Among them is Michelle Crowley, PCMA’s vice president for global growth and business transformation. She was identified as an Industry Leader.

BY Lorene Yue March 5, 2019

PCMA explores business models, expands programs in APAC

PCMA began its “ambitious” APAC program with a collaboration that helped extend its reputation for providing high-quality education.

BY Lorene Yue March 5, 2019